Gutu, Makore join Zanu PF
Harare, (New Ziana) – Two opposition leaders formerly with the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) on Thursday joined the trek to the ruling Zanu PF confirming issues around disgruntlement with the way the local opposition was handling its politics.
The two, Obert Gutu and James Makore, were welcomed back to the party by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga and Zanu PF chairman, Oppah Muchinguri.
They join Lilian Timveous and Blessing Chebundo who also found their way back to Zanu PF last month.
Makore, formerly with Zanu PF in the 90’s later jumped ship to join his trade union colleagues like the late Morgan Tsvangirai in the opposition camp.
Gutu left the main opposition following the demise of Tsvangirai and joined Thokozani Khupe who led another faction of the MDC before retiring.
President Mnangagwa recently said more opposition members had expressed interest to join Zanu PF, urging the party to welcome them, but stressing they would have to undergo re-orientation at the Chitepo School of Ideology.
“The Chitepo Scholl of Ideology must move with speed to re-orient and nurture these new cadres in line with the ideology of our party and national development paradigm, which is underway,” he said last week.
Opposition, Movement for Democratic Change Alliance leader, Nelson Chamisa last week said the party was not fazed by defections, labelling them mercenaries.
“We do not regard those who have left us as losses but as an important shedding of the elements that impede and slow down our democratic struggle,” he said.
“This struggle is not moved by those who have mercenary zeal but by those who have missionary zeal.”