Moyo turns down ZPF

Moyo turns down ZPF

Source: Moyo turns down ZPF – DailyNews Live

CHIEF WRITER      4 May 2017

HARARE – Former Industry and Commerce minister-turned-Zanu PF critic
Nkosana Moyo turned down an offer to become Zimbabwe People First (ZPF)
leader, forcing the party to settle for ex-diplomat Agrippa Mutambara, it
has emerged.

The party’s interim secretary for administration, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti,
told the media yesterday that despite assertions by their erstwhile
comrades – Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa – that Mutambara was imposed,
the whole exercise was carried out openly.

“Various names were put across and the two people who agreed to the
offices for discussions were…Nkosana Moyo and…Mutambara,” he said.

“We invited them here at the party offices for discussions and Moyo said
he had different views and could not become our leader,” Bhasikiti said,
adding that “he indicated that he does not believe in political parties
but will stand as an independent candidate in 2018”.

ZPF, founded last year, has been going through difficult times since it
parted ways with its founding president Joice Mujuru, who now leads the
newly-formed National People’s Party (NPP).

The party’s founding fathers, Mutasa and Gumbo, have since been relegated
to advisory roles and yesterday, Bhasikiti said it was agreed by the
party’s steering committee that the two were no longer fit to lead the
party considering that they are “contemporaries of President Robert
Mugabe” who is “struggling to steer the economy”.

Moyo – famed for publicly speaking out against attacks on businesses and
factories by war veterans and later uncharacteristically resigning from
Mugabe’s Cabinet about a year after his appointment – has turned into a
fierce critic of the nonagenarian’s policies.

He also accuses the 93-year-old leader of surrounding himself with
ministers who do not genuinely and properly advise him.

“When…Moyo said he wanted to be an independent candidate, he said to us
all that Mutasa and Gumbo should become our advisers,” Bhasikiti said.

“However, Mutasa said Gumbo was supposed to be the president while he
would become the vice president but the steering committee rejected them.
However, if they still want to work with us they are welcome,” he said.

Recently, Gumbo issued a statement maintaining that the “elders” were
still in charge of the troubled opposition party.

In his maiden speech as leader of ZPF, Mutambara, a retired brigadier
general, said time had come for all Zimbabweans yearning for a better
future to unite so as to end Zanu PF’s 37-year rule.

“We appeal to all Zimbabweans to shun divisive tendencies premised upon
racial and tribal divisions…we are a party that is led by principle not
patronage…successive Zanu PF governments have destroyed the moral fabric
of our nation. Our youths have been trained and turned into killing
machines,” said Mutambara.

In his speech, Mutambara slammed corruption and Zanu PF’s failure to
resuscitate the country’s economy, which has been in terminal decline
since the turn of the millennium.

With Zimbabwe hurtling towards the crunch 2018 polls, Mutambara indicated
that his party would form a grand coalition with other parties so as to
strengthen the opposition.

“All people opposed to the Zanu PF government that has reduced us to a
nation of beggars must form a grand coalition to vote it out of power in
2018. Our vote and not the gun must be our weapon of choice in this
struggle,” the former army general said.


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    A number of things and utterances in this article ascribed to some people are surprising or at least confusing: 1) Is Moyo a member of ZPF or not? I guess not, because Bhasikiti said the guy said he does not believe in party politics. Now, this then raises another serious question: Can we really have a group people who insist on having formed a political party who at the same time admit, through their own actions at least, that none among them is leadership material? I mean, begging someone who is not a member of so-called political party to come & lead the party loudly declares that none among them is a leader, isn’t it. So, who in his/her normal faculties would volunteer to leader such idiots? 2) Secondly, we are told Moyo kind of instructed that Rugare & Didymus be only advisors. This is even more confusing: on what capacity was he then qualified to give the ZPF group such an instruction? I surely, don’t get it. 3) Thirdly, we are told Moyo said he does not believe in political parties. I wonder, could the gentleman really have said that? On this one, I am inclined to think that he simply said he did not believe in ZPF as a political party, or may be not even any of the political parties operating in the country now – possibly the reason he is considering going it alone in 2018. But, assuming Moyo correctly said so, then I think one would really need to spend sometime close to him and study his thought processes. Especially for someone who is talking of challenging for Presidency as far as we are told for now. If he is talking of contesting as an independent MP for any constituency of his choice then that’s pretty understandable. But, if is presidency then that is one of the number surprises notable in this article. Suffice to say, I have great respect for professor Moyo (Nkosana, of course, not Moyo the thief) but if he indeed does not believe in political parties & aspire for presidency at the same time he really gets me lost, or simply worried.