…vow to stand as MPs in 2018 elections
War veterans in Masvingo province are demanding the return of Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo, Jabulani Sibanda, Claudious Makova and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti among others back to Zanu PF.
Speaking at a meeting held at Masvingo Polytechnic College last Saturday, the war veterans unanimously agreed that it was high time Zanu PF allowed former party bigwigs to re- join the ruling party ahead of 2018 harmonised elections.
Secretary for war veterans in the politburo Victor Matemadanda, while presiding over the meeting, assured war veterans in attendance that he was going to lobby the party leadership so that they re-admit the former party big wigs whom he said were unfairly dismissed from the Zanu PF.
"I will take your plea to the politburo, I will make sure that your voices are heard and these comrades are allowed to re-join the party," said Matemadanda.
Matemadanda encouraged the war veterans to seek public offices in the upcoming elections, saying people without liberation war credentials were leading Zanu PF astray.
"It's your time comrades, take those positions from councillors to MPs. Don't allow people without liberation war credentials to take those leadership positions – we know that you are capable leaders. I want to see you in parliament and in councils," said Matemadanda.
Matemadanda took time to castigate former President Robert Mugabe whom he said was worse than Ian Smith, the last Rhodesian Prime Minister.
Less than 24 hours later, however, Bhasikiti attended the MDC Alliance rally in Gweru where he castigated Zanu PF and vowed never to vote for the ruling party again.local