SEVERAL Zanu PF vultures have reportedly encircled former Hurungwe East MP Sarah Mahoka’s parliamentary seat, following her recall from the august House recently on charges of being sympathetic to the G40 faction.
By Nhau Mangirazi
The campaign for the seat heated up in the past few weeks, with some war veterans allegedly using government-sourced food aid as campaign tools, while pushing for a restructuring of the party district to flush out all party members linked to Mahoka.
“We believe Mahoka had influence and still has, as the majority of those in district and provincial positions got there through her. We are not sure if they will not sell out if she decides otherwise. She is a cunning politician who outwitted [former President Robert] Mugabe leadership for too long,” a war veteran, who declined to be named, said.
But Hurungwe district war veterans chairman Joseph Serimani Manjengwa denied the allegations.
“We are against retribution over Mahoka’s recalling, but we have to engage even those in opposition to come to our party. As the war veterans leadership, we will be against that,” Manjengwa said.
Mahoka expressed shock that some people were being victimised for being sympathetic to her.
“It is unfortunate that some people will be affected by my recalling from party, although I am still to get official communication on what crime I committed from the leadership,” she said.
Mashonaland West provincial vice chairperson Keith Guzah confirmed the exercise.
“As Hurungwe Zanu PF administration district, we will be restructuring the constituency and campaign for Zanu PF to regain the seat, as whoever will represent the party in the forthcoming election has the support of the party,” he said.
Guzah, however, declined to disclose the identity of some of the aspiring candidates, saying they were still waiting for clearance on primary elections guidelines from the politburo and election directorate.
“We are still yet to get directives on guidelines of primaries, so we cannot say much on that,” he said.