Gutu pulls out of MDC

IMG_20180221_140011By Buhle Tshavango.
MDC-T  National Spokesperson Obert Gutu has announced his withdrawal from the party saying as a professional he could not continue with an organization that advocates for violence and thuggery.
Announcing on social media today, Gutu added that he was not quitting politics as he will stand for the member of Parliament seat in the highly contested Harare East constituency, possibly as an independent candidate.
“BIG ANNOUNCEMENT. I’m not going to continue associating myself with an organization that advocates for violence and thuggery. I’m a principled politician and professional. I’m NOT quitting politics. I’m going to contest in Harare East constituency in the 2018 elections”, tweeted Gutu.
This announcement comes a day after  MDCT-T Vice President Thokozani Khupe and party spokesperson Douglas Mwonzora were harassed and chased from the late former party President Morgan Tsvangirai’s funeral by rowdy party youths allegedly aligned to acting party President Nelson Chamisa.
Gutu castigated the use violence and thuggery as a tool for political mobilisation adding that it is simply not acceptable in his scheme of things.
“We are supposed to be a political party and not a ragtag armed militia,” he said.
Almost a week before this announcement, Gutu had already stated that he was going to make a big announcement soon, leaving speculation as to whether he was already harbouring intentions of quitting the party and is now using the violent fracas at Tsvangirai’s burial as an excuse.

Obert Gutu had since distanced himself from Chamisa saying he did not associate himself with coup plotters.

Meanwhile, social media users reacted differently to Gutu’s imminent resignation.


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