Rushwaya withdraws from Gutu Zanu PF race

EX-ZIMBABWE Football Association (Zifa) chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya was yesterday forced to withdraw from Zanu PF’s primary elections at the last minute at the behest of former Gutu legislator Shuvai Mahofa, the Daily News can reveal.

The feisty Relm Mining owner had applied to represent the party as a Gutu senator, but withdrew following sustained pressure from Mahofa, whom she was set to contest.

The former Zifa boss said she had pulled out to concentrate on her business and campaign for President Robert Mugabe.

Rushwaya also said while she had business commitments, she also felt because of the disagreements on the selection of candidates, there was no need to hold the party to ransom by insisting on her candidature.

“Some of us are not career politicians and we did not become politicians to make money,” she said.

“I am still young and my time will come so this gives me the opportunity to work, make more money so that when my time eventually comes I will be out to serve the ordinary people,” the self-styled iron lady of football said.

“For now I will campaign for the president because I know if we secure the presidency then we can still be accommodated elsewhere, that is why I withdrew my name from the primaries.”

Mahofa could not be reached for a comment as her phone was unreachable.

Rushwaya joins Mashonaland Central governor Martin Dinha who became the first high-profile figure to withdraw from the race.

Dinha, a fierce Mugabe loyalist, said he cannot be party to a “flawed, scandalous and manipulated” electoral process.

Mugabe’s party yesterday held its primary elections throughout the country which were largely shambolic with no ballot boxes and indelible ink in some areas.Pressured? Henrietta Rushwaya withdrew from contesting in the Zanu PF primaries yesterday.

    Comments (8)

    “For now I will campaign for the president because I know if we secure the presidency then we can still be accommodated elsewhere, that is why I withdrew my name from the primaries.” What more can you add ???

    Rushwaya Galinya - 27 June 2013

    Hure iro, batai munhu

    tinto - 27 June 2013

    It is too late for you sis things have fallen apart for zanu and you, the few thousands that you have made through fraudulent ways will be gone after elections

    Diibulaanyika - 27 June 2013

    too let for what, Zanu ichatonga kusvika ma mama. Kuida kana kuivenga, we will vote for it. Mdc vatengesi, matuzvi ari fresh chaiwo, this time zanu pf is like A Gautrain,you cant stop us.

    gono - 28 June 2013

    too let for what, Zanu ichatonga kusvika ma mama. Kuida kana kuivenga, we will vote for it. Mdc vatengesi, matuzvi ari fresh chaiwo, this time zanu pf is like A Gautrain,you cant stop us.

    gono - 28 June 2013

    Zanu pf elections were not shambolic, but they were shocked by the support that it got after 2008 elections. People are now clever, they now know kuti Nyika yakabva kupi. Do you think you can be a head of state when a primary election of your party is attended by less than 100 pple against Zanu pf's 17000. Its better to pull out pachinenguva nekuti the writting is on the wall, Mugabe back to state house, Tsvangirai kinofudza mombe.

    gono - 28 June 2013

    Beautiful website, Daily News. This is excellent work. Thanks for giving your readers space for comments. Keep on telling it as it is. Keep it up!

    Nkosi Mambo - 28 June 2013

    Zvimwe ndezvimwe, once spoke to this woman and she is charming and a sweet talker....I'm sure she can negotiate for anything, she is also very eloquent...Dinha and Rushwaya are also friends and they have done good for the party...havakare hutongi not Ana Mahofa vasingadi kutaura and let the young take over...shame on u Mahofa....we won't vote u but the President only

    Kalanga - 28 June 2013

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