Mugabe has no future: Zanu (PF) MP

tracy_mutinhiriMARONDERA - Besieged Zanu (PF) parliamentarian Tracy Mutinhiri has reportedly told party officials that President Robert Mugabe has no political future and urged them to support the MDC. (Pictured: Tracy Mutinhiri: The Chinese now prefer MDC)

It is understood the Marondera East MP told party personal secretary, Shepherd Kaserere, Mugabe would not last the Presidential race. In a recent report from Kaserere to Zanu (PF) Mashonaland East Provincial chairperson Ray Kaukonde and Marondera-Hwedza party senator Sydney Sekeramayi, Mutinhiri was accused of glorifying MDC and denouncing Mugabes dictatorship.

Part of the report, which was leaked to The Zimbabwean, said: In a series of closed door meetings dating back to 2009 with Member of Parliament, Tracy Mutinhiri… told me it was high time we joined MDC. Mutinhiri glorified MDC and described it as a very democratic party. She expressed wonder to why Zanu (PF) could remove an educated politician like herself from the party women wing provincial commissariat post, at a time when MDC was keen to engage her valuable services to help bring about meaningful and real political change to the country, says the report.

Kasereres letter said she boasted relationship with key MDC MPs including Minister of Social Welfare, Pauline Mupariwa, and at a Public Affairs Parliamentary Support Trust (PAPST) in Chinhoyi July 2010 urged Zanu (PF) co-exist with rival parties. Mutinhiri indicated that this time around it was again in Chinhoyi that her political life was taking a new bearing as the workshop would usher a new life in my new political perspectives, Kasereres letter said.

She later urged me to stop participating in Zanu (PF) politics or risk losing the secretaryship at her Zanu (PF) constituency office. Mutinhiri went on to commend European countries as models of development and good governance. After his visit to China in May last year, Kaserere told Mutinhiri of emerging superpowers good governance and a strong economy, she remarked that Chinese were a transparent and sincere people who no longer wanted to do business with Mugabe and Zanu (PF) as they now preferred MDC.

Ever since, Mutinhiri has never made secret about her love with MDC and was becoming anti-Zanu (PF) with each day, he said. This was characterized by her banning of party sloganeering at all her gatherings. Days on end she would remind me that Zanu (PF) was out of touch with the people, Mugabe was no match for Tsvangirai and would not last the Presidential race.

He (Mugabe) was also too old to make meaningful contributions to the country as president… right thinking Zanu (PF) followers including me (Kaserere) would do themselves a big favour by joining MDC before it was late. Observers said Kaserere had political ambitions of his own and trying to destroy Mutinhiris political career.

Since she won the Marondera East Rural constituency, she has urged Zanu (PF) thugs to desist from violence against political rivals parties. Mutinhiris calls raised the ire of Kaserere, who teamed up with other party members, including ward 22 councillor Mutizwa Huni, Village 14 secretary Anthony Jera, party gender officer Faith Ngoma and others to victimise suspected MDC supporters.

Mutinhiri could not be reached for comment, but sources said she was being punished by Zanu (PF) because of her stance against violence and pro-democracy gospel.

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