Mhlanga set to bounce back in Pumula

BULAWAYO - Pumula Constituency MDC candidate Albert Mhlanga says this year’s contestants for the Pumula Constituency are the easiest opponents he has ever had in his political career.

Previously saddled with allegations of misusing the Constitutional Development Fund, CDF, Mhlanga believes the people of Pumula now know the truth and they love him.

This week Daily News Bulawayo reporter Jeffrey Muvundusi (JM) spoke to Albert Mhlanga (AM) who bared his soul on the hype towards the forthcoming crunch polls.

JM: Who is Albert Mhlanga?

AM: I was born in 1968 in Lower Gweru under Chief Sogwala in Vungu Constituency and received my education in the same area.

I am a married man with four children.

I am a graduate of the Chartered Institute of purchasing and supply from UK.

I graduated at the Zimbabwe Institute of Management with the Diploma in business leadership.

I also hold an MBA with the Midlands State University and I am currently working on my PHD.

I am also a renowned business man in the city.

JM: Tell us about your political background?

AM: I have been in politics for almost 15 years.

In year 2000, I was a councillor in Ward 16 of Luveve-Gwabalanda Constituency.

In 2004, I was the deputy mayor of Bulawayo until 2008 when I became a member of Parliament for Pumula Constituency.

This means I have satisfied the leadership at ward, metropolitan and national levels.

JM: What are your other political ambitions?

AM:  The only positions I have not occupied are that of minister or a president.

But I feel I have achieved a lot and what’s only left is to groom others to fill the gap so that when I leave, there will be others to take up the work I will have done.

JM: Talking of Pumula Constituency what are your chances this time around?

AM: As for the present candidates I am sorry to talk about them.

These parties did not put candidates that will make me lose sleep. I can safely say I am alone in this battle.

Even if I win, I won’t feel the pride because the parties did not put any competitive candidate.
JM: Are you saying the candidates are not a threat in any way?

AM: Yes I know them. I have assessed them. They are not in any way a threat.

In that way they don’t make me a great man if I win because I will have competed against myself.

JM: What are you promising the people of Pumula Constituency this time around?

AM: I am surprised with the primitive kind of campaigning that I have seen from some aspiring candidates.

They promise people clinics, roads, dip tanks and stuff like that yet it’s not the role of a member of Parliament to do that.

It is the role of a good government to provide money to different ministries which the government of Morgan Tsvangirai will do.

So it will be my duty to represent them in parliament and help in the oversight of those ministries such that they deliver.

JM: You have been one of the MPs who were fingered in having misused the CDF, don’t you think this will work against you in the battle for the Pumula seat?

AM: I have explained to people, to political parties during the recent debate in Pumula, I went through a court and the magistrate’s words were: “Mhlanga go and take your passport and your deposit. You have got no case to answer.”

That case was just in the brains of the few people who wanted to contest me.

They thought if they raised that issue they would soil my image and I know them.

They are four and from my party but I won’t mention them. This case has in fact made me popular.

JM: Don’t you think the presence of Welshman Ncube particularly in Matabeleland region will spoil your ambitions as the Zimbabwe’s next ruling party?

AM: I have respect for Ncube as a politician, an intellectual and that he has the heart for Matabeleland region.

But unfortunately, he has not realised that he is betting on the Ndebeles the majority of whom are with Tsvangirai.

The bulk of Joshua Nkomo’s supporters he left behind from Zapu are now with Zanu PF.

I wonder which Ndebeles Ncube will have that can fill a hand.

We must admit that we are a minority and we as Ndebeles have been divided.

Remember there is this Alliance Khumbula Ekhaya and I wonder what will happen to Ncube.

I have heard people saying Welshman’s idea is brilliant but the timing is wrong.

People know what he stands for but unfortunately, they now want Mugabe to go and all what Welshman is doing is to try and block that.

But I am sorry to say he won’t succeed.

JM: Are you saying the MDC-led by Welshman Ncube is a regional party?

AM: Yes it is clear.  You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you that.

This exactly is why Arthur Mutambara became unpopular in the party because he was becoming big-headed dropping the regional flair of the party.

JM: Coming to the issue of the so-called MDC rebels who have now filed nomination papers as independent candidates don’t you see them dividing votes against your party?

AM: It is not fair to call them rebels but they are independent candidates.

Anyway, our party is clear on that.

If you become independent you have automatically fired yourself of which some of the guys didn’t know.
Most of our members support the party and not independents and they will be shocked.

They must learn from Munyaradzi Gwisai when he chose to go that way.

They are now history and they have waved good bye to the party.

JM: As a Bulawayo provincial organising secretary in the main MDC there have been reports of massive factionalism which may work against the party, what’s your take on that?

AM: The only thing that can prove whether we are divided or not is come to White City on Friday where there is a star rally.

Of course we had some individuals who felt that they were big in the party but we have since resolved that and we are moving ahead towards elections as a team.

JM: You have also been touted as one of the Mafikizolos being preferred in the party ahead of the veteran party members, what’s your response to that?

AM: I have heard people say this several times but I really wonder where it comes from.

If I can tell you I was in the first national council chaired by the late Isaac Matongo and I am even today still sitting in the council now chaired by Lovemore Moyo.

This is despite the fact that I joined the Ncube formation when the party split.

JM: Your last words?

AM: People of Pumula must vote for change, jobs, foods and all capital investments will improve if they vote for Morgan Tsvangirai.

 

Comments (9)

Albert Mhlanga, I am afraid you are foisting primitive and backward Gukurahundi ZANU PF tribal politics on Zimbabweans. To think you claim to be educated, what a shame. You claim Welshman should not exercise his constitutional and democratic right to participate as a leader of a political party in Zimbabwe just because, as a Mthwakazi/Ndebele, "we must admit we are a minority......". How stupid can you get really? Modern politics is about issues, not Ndebele and Shona, you primitive fool. If the African Americans had followed your mental slavery, Barack Obama would not be president of America today. Zimbabwe is such an embarassing country I must say - in South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa was overwhelmingly elected as ANC Deputy president in December 2012 in Mangaung, and yet the Venda, the community he comes from are some of the minorities of all minorities in South Africa. He is now set to become South Africa's next president after the end of Zuma's second term. In Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi was a Kalanjin, one of the minorities of minorities of Kenyan communities, but he was eleted president. So what are you talking about - Gukurahundi politics I presume - what a shame of a country; coming, especially from a so-called "democratic party of excellence". That is why we of the Green MDC Team say in the MDCT, you all share the Gukurahundi ZANU PF DNA. You have no intention of changing the evil, tribalistic, racistic Gukurahundi political culture, but to simply remove Mugabe and carry on as if nothing has happened!!!!!!!!!!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 19 July 2013

good for you.

jonso - 13 October 2014

lam glad wat Mr mhlanga mantioned yrs ago .its happening ,mr Mhlanga was a man of his words,he can say the thrueth and feel no shame of it coz it will be thrueth.if we were having pple like him .nt sellouts Zimbabwe will a different country by now

phumulani mhlanga - 24 July 2016

lam glad wat Mr mhlanga mantioned yrs ago .its happening ,mr Mhlanga was a man of his words,he can say the thrueth and feel no shame of it coz it will be thrueth.if we were having pple like him .nt sellouts Zimbabwe will a different country by now

phumulani mhlanga - 24 July 2016

lam glad wat Mr mhlanga mantioned yrs ago .its happening ,mr Mhlanga was a man of his words,he can say the thrueth and feel no shame of it coz it will be thrueth.if we were having pple like him .nt sellouts Zimbabwe will a different country by now

phumulani mhlanga - 24 July 2016

lam glad wat Mr mhlanga mantioned yrs ago .its happening ,mr Mhlanga was a man of his words,he can say the thrueth and feel no shame of it coz it will be thrueth.if we were having pple like him .nt sellouts Zimbabwe will a different country by now

phumulani mhlanga - 24 July 2016

lam glad wat Mr mhlanga mantioned yrs ago .its happening ,mr Mhlanga was a man of his words,he can say the thrueth and feel no shame of it coz it will be thrueth.if we were having pple like him .nt sellouts Zimbabwe will a different country by now

phumulani mhlanga - 24 July 2016

lam glad wat Mr mhlanga mantioned yrs ago .its happening ,mr Mhlanga was a man of his words,he can say the thrueth and feel no shame of it coz it will be thrueth.if we were having pple like him .nt sellouts Zimbabwe will a different country by now

phumulani mhlanga - 24 July 2016

lam glad wat Mr mhlanga mantioned yrs ago .its happening ,mr Mhlanga was a man of his words,he can say the thrueth and feel no shame of it coz it will be thrueth.if we were having pple like him .nt sellouts Zimbabwe will a different country by now

phumulani mhlanga - 24 July 2016

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