Joyce Mujuru-led Zimbabwe People’s First (ZimPF) suffered a mass defection of members. The defectors crossed the floor and joined Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC-T. Some of the defectors were the founding members of ZimPF in Bulawayo such as Phenias Zilazila.
ZimPF Bulawayo provincial chairperson, Albert Mhlanga told Southern Eye yesterday:
We started campaigning for ZimPF with PZ [Phenias Zilazila] and I am the one, who at some point, gave him some forms to recruit members for the party in Njube. We cannot keep lying that he was not our member yet he is known to the province that he was.
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I can confirm that PZ is one of the people who participated in the formation of ZimPF even before it was known. I am deeply concerned why he left so early. He did not give us reasons. We are engaged in investigations as to why he left the party.
Anyway, as we probe what happened, we must highlight that MDC-T is not our enemy, as we are going to unite at some point. I personally have respect for MDC-T and its leadership. I was going to be aggrieved if he had joined Zanu PF.