Mugabe bemoans loss of 14 Masvingo seats

MASVINGO - President Robert Mugabe yesterday lamented factionalism and infighting in his party and blamed it for the loss of support for the party in Masvingo.

In an address to thousands of party supporters outside Mucheke Stadium, the 89-year-old leader  bemoaned his party’s waning fortunes in Zimbabwe’s oldest city.

“We have been winning elections since independence here and in 1985 we won all the seats in this province and that’s when we declared one party State and from then you have always been our stronghold,” Mugabe said.

“Asi muna 2008 maiwee takaruza maseats zvisingaite, 14 akaenda tikasara ne 12. (But in 2008 we lost 14 seats and we got only 12), what happened to us, is it infighting kurwisana chaiko?”

Factionalism and infighting in Masvingo Province is intense as Vice President Joyce Mujuru’s faction fronted by politburo member Dzikamai Mavhaire is at loggerheads with the rival Emerson Mnangagwa faction, fronted by Josiah Hungwe.

He pleaded to party supporters who were bused from the province’s seven districts to vote for Zanu PF in the July 31 election.

“We still need to understand what happened in 2008 but we must not forget what cost us our one party State,” he said.

“The British also had a hand and lest we forget that they were oppressive and want to effect regime change to us, but who are they to do so?

“I am appealing to you that we need to vote for Zanu PF to get back our status of one party state in the province and shame our enemies.”

Mugabe however, spent most of his address in his history lectures where he drew people back to the 70s liberation struggle.

Comments (11)

Ngano ngano...... vanhu vangainda ku rally kunonzwa nhoroondo dzoga dzoga here ndozvinousiya sadza patafura here izvozvo. Chiregai sekuru vanozorora panguva yavasara nayo

jon - 26 July 2013

At 90 years there is nothing left in this man. Why does Zimbabwe end up like this?

TM - 26 July 2013

You don't call it a One Part State. Masvingo is not a State. It may have been a century ago. You may call it one party province, if you so wish. Ndimi makamedza mabuku. Maikopa kanhi?

dick mboko - 26 July 2013

CLEAN SWEEP WEZHIRA TAHWA NEKUENDA SOUTH AFRICA TIGOTANGA KUNOUYA NEMACHISA CHAIYO BODO. ZVOKWADI HAMA DZEDU DZAPERA NE-POOR ROAD IYI NEMATSOTSI muSA. People of Chivi and Mwenezi South Africa is not your home this time vote wisely. LOSS OF 14 cde pres + 12 THIS TIME 100% MDC-T. ZANU KU UPM ONLY. VOTE FOR REAL CHANGE fellow ZIMBOS all over the country MASVINGO, MIDLANDS, MATEBELELAND N&S, MANYIKALAND, HARARE, BULAWAYO, MASHONALAND E W C THERE IS ONLY ONE ZIMBABWE. LETS BE UNITED IN UNITY OF PURPOSE THAT IS OF ECONOMIC STABILITY AND REAL GROWTH. USE YOUR PHONE TO SAVE Zimbabwe.

SARA-WOGA-MUZANU PF - 26 July 2013

Zanu is dead in Masvingo district except in Mberengwa district, Chivi and some parts of Chiredzi. hose are some few areas needing education

Wezhara - 26 July 2013

Zanu is dead in Masvingo district except in Mberengwa district, Chivi and some parts of Chiredzi. hose are some few areas needing education

Wezhara - 26 July 2013

Zpf is totally dead in Manicaland and Masvingo mainly because of the high levelsof education in those areas. if you look at the Zimsec pass rate in these 2 provinces you see that's where the best schools come from. Brain chaidzo dzaunotarisira kuUzumba ne Darwin ndedzipi when all they believe is propaganda said in DeadBC ne Herald

Henure - 26 July 2013

@Henure. Very true. Look at areas like Mbare and Epworth. Munhu anoshingirira kusunga gavi asina kana underpen kundokweshera padombo achiita msangano weZanu pasina kana progress muhupenyu hwake kana chimwe chinoonekera. Zanu ndeyemarombe nevanemamhepo

Antonetta - 26 July 2013

WeZhira uya uone zvaita nyika. Come the sons and daughters of Zimbabwe huru. Our province is in desolation and has been desecrated. Who doesn't know Zanu-PF degrees of violence? Is it not that 'mhondoro dzinonwa muna Save'? Arise vana veZhira. Let us be counted among revolutionaries of change. Kare hagari ari kare. Matakadya kare havaraidzi mwana. Is it not payback time for the misdeeds at Jerera? Chinotimba's misdeeds in Gutu, the parcelling out of Chiredzi conservancy, the closure of SSM. WeZhira, ndati is it not payback time? WeZhira stand up and be counted.

Gondobwe - 27 July 2013

When Mugabe won elections in 1980 the stadium in Harare was full to capacity with men and women ululating and shouting cries for joy , because Zimbabweans wanted change from white rule after being oppressed since 1890 by whites. So 1980 was welcomed by black Zimbabweans with joy. Now after 33 years in power Zimbabweans associate Mugabe's rule with oppression tactics that were used by Smith to oppress Zimbabwean people, and Zimbabweans associate Mugabes rule with schools closing , hospitals clossing and the economy failing during his rule. Now if Mugabe wins, will Zimbabweans live happily ever after?

Elite - 27 July 2013

Kechema 14 seats dzakaenda muna 2008, this time Zanu Pf will be very very lucky to get one seat in Masvingo! Mark my words!

Jambanja paSalisbury - 27 July 2013

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