ZimPF formation triggers Zanu PF, MDC-T war of numbers

THE formation of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) has triggered a war of numbers between Zanu PF and the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC-T, with the former saying ZimPF was only harvesting more from the latter.

by Everson Mushava

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Zanu PF Harare provincial political commissar Shadreck Mashayamombe yesterday said his party would not lose sleep over the ZimPF project, claiming Tsvangirai was the biggest victim of the new political outfit’s membership drive.

He said ZimPF would suffer the same fate as many opposition political parties that have disintegrated before dislodging President Robert Mugabe from power, judging by the numbers of people attending district rallies in Harare.

“ZimPF is raiding MDC-T, not Zanu PF. They have even failed to attract all the purged members. In Harare, 25 were purged and only three joined ZimPF. The rest of its supporters are coming from MDC-T,” Mashayamombe said. “It is not going anywhere. Look at her (Mujuru’s) rallies in Harare, they are poorly attended. In fact, the party has no direction and as the Zanu PF commissar for Harare province, I will mobilise to make sure that it will not pick a single seat in Harare come 2018.”

ZimPF has rolled out district rallies in Harare and many parts of the country to introduce itself to the electorate ahead of its congress in a few months’ time. In Harare, it has held rallies in high-density suburbs such as Mabvuku, Glen View and Warren Park.

Mujuru’s party is widely believed to be fishing from the Zanu PF pond. Last week, suspected Zanu PF supporters were arrested in Glen View after attempting to disrupt the ZimPF rally, which observers say showed that Zanu PF feared losing ground to Mujuru.

But MDC-T spokesperson Obert Gutu denied that Mujuru was fishing from his party’s pond.
“The MDC is on the rebound and we have since grown our membership database to about two million people and still counting. No other political party in Zimbabwe can match us in terms of popular support,” Gutu said, adding the violence against ZimPF showed Zanu PF was actually the biggest victim of Mujuru raids and was in a panic mode.

ZimPF Harare provincial spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire said his party’s meetings so far had been well attended, considering that they were mere district meetings.

“The last time I checked, Mashayamombe was not a prophet, therefore, does not know what the future holds,” Mawarire said. “He should rather talk about the fights in Zanu PF, his ageing leader and the missing diamonds and land baron loot that the thieving and unscrupulous leadership is known for.”

Mawarire said the violence that Zanu PF was unleashing on ZimPF supporters showed his party was drawing much more support from former Zanu PF members.

Political analyst Vivid Gweshe said: “Although a number of supporters from other political parties have joined Mujuru, the greater chunk has been taken from Zanu PF, including the maverick war veterans.”

15 Responses to ZimPF formation triggers Zanu PF, MDC-T war of numbers

  1. mgobhozi wezintabeni March 23, 2016 at 7:45 am #

    The best thing these parties should do, is to market their future programmes to the electorate.As for Zanu pf, it has an up hill task of justifying why they should remain in power given that the 2 million jobs promised to the people in 2013 never materialised.In fact, the opposite happened,closure of industries or shrinking of the private sector.The only area that grew is the cabinet,splitting of ministries resulting in duplication of responsibilities.Any how, by the end of the day people will decide which party to give the mandate to run the affairs of the country,come 2018.It is the people who will decide their own destiny.

    • gonawapotera March 23, 2016 at 10:39 am #

      ZANU PF stil has time to rebrand itself and win 2018

  2. maita March 23, 2016 at 7:59 am #

    But our newspapers if they are serious about helping us fight for freedom should not report such divisive stories. They should be encouraging opposition parties rather than try to set them against each other by such reporting.

  3. Truth March 23, 2016 at 8:01 am #

    Its no longer worth even mentioning zanupf by name, that party has failed us beyond human imagination

  4. The Rebel Cde March 23, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    There should be no .talk of opposition parties here, but only opposition party. bothe MDC T and Zpf are already working together.

  5. Gandanga March 23, 2016 at 8:50 am #

    Shadreck is hallucinating, he says Mujuru is fishing from the MDC-T and at same time says her rallies are poorly attended. MDC-T controls Harare in terms of support. He should be advised to join Mujuru while there is some few days left for the existence of ZanuPF. ZanuPF iri kungomwashuka in Midlands it is official split. There are now three namely G40 ZanuPF, Team Lacoste and ZimPF so where does MDC-T come in the fishing of supporters? Where does Mujuru mostly fish? Shadreck knows the truth but pretends to be blind.

    • kitsi March 23, 2016 at 10:23 am #

      Kikkkk good observation, I noted that as well. MDC controls Harare so if Mujurus rallies are poorly attended in Harare it means we Hararians know better than to support Mujuru. She will drain more in Mt Darwin than in any city.

  6. Nyimo March 23, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    Zanu PF is on the wane. Can you imagine Mugabe addressing 5k people in their heartland of Bindura? Who is fooling who here?

  7. Silvester Matambo March 23, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    The Mujuru party will only lead to the death of the treacherous and puppet MDCT party led by the harpless Tsvangirai

  8. josphat mugadzaweta March 23, 2016 at 10:00 am #

    the reason why Zimbabwe is this situation is because an average Zimbabwean doesn’t want the truth. below are some of the truths that people routinely circumvent: joice mujuru was the main driver of corruption in zanu with her late hubby rex. she owns a number of farms, mine and buildings around the country. she has no positive contribution to make to the country given her horrendous performance in govt for the past 35 years. she is a liar who wants us to believe that she always had differences with Mugabe yet she begged him to stay on the eve of her official cashiering. the fact that on top of her priorities is the chasing of solo’s killers shows that she is in it for her own benefit and not for national benefit. tsvangirayi lost his wife in dodgy circumstances but never has he said that he wants to avenge that. also, joice consistently said that she has no ambition to become president now she is lying that people requested her to be president. the day we learnt to accept and tell the truth, our country and ourselves shall be liberated!!! VIVA SAVE 2018 VIVA!!!

  9. anesu March 23, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

    @josphat what we need as Zimbabwean is remove mugabe and his cronies. i cant say what you saying about Mujuru is true or false but what i can tell you is Mujuru has more backing from Security and Liberation war Vets, something Tsvangirai doesnt have. If you have same objective with most of us, that of removing Mugabe, llets support her for 2018, Mujuru has better chances than Tsvangirai. it will also be easier to remove her after because she is not a hardliner like Pres Mugabe….. and if Gutu say MDC has 2million people Zimbabwe has more than 14mill people meaning there are more other people who do not belong to either Zanu or MDC…

  10. anesu March 23, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    and it is a fact, Zanu Pf has lost support. those who still sing Zanu Zanu are those who are directly benefit and those who are just scared of its system.

  11. proudly Zimbo March 23, 2016 at 1:34 pm #

    Can someone tell me who you want to be the next president of Zim coz as far as I’m concerned they is no one fit enough to be in that position in the political field ryt now.Why didn’t Mujuru leave ZANU pf b4 being sucked,Tsvangirai fights fr democracy bt he is not democratic and he has failed his party fr nearly 1 and a half decade,Munangagwa is stl in Mugabe camp and is not being man enough

  12. josefa chinotimba March 23, 2016 at 2:25 pm #

    Mr Reporter,you know what,Hon Gutu is very very correct.MDC T has got about 3million registered supporters and indeed there are more and more still being counted.

    No sane people would listen to the little known Mawarire and others.It is Zanu pf which is quickly losing its supporters.

    Recently about 300 Zanupf supporters surrendered their party Cards and T- shirts to join MDC T the only tangible Party.We had to burn those surrendered items.

    For wait and see,come 2018,we will show who holds the highest number.

  13. Shelz March 24, 2016 at 8:27 am #

    Shadreck Shut uP!

    You have already started employing your rigging machinery

    claiming that MDC T is the one losing supporters to ZimPF is a deliberate ploy to steal the minds of people so as to aid rigging .

    Unoda kuti kana mazobirira moti we said it , MDC T LOST TO ZimPF

    EVERYBODY INCLUDING YOURSELF KNOW THAT MUGABE HAS LOST FAVOUR OF THE ELECTORATE KARE , PEOPLE ATTEND YOUR RALLIES out of compulsion and everybody knows that …

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