National People’s Party (NPP) spokesperson, Jeffrayson Chitando, confirmed that more than 80 Zanu-PF members in Chiredzi, who were allegedly linked to the G40 faction, have defected to the Joice Mujuru led opposition party.
Those that joined Mujuru’s party are former Chiredzi South district political commissar, Taurai Mativenga, Chiredzi North women’s league chairperson, Shuvai Chirunga and Chiredzi West Ward 8 commissar, Ketsia Beni. Mativenga said he decided to join NPP after he was labelled a G40 sympathiser and attacked by Zanu PF supporters at an inter-district meeting at Chitsanga Hall last month. He also said he was informed he was ineligible to contest as a councillor in Ward 7 because of his alleged G40 ties.
Contacted for comment, Zanu PF Masvingo provincial spokesperson, Ronald Ndava dismissed Mativenga’s claims and said no one has been victimised. He also said that people are joining Zanu-PF instead.