- “I have applied to come back to the only political home I have and help in my small way to ensure the party wins the 2023 elections overwhelmingly..."
FORMER Zanu-PF youth leader Kudzanai Chipanga has said he is excited by Zanu PF’s invitation for people like him to re-join the former liberation movement, saying he will gladly join his “political home” and play a part in helping President Emmerson Mnangagwa secure a resounding victory in the 2023 elections.
Chipanga made the remarks after the ruling party’s secretary for administration Obert Mpofu said the unconditional re-admission of the vanquished G40s and other former members had the full backing of President Mnangagwa.
Chipanga was among the G40s, many of whom were purged in the aftermath of the spectacular fall from power of the late former president Robert Mugabe in November 2017, following a widely supported military coup.
“I appreciate the gesture by the president and the party leadership to forgive us and allow us back into the party. It goes to confirm that Zanu PF is a people-oriented party,” Chipanga told the Daily News.
“I have applied to come back to the only political home I have and help in my small way to ensure the party wins the 2023 elections overwhelmingly.
“We stand guided by the principle that the party is bigger than individuals,” Chipanga added.
All this comes as Zanu PF is re-admitting without conditions and burying the hatchet with all its members who were turfed out of the party on accusations of belonging to the G40 faction.
University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer, Eldred Masunungure, has said that Zanu PF and President Emmerson Mnangagwa were going for the jugular and plugging all possible holes ahead of the 2023 elections.
“Zanu PF and its leader are leaving nothing to chance and they know that if they bring everyone together, including those who were not part of the ruling party in 2018, in the name of building national unity, they will have decisively dealt with the opposition and there will be no questions of legitimacy arising.
“It is clear that Zanu PF is exuding confidence and is now consolidating its ground. If it continues on this path successfully, it will be very difficult for the opposition in 2023 because it will be firing on all cylinders.
“Mnangagwa has probably realised that part of the reason he narrowly won the 2018 election and ended up facing the humiliation of having to defend his election in court is because there were too many factions outside the party.”
Meanwhile, Mpofu has now moved to instruct party organs to speed up the process of integrating G40 members back into the party.
“We welcome all who want to join the party. How do you vet someone who wants to join the party?
“Party structures must welcome people who want to re-join the party in a manner that will not discourage them. We have communicated this to party structures.
“Even the president has said there is a need for the party to welcome those who want to come back and some of our former members who are re-joining the party,” Mpofu told the Daily News.
“It’s about growing the membership of the party and we will welcome all people who want to join Zanu PF,” he added.
Mpofu also warned those in party structures against blocking the amnesty to the G40s and other former party members.
“We have seen in some cases where colleagues are trying to create difficult conditions for new members to come to the party.
“We are saying coming to the party is really something that is appreciated by the party and they must receive them in a friendly manner.
“The president himself has gone out of his way to receive new members. Why should an individual block others?
“Because you have got a position in the branch, district, central committee or you are an MP you have to work for your position and not to create an environment that will frighten others from joining the party,” Mpofu added. ■