Zanu news unlikely to fool anybody

MUTOKO - Villagers in Mashonaland East rural areas have described Zanu (PF)s mouthpiece The Insider as a piece of paper spreading cheap propaganda unlikely to fool anybody.

The recent eighth edition of the publication tries to tarnish the image of MDC-T leadership and party structures.Zanu (PF) imitation of the MDC-Ts The Prime Ministers Newsletter is a shameful failure and waste of resources. Instead of publicizing developmental projects and the way forward for Zimbabwe like the Prime Ministers publication does, Zanu (PF) uses its mouthpiece to crudely discredit MDC. It is mainly distributed in rural areas where Zanu (PF) regards people as less intelligent than those living in towns, hence attempts to manipulate them through the publication. Mugabes party is desperately fighting to regain lost ground in rural areas. Nobody is taking the publication seriously. It is a laughing stock, said an elderly Mutoko villager, throwing away the paper.

The August edition attempted to mislead its small readership about divisions in MDC-T it said were widening by the day. It created an imaginary scenario in which MDC-T Secretary General, Tendai Biti and MDC-Ms Welshman Ncube were planning to join forces and dislodge Morgan Tsvangirai from the helm of mainstream MDC. It also claimed that former Zanu (PF) Mutoko Councilor for 20 years who reluctantly quit Mugabes party and joined MDC in 2002, Patrick Chabvamuperu, provincial members Tapfumaneyi Muzoda, Boniface Chingwena and Jane Chifamba, were targeted for removal from MDC-T Mashonaland East Provincial Executive because they supported Tsvangirai.

Since when did Zanu (PF) started talking good about genuine cadres fighting for democracy? Zanu (PF) was suspiciously trying to position Chabvamuperu and others in MDC-T structures for Mugabes benefit. No senior Zanu (PF) official resigns from the Liberation Party permanently. We do not trust Chabvamuperu who was naively appointed MDC-T Mashonaland East Provincial Chairperson and allocated a farm in Chegutu by Zanu (PF), said another villager. Tendai Biti and Welshman Ncube could not be reached for comment as they did not respond to calls.

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