The Chamisa led MDC Alliance has lost five of its councilors in Gokwe including the Gokwe Mayor to the Thokozani Khupe led MDC-T.

The five who ditched MDC Alliance are Never Gwanzura (Mayor), Machinda Mtembedzi, Darlington Mudondo, Tichaona Muhora and Charity Mungwani.

The exodus did not only hit Gokwe structures as Kadoma Deputy mayor Tendai Koker and other three Kwekwe councilors, Eric Rukavairo, Silas Mukaro and Joshua Tinago also announced that they had officially crossed the floor to the MDC-T during a meeting which was held on weekend at Gokwe Centre.

The nine councillors who pledeged to respect the MDC-T leadership said that they had decided to join MDC-T as a way of continuing the people’s mandate since they were elected in 2018.

The nine councillors pledged to honour the leadership of MDC-T.

The MDC-T Midlands north 2014 provincial structures met in Gokwe to brief each other on the progress made in the preparation for the extraordinary congress which is set to elect a replacement of the late founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

It was at this meeting that the councillors declared their allegiance to MDC-T.

The meeting was chaired and facilitated by 2014 provincial chairperson Sedwel Bhebhe, who highlight-led the importance of the delegates to participate in the extraordinary congress processes.

Reports suggests that the Kwekwe Urban ward 11 councillor Joshua Tinago confirmed that he and other three members were rallying behind the Khupe led faction.

I am happy that my other comrades, Eric Rukavano and Silas Mukaro, openly revealed that they belonged to the MDC-T,” he said.

Kokera, the 2014 MDC-T Deputy provincial chairperson justified his change of decision as a way of honouring the part which backed him during the 2018 general elections where he was elected councilor which awarded him the deputy mayor post.

Mtembedzi, affectionately known as Comrade Evergreen in Gokwe who is the Midlands North provincial deputy chairperson for the youth as per 2014 structures, said: “It is not like I am rejoining MDC-T, but the fact of the matter is that I have simply did what the Supreme Court judgment ordered me to do.

I want to uphold the Supreme Court judgment, hence, my decision to ditch MDC Alliance and move to MDC-T. All we want is to respect our party constitution, nothing else.”

He added: “All the councillors in Gokwe belong to MDC-T which is led by Thokozani Khupe as the acting president and Chamisa does not have any councillors who is aligned to him.

Presidential aspirants Douglas Mwonzora and Khupe attended the meeting and took time to present their manifesto to the province.

Mwonzora said: “I am a constitutionalist and always want to uphold the party constitution. As you know, I was seconded to Copac (Constitution Parliamentary Committee) by the late president Morgan Tsvangirai to represent the party in the Constitution-making process and the results speak volumes about my capabilities.

Khupe chronicled her history and how she worked with Tsvangirai and her achievements as the deputy Prime Minister.

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