Big test for Mujuru, ZPF

HARARE - Former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) outfit’s political weight will be put to test in two weeks’ time when her party participates in the Bikita West by-election.

With opposition parties under pressure to perform from Zimbabweans who have suffered for more than three decades at the hands of President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF due to their misrule, many people are waiting to see what value Mujuru — the nonagenarian’s former second-in-command — will bring to opposition politics.

Since her brutal ouster from both Zanu PF and the government in late 2014, as well as her subsequent formation of ZPF the following year, Mujuru has been shying away from participating in such polls — leading cynics to say that this was because she still harboured ambitions to return to the ruling party.

ZPF and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC have, together with other smaller parties, coalesced under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda, where they are demanding electoral reforms to level the playing field which they say is heavily tilted in favour of Zanu PF.

But a confident ZPF spokesperson, Jealousy Mawarire, told the Daily News yesterday that his party would win the Bikita West by-election, in which their candidate is Kudakwashe Gopo.

“We have lined up the president’s (Mujuru’s) rallies in the constituency in the coming few days and our campaign is going on well. Our message of peaceful engagement to build our country is resonating well with the people  of Bikita West,” Mawarire said.

In a previous interview with the Daily News, Mawarire has also rubbished the possibility of Mujuru re-joining Zanu PF, saying that it did not make sense for her to do this as their party has, since its formation, grown in leaps and bounds to a size bigger than the ruling party’s.

“Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) has grown bigger than Zanu PF. It will be folly for someone in the case of Mai Mujuru, who started a political party that is bigger than Zanu PF to even contemplate going back to Zanu PF which is disintegrating every other day.

“If she were to go back to Zanu PF, which Zanu PF will she go to, because there are so many splinter groups. There is Lacoste, G40, Grace, Mugabe and his group and expelled war veterans on the other hand,” Mawarire said.

Comments (7)

Well Mujuru will obvious loss that bi election she is not popular as pple are made to believe . As for CIO Jealous better shut up bcoz Mujuru will obvious go back to zanu to try and rebuild the party that is common knowledge and if pple like Jealous do not know that then sorry then sorry my boy you are useless , Right now ZPF is busy telling pple in rural areas that they are now with Morgan so that they can get votes just exactly like Mlwisa did in Norton and he won then he started insulting Morgan but Mujuruwill never win , tzanu pple will always be zanu no matter what Mujuru included ,

Diibulaanyika - 6 January 2017

Tsvangirai is not supported in many rural areas pliz don't lie-reason why he is always losing in such areas to zanu pf.We wil c if Mujuru can challenge Mugabe in bikita.Tsvangirai always lies that elections hav nikuved something which never bn proved,while he hs bn in truth lost

Addmore Gudo - 6 January 2017

Weldone Mujuru.Yu are trying my girl.Remember yo motto in Moza "possibility of victory is in attack" Take Kasukuwere headon and win Tsvangirai s trust.Yu will prosper in mdc as deputy,by yoself sisi, not crowded by 3 others.Muscle the three out,push them down coz shit goes down not up.

viola gwena - 6 January 2017

kkkkkk Morgen is the only trusted person to take Zim and revive it. Taneta nemi mabharanzi musingaziwi politics bvunzai isu takarwa Hondo kuti tinoda ani. We are going to support Morgan in 2018 isu takasunungura nyika.

rudo - 7 January 2017

level the ground, stop toy toying people using the chiefs then you will realize the truth about morgiza

chrisc - 7 January 2017

In an election where every voter freely chooses who they want as a leader without threats of any sort from any quarter, Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC-T are most likely to win. So far, he has proved to have massive unconditional and voluntary national support.

Sagitarr - 7 January 2017

@Addmore Gudo well as a bobojan you are clearly you have no clue what soever as towhat is happening in rural areas bcoz you belong to mountains . Better shut up .

Diibulaanyika - 7 January 2017

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