Chiwenga’s ‘bhora musango’ headache

VICE-PRESIDENT Constantino Chiwenga yesterday rallied warring Zanu PF camps to bury their differences, stemming from the just-ended divisive party primary elections, to avoid a repeat of bhora musango protest votes in the upcoming general elections.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

In his address at the official opening of the two-day Zanu PF reconciliation and healing workshop for the party’s winning and losing candidates in Harare, Chiwenga admitted the chaos that marred the party’s primaries, but cautioned against protest votes.

“On the purpose of this particular workshop, I want to emphasise that it is aimed at uniting our party in preparation for the forthcoming harmonised elections,” he said.

“Accordingly, I call upon all of you to put your differences aside as dedicated party cadres and focus on campaigning rigorously to ensure that we win the harmonised elections resoundingly.

“Following the last leg of re-runs, the commissariat department proposed a deliberate programme to ensure that the party emerged stronger and united ahead of the harmonised elections.

“The programme, whose thrust is to preach the gospel of unity and reconciliation to the winning and losing candidates, was spearheaded against the backdrop of the need to tackle the bhora musango mantra particularly from the losing candidates.”

The workshop was organised after several aggrieved aspiring party candidates and their supporters stormed the Zanu PF headquarters to protest against alleged rigging, imposition of candidates and the general chaos that characterised the primary elections held last month.

The angry party members were baying for Zanu PF political commissar, Engelbert Rugeje’s head, claiming he engineered the chaos in order to rig the polls in favour of his preferred candidates.

In some constituencies, the party had to organise re-runs, as members threatened to rally behind opposition candidates, including dumping Zanu PF presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Last week, police had to use force to quell a demonstration at the party headquarters in Harare where hundreds of supporters threatened to dump imposed candidates and vote for either the opposition or independent candidates.

Chiwenga yesterday conceded that there were problems with the manner in which primaries were held, but described these as a learning curve.
“To be honest with ourselves, we have to acknowledge that the entire process was a learning curve, hence, challenges were encountered in both the cell verification and the primary elections,” he said.

Delegates reiterated the need to avoid bhora musango campaign and save the party from an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the opposition, although many reiterated their displeasure at the party’s candidates.

Bhora musango rocked Zanu PF in the 2008 elections when party members dumped their presidential candidate, Robert Mugabe and voted for the opposition, resulting in an embarrassing loss for the ruling party.

However, the results of the elections were withheld for six long weeks by the stunned Zanu PF regime, amid widespread allegations of ballot tampering and fraud.

In the ensuing 2008 presidential run-off, Zanu PF militia went on an orgy of violence in which hundreds of MDC supporters were killed, forcing the late MDC-T leader, Morgan Tsvangirai to withdraw from the race and Mugabe declared himself winner after a widely-condemned one-man race.

Mnangagwa will address the workshop today.

15 Comments

  1. of late chiwenga is now dark skinned so update these pics

    1. Akazowana n’anga yenhuta?

  2. akazowana n’anga yenhuta? kkkk

  3. “Bhora musango rocked Zanu PF in the 2008 elections when party members dumped their presidential candidate, Robert Mugabe…”

    This term “bhora musango” is here to stay but is questionable. Rural voters were told that they should vote for ZANU PF MPs (as usually demanded of them) but that for the presidency, they should vote freely; for whomsoever they preferred. So, as far as democracy is concerned, that was more like “bhora mugedhi” for that presidential election.

  4. Cde General, an institution like zanu pf can not talk of a learning curve.What happened during the primary elections was a deliberate chaos which was meant to favour certain preferred horses.Primary elections were supposed to churn out trusted,favoured and tried candidates not the dubious characters we are seeing.You started with the Bhora Musango and the electorate will finish it off.ED will win but parliamentarians and councillors makwikwi.What will make ED win is because he is contesting against a dreamer

  5. Haaaaaa ANNONYMOUS FUTI ,MA DREAMS ANODIKANWA PA LIFE.I WOULD RATHER VOTE FOR A DREAMER THAN A PROVEN LIAR.

  6. Reports from this publication makes very painful reading in that they are clearly biased. Whilst the Herald is somewhat biased, it now makes an effort to strike a balance.

    Would I pay my dollar for Newsday, absolutely NO!

  7. Zanu PF supporters do not be fooled these guys they don’t need you at all. What they want is your vote then that is it zvapera until the next elections. You wasted your energy campaigning for Zanu when promised to be employed and where are you working. Chiwenga now knows that he made a deadly mistake by getting into politics because he is no longer guaranteed of any employment after loosing elections. Bhora musango ndizvo

    1. my dearest Artwell ,same as MDC.

  8. handei tione

  9. kkkkkkkk instead of scoring better kick the ball to the bush and the bush that dreams is Chamisa.
    and the nxt morning I,Chamisa and others who support him will wake up smiling breathing fresh air in a New Zimbabweeeeeee.
    Now vavekunyepera kutigadzirira maroads both urban and Rural areas kurikudakutsvaga kuvhoterwa and vahwinha hamuvaoni futi coz zvavo zvinenge zvaita ahh ende hamutombonyare. Makanyangira yaona manga majaira.
    Chinjai maitiro maitiro chinjai.

  10. Chiwenga siyana nezve politics izvi and focus more on yo tye

  11. Luke Munya Mabika

    Every successful project comes from a dream.If you want to achieve big you should dream big and when the time comes you make your dream come true.I feel sorry for the zanu pf goons who will be stuck with their party full of people who belong to the old people’s homes and have had their fair share of dreams but could not make the dreams come true.They only dream playing with their grandchildren and stealing from the same govt institution that they are supposed to protect and make prosper.

  12. Luke Munya Mabika

    Every successful project comes from a dream.If you want to achieve big you should dream big and when the time comes you make your dream come true.I feel sorry for the zanu pf goons who will be stuck with their party full of people who belong to the old people’s homes and have had their fair share of dreams but could not make the dreams come true.They only dream playing with their grandchildren and stealing from the same govt institution that they are supposed to protect and make prosper.

  13. Bhora musango ka 1,mbavha dzange dzajaira kuba sies sies !

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