via ZimPF takes campaign to Glen View – NewsDay Zimbabwe March 12, 2016
JOICE Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) will today take its campaign to Harare’s high density suburb of Glen View, where it seeks to introduce itself to the electorate ahead of its launch to be held in a few months.
BY EVERSON MUSHAVA/OBEY MANAYITI
Harare province ZimPF co-ordinator and former Zanu PF central committee member, General Munyaradzi Banda said the district rally was aimed at introducing the new party to the people.
Banda said ZimPF kickstarted its Harare campaigns with a district rally in Tafara last weekend.
He said similar mini rallies would be held in various constituencies around the country to introduce the party that was registered last month after several months of behind-the-scenes work.
“Our main thrust and our programmes will be to mobilise people for the launch of our party,” Banda said.
“We are going to tell the people the truth. Our message is, we don’t tolerate corruption, violence, hate speech and we want to build the country. By 2018, I tell you we will be four times bigger than Zanu PF.”
ZimPF is made up mainly of former Zanu PF members who were expelled from the ruling party on allegations of working with Mujuru, Mugabe’s deputy for 10 years, in an alleged plot to oust her boss.
Mujuru announced the launch of ZimPF last month, where she said the moment of truth had come, declaring her readiness to fight Mugabe in the 2018 general elections.
After Mujuru’s public address, many of her supporters, including legislators, who had been in hiding hoping to bounce back in Zanu PF, have started coming out of their shells.
Sources said those who have been keeping a low profile to avoid being axed from Zanu PF have given up following endless purges that are now targeting a section of party members reportedly aligned to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
In Mutare last weekend, Chimanimani West MP and former Energy deputy minister Munacho Mutezo attended the first Manicaland inter-constituency planning meeting, which drew four members from each of the 26 constituencies in the province.
Contacted for comment, Mutezo said he does not discuss politics with the media.
“I don’t discuss politics with the media anymore,” he said. However, those who were with him at the meeting claimed many people from various structures were trooping to join the party.
“Some of us repented a long time ago when Mujuru was sacked. We were labelled Gamatox and even up to now they are still haunting us at Parliament and even in our constituencies,” one legislator, who refused to be named, said.
“Imagine that some people set up parallel structures to make our work difficult as well as setting up shadow MPs and councillors. What it only means is that we are not welcome and it’s just a matter of time before we are shown the exit door, hence, people are leaving voluntarily.”