Zanu PF disowns Kereke

HARARE - Zanu PF Masvingo Province has disowned former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) advisor and aspiring senator Munyaradzi Kereke, saying the maverick businessman was not in the party structures.

This follows allegations that Kereke entered into a “gentleman’s agreement” with ward 23 secretary for finance Batsirai Munyani to step aside to make way for him.

Masvingo provincial political commissar Tranos Huruba told the Daily News that Kereke, a Zimpapers board member who also owns Rock Foundation Medical Centre was not an office holder in the party.

Huruba, who is also Chivi North legislator, confirmed there was disgruntlement among party cadres over reports that Kereke was the new secretary for finance in ward 23 in Bikita.

He said although Kereke could have been co-opted into the structures without his knowledge, there was no way he could have become secretary for finance.

“As far as I know, Kereke is not in our structures in Masvingo,” Huruba said. “If he is in, it could be a new development that I am not privy to, but there is no way he could have become secretary for finance.

“In fact, I have heard of the disagreements over his position in Bikita. You are 100 percent correct and there could be big politics at play,” said Huruba.

Zanu PF insiders allege that Kereke has been splashing cash to woo the electorate by dishing out developmental projects.

But he has struggled to win the hearts and minds of the party rank-and-file ahead of primary elections to choose party candidates in general elections expected sometime this year.

The party structures form the crucial Electoral College that votes during primary elections.

Insiders say Kereke is working closely with ward chairperson Mathew Nkomo, his close ally, in his bid to represent the party in the elections ahead of Claudious Makova, who is also eyeing the seat.

Kereke also reportedly has the support of the war veterans’ district chairperson Ignatius Murindi.

Kereke was not taking our call when attempts to contact him for comment were made yesterday. He did not respond to subsequent questions sent to him by text message.

But he has written to the Daily News disputing that he is on a vote buying spree claiming the newspaper was out to tarnish his image.

Part of his letter reads: “My word of advice Mr. Gama is that please you   and your team at the Daily News must not seek the path of breeding conflict, hatred and disrespect among your readers through propagation of lies.” - Mugove Tafirenyika

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