Repentant Choto joins MDC-T

The Zanu (PF) Gokwe Town Centre chairperson defected to the MDC-T at a rally in Mbizo over the weekend.

Innocent Choto, who for 13 years had allegedly tormented opposition supporters, said he had been a member of the party since 1986.

He started in the youth wing and became chairperson of the main wing. “During that time I used to disturb the activities of the MDC from mere supporters to its president,” he told the rally. He also claimed he was used to rig elections in favour of Zanu (PF) by ensuring that he registered even dead people to vote in general elections.

“I have been at the centre of the party’s rigging machinery in Gokwe. I would take IDs of dead people and place them on the voters’ roll. After that I would make sure that those dead people vote. This has been my legacy and when I think of the things I used to do, I cry,” he said.

The MDC has consistently argued the voters’ roll is compromised in favour of the ruling party, and has in the past accused Choto of being behind the torture and disappearance of its supporters, especially during the bloody 2008 polls which saw hundreds of opposition supporters being displaced by political violence.

“I have awoken from my slumber because after years of waiting for the promised land, all I have received is pain because in Zanu (PF) they feed themselves and chase away those who open their eyes,” he told the rally.

MDC-T vice-chairperson Morgan Komichi welcomed Choto saying his party was the big tent which was prepared to work with its former tormentors to improve the future of Zimbabwe.

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