By Dumisani Nyoni
Bulawayo, April 25, 2016 – JOICE Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) has set an ambitious target of 1 million members by June next year.
But the recruitment drive has encountered huddles during its infancy amid claims there were some purporting to be representing the party who were already going around registering people using fake forms to create parallel structures.
ZimPF spokesperson in Bulawayo Methuseli Moyo told RadioVOP in an interview that his party has detected a scam in which imposters had hijacked the process.
“We have detected a scam whereby some people are circulating fake registration forms and they have come up with a different logo,” Moyo said.
“I think the whole idea is to try and create a parallel structure to confuse the people and we are very alert to that and whoever is doing it should stop forthwith.
“They have come up with all sorts of things to try and confuse the situation. But again, it’s too late because the party is already on the ground. We have got our coordinators in the wards and in constituencies and people know them.”
Moyo said they will soon unveil their membership cards to the people and they are targeting to recruit a minimum of one million members by June next year.
“In terms of membership, we are looking at a minimum of one million around the country by June next year and this translates to 100 000 members per province. We are well on track. Right now we are busy recruiting and once we are done, in the next two or so months we will start issuing membership cards,” he said.
Addressing party supporters recently, ZimPF Bulawayo provincial chairperson Esnathi Bulayani said state security agents were visiting their provincial leaders in their homes in a bid to instil fear.
“We hear of some of our provincial leaders who are being visited by CIOs at their homesteads and we are saying no to that. Security agents should protect us because we are helping them,” she said.
She said her party was aiming at reconstructing the middle class and restore its pride.
“ZimPF will reconstruct the middle class and restore its pride. Our nurses, teachers, police soldiers and others have been relegated to a shame by Zanu PF.
“There is nothing good to civil servants because of corruption in this country.
“Our educated youths are without employment and have become airtime agents. We are saying Mugabe must go. We have become a laughing stock in countries where our youths have gone looking for employment.”
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 her 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.