HARARE – ZANU PF has extended an olive branch to former party cadres that were discharged between 2014 and last year.
The Daily News can reveal that Zanu PF officials – acting on instructions from President Emmerson Mnangagwa – have been in contact with some of the expelled members to strengthen the party, reduce political tensions, and abandon everyone in trying to save the economy. to breathe new life into the country.
Among those who are invited back in the party are Rugare Gumbo, Didymus Mutasa, Ray Kaukonde, Ambrose Mutinhiri, Joice Mujuru and Dzikamai Mavhaire.
ZANU PF & # 39; s secretary for administration Obert Mpofu yesterday told the Daily News that the plans to bring the redundant frameworks back were at an advanced stage.
"The process is now happening, we are overwhelmed by comrades who are willing to come back," he said.
"We are currently working on this and we will shortly take a position, we say comrades should come back and the president wants everyone to return to the party and help build our country," added Mpofu.
Mpofu claimed yesterday that many of the former heavyweights approached the party of their own accord.
He said: "We have been approached by many people and these are not ordinary people but senior ex-members of the party and we take them daily in service".
Gumbo, a former Zanu PF politburo member, confirmed the Daily News that he had been approached by Deputy Minister of Defense Victor Matemadanda to return to Zanu PF.
"He gave me the time to decide and I think about it, it's not a matter of making a decision, but understanding the conditions, I do not want to jump into the fight and let my fingers burn during the process," Gumbo.
The Constitution of Zanu PF requires that everyone is willing to return to the party to appeal to his central committee, which is its policymaking body.
Thereafter, the appeal is lodged with an ad hoc committee of appeal of the Congress whose decisions are final.
Zanu PF broke links with several members at the height of fighting with factions that turned the party upside down in the past four years.
During that four-year period, more than 200 members of the senior party were suspended or suspended from Zanu PF for various reasons.
Zanu PF is especially interested in recalling former Vice President Joice Mujuru, along with a clique of her donors who have shown the door of former President Robert Mugabe between 2014 and 2015.
Mujuru and her clique were expelled on accusations of trying to rid Mugabe of power.
Her dismissal saw 15 ministers being dropped from the Mugabe cabinet, in a serious massacre that threatened to break the party.
Some of the veterans of the liberation struggle of the country, including Mutasa and Gumbo, were among the victims.
Others included Kaukonde, Mavhaire, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Jabulani Sibanda, who formed the dying Zimbabwe People First (ZPF).
A few months after the establishment, ZPF split because of irreconcilable differences between the founders.
Mutasa and Gumbo were among those who clung to the name and offices of the party, while Mujuru continued to form the National People's Party.
Prior to their dismissal in 2014, Mutasa was secretary of the party for administration, while Gumbo was her spokesman. Both were members of the politburo of the party.
While Mugabe thought he had dealt with factionalism within his party, it struck his ugly head again a few months later.
Shortly after Mnangagwa assumed the vice presidency, some of his allies were launched from the party as a result of the internal battles between Generation 40 (G40) and his Team Lacoste group.
This resulted in the expulsion of Mnangagwa, before he returned as president with the help of the army, which orchestrated Mugabe's resignation last November.
With his preponderance in power, many who were attuned to the G40 were pushed out, with the former Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Jonathan Moyo and Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwao who went into self-imposed exile.
While the party is also in the process of reintegrating those who have received the exits after Mugabe's forcible dismissal, Moyo is still considered a pariah in Zanu PF and will therefore remain banned.
The former Minister of Higher Education and Education remains a pain in the back of the administration of Mnangagwa and has turned social media into an effective weapon that he uses to denigrate his leadership.
Grace Mugabe, the former first lady, is also not considered for takeover despite her sudden warming to Mnangagwa.
Zanu PF insiders told the Daily News that Mnangagwa wants to rebuild the party, founded in August 1963.
They said the president is not satisfied with perceptions that his administration has established as a faction (Team Lacoste) and wants all well-meaning party cadres to come on board to present a national view.
Mnangagwa even extended his hand to the opposition parties, including the MDC Alliance led by his main rival, Nelson Chamisa.