Zanu PF dead and buried: Makoni

HARARE - Opposition Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn (MKD) leader Simba Makoni has claimed Zanu PF does not exist anymore as a political party and has completely lost support of the grassroots.

Makoni, for years a senior member of the ruling Zanu PF party who challenged President Robert Mugabe for the presidency in the March 2008 vote and came out third, told the Daily News that the ruling party was dead and buried.

“Zanu PF doesn’t exist anymore as a political party, there is what I call upper crust of leadership and they do not have any support of the grassroots,” Makoni said.

"The final nail on the coffin was hammered in December 2014. It’s sad because this is a party of history but it has refused to be the party of the future and party of the present.”

Makoni said his MKD, which has its genesis in his participation in the 2008 elections as an independent presidential candidate and only became a fully fledged political party on July 1, 2009, was prepared to work with other pro-democracy parties.

“We are ready to work with anyone who is committed to genuine change,” Makoni said.

“If tomorrow Robert Mugabe wakes up having changed like Paul in the Bible, we can work with him.”

Despite his years of service to Zanu PF, Makoni has been described by Mugabe himself as a “traitor” and “western puppet”.

Up until he announced his candidature for the 2008 elections, Makoni remained a member of Zanu PF’s policy-making body, the politburo. He garnered 8 percent of the March 2008 presidential vote.

With a PhD in chemistry, Makoni was brought in as Finance minister in 2000 to restore relations with donors and the business community but failed to change Mugabe’s policies.

He was sacked 18 months later after calling for a devaluation of the currency to try and boost exports.

Slamming Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s $4 billion national budget presented last Thursday, Makoni said although Chinamasa dropped a number of statements around revenue measures, there was no coherent presentation of where the $3,8 billion is going to come from, raising questions about how the Finance minister is going to finance that expenditure.

Variously described as a moderniser, a technocrat and a “young turk”, Makoni said Zimbabwe needed change, and that change must start in the leadership.

“It’s quite clear that Mugabe and Zanu PF are now clueless,” Makoni said.

"I saw it even when I was still there (in Zanu PF), we were trying to keep our positions and there was nothing we were doing. We need change in leadership but this change is not just for Mugabe, it must also be the change of the mindset.

Each one of us must accept that we are responsible for our welfare and development kwete kuti dai hurumende yandipawo (not say only if government gives us).

“We can have a new president tomorrow but if he or she continues with the mindset of donating to people, we will not come out of this crisis; we need to change our behaviour.

“The best empowerment that I can recommend you is to remove the impingements that stop you from doing what you want to do for yourself. No one knows your interests better than yourself.

“So this whole psychology which says tichakuvakirai zvipatara, zvikoro ne mabridge (we are going to build you hospitals, schools and bridges) is what we must stop.

“The former Sadc executive secretary said when leaders seek support to take up leadership positions,  it must be not on the basis of promising donations.

“We must move away from the mindset of dependency,” he said.

“Many young people are refusing to go to work not because they are not getting jobs but they need to get money in an easy way. So the new government, when change takes place, needs a commitment on attitude change.

“In 2010, we launched a programme which we call Simba Conversation, where we were working with all leaders who are committed to genuine change and it is still operational. We discuss the future of our country and what we have to do.

“Change will not make itself, change is made by somebody.  Mugabe made change from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe and we also want to make change from a poor, fearful, harassed Zimbabwe to a peaceful Zimbabwe.”

Makoni has struggled to clean himself of the image that his party is a covert Zanu PF operation.

When he walked out of Zanu PF on February 5, 2008 claiming 60 percent of top Zanu PF officials backed him, only former Home Affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa was the only heavyweight to publicly join his camp.

Dabengwa, who has now broken away from MKD to form his own Zapu, recently made sensational claims that Makoni was in fact used to split the opposition vote and give Mugabe victory in the 2008 vote. Dabengwa claimed  Makoni was used as a “braai stick.”

And he is not the only one to make such claims. Retired major Kudzai Mbudzi, one of the top officials in MKD, who has since joined People First, told journalists in Harare recently: “I knew from the beginning that Makoni and I were never going to win, we were just used to remove Zanu PF from the mud.”

These claims were repeated by Dabengwa at a rally held in Gwamayaya communal lands in Nkayi last year. 

“We used Makoni to stop the old man (Mugabe) and Tsvangirai; whose track record we did not feel would make him a good president.

UMakoni wayeludlawu lokos’inyama. Nxa usuqedile ukosa inyama uyalulahla udlawu uzidlele inyama yakho (Makoni was a braai stick. You put away the braai stick when you have finished roasting and then enjoy your meat),” Dabengwa said.

Comments (6)

"The final nail on the coffin was hammered in December 2014...." Nokuti ambuya vako Joice Mujuru was booted out of Zanu-PF in December 2014.Dai Joice angaachiri mu gravy train waitaura uchidaro here nhaiwe Simba ? "Change will not make itself, change is made by somebody....." Ndimwizwe makafunda munawo madegree. Chititaridzai gwara namasteps atinofanirwa kutora isu povo imwi muri pasteering wheel tichinje zhinhu. Zwenyu zwekungotaura mumapepa nhau pasina chamunokwanisa kuita hapana zwazwinobatsira. Hapana mutsauko neni Masamba ndisina degree necourage yekuita face Mugabe. Usakangamwa kuti muZimbabwe kana kwava kunyaya dzepolitics the gullible povo reigns supreme. Look at the Womens League. League yembudzi dzakarongwa naMugabe kuita achieve his own ends. Now Grace avakupinda nayo iyoyo yokushandisa zwituta zwemadzimai kuita zwaanoda muZimbabwe. There is no way a country can be run at the whims of a psyco like Grace - it can`t !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 30 November 2015

Simba apera vakomana.

machakachaka - 1 December 2015

ZANU PF finished? You must be joking? Anyone thinking in this fashion needs to quickly go to a shrink! ZANU PF is just beginning and is here to stay forever. We have the backing of the AU and Asia and are all geared to revamp and revive the economy making us one of the most innovative and productive country's on this continent. Wake up Zimbabwe.

No Nonsense - 1 December 2015

Cdr Simba yu just need to come bak home.Ukanovhima ukashaya dzoka kumba uzorore.We need Simba mu Zanu.Mugandangaka uyu.Dzoka ubatsire chimurenga 2nd fase.Even tho G40 is finnished dzoka upinde mu gorvenment ya ngwena.Look at G40 in disaray,J .Moyo is now recoiled,P Chiyangwa ,their financeman ,is now into soccer,Zhuwawo pamwe ari kumusha now,sofala province.come bak cdr simba.

viola gwena - 1 December 2015

oSimba bakiti. Its so sad! iZanu isizidlela inyama yayo.

Qiniso - 1 December 2015

Its unfortunate it all comes down to mumbers game otherwise Simba is a presidential material. I do find some sense in his statement. Dabengwa must be a bitter man because Simba had more votes, than him in Matebeleland regions, which Dabengwa thinks he is entitled to. Unlike people first, who were pushed out Simba took a brave decision own his will. He never split any votes because Morgiza had 73% and him 8%.

X-MAV IV - 1 December 2015

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