Mpofu attacks Zanu PF leadership

BULAWAYO - Obert Mpofu, the Zanu PF secretary for economic affairs has taken a swipe at his party’s  leadership in Matabeleland, accusing them of being responsible for the organisation’s misfortunes in the province.

It is rare to find top Zanu PF officials attack each other, but Mpofu who seems to have been mandated with propping up support for President Robert Mugabe’s party, launched the surprise attack at the weekend in Hwange where he was on a maize-donating spree.

The Daily News understands Mpofu is vigorously pushing for Zanu PF to win votes in Matabeleland North Province ahead of elections next year.

Some top Zanu PF officials are said to be resisting his presence in the area saying he was overstepping his mandate and are urging him to concentrate on his Umguza constituency.

Others like Zanu PF national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo are also said to be against Mpofu’s forays in the province accusing him of using his “wealth” to gain favours in the party.

But Mpofu is said to be having none of it, even risking a major fallout with Moyo and is going on an offensive and at the weekend dismissed those resisting his adventures in the region.

Without singling out any particular individual, Mpofu said greedy and selfish party leaders in the province were working against the party’s interests.

“We have in this region some senior party officials who hide party cards in their houses and give them to only a few individuals.

“They want to make sure that the party membership remains low so that they can easily manipulate a small group.

“When they present reports to President Robert Mugabe, they say people do not want to join Zanu PF, but this is blatant lying,” Mpofu said.

“How can people join us when we have greedy individuals who keep the party’s T-shirts for themselves? We hear they have been giving the T-shirts to their families and friends.

“We therefore should not blame the people for shunning us because we have failed.”

Mpofu, who is also the minister of Mines and Mining Development, urged members of Zanu PF to stop politicising donations as this was another cause for people shunning the former ruling party.

On Friday, Mpofu was the guest of honour at Chilisi Secondary School where he read the riot act on mining companies in Hwange.

He then went to Nekamandama Rural District Council and donated 30 tonnes of maize. After that, he travelled to Dinde Rural District Council where he also donated another 30 tonnes of maize.

On Saturday, he was the guest of honour at celebrations to mark Makomo mining company’s second anniversary where he announced that companies which were not utilising mining licences would lose them. - Lloyd Mbiba

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