ZPF official: Zanu PF minus Mujuru doomed

MUTARE: Zanu PF knew it would lose the 2013 elections if had fired former Vice President, Joice Mujuru, and her colleagues hence the move was delayed untill well after the polls, a senior Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) member has said.

Winner? ... ZPF leader Joice Mujuru

Winner? … ZPF leader Joice Mujuru

Former Zanu PF provincial deputy spokesperson, Charles Samuriwo, said this at a ZPF meeting held at the eastern border city on Sunday.

“These are the same people who made Zanu PF win the 2013 general election. These are the very same people who were mobilizing support on the grassroots.

“Zanu PF knew it would lose the election if it fired Mujuru and other cadres before the 2013elections. These were the foot soldiers of the party and people who knew the ideology,” said Samuriwo.

Fronted by the former Vice President, Mujuru, ZPF was launched in Harare last Tuesday before a crowd which included diplomats and church and business leaders.

Samuriwo said the Sunday meeting was oversubscribed and was meant to update people on new developments after the first press conference by interim president, Mujuru.

“It was a process of formalizing the party as well as meeting the people. We were also coordinating forthcoming events. We were also updating people about the drafting of the constitution which shall be amended and adopted during the congress,” said Samuriwo.

He said the meeting also discussed policy formulation and the direction the party will take ahead of the 2018 elections.

Samuriwo added that ZPF was already on the ground and was ready to tackle Zanu PF head on.

According to him, while Zimbabwe has a population of close to 14 million, a few people took part in the 2008 and 2013 general elections respectively.

“If you look at 2008 election, Mugabe garnered a million votes while Tsvangirai did the same. The remainder is the number of people we want to activate. These are the people whom the party wants to work with,” said Samuriwo.

Among those who attended the Mutare meeting were former intelligence minister, Didymus Mutasa, ex-energy deputy minister Munacho Mutezo, former Manicaland Zanu PF provincial chairman, John Mvundura, ex-Manicaland Women’s League boss, Janet Knight; ex-Zanu PF provincial committee member retired Major James Kaunye, Retired Brigadier Kasu, ex MDC-T senator for Manicaland Patrick Chitaka.


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