By Mlondolozi Ndlovu
Harare, October 19, 2016 – FORMER Finance Minister, Tendai Biti’s People Democratic Party (PDP) suffered more defections Tuesday when two senior party officials ditched the fledgling opposition to rejoin the MDC led by Morgan Tsvangirai.
Former MDC-T MPs, Tongai Matutu and Paul Madzore took the bold decision to rejoin Tsvangirai, more than two years since they left him together with other party officials accusing him of dictatorial tendencies.
The two were unveiled by the party’s leadership in Harare on Tuesday.
Speaking at a press conference, Matutu said he had made the decision fully aware of the consequences.
“I want to make it very clear that when I joined PDP, I was aware of what I was doing and now that I am leaving, I am also aware of what I am doing and I make no apology for leaving PDP and I will also not explain the reasons why I left,” said the former Youth and Indigenisation deputy minister.
“I have come alone, deliberately, not because I am the only one who is coming, but there are quite a number coming and maybe some of them are waiting to see what will happen to me.
“This is not something I am doing because I have been pushed, I have never been forced by anyone nor was I bribed by anyone.”
The press briefing was also attended by two MDC-T vice presidents, Nelson Chamisa and Elias Mudzuri as well as deputy national chairman, Morgen Komichi.
Komichi, on his part, said it was refreshing that most party deserters were “seeing the light”.
However, PDP spokesperson, Jacob Mafume played down the defections by their erstwhile comrades.
“The two, who have left now are useful, but they have not gone to Zanu PF,” he said.
“What would be alarming would be if they went to Zanu PF and what would be worth noting are those that come from Zanu PF. As for these comrades, we will continue working with them whatever they call themselves now. We have younger and newer comrades, stepping up to their place.”
Defections by the two come on the heels of yet more high profile defections by party deputy president Sipepa Nkomo and few others to join Joice Mujuru’s ZimPF.
The formation of PDP came after Biti and then MDC-T treasurer general Elton Mangoma engineered a shock split from the MDC-T accusing Tsvangirai of barren leadership and stifling leadership renewal in the country’s main opposition.