ZPF splits again

HARARE - The Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) has once again been rocked by chaos, with the party’s elders — Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa — announcing yesterday that they are still in charge, not former army general Agrippa Mutambara.

The party, which was led by former vice president Joice Mujuru before a fallout between her and the elders, was rattled by defections and a subsequent split a few months ago.

In its latest squabbles, hardly a day after former Zanu PF politburo member Kudakwashe Bhasikiti announced the election of Mutambara as the new president, replacing Gumbo and Mutasa, a faction aligned to the duo dismissed the appointment.

They insisted Gumbo and Mutasa were still running the troubled opposition party.

Spokesperson of the faction Patrick Chitaka told the Daily News that Mutambara and Bhasikiti had all but fired themselves from ZPF.

“To us, the two are no longer with us as they have decided to form their own party after they unsuccessfully attempted to impose their leadership on ZPF,” he said. 

There were ugly scenes which almost turned violent as ZPF youths questioned Mutambara’s “purported” election.

Former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda was said to have bounced back onto the political arena as the party’s political commissar.

Curiously, when contacted for comment, Sibanda said he was not aware of his supposed election, describing it curtly as “nonsensical” and promising to give a statement denying it.

Bhasikiti was not immediately available for comment as he said he was attending an important meeting.

But announcing the new leadership at the weekend, he said Mutasa and Gumbo will no longer have anything to do with the day-to-day running of the party, and will only act as advisers when, and if, need arises.

“We have agreed that . . . Mutambara becomes the interim president and he will manage the affairs of the party in association with the steering committee, we have also resolved that Gumbo and Mutasa remain advisers but with no dealings in the day-to-day affairs of the party, while Jabulani Sibanda will be in charge of the commissariat department, and Munacho Mutezo will be secretary for Finance,” said Bhasikiti.

However, Chitaka insisted that Mutasa and Gumbo remained the party’s leaders, saying Bhasikiti and Mutambara were free to “proceed and form their own party because we are not going to waste our time calling them for a disciplinary hearing for their conduct”.

“What we will not allow them to do though is to use the name of our party because we have realised that we are not walking the same path.

“We had called a management meeting to consider the four names that had been proposed as potential party leaders, including Ray Kaukonde, Jabulani Sibanda, Mutambara and Nkosana Moyo but when the other three said they were not interested, we decided that we would wait until congress.

“However, Bhasikiti and his group had made their mind on Mutambara and they wanted to have him as leader and they pushed us to interview him and the majority of us felt he fell short of what we wanted while they wanted him as leader regardless so they decided to foist him on the people which we said no to.

“We are therefore going ahead with our plans without them because they were a problem and against the coalition with other parties that we are pursuing,” he added.

Comments (7)

paradzai mesi once said, if I was God I could say you are all number one. Muchazoguma moroyana, kusada kusara shire yave hondo vakomana

chahototo - 25 April 2017

Is Bob funding this? This is good comedy. This is road map for zanu post their benefactor and enabler bob has shuffled off this mortal coil.

Galore - 25 April 2017

If true then they rather stop & join other political parties

addmore Gudo - 25 April 2017

These people are ZANU products&they will never change their colours. U can take them out of ZANU but u can't take ZANU out of them&involving them in coalition will cause problems.They are illiterates,,nothing good will ever come from these idiots

Matsotsi - 25 April 2017

Mbada yagara iri mbada, dictators will always be dictators no matter how hard they can try. Sekuru Gumbo and Mutasa have completely failed, they cannot admit that they have gone past their sale date. As long as they are not main leaders of ZPF, the party will forever continue to split.

nhemacena - 25 April 2017

This is confusing. So do Mutasa and Gumbo want to be the co-presidents? Mugabe must having a laugh then.

Inyika - 26 April 2017

If you are asked to define the word confusion, you simply point to ZPF, please stop reporting their rubbish its not exciting reading anymore, these guys they should go and till the land they were given by the President

Tariro Shumba - 26 April 2017

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