Gibson Sibanda’s children defect to MDC-T

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    Our correspondent Lionel Saungweme told us Ncube’s party was left shaken after the defection of two children of their late Vice-President, Gibson Sibanda, to the MDC-T.

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    Commenting on the shock move MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube shrugged off the defection, saying Thandi and Mbuso were not members of the party. Dube said the duo’s names do not exist in their records and that they did not hold any position within the structures.

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    Sibanda, who died last year in August, was a co-founder of the MDC. He helped form the MDC in 1999 but left five years later after differences with Morgan Tsvangirai.

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    Sibanda joined the breakaway faction of the MDC and at the time of his death was co-Minister in the Organ of National Healing, Reconciliation and Reintegration.

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    Saungweme said the MDC-T party has been picking up much support at the expense of the MDC-N and its progress after their recent congress is forecast to bring further misery to both ZANU PF and the MDC-N.

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    He said the defection of Thandi and Mbuso was significant after both claimed they had become ‘increasingly disillusioned’ with the leadership of the MDC-N.

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    Our correspondent said there was a roaring welcome from the strong 25 000 crowd that thronged the White City Stadium in Bulawayo when the two were introduced by Nelson Chamisa, the MDC-T national organising secretary.

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    Commenting on the defection in Bulawayo on Sunday, Tsvangirai welcomed them back saying it was uncharacteristic for their late father to rebel against the people. This was in reference to the MDC split on October 25, 2005 after a national council meeting at which party leader Tsvangirai allegedly vetoed a plan to field candidates in Senate elections that year. Speaking at Sibanda’s burial last year, Tsvangirai said he regretted the acrimony between him and the late trade unionist.

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    ‘The split represented the saddest moment in our 25 years of association and I deeply regret it. I am sorry for whatever I said. It was not worth it,” Tsvangirai said at his funeral. – SW Radio