‘Zanu PF spies have infiltrated our party’

FORMER Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s newly-launched opposition party, Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF), yesterday claimed the ruling Zanu PF party and State security agents had deployed agents within its ranks to destabilise it.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

ZimPF founding spokesperson Rugare Gumbo told NewsDay that their party was aware Zanu PF had infiltrated the party’s structures, but vowed to soldier on and mount a strong challenge to President Robert Mugabe ahead of the 2018 elections.

“We know that they have deployed spies within our organisation to peddle falsehoods and cause confusion even to take information and understand our activities, but that will not deter us in anyway,” he said.

Gumbo’s remarks came amid claims by insiders that the party was reluctant to open its head office in Harare, preferring to have its headquarters in South Africa as a strategy to minimise infiltration by ruling party spies.

“It’s not true that we have offices in South Africa,” Gumbo said.

“That is why I was saying there could be some people deployed to peddle falsehoods and cause divisions within the party. We are yet to have an office here because of funds. Once we get the funds rolling, we will have a fully-fledged office, which will co-ordinate our affairs, but we are there on the ground.”

He said even if they had been infiltrated, solving the economic problems besetting Zimbabwe was an issue beyond Zanu PF.

“What should be noted and understood is that even if they infiltrate us, Zanu PF has no capacity to solve the country’s problems because they are the authors of the same problems,” he said.

“So infiltrating us will not help this country at all. People are ready to build a working Zimbabwe and Zanu PF must know this.”

But Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday denied Gumbo’s infiltration claims, describing ZimPF as a “dead project”.

“I can’t be talking about dead projects without any significance to the way we run our party or government. We are very busy. What is People First anyway?” he quipped, before switching off his mobile phone.

This is not the first time that opposition parties have accused Zanu PF of deploying spies to gain sensitive information and plot the collapse of most democratic movements since the 1990s.

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has previously accused Zanu PF of infiltrating his party’s structures and fuelling the many divisions that have rocked the opposition since its formation in 1999.

Political analyst Alexander Rusero said ZimPF’s allegations of infiltration could be far-fetched and exaggerated.

“It’s one thing for the CIO (Central Intelligence Organisation) to infiltrate a political party and another for employees of CIO to be members of the People First. So the danger is, we may mistake membership for infiltration,” he said.

Another analyst, Ibbo Mandaza, said it was possible that ZimPF might have been infiltrated by State agents, just like any other movement opposing the ruling party.

“Infiltration is not new and is possible, but any organisation can survive depending on the character and strength of its leaders and content. With a clear leadership and a strong message, infiltration will not help much,” he said.

Mujuru was kicked out of Zanu PF on allegations of plotting to unseat President Robert Mugabe.
She was bundled out of the ruling party in 2014 alongside several former top government officials, who were deemed sympathetic to her, among them Gumbo and former State Security minister Didymus Mutasa.

20 Responses to ‘Zanu PF spies have infiltrated our party’

  1. Samson March 30, 2016 at 7:06 am #

    iiiii? …….apa mdc zii zvedu. 🙂

  2. Dr Wasu March 30, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    I will never ever vote for People First.This is Zanu Pf extension.Simon Khaya ngatibvirepo,basa ndere kurohwa nemukadzi!kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  3. Mbombi March 30, 2016 at 7:31 am #

    Jealous Mawarire ??????

  4. John Farah The Killer March 30, 2016 at 7:46 am #

    Makangofanana hamuna chamunogona, Samson taura hako MDC yakanyarara hayo but chikopokopo chedu hatichisiyi

  5. Zvakaoma March 30, 2016 at 7:54 am #

    Ndinzwireiwo zviri kutaurwa naRugare

    “What should be noted and understood is that even if they infiltrate us, Zanu PF has no capacity to solve the country’s problems because they are the authors of the same problems,”

    Izvi zvinopedza power. People first has not been ZANU only for 1 year out of 36 years. So ZANU caused ALL these problems in one year??

  6. zidane March 30, 2016 at 9:05 am #

    dai vasina kudzingwa dai vachiri mu Zanu pf vachiti yakanaka vachiti Tsvangirai is a stooge of the West ,so ,if they say Zanu pf created problems it means they are the ones who created them .Mujuru was acting president in the last ten years for more than a year cumulatively she was Acting president she ddnt do anything gd , rather she towed the line-WHEN land invasions started Msika as acting president ordered police to arrest the invaders only Mugabe on his return to reverse that order .When JOSHUA NKOMO ordered Mujuru as Minister of Post and Telecomunicatin to issue a licence to Econet she refused and said WE CANT FOLLOW AN ORDER FROM A CRAZY OLD MEN HE IS OUT OF HIS SENSES COZ OF OLD AGE , inturn she gave the licence to MAKAMBA’S TELECEL -MAKAMBA AND SOLOMON MUJURU WERE BSN PARTNER SINCE THE DAYS THEY OPENED THURLOWS SHOPS.MUJURU ,DIDYMUS ,KHAYA MOYO ,SHAMU AND RUGARE GUMBO 2GETHER WTH MUGABE WERE THE TOP 5 IN THE PARTY ,IN ZIM ,GVT BSN IS PARTY FORMULATED SO WATEVA STRATEGY THEY ARE THE ONES WHO FOMULATED ,SO NDAVANYARARE .ITS A CASE OF SOUR GRAPES ,HANTY DIDYMUS NDIYE AI TRAINER MA CIO HERE AND AKATIZA NEMA RECORDS (ACCORDING TO ZANU PF) SO HE KNOWS EVERY CIO OR LET HIM JUST CHECK MA RECORDS AANAWO

  7. TeeKay March 30, 2016 at 9:22 am #

    So that is how you used to infiltrate other parties hey? Thank you for the admission!

  8. Wayfarer March 30, 2016 at 9:34 am #

    Mai Mujuru should wisen up. Look for solutions first. Vet the people that you appoint into top leadership positions instead of complaining that you have been infiltrated. You only need 4 good leaders, yourself included to form a strong party. If your membership base is growing then it doesn’t matter if you have been infiltrated. It means that people realise that you offer hope. Find new means of attracting people besides by calling them and encouraging them to vote for you or a coalition. By now I am sure you have seen that you cannot go it alone.

  9. mgobhozi wezintabeni March 30, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    Infiltration existed since the country was under colonial authority.Even Zapu and Zanu were victims of this archaic practice which only exists in totalitarian states.It is sad that Zanu pf adopted and perfected it for use against its political opponents in a very crude and primitive fashion. Zapu was the first victim of this anti constitutional behaviour in the early stages of the post independence era.During that period it was specifically to suffocate and destabilise its political activities.

  10. josphat mugadzaweta March 30, 2016 at 9:47 am #

    madzimbabwe yasvika nguva yekuti tese tisvinure ahead of 2018. with all dirt of rigging and zanu infiltration now out, it is now time that we realise how demonic zanu and its zpf cousins are. let us collectively put faith and support in the mdc-t and register to vote so that we can deliver ourselves from the colonial bondage of zanu. baba vachine zanu mumoyo Havana urozvi. it is high time welsman, Elton and tindo (WET) come back to the train (mdc-t) lest you will be left high and dry come 2018!!!

  11. josphat mugadzaweta March 30, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    madzimbabwe yasvika nguva yekuti tese tisvinure ahead of 2018. with all dirt of rigging and zanu infiltration now out, it is now time that we realise how demonic zanu and its zim pockets first cousins are. let us collectively put faith and support in the mdc-t and register to vote so that we can deliver ourselves from the colonial bondage of zanu. baba vachine zanu mumoyo Havana urozvi. it is high time welsman, Elton and tindo (WET) come back to the train (mdc-t) lest you will be left high and dry come 2018!!!

  12. shumba March 30, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    havana mafunds kuti vave nemaoffices….ma1…..

  13. REALITY CHECK March 30, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    The fact that Mujuru and her comrades are tasting their own medicine cannot be overemphasized. This is the same ‘monister’ you bore and bred that has now turned against it’s ‘offsprings’. Now that we (africans) entertained ‘immature’ politics where we hardly question the credentials of our politicians, we can seek a way out because the ‘monister’ has no public interest. It has opted to go an extra mile to manipulate the constitution for it’s own political convinience. Lets try to accommodate these (purportedly) repented reformists and try to merge them with their like-minded opposition leaders for the good of the suffering majority. They may not be the best but we can use the numbers to dislodge the current hotheadedness we are experiencing.

  14. xxxxx March 30, 2016 at 4:43 pm #

    how on earth is she going to separate genuine members from spies considering that they are all mainly former Zanu, with the same colour,creed, character,make,type,calibre,thinking,mentality,idealogy,etc etc. Seperating a certain thief and another.mmmmmmm pakaoma apa

  15. chicky March 30, 2016 at 5:18 pm #

    ngavatibvire apa, they are all wolves in sheeps clothing

  16. bandwe March 30, 2016 at 6:12 pm #

    this is a true Zanu project, what an insult to our intelligence Rugare kwahi Zanu ndiyo yakakonzera waivepi ichikonzera mazimbavha evanhu. Save musacheuke muridzo

  17. holobve March 30, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    shame to these people, they say people first they forgot they used to say people last

  18. Guruwira March 30, 2016 at 8:53 pm #

    Mujuru you are thief and a joke..did you not know that you would be done dirty like you did dirty to others.I will not vote for you..enjoy the taste of your own medicine…

  19. McHellen Maketo March 30, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    wava kutaura nekuti pauya grace unoona uori hwamaiita muchimo vana mujuru mese nana J.Gumbo,maingodya mari dzedevelopment nhasi woti yaipa zanu Pf,uti hloooooo kudzikama,ndatenda grace nekuuya kwako bt kwasara vamwe kunyanya uyu wekumigwagwa uyu tatambura namakoronga,kt aone kt nzira dzakaipa haaoni

  20. Tough Talk March 31, 2016 at 11:20 am #

    Once a Zanu will always remain a Zanu. Zanu PF and PF is the same coin with two sides.

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