TOP officials in the MDC-T have described as fake news and unhelpful propaganda, the recent media reports that their supporters in Victoria Falls have defected to join the rival MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa.
MDC-T vice president Obert Gutu said the allegations were an exercise in futility and frivolity.
“Anyone alleging that MDC-T cadres in Victoria Falls have defected to a rag-tag political formation which is now evidently in terminal decline doesn’t deserve to be taken seriously. This is actually a joke that isn’t funny at all,” said Gutu.
Officials in Chamisa’s party from Matebeleland North recently said MDC-T supporters in Victoria Falls had defected en masse citing “lack of direction.”
“The reports are fake news, it’s political propaganda,” said Dr Thokozani Khupe, the MDC-T president, in an interview with the State-owned media.
Another senior MDC-T official, party national chairman Mr Abednico Bhebhe, described the claims as barefaced lies which must be dismissed with the contempt they deserved.
According to a report carried by NewsDay this week, MDC Alliance provincial organising secretary Goshen Zhou, who is also Victoria Falls councillor for Ward 11, claimed they had received calls from MDC-T supporters who wanted to jump ship.
“We have received a number of calls from MDC-T supporters who want to defect from the party to MDC-Alliance. They have expressed their desire to come back.
“Some of them have approached the provincial leadership begging to be allowed back into the party. We have requested that they put their applications in writing and we are still waiting for their letters,” he said, according to the report.