Ex-Zanu PF MP slams ED govt

HARARE - Expelled Zanu PF central committee member Daniel Shumba has lashed out at President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration, labelling it “corrupt, partisan and power hungry.”

Shumba — once viewed as a Mnangagwa ally — is set to launch his new party, which will challenge the newly-appointed leader in the forthcoming elections.

“Yes I am (running for president),” Shumba told the Daily News affirming his presidential bid.

“I know that my truth causes discomfort to some, but I give it anyway...Zimbabwe’s economic agenda is captured and the nation is being misled, misinformed, and fooled by a group of partisan, corrupt and power hungry tribalists.”

It will be the second time that Shumba forms an opposition political party after his United People’s Party (UPP) in 2006.

His move comes after he, together with five other Zanu PF provincial chairpersons, were suspended over the Tsholotsho debacle that sought to block the elevation of Joice Mujuru to vice president in 2004.

Shumba initially resigned from politics in October 2009 to focus on business, before retracing his footsteps to Zanu PF after dissolving UPP.

He again finds himself outside Zanu PF after the December 2017, extraordinary congress resolved to expel him for his political association with the deposed Generation 40.

Shumba said the current administration lacked inclusivity and continued to target and persecute government officials linked to deposed Robert Mugabe.

He tore into Mnangagwa saying: “To start with, a national economic programme cannot be driven or owned by a cabal of vengeful people. We have to embrace the totality of nationals and strive to unlock true value for the broader good in an open, transparent, and manner that is based on merit.”

“Cosmetic statements meant to look good and impress the West will only allow for very temporal relief with no sustainable gratification. The real economic challenges ought to be dealt with firmly and without the personalisation of projects or transactions. Opportunities must save national interest above all. The selling off of assets disguised as investment must not be allowed. Perpetuation of the current litany of illegal transactions must be stopped.”

Shumba also lashed out at Mnangagwa’s three-month moratorium for individuals and corporates that externalised money and assets to bring them back.

He said the amnesty, which ends on February 28, 2018, was all smoke and mirrors aimed at hoodwinking the public.

Comments (4)

I think this shumba has pointed out to some of the obvious & shining errors of this Munangagwa gvt-especially on inclusivity inorder to achieve the national goals;however this argument of mine is not a walk back on their effort to target corrupt elements in gvt & else where

addmore gudo - 30 January 2018

Why is it that Shumba is singing the obvious chorus of someone who has been given a red card. All along before he was fired the Munangagwa regime was okay. I pray he matures if at all he has true presidential ambitions,

GukurumereMasvingo - 30 January 2018

This Shumba is the one who is greedy and power hungry , why does he form a political party whenever he is fired from Zanu PF and when it is election time , I don't trust him and I think he is acting out of anger , and he doesn't have anything to offer to Zimbabweans or he is a Zanu PF project .

Mudhara - 31 January 2018

kkkkk Daniel Shumba Chii chawakaita as an MP of Masvingo? Nothing at all nhasi woti woda kutonga nyika iwe waikundikana kutungamirira a province. Continue dreaming maybe madhongi nemombe ndozvichakuvhotera. Pamberi mberi mberi naED wedu wezhira

mpofu mafukidze - 31 January 2018

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