The ruling ZANU PF has welcomed more than 30 defectors from the CCC party in Gwanda area of Matabeleland South Province.

The defectors who likened opposition politics to someone who walks into a no through road zone said they were enticed by the second republic’s development drive.

“We were lost, but we have come home. We were just walking in the dark. What we need is development in our area which is what the ruling party is offering and this really told us that we should come back home,” CCC party defector, Mr Precious Nhliziyo said.

ZANU PF member, Cde Lungisani Ncube said, “As I was going around preaching the gospel of development that is being spearheaded by the President. I found these members and they told me that they want to vote for the President and I said, ‘let us bring them to leadership so that you may see them’.”

Welcoming the former CCC members, Matabeleland South chairman, Cde Mangaliso Ndlovu re-affirmed the party’s inclusivity saying the work that is being done by President Mnangagwa is set transform the country into an upper middle-income society.

ZANU PF Matabeleland South chairman, Cde Mangaliso Ndlovu said, “As a province, we welcome you to the party that you all grew up in and as you promised that you are going to bring more members. We really welcome you. ZANU PF is our home it is home to all of us. The President is always preaching unity and development and we should support him.”

Meanwhile the provincial leadership is on the tour of districts to gather views on the state of the party.

The ruling party is targeting five million votes for President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the coming 2023 elections, while Chamisa is targeting six million.