FLOOR-CROSSING former opposition MDC Alliance Senator Lilian Timveos has castigated the Nelson Chamisa-led party of opposing the Government just for the sake of it.
Timveos was yesterday paraded at the State House by President Mnangagwa together with MDC founder member Blessing Chebundo, who defected from the MDC-T to also join Zanu-PF.
“This is my decision. The opposition is opposing for the sake of it. It is time to develop the nation. We should unite. The more we oppose a Government that is trying to develop this nation the more we are doing wrong,” Timveos said.
“I have had enough of opposing for the sake of it. I have sat down with my family and resolved to join Zanu PF. I was surprised by the welcome I got from the President. We felt at home. This is when you realise that social media is causing damage,” she said.
Timveos has since written a letter to Chamisa informing him of her decision to resign from the party and join Zanu-PF.
“After careful consideration and introspection, particularly on how the MDC party has been conducting its business, I have come to the conclusion that nothing constructive with regards to democracy, good governance and the well-being of Zimbabweans in general, would ever come out of the MDC-A,” she said.
“The MDC senior leadership’s intolerance to divergent views and power-hungry tendencies have caused serious divisions and disintegration of the party.
“The party’s retrogressive and confrontational approach and violent tendencies have led to the unnecessary destruction of property, injury to innocent civilians and destabilization of the economy,” she said in her letter to Chamisa.
President Mnangagwa said he was happy to receive the two whom he said were welcome to return to their political home.
“They have decided to join Zanu PF. They are both from Midlands Province where I also come from. They came to say toda kudzoka kumusha, kumusha ndiko kuZanu-PF (we want to come back home and Zanu PF is our home) and we welcome them,” he said.
Zanu-PF chairperson Muchinguri-Kashiri said their coming demonstrated that Zanu PF policies resonated with all Zimbabweans.
“It shows that Zanu PF is a people’s party which is tried and tested. Zanu PF has always had its open arms ready to receive any Zimbabwean who believe in our policies. This is happening during the Second Republic.
“They are showing the confidence they have in His Excellency President Mnangagwa and Zanu PF policies,” she said.
Meanwhile, the MDC Alliance responded to the Timveous floor crossing: “We respect the right of Senator Timveos and Mr Chebundo to freely associate with a party of their choosing. We remain focused on championing the cause of the people, being a voice for the masses and winning Zimbabwe for change under the able leadership of President Nelson Chamisa.”
The party’s spokesperson Fadzayi Mahere said: “While everyone is free to join any political party, Zanu PF is never a progressive option.
“History and the people will judge those who enable a system that has caused untold suffering to the masses. We are clear – Zanu PF is the problem. Zanu PF must go.” – Zimbabwe Voice / Agencies🔺