THREE Bulawayo MDC-T councillors, who had reportedly defected to MDC-Renewal, have written to their former party pledging undying loyalty and allegiance, as fears of a recall continue to grow.
Letters gleaned by Southern Eye show that councillors Lilian Mlilo, Gladys Masuku and Shelia Musonda have written to the party reaffirming their status as loyal members, who had not defected to MDC-Renewal.
Musonda said she was never part of the MDC-Renewal, despite reports she had been lured to the party by former MDC-T provincial chairman Gorden Moyo.
“What they are saying is not true, I am with MDC-T and those who move around saying that I was lured by Gorden to the Renewal team (are lying),” she said in an interview.
“I am working with my party and I founded MDC in 1999 working with (party leader Morgan) Tsvangirai. What they are saying is not true. Those who are saying that joined MDC-Renewal not me.”
In a letter addressed to MDC-T vice-president Thokozani Khupe, Masuku claimed reports that she had joined MDC-Renewal were “uncorroborated allegations”.
“I would like to clear the air by confirming to you that I am not part of the renewal project and would never want to be at any future date,” she wrote.
Her colleague, Mlilo, echoed similar sentiments saying she remained a committed cadré contrary to what some people were saying about her.
“I have no intention of leaving the party and, therefore, I would not want to be associated with the MDC-Renewal project,” she said.
MDC-T Bulawayo provincial secretary for information Mandla Nyathi said their philosophy as a party was to work with everyone, as they had an open door policy towards people who join the party.
“We have an open door policy and we are happy that some of our lost sheep have realised that victory is almost certain for us,” he said.
“We are looking forward to work with them regardless of their past.”
Last year five councillors defected to MDC-Renewal, with reports that others planned to follow.
MDC-T recently recalled 21 legislators who defected to MDC-Renewal, with indications they planned to expel councillors.