Zanu PF factions hit campaign trail

President Robert Mugabe has reportedly refused to be dragged into “petty constituency fights” rocking Harare East after the party fielded two candidates in one constituency for the June 10 by election.


Addressing a rally in Harare East, Tafara councillor and Zanu PF district chairman Luckmore Mandava said deputy national political commissar, Omega Hungwe approached Mugabe and his two deputies to have Terence Mukupe withdrawn from the race in favour of Mavis Gumbo.

Mandava said, Mugabe refused to entertain her saying “those are petty cell matters which should be dealt with by the commissariat department”.

“Don’t be misled that the president or the First Lady Grace Mugabe had instructed (Saviour) Kasukuwere to impose Gumbo as the MP for this area,” he told a rally to launch Mukupe’s campaign in Tafara yesterday.

“Ask the deputy PC (political commissar) Amai Hungwe, she went to see the President so that Mukupe could be withdrawn, but the President said he will not be involved in small fights such as these.

“So those lies being written in the media that the President or the First Lady have spoken on who should be the MP are lies being peddled by the Gamatox faction who want to drag the name of the leader of the party into issues that are supposed to be handled at cell or branch level.” ads Ads

Although NewsDay could not contact Hungwe to verify Mandava’s claims, last week Kasukuwere refuted allegations that he had been ordered by Grace, the Women’s League boss to abandon Mukupe for Gumbo who is favoured by the Harare provincial executive.

Both Mukupe and Gumbo have been cleared by the court to enter the race as Zanu PF candidates for Harare East constituency.

In his address, Mukupe said he will not be swayed by attempts by the provincial leadership which is driven by petty personal agendas that were contrary to the principles of the party.

“If people don’t respect their national leaders as it is written in the Bible, their stay in office is short lived,” he said.

He said his record in Zanu PF was traceable and those questioning it were misinformed.

On Saturday, Gumbo held her rally in Caledonia where she promised to dish out land to homeless people in exchange for votes.

Unlike Mukupe’s meeting, Gumbo had the full backing of the provincial leadership from the Women’s League, youth and the main wing represented by the provincial political commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe.

Prior to the rally in Caledonia, youths allegedly linked to Gumbo invaded the farm where the meeting was held so that they could resettle landless people who in turn would vote for her.

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  1. Tafanana Zhou

    Do people really know who Mavis Gumbo is? That slut who bedded everyone at Ministry of Information including the Permanent Secretary George Charamba. She is as dull as a rock and relies on patronage. She will add no value to Parliament. She worked at PSMAS with Cuthbert Dube in the PR department and all the advice she gave Cuthbert was donating money to ZANU PF. She is as stupid as they come and the future of this country can not be entrusted to such people.

  2. Mavis Gumbo on her “land for votes” rally at Caledonia labelled Mukupe an Mdc mafikizolo. That can actually work against her as some neutrals want Mdc representation.

  3. Mavis Gumbo and the rest of Harare Zpf Interim Committe are panicking.
    After she lost the High court case to Mukupe, she illegally ordered multiple farm invasions to garner support.
    She ordered youths to illegally occupy Caledonia farm and the nearby quarry.
    Soon she shall invade private mission farms like Chikurubi and Silveira house.
    Very desperate and fierce internal fighting indeed.

  4. Terence Mukupe won the primaries by more than a double margin.
    So why does Zanu leadership want to force people to accept Mavis?
    Why did they allow Terence to contest the Primaries in the first place?
    They are now resorting to threats, violence and farm invasions to fight their own.
    Surely this party is divided and gone.

  5. We dont want Mavis becoz of her involvement in looting Psmas funds together with Cashbert. fullstop.
    Stop lying to ppl over that farm you illegally invaded Mavis.Vote buying is criminal in Zimbabwe.
    People spoke so respect it.

  6. While l’m not ZANU PF, I believe the ZANU PF leadership is against Mukupe’s candidacy. He won more than 60% of the votes in the primaries & if he wasn’t qualified 2 contest, they could have disqualified him from contesting the primaries. I see Mukupe garnering more votes than Mavis Gumbo in the bi-election if the elections are conducted in a free & fair manner.

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