Hatfield MP Tapiwa Mashakada reportedly dumped the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa for Thokozani Khupe as the leadership wrangle between the faction deepens, The Zimbabwean reports.
According to the publication, his defection was reportedly confirmed by Pedzisai Ruhanya who said:
Today 2 June 2020 MDC MPs and Senators that have defected to MDC-ZANU PF will be clear when Parliament meets today in what appears to be the breaking point on allegiance. Im hearing that Hatfield MP since 2000 Tapiwa Mashakada has crossed the line. Good for him because that’s his last term.
One of the MPs who reportedly defected to Khupe said they were unemployed and they could not afford not to side with Khupe since they will lose their jobs:
We have much to lose if we do not agree to work with Khupe. We do not have a choice. How are we going to survive? The party doesn’t have the money to pay us whilst we are unemployed.
The Nelson Chamisa camp is yet to comment on the developments.
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