By Phil Tejane|
MDC president Morgan Tsvangirai has defended the decision to welcome returning rebels, including Goodrich Chimbaira, who rejoined the party Thursday.
Chimbaira, a founding member of the MDC, had gone off with Welshman Ncube’s formation and became chairman of the smaller party until this week when he was sacked.
“Those who have rejoined us are colleagues and we will always welcome them because this struggle is too big and needs all of us. As we configure and execute the end-game of our struggle, there is indeed work for everyone,” Tsvangirai said.
The former prime minister quoted a 2014 congress resolution on the need to expand the party’s political base and to “welcome all members of other political parties and even former rebels to come and join the party in order to strengthen the base to fight for a new, democratic and prosperous Zimbabwe”.
Other members of the Ncube party, including former secretary-general Priscilla Misihairabwi-Mushonga are being courted by a Tsvangirai team that includes Job Sikhala, who also abandoned the former University of Zimbabwe law lecturer. Ncube has said he will never reunite with Tsvangirai despite pressure for opposition parties to band together and push out Mugabe.
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