Mujuru Bites The Dust As More Party Bigwigs Dump Her
Ex VP Joice Mujuru’s opposition National People’s Party (NPP) ha been dealt a heavy blow in Mash West province after two more senior provincial executives resigned last week in protest over alleged imposition of candidates ahead of this year’s watershed elections.
Among those who resigned are youth provincial chairperson, Shepherd Masotse and Chinhoyi district chairperson, Danson Mapfumo.
This comes after another Mujuru ally and former NPP Mashonaland West national council member, Marian Chombo, ex wife of minister Ignatius Chombo rejoined Zanu PF early this year.
Mapfumo said he resigned after the party’s national leadership imposed South Africa-based Lessily Mhanga to represent NPP in Chinhoyi constituency.
“Yes, I resigned because of imposition of candidates in the party in the coming elections. For example, they want to impose Lessily Mhanga, who is based in South Africa, in Chinhoyi constituency against the will of members in Chinhoyi. These guys never learn. Zanu PF fielded Philip Chiyangwa from Harare and lost the elections in 2013, what more someone from as far as South Africa?” queried Mapfumo.
Masotse said NPP leadership lacks direction and he doubts their commitment to remove Zanu Pf from power.
“I thought when Amai Mujuru formed this party she was serious, but have experienced something else … we use our own resources to do party activities as they continuously say the party has no funds. They are going nowhere,” he said.
But NPP Chinhoyi district spokesperson Admire Chisungo defended the decision to field Diaspora-based candidates.
“There is nothing wrong in fielding members in the Diaspora if they meet the criteria. The candidate in question is in the local structures and has been coming back to vote in every election. He is constantly in touch with what is happening back here,” he said.