Mujuru harvests more from Zanu PF

HARARE - More Zanu PF officials, including former ministers, continue to stampede to join former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s recently registered Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) party.

Among those who recently ditched the ruling party to join ZPF are former deputy Information minister, Bright Matonga — who is said to be working closely with former Zimbabwe Union of Democrats president, Margaret Dongo, to mobilise support for ZPF in Mashonaland West.

The former Zanu PF bigwig and MP told a meeting held at his homestead in Mhondoro last month that hope for a better Zimbabwe could only come with Mujuru as leader of the country.

According to minutes of the meeting, which was attended by several other former ruling party officials, Matonga is captured saying “the president  From Page 1

(President Robert Mugabe) is hardworking but old minds need to be replaced”.

“How can we have someone who was made to read a wrong speech for 40 minutes be presented as a presidential candidate for 2018?” he is reported saying, further blaming Zimbabwe’s high levels of corruption for the country’s economic meltdown.

The former Zupco chief executive apparently also told the meeting that ZPF was working underground closely with many people still in Zanu PF and working in government.

“There is no government office isina vanhu vedu. People like ... (names withheld by the Daily News on legal advice) are with us, so you need to co-operate with them. We have quite a number of them you will get to know very soon,” he said

Matonga’s mobile phone was unreachable yesterday. But ZPF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed that he had defected to the Zanu PF off-shoot.

“Matonga is one of us, but for now since, we have not held congress, he like all others, is co-ordinating the party’s activities from the ward to provincial level.

“We are doing well and with Zanu PF at war with itself, we are just enjoying ourselves because we will continue to grow, even as there are some in the party who are still under the illusion that they can re-organise it and unite people again.

“They must forget that. Zanu PF cannot reawaken. It’s dead and it will be naïve for anyone to expect that it can bring any positive change to the country’s fortunes,” the ebullient Gumbo said.

In his meeting with his home constituency, Matonga also urged ZPF supporters to work together with other opposition parties.

“If we do not join hands with (MDC leader Morgan) Tsvangirai, we will not be able to deal with Zanu PF effectively. We must be brave for us to be able to remove Mugabe from power. We do not want cowards,” the minutes of the meeting capture him saying.

Speaking at the same meeting, a war veteran who was only identified as Comrade Horwe, called on all former Zanu PF and security sector officials now in ZPF to confess the violence that they had perpetrated against opposition supporters, if they entertained any hopes of being forgiven by the people.

“It is true that the party will be launched in February, but we must first of all confess that we killed innocent people when we were in Zanu PF,” Horwe is quoted in the minutes saying.

“This includes the atrocities we committed during Gukurahundi at the instigation of our superiors. We cannot go forward without owning up to our sins because God will not bless our efforts,” he added.

Comments (26)

Pasi parohwa zamu rebere chokwadi....Matonga kutotaurawo kuti angashande natsvangirai.....kkk.Zvamaiti ari kuda kutengesa nyika kumabhunu......Iko kuZPF kwacho muchenjererei Matonga inyoka...kkkk.I also wonder if the ZPF is not a ZANU PF nikuv...kamwana keZANU PF..

zvapera - 15 February 2016

ha ha ha Not So Bright Matonga has joined in this PF project too. If anyone had any doubt about the calibre of people and agenda of this Project, this is zanu reload. They are rebranding zanu and will continue in the same failed trajectory under a new brand. Zimbabwe needs to break away from these failed politicians if she is to take her place at the table of nations.

Galore 123 - 15 February 2016

So, Matonga is "more"?

Ndugu - 15 February 2016

So, Matonga is "more"?

Ndugu - 15 February 2016

Ahhh DAILY NEWS! Bright the small boy akazoita Zanu PF bigwig kupiko? Dont try to give him a shoulder iye ari gwasvu seuya mutengesi, uyu mhani uyu, I mean this tried and tested sell out yaaaa hanzi Rugare Gumbo. Remember Sekuru Mutasa neN'anga yavo yeDhiziri paChinhoyi, hatichemi kutizwa nembwende isu. Varume ZANU PF chiwororo, takaita senyoka, hatichemi kaga tichiguvura (skin shedding) its natural.

Mwana waLacoste - 15 February 2016

Whydid mai Mujuru wait to be expelled rather to resign if she had her husband ànd people at first

Godoborirenyika - 15 February 2016

Zanu pf should have listened to Dzikami Mavhaire during that famous year..... All of them can't officially acknowledge that Bob has failed.

X-MAN IV - 15 February 2016

What if ED is ousted! If he were to join ZPF would ZPF accept??

Netanyahu - 15 February 2016

people first ndiyo party manje. yagara zanu yakaoma kupikisa. ukasangwara unofa. saka hazvina basa kuti vakadzingwa as long as they demonstrate that they have people at heart. the fact that amai mujuru is willing to work with the opposition is a big step in the right direction. we are tired of mt's continuos near misses. we want someone who has a clear chance of taking over power come 2018. nyika kuna mai mujuru.

zvirozviyedzwa - 15 February 2016

Well let the few desperate zanu supporters join zanu Mujuru which does not exist anyway . But i fore see both zanu Mugabe and Mujuru loosing in next elections bcoz zimbabweans no longer want any one related to zanu to be in power especially war vets .

Diibulaanyika - 16 February 2016

kubatana kunokunda zvese nyika ino izere nechitendero chino kurudzira kubatana lets unite and build Zimbabwe

wawawa@ - 16 February 2016

Chisingaperi chinoshura , KUDZIDZA HAUKUPERI , GIVE OTHER PEOPLE CHANCE TO EXERCISE THEIR LEADERSHIP TALENTS , OLD HOSES MUST REST FOR THE BENEFIT OF THIS GENERATION .

wilson - 16 February 2016

i saw tsvangirai failing again and again and make the same excuses. if there is someone up for the challenge let them go for it not a man without a strategy. we don't want cry babies anymore. zimbabweans are tired of mt. next election - victory is for mother mujuru.

zvirozviyedzwa - 16 February 2016

All Zanoids are the same. Vakaitei vana Mujuru, Matonga, Tsvangson and company pavaive mugovernment. They sang for their supper kusvika vadzingwa. Chematama kungofunga imba yekuHighlands nevakadzi. Simba may do a better job because he resigned, akaita party yake.

munembiri - 16 February 2016

kkkkk vakomana tinonda zimbabwe if mai mujuru will deliver let us rally behind her

br zuze - 18 February 2016

Dear sir/madam i am real happy that amai Mujuru others had formed a party,that might see a number of us joining since we have been wondering who is going t o rescueu us.Being a mujibha based in southafrica iwish you help me how to join afp.many people want to join here.we need a branch in southafrica.my contact details are+27745386293 please make sure that this article reaches amai Mujuru.

pat sitole - 22 February 2016

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