Two ZPFs emerge

HARARE - Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) elders — Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa — have said they will not fight former ally Joice Mujuru over the party’s name but co-exist as separate political entities using the same name.

Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday that while he and Mutasa were the founders and custodians of ZPF, his camp will not approach the courts in an attempt to block Mujuru from using the party name.

“If they think they can hold a congress, they can go ahead, it is their democratic right and we will not make any attempt to stop them because we are going  to have ours in May,  if all goes well,” Gumbo said.

“What is a fact and cannot be wished away is that we formed this party and we remain its bona fide owners after she (Mujuru) had failed in the mandate we had given her to lead us,” he said.

“Now the reality is that we head ZPF. Anything they want to do in the name of a congress is a circus and that is why we will not challenge them,” Gumbo said, adding “we have other serious issues to worry about than to think about what other parties are doing”. 

This comes as Mujuru — who no longer sees eye-to-eye with Gumbo and Mutasa following a fallout over her leadership — has reportedly drafted a list of preferred lieutenants to take up key positions in her camp, ahead of their convention.

These include Samuel Sipepa Nkomo and either John Shumba Mvundura or Elliot Kasu as her two deputies.

While Mujuru’s ZPF spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire has said the congress is set for end of March or beginning of April, the exact date is expected to be announced tomorrow after a national executive council meeting.

He, however, said “the fact that we are going for national convention means that all positions, including that of the president down to the lowest position, are vacant and anyone can contest because we are a democratic party”.

Comments (5)

ndoo madhambitanana manangazira makumbo ezongororo. makungundengu mvere dzemombe kuwanda kupinda dzenzou.

josphat mugadzaweta - 1 March 2017

@josphat....ah wandinakidza bhururu, ya mahumbwe chaiwo I hope MDC T realises making a coalition with such parties will not only blemish their name but also prove to Zimbabweans just how naïve they are. There's absolutely no reason why MDC T should team up with anyone because they got the numbers already. Instead of wasting time talking about coalition bla bla bla they should be trying to minimize the rigging that zanu has already started, in fact these so called zpf and stuff are part of diverting the public's attention from important issues such as electoral reform etc. By the time MDC wakes up it will be too late because it will be election time. Don't be surprised if both zpfs go back to zanu just before election time.

misty - 1 March 2017

Why should we be entertaining these old horses in the first place. How many years did it take them to realize. We are not fools you old horses. what new ideas do you have now. Please stay out of this field. you have expired we need young vibrate blood. Please do us a favor and stay the hell out of politics. Zimbabwe has passed the level of politics. We need administrators please.

citizen - 2 March 2017

These jokers are like the woman in the Bible who wanted the baby to be split into 2. That is all I can say for now - it shows what kind of mentality they have.

Sagitarr - 2 March 2017

So Sekuru Mutasa and Gumbo you are the bona fide owners of ZPF?I thought the party belongs to the people.Or maybe the two of you are the people?Please you two old,tired men your jokes are not funny anymore.

Janana wa Bikaz - 2 March 2017

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