THE Newly formed political outfit comprising expelled Zanu PF members is a tribal party with no future in the country’s politics, former cabinet minister Didymus Mutasa has said.
Led by former Zanu PF Marondera West legislator Ambrose Mutinhiri the National Patriotic Front (NPF) was endorsed by former president Robert Mugabe who remains bitter over his ouster last November.
Mutasa, a former close ally of Mugabe, dismissed NPF is “just a grouping of Zezurus from Mahusekwa district area with no structures in other parts of the country”.
The charge was promptly rejected by NPF national spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire who said, by making such unfounded allegations, Mutasa was proving that “he is real tribalist” and that he has no place in a national and patriotic movement.
In an interview Wednesday Mutasa told NewZimbabwe.com that NPF leader Mutinhiri visited him at his house and tried to persuade him to join the new party.
The former state security minister said he rejected the approach because he could see that the party was essentially a tribal movement of the Zezurus.
Mutasa also said he is currently “political homeless” but will soon be re-joining Zanu PF.
“He (Mutinhiri) personally came to my house and we talked for few minutes and (he) asked if I could join and help his NPF,” said the former ruling party politburo member.
“I asked him to explain all about it and after that I told him to leave because this was just a Zeruru tribal party with no future.”
He added, “I told him (Mutinhiri that) I don’t want to waste his time and mine and he must leave immediately.”
Mutasa further claimed that he has had many enquiries from some members of his former Zim PF party from Mashonaland province on whether they should join NPF but advised them that the grouping was “not a serious opposition”.
Responding to the allegations NPF spokesperson Mawarire said they are building a national platform not a tribal citadel.
“We are patriots who don’t identify with tribes or any such narrow ascription meant to divide our people,” said Mawarire.
“We leave tribal politics to Zanu PF with its blatant nepotism that has yielded a village cabinet now referred to as Moyo, Sibanda, Shumba and Associates.”
He added, “We have built our party on the basis of skill and competency not some primitive tribal or ethnic consideration.
“Right now, the two members of the executive that have come out in the open, Rtd Brig Gen Ambrose and I, are we both Zezuru?”
“Not that we care about ethnic or tribal origins, but if we were to even entertain their tribal arguments, I come from Masvingo and VaMutinhiri comes from Mashonaland East.”
“Does that make both of us Zezuru? We haven’t publicised the full complement of our young and vibrant national executive yet tribalists have already started making tribal remarks about people they are not even aware of.”