ZIMBABWE football legend Peter Ndlovu has snubbed overtures by Zanu PF to represent the party at the forthcoming harmonised elections, insisting he had only “joked” about it with a party official.
REPORT BY NDUDUZO TSHUMA
Zanu PF politburo member Tshinga Dube on Tuesday told NewsDay that he had personally spoken to Ndlovu and the soccer ace had agreed to represent the party in Makokoba Constituency.
But a nonplussed Ndlovu said this matter had gone too far, although he insisted that he was not at liberty to comment.
“My brother, that thing has gone too far, I am not at liberty to comment because a lot of things have been said about me without my comment,” he said. “I think it is best you talk to my elder brother Marko.”
Ndlovu’s elder brother Marko confirmed that his younger brother had spoken casually with Dube about him contesting and he jokingly said he would think about it.
“That is not true, he did not say he would contest,” he said. “When you sit and chat over a meal and someone casually invites you to contest for their party and you laugh over it, is that agreeing?”
Marko said his younger brother had met Dube at President Robert Mugabe’s belated birthday celebrations, but had not agreed to contest the elections.
”It was a casual thing at a function in Nkulumane,” he explained. “He said Peter should contest and my brother just laughed and said he would think about it. He did not agree.”
Dube had told NewsDay that Zanu PF will decide whether or not to field the football legend.
According to Zanu PF insiders, Dube, who lost the Makokoba Constituency to MDC-T deputy president Thokozani Khupe in 2008, had shifted focus to the Bulawayo East Constituency