CHIVI - Chivi Central Member of Parliament (MP) Ephraim Gwanongodza has bitterly complained that prospective candidates who want to contest for the seat in the upcoming elections have embarked on a massive character assassination campaign against him.
Addressing hundreds of Zanu PF supporters while commissioning a borehole in Ward 16, Gwanongodza said he was a loyal member of the ruling Zanu PF party and has never identified himself with factionalism.
He decried what he called were malicious claims by his adversaries that are smearing him as having been a loyal member of the now vanquished G40 faction.
"There are people who come and tell you that Gwanongodza is a G40. Those are blatant lies because the G40 members we know have been expelled from the party and we do not see them in parliament.
"I am a member of Zanu PF and working for the party, rallying people behind President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Those bend on causing divisions and sowing seeds of doubt will get a rude awakening," said Gwanongodza to loud ululations from the crowd.
He said campaigning had not even started yet some people were already in full swing conducting meetings in the dead of the night for the purposes of tarnishing his image.
"To those who are going for low blows be warned. The people of Chivi Central are not stupid. They know what they want and the numbers do not lie.
"We are all Zanu PF and if you believe you have the people, why not wait until the primaries and prove the point rather than cause divisions when the President is preaching unity.
"In Masvingo we had four G40 Members of Parliament and they were all expelled from the party. If I was with G40, I would have suffered the same fate so do not be fooled. The President has given me four boreholes for my constituency and I will continue to serve under President Mnangagwa," said Gwanongodza.politics