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VP Mnangagwa courts Bulawayo

VICE-President Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday begged Bulawayo residents for forgiveness for government’s failures while also pleading with Zanu PF officials not to defect to other political parties.


Speaking at a poorly attended campaign rally at White City Stadium to drum up support for five Zanu PF candidates ahead of Wednesday polls, Mnangagwa said officials should not be deterred by problems in the ruling party.

“It might be hot or cold in Zanu PF, but please stay with the party. That’s our heritage,” Mnangagwa said in an apparent reference to 141 senior officials who have been suspended on allegations of being sympathetic to axed former VP Joice Mujuru.

However, he warned “wayward” party members that they would be fired saying no single official was bigger than Zanu PF.

“Anyone can go into Zanu PF pocket but no one can put Zanu PF into his or her pocket. But if you develop that spirit of privatising Zanu PF, you will be burnt,” Mnangagwa said.


“Zanu PF has one champion and that’s [Robert] Mugabe. The rest of us follow. Once you know and accept this, you will stay long in the party. Zanu PF does not split.”

Zanu PF fears disgruntled people could join People First, a new party linked to Mujuru and several other former Zanu PF officials fired on allegations of trying to topple Mugabe from power. Information minister, Jonathan Moyo last week made a veiled warning to Mujuru against joining opposition politics.

Mnangagwa said government was concerned about Bulawayo.

He said government had an array of programmes to revive the city’s collapsed industries.

Mnangagwa said international firms were keen to invest in Bulawayo and government was in the process of creating a friendly investment climate.

“Here in Bulawayo many companies have closed and so what can we do about it? It’s a major problem,” he said.

“No country can develop on its own. Under special economic zones, Bulawayo is of major focus. Bulawayo needs to attract global companies to invest and there are companies which are searching for space to relocate and set up manufacturing firms,” he said.

Five by-elections are due in Mpopoma, Lobengula, Pumula, Makokoba and Luveve constituencies.

Zanu PF has fielded candidates who will battle it out with Zapu and scores of independent candidates who have upped campaigns through holding a series of door-to-door meetings in all five constituencies.

The ruling party has not won a single seat in Bulawayo since the formation of the MDC in 1999.

6 Responses to VP Mnangagwa courts Bulawayo

  1. SHIBOBO June 7, 2015 at 1:24 pm #

    These people in Zanu are clearly loosing it. For Mnangagwa to publicly say that ‘THERE IS ONLY ONE CHAMPION IN ZANU, AND THAT CHAMPION IS ROBERT MUGABE’, showed how devoid of leadership and direction the party is. Mugabe is a 91 year old despot who is growing senile, and for the party to claim that all hopes and the future lie with this man boodles the mind.

    Mugabe is the architect of the current mess in Zimbabwe. Starting with the Gukurawundi, the unilateral payments to war vets, the power problem after his dictatorship involving Whange 7 &8 and the Malaysians, the chaotic land reform, etc. The list is endless.

    For these people to be so devoid of leadership and direction and expose themselves this much, one wonders what future Zimbabwe has since Mugabe can die or be incapacitated anytime, with no one in their ranks to take leadership and lead this country. They keep claiming there in only one leader, and yet that leader is well past his sell by date, and has good record to boast on.

    Why should Zimbabweans be subjected to this curse!!!!

  2. Jonathiel Moyo June 7, 2015 at 2:48 pm #

    Mnrangagwa is a moron. He never rule Zimbabwe after Mugabe. Handisati ndamboona dununu rakai.

  3. Jonathiel Moyo June 7, 2015 at 2:49 pm #

    Mnrangagwa is a moron. He will never rule Zimbabwe after Mugabe. Handisati ndamboona dununu rakai.

  4. pride June 8, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

    He is simply singing for his super. Any one who has traversed the cities of Zimbabwe should tell you what is wrong with the current govt whose drivers has been the 91yr old Bob. And for someone with 5 functional senses to say Mugabe is the only champion shows how myopic munangagwa is. it is only that no one in zanu has never stood up and challenged him except labeling those who are bold enough to challenge him.

  5. The Kijana June 8, 2015 at 4:57 pm #

    At least those who have families that were killed during the Gukurahundi and the 2008 elections for the first time saw the butcher of their relatives in close proximity. The vicious smile is wrapped in blood of innocent Zimbabweans who died because they were of different political affiliation. The lies told to people of Bulawayo and the country will not help especially, about the Zambezi water project. This. will not buy Zanu and votes. I encourage those who are voting in all the bye elections to turn up in their numbers and carry the anger with them. This anger of Zanu PF’s misrule should find its way into the ballot box. He was cleaver not to mention ZAPU as this would have meant disaster. Also the attach on the MDC formation is unjustified as it is people who chose to vote for the parties.

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