TWO senior MDC Alliance officials, Blessing Chebundo and Lilian Timevous this Wednesday dumped the Nelson Chamisa-led opposition party and joined the ruling Zanu PF.
The two were welcomed at State House by President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, Zanu PF Chairperson and Minister of Defence & War Veterans Affairs Cde Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri and Midlands Minister of State and Devolution Senator Larry Mavhima, Presidential spokesperson George Charamba has confirmed.
The two were accompanied to State House by ZANU PF Midlands provincial chairman Mackenzie Ncube, and Minister of State for Midlands Province, Larry Mavima. Charamba said in a Twitter post:
BREAKING NEWS: Two former MDC Alliance key members, Senator Lilian Timveous and Cde Blessing Chebundo have crossed the floor to join the ruling Zanu-PF party. They have just met with the President and First Secretary, Cde ED Mnangagwa, at State House.
The President received the newest members in the company of Vice President Chiwenga and Chairman Muchinguri-Kashiri.
Chairman of Midlands Province, Cde Mackenzie Ncube, and Minister of State for Midlands Province, Cde Larry Mavhima, accompanied the ex-MDC-A members.
Cde Blessing Chebundo had since left MDC-A to join MDC-T now led by Senator Douglas Mwonzora.
Both figures opined that they found it futile to continue with negative opposition for the sake of opposition instead of joining hands with the rest of the country to support Vision 2030.
Chebundo famously defeated Mnangagwa, who was then an aspiring MP, in the 2000 and 2005 general elections, winning the Kwekwe Central seat despite threats to his life.
Chebundo is the former MP for Kwekwe Urban while Timevous served as senator for Midlands province before she was recalled from Parliament last year by Douglas Mwonzora who said she was no longer a member of the MDC-T.
In November last year, Tongai Matutu Masvingo Urban MP and senior MDC Alliance official, also left the opposition party and joined Zanu PF with the ruling party claiming more opposition officials were set to jump ship and join the former revolutionary party.