Zanu PF’s double standards in dealing with its wayward members seeking to return to the party after having either resigned or been expelled, have been exposed.
This apparent anomaly came to light from recent remarks by Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo in an interview with NewsDay when he said the party’s policy was that all returnees start from the grassroots.
“My understanding is that they (those who were expelled or resigned) have to go through the machinery of the province for readmission but should start from the grassroots.”
“They cannot just leapfrog and become leaders. It follows what is in the constitution. You go through a normal channel and you have to go for five years before assuming a position in the party. That is my understanding.”
However, this position appears to be in stark contrast to how individuals like former Information minister Jonathan Moyo was treated.
After his readmission into the party last year, Moyo, the architect of repressive media laws like the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, took less than a year to make it into the central committee before bouncing back into Zanu PF’s supreme decision-making body, the politiburo.
Founding party member the late Edgar Tekere, who died in Mutare early this week, did not receive such treatment as he was instructed to start from the grassroots level.
The preferential treatment extended to Moyo, who had been accused of organising an unsanctioned meeting that became known as the Tsholotsho Declaration, was not extended to his accomplices, provincial chairpersons of the party who were also present.
One such is Daniel Shumba, the former Zanu PF Masvingo chairman who was recently readmitted into the party but told to start from the grassroots level.