MDC turncoats not seeking positions – Mike Bimha

Zimstar News

Zanu PF acting spokesperson Mike Bimha has dismissed wide belief some MDC top politicians who have ditched the main opposition for enemy companionship are enticed by prospects of landing positions, coupled with some rich pickings associated with one voluntarily surrendering loyalty to the governing party.

The past few months have seen founding MDC politicians and former legislators Obert Gutu, James Makore, Blessing Chebundo and a lot more form a beeline to join Zanu PF.

Former Harare mayor Emmanuel Chiroto whose wife was brutally murdered by alleged Zanu PF supporters June 2008 was also recently a surprise recruit.

The politicians have been flaunted in front of State media cameras at State House by President Emmerson Mnangagwa while eulogising the ruling party and dismissing their former opposition colleagues as a bunch of individuals incorrigibly rooted in barren politics.

Gutu was appointed recently as Commissioner in the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission not too long a time he joined Zanu PF.

Similarly, once rabid Zanu PF critics James Maridadi and Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga have now landed Zimbabwe ambassadors to Senegal and Sweden.

Gabriel Chaibva and Jessie Majome, both former MDC legislators are now Commissioners in the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.

The list goes on.

Once firebrand student activist and one-time opposition ally Tafadzwa Mugwadi is now firmly ensconced in the position of Zanu PF director of Information and Publicity.

But Bimha told Zimstar News Friday that the new Zanu PF converts were no way being enticed by positions.

“The thrust at the moment is more to accept them and have give them some party reorientation. Being in the party is not about posts but more about getting them to be members.

“I do not think they are joining for positions,” Bimha said, adding that the party has no position yet on whether the former opposition politicians could fancy themselves ensconced in any party leadership position yet.

Bimha said ambassadorial posts were the prerogative of the State president to decide on who was best suited to represent him for as long as they are Zimbabweans.

Meanwhile, Bimha professed ignorance over reports former Manicaland provincial minister and G40 politician Mandi Chimene has returned into the country to rejoin Zanu PF.

Chimene is one of the politicians once linked to the near-extinct Zanu PF who skipped the country November 2017 when Mnangagwa ousted then President Robert Mugabe with help from the militarily.