Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) Chitungwiza co-ordinator Marakia Bomani, has said his party was targeting Zanu PF strongholds in rural areas as urban voters had already rejected the ruling party since 2000 when the opposition MDC-T snatched its first parliamentary seats.
by STAFF REPORTER
Speaking to NewsDay over the weekend, Bomani said ZimPF was aware that Zanu PF was prone to using violence “as their policing tool” and that his party was peace loving although it was not going to be a stroll in the park campaigning in the rural areas”.
“Zanu PF has lost the plot. I strongly think the only way forward for Zimbabwe is ZimPF and as a political party we should put all our efforts to campaign in the rural areas, which happen to be Zanu PF’s strongholds,” he said.
“Some of our members are going to risk their lives especially in the rural areas where I think we should stop fearing Zanu PF.
We know that Zanu PF is very good at making people that don’t support it miserable. But this is the price we should be prepared to pay.”
Asked how they were going to penetrate the rural areas given recent reports that ZimPF party leader Joice Mujuru has already faced fierce resistance from State security agents, Bomani said: “How did Zipra and Zanla forces remove the Smith government? They had to sacrifice their lives.
“Please don’t get me wrong, l am not saying we should start a war or civil unrest. What l am saying is all Zimbabweans are aware that (President Robert) Mugabe’s government will use any means necessary to stay in power.
For this reason alone, we should be prepared for the worst (and) this includes some (people) dying in order to free Zimbabwe.”
He said while he was fully behind calls for the opposition to unite, his greatest fear was that the opposition was spending too much time fighting for positions.
“This is causing opposition parties to break away. What we need right now is go back to the drawing board. Remember, Zanu PF is busy campaigning and bear in mind we are less than 24 months away from next election.”