ZANU PF politburo member Sikhanyiso Ndlovu has hit back at Mines minister Obert Mpofu for accusing the Bulawayo provincial executive of failing to co-ordinate people to rally behind President Robert Mugabe and his party ahead of the next polls.
Report by Nduduzo Tshuma
Mpofu, addressing a rally in Nyamandlovu at the weekend, said the Bulawayo Zanu PF leadership was bent on protecting their positions instead of drumming up support for Mugabe and his party.
But Ndlovu rejected the accusation in an interview, saying the party had made great strides since the appointment of Callistus Ndlovu as chairman and the expansion of the provincial executive.
“Bulawayo is working hard and has risen since the appointment of the new executive by the President and the politburo. It is now free from interference from outside,” he said.
“There is no senior leader fighting for positions, this is a revolutionary party and we are doing a national service.”
Ndlovu said the provincial structures were now concentrated on winning elections.
“There is no need to argue with colleagues in the papers. Personally I prefer discussing issues face to face.
“Bulawayo is moving forward very well and we are going to win elections this year,” Ndlovu, who is also the provincial party political head, said.
“If you have noticed, the MDC is losing support in the city. Just look at their primary elections and the margins that some won with.
“It is clear that their support is waning and Zanu PF will take advantage of that.”
Mpofu’s sentiments came a week after war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda caused a stir at the Bulawayo Heroes’ Acre, accusing senior Zanu PF leaders in the Bulawayo structures of destroying the party.
Speaking at the burial of Bulawayo provincial war veterans’ chairman Themba Ncube, who died two weeks ago, Sibanda singled out Ndlovu and central committee member Khumbulani Mlilo, accusing them of destroying the party. Sibanda accused the Zanu PF leadership, particularly Ndlovu, of destroying the party by influencing the sacking of provincial chairpersons to further his interests.