Former MDC legislators Lilian Timveos and Blessing Chebundo who recently defected to ZANU PF are set to undergo ideological reorientation at the Chitepo School of Ideology.
Addressing the 349th ordinary session of the Politburo at the party’s headquarters in Harare on Wednesday, ZANU PF First Secretary and President Emmerson Mnangagwa said people from the opposition who join the ruling party need to be nurtured in line with the party’s ideology. He said:
“Politburo will recall that in our previous meeting, I noted that our party policies, programmes and activities are attracting more members.
“Last week saw senior MDC officials and former legislators Lillian Timveous and Blessing Chebundo abandoning the opposition to join Zanu PF.
“Other personalities from opposition formations in various parts of the country are also seeing the light and opting to join our winning team.
“We are indeed a party with a rich revolutionary history, a party with plans for the present times and a party with a vision for the future. Party structures should embrace these comrades who have come back home.
“The Chitepo School of Ideology must move with speed to re-orient and nurture these new cadres in line with the ideology of our party and the national development paradigm, which is underway.”
Timveos and Chebundo recently abandoned their parties, MDC-A and MDC-T respectively, alleging political bickering and a lack of direction.
They were paraded at State House by President Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga as well as ZANU PF national chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri.