Former Zanu PF politburo member Simba Makoni has denied ever soliciting assistance from Zanu PF bigwigs when he formed Mavambo-Kusile-Dawn and contested the 2008 presidential elections against top contenders President Robert Mugabe and now Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
He said those sentiments were a figment of the media’s imagination.
“I have never mentioned that some Zanu PF heavyweights wanted to defect from the party to support me,” Makoni said.
He was responding to a question on whether any Zanu PF stalwarts threw their weight behind his ambitious political project which surfaced at the eleventh hour ahead of the harmonised March polls.
Two of the people speculated but not substantiated to have given Makoni the thumbs–up were retired army general Solomon Mujuru and former Zapu intelligence supremo Dumiso Dabengwa, among others.
Although Dabengwa openly supported Makoni, the others did not come clean on their alleged intentions.
“The issue of big names from Zanu PF supporting Simba Makoni never came from me. In fact it was the creation of the media. I also read about it in the media that certain Zanu PF stalwarts would come out in the open to support Makoni for the presidency,” Makoni said.
He said although he mentioned that many people believed in the Mavambo movement, he did not throw any names around.
“So bigwigs or heavyweights belong to the past and Mavambo does not belong to that era,” Makoni said.
“We are a progressive party set to get Zimbabwe working again. These people don’t belong to us. That they wanted to come out in the open to support me was a creation of other people.”
Makoni received 8,3% of the votes, President Mugabe 43% while MDC-T leader Tsvangirai won the race with 47,9% but did not garner enough votes to be declared President of the Republic of Zimbabwe.