Zanu PF fumes over 'rural party' jibe

HARARE - Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene has slammed South Africa’s Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande, labelling him a “daft politician”, after he described President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF as a “rural party”.

This comes as the South African Communist Party (SACP) general secretary told a Cosatu meeting in Pretoria on Monday that Zanu PF had lost the largely black urban voter base after embarking on a controversial land repossession programme that brought the once-prosperous southern African economy to its knees.

And this did not go down well with Chimene, who, in an unsolicited response, came out guns blazing, saying Nzimande did not understand why liberation movements took up arms against white minority rule.

“It goes to show how daft he is as a politician because he thinks we went to war so that we could take residence in suburbs when the fact is that we fought for land and that is why we value the rural vote,” she fumed.

In his address, Nzimande blamed Mugabe for seizing white-owned commercial farms to resettle landless blacks who had little or no experience in agriculture after his popularity ratings had slid.

“Because iZanu PF essentially has lost the middle class has lost many urban-based organisations, it’s become a rural party because of the mistakes they are making. Now ama comrades are denying that there is a problem,” he said.

Nzimande bemoaned the fact that Zanu PF had alienated workers, professionals and academics, despite them having helped the ruling party in the struggle for independence.

But Chimene argued the rural areas was where the bulk of the ruling party supporters are.

The rural vote has been the mainstay of support for Mugabe and Zanu PF, which liberated Zimbabwe from white minority rule in 1980 after fighting a guerrilla war.

“He (Nzimande) doesn’t know where the people are, hence his thinking is misplaced.  The war of liberation was fought in rural areas, not in towns. Whether people are educated or not, they all have rural homes, so what is wrong with us putting our emphasis there,” Chimene said.

“Even the African National Congress (ANC) knows the importance of the rural folk and I really don’t understand where this comrade is getting his political ideology from. It’s silly, really,” she added.

Zanu PF and the ANC — which is in a tripartite alliance with the SACP and Cosatu — have a long history of friendship dating back to the liberation struggle days when the two collaborated in fighting their respective colonial governments.

Comments (9)

I dont expect a grade 7 dropout to understand that independance is more than just land. Obviously the only word she has in her vocabulary is land no doubt from her grade 6 teacher.

Tafa Mahoso - 1 June 2017

SA government Ministers must prove they can do better than the Zimbabwean government on the land issue in their country. Our economy is now on the recovery path , after the teething problems as far as land utilization is concerned. The fact that we could not immediately produce as Boers did on the farms is no good reason to blame our takeover of our land. It took us some years to prove we can produce tobacco as Boers used to do .So what ? . We know our weaknesses in production and land allocation. We will correct our mistakes and move as a sovereign nation without being kept under a neo apartheid economic system as our timid brothers and sisters in SA, who to put their governing tails between their legs in fear of Boers. The sanctions imposed against our land reform are thawing and eroding. We need no lectures from cowards in the ANC government on what real democracy is , beyond the five year ballot box ritual,please Mr blunt Blade, a blade that cannot cut neo apartheid economic system in SA in favor of blacks. Waiting for for the ghost Luthuli to take action? My foot!

Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof) - 1 June 2017

Vana Chimene, mbanje itai shoma!

Jonso - 1 June 2017

twilight zone moments there madam, you not yet started packing. Where will you run to?

uncle Real - 1 June 2017

Ichiwo chikadzi ichi.Ngachiwanzwe bepa

Mandiita - 1 June 2017

Anyone who dare tell zpf the truth will surely be insulted.How primitive some people can become?Why not put forward your ideas and points without necessarily resorting to stone age politics of insulting opposing views?@Mzvinavhu, you should just stop hallucinating about the economy recovering.You have had too much of this fiction fed into your mind that you can't differentiate between reality and the imaginary.

Tahir Iqbal - 1 June 2017

Chimene ma drugs anomunetsa, is it a lie that Zanu PF has been rigging elections all along, even in rural areas ZANU PF no longer has support, they rely with headman frog marching people to vote, burning houses of those who oppose that bloody party.

budha - 2 June 2017

Zanu pf has deliberately marginalised the rural folk by imposing on them a total information black out so that they remain ignorant and out of touch with reality. Its not true to say the rural areas belong to them. Give them access to information and the right to make their own independent decisions and choices and see if they will continue to be enslaved by zanu pf.

Andrei Mafeso - 2 June 2017

The only contributor to side with grade 2 drop out is also making noise about land as if all the other countries in the world are in the oceans/seas!! and as if agriculture exists on its own outside of other industries. Commercial farming is a business and not everyone can become a businessman/woman simply by "owning" it. The same parrot is talking about Zim's economy recovering - really? With no currency of our own what recovery is he talking about?

Sagitarr - 2 June 2017

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