MDC Alliance (MDC-A) National Organising and Party Building Secretary Amos Chibaya has urged party structures not to be shaken following a recent high profile defection to ZANU PF.
On Wednesday Lilian Timveos, a former deputy MDC Alliance treasurer-general, vice presidential candidate and senator joined ZANU PF and was paraded by President Emmerson Mnangagwa at State House. In a statement on Thursday, Chibaya said:
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The struggle continues under seemingly challenging and yet expected circumstances. The enemy will always try shenanigans and machinations aimed at destabilising the People’s movement.
We, however, should always be vigilant and focused on the goal. Sideshows, cheap political scores and pseudo-victories will and shall never distract us from the common agenda of fighting for a democratic Zimbabwe with equal opportunities for everyone.
Timveos made a surprise State House appearance alongside former MDC Alliance MP for Kwekwe Central Blessing Chebundo who joined the ruling party after a short stint with MDC-T.
She also blasted the MDC-A, accusing the party leadership of corruption, violence and intolerance and singled out Chalton Hwende who she accused of single-handedly destroying the party.
However, Chibaya dismissed the development as a sideshow, calling on party members not to be shaken but to remain resolute. He added:
It is in our best interest to remain with clear genuine cadres of the movement and not compromised two timers.
We should never be diverted, shaken nor moved by insignificant sideshows.
In this regard, all Party leadership and structures are advised and hereby directed to remain focused on mobilising and building the Party to continue the people’s struggle.
We should all be guided by our strategic plans and move on with Party meetings and programs as planned and accordingly calendared. Together, united we shall deliver a new democratic Zimbabwe.
We remain solid, loyal, confident and trust in the Leadership of the People’s President Adv Nelson Chamisa.