MDC T denies defection claims, accuses Zanu PF of desperation

THE opposition MDC-T party has rejected claims of defections by its supporters to Zanu PF.

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GUTU

MDC-T spokesman Obert 

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The opposition party described the state media reports as a “desperate but futile” attempt by the ruling party to give the impression it was still “relevant and popular”.

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“No members of the MDC-T have defected to Zanu PF; that is part of a tired and stale Zanu PF propaganda.

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“There is absolutely no truth behind those allegations,” said MDC-T spokesman Obert Gutu on Monday.

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Gutu was reacting to claims by Zanu PF political commissar for Harare Shadreck Mashayamombe that scores MDC-T supporters in Budiriro defected to the ruling party at a rally held over the weekend.

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Mashayamombe told State media that the defectors ditched the MDC-T in frustration over “false promises” made by the party leadership.

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But Gutu said Zanu PF was in the habit of stage-managing so-called defections to hoodwink Zimbabweans.

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“Now and again, the faction ridden and beleaguered political party is in the notorious habit of stage managing defections from the MDC-T,” said Gutu.

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“(This is part of) a desperate but futile attempt to hoodwink the people of Zimbabwe into believing that Zanu PF is relevant and popular.

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“However the fact of the matter is that Zanu PF is yesterday’s p