ZimPF Mat North Youths Back Mujuru
By Leopold Munhende
Bulawayo, February 16, 2017 - ZIMBABWE People First (ZimPF)’s Matabeleland North Youth Wing has stood behind their party’s embattled leader Joice Mujuru who is fighting to restore calm in a party buffeted by recent internal fissures that climaxed with her surprise expulsion of seven founding party elders last week.
After spending months while trying to camouflage simmering tensions within her party, Mujuru finally took the bold decision to expel former state security minister Didymus Mutasa, former legislator Rugare Gumbo and a five more party stalwarts.
She accused them of sabotage and undermining her authority.
But in a statement released by Matabeleland North chairman Mbekezeli Maligwa, the youths dismissed Mutasa and Gumbo as Zanu PF hardliners who still dreamt of being accepted back by President Robert Mugabe.
“Despite being expelled from Zanu PF, Mutasa maintained contact with his friend and boss Robert Mugabe with high hopes of being roped back into Zanu PF party structures.
“The national youth wing would like to unapologetically throw its weight behind the founding party leader and true visionary, Joice Mujuru following her well informed decision to expel intruders, masquerades, infiltrators and detractors,” read the statement.
Setfree Mafukidze , a Mujuru ally, said that the youths’ endorsement of the former Vice President was a sign that she had a following which should not be under estimated as the country gears for the 2018 elections.
“These endorsements are sure proof that she should not be underestimated.
Harare and the other Provinces issued statements of solidarity with the former Zanu PF number two earlier on.
“We applaud president Mujuru for standing her ground and refusing to lose grip of the party into the hands of infiltrators bent on disturbing the democratisation of our country,” read the statement by the Matabaleland South executive.
Mutasa and Gumbo were expelled alongside former Masvingo Minister of State Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Retired Colonel Claudius Makova, Luckson Kandemiri, Margaret Dongo and Munacho Mutezo who are all being accused of attempts to scuttle coalition efforts between Zim PF and the Morgan Tsvangirai led MDC-T.