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Upenyu Chaota

MASVINGO - The Tendai Biti led People's Democratic Party (PDP) deputy secretary general Tongai Matutu (pictured) has dumped his colleagues and traced his footsteps back to his former party; the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) saying it was high time to go back to what has always been his home.
Matutu, who is the former MDC-T Masvingo Urban legislator, told TellZim News that he has officially dumped Biti and went back to Tsvangirai.
He said he is going back to MDC-T not for positions but will settle for membership only.
"I have abandoned my leadership post in PDP and have come back to work with my fellow comrades in the MDC-T. I am not after any post but will settle for membership.
"I would like to complement the work which is being done by my brothers and sisters in the MDC-T who have stood strong in challenging Mugabe when I had dumped them for PDP but now I will work tirelessly to make sure that change is brought about to the people of Zimbabwe.
"I am confirming that position and it is a personal decision. I wish my brothers in PDP well. We have worked together but there are times we have to go our separate ways," said Matutu.
Matutu said there are times when one has to self-introspect and not be influenced by a group to make decisions.
"It is not always about doing the right thing as a group but sometimes you have to do it alone. You have to weigh all the options and come up with the right one hence going back to my former home, MDC-T, is what I deem the right thing to do.
MDC-T vice president Nelson Chamisa told TellZim News that the return of their former colleagues will go a long way in ensuring that the party is stronger in 2018.
"It is an on-going process of the realignment of forces. Our original members are coming back to the party and it is high time we go back to the basics. We are witnessing quite a good number of people who want to work with us and we are excited as a party.
 "I can confirm to you that he is one of us.
"Our focus ahead of the 2018 elections is to rally everyone behind MDC-T and we are on the ground mobilising the masses and carrying out meetings with other progressive parties to deliver the long overdue change to Zimbabwe," said Chamisa.
He said the revolutionary train has enough seats for everyone who wants to work for a better Zimbabwe.
MDC-T Masvingo provincial chairperson, James Gumbi, said he got a call from Matutu notifying him of the decision to re-join MDC-T and the matter is being handled at the national level so that they can release a formal communique notifying all the structures.
"Yes, Matutu has come back and it is good for our party especially here in Masvingo since Matutu has been known for his hard work and uniting the people. We hope to work together with him and we welcome him with open arms," said Gumbi.
Matutu together with Paul Madzore both dumped PDP going back to Tsvangirai and were officially welcomed back at the party's national headquarters at Harvest House in Harare on Tuesday by the party secretary general Douglas

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