MDC Alliance (MDC-A) supporters in Chiredzi have castigated the party’s president, Nelson Chamisa, for neglecting a former Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services (ZPCS) officer fired for supporting him.
John Mahlabera is reportedly living in abject poverty after he was sacked from ZPCS on charges of using traitorous or disloyal words towards President Emmerson Mnangagwa in 2018.
Chamisa promised to include Mahlabera in his security team when he was campaigning for the 2018 general elections but has reneged on the pledge two years on.
Mahlabera, who was stationed at Chiredzi Prison, attended a Chamisa campaign rally held at Tshovani Stadium, Chiredzi on June 10, 2018, when the youthful leader praised Mahlabera’s “bravery” for openly criticising Mnangagwa’s government.
The State accused Mahlabera of “showing loyalty to the opposition party president, thereby exhibiting disloyalty and disgraceful conduct to the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.”
Mahlabera said following his discharge from the ZPCS, he tried to follow up on the job offer through text messages to Chamisa but his mobile number became unreachable.