ZANU PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo yesterday hit back at his adversaries saying he could not be judged by factional leaders who want to destroy the party, and instead, he advised Transport minister Obert Mpofu to shut up.


Mpofu at the weekend alleged Gumbo was abusing his post as party spokesperson and had begun to speak on factional lines. But without going into details, Gumbo intimated that Mpofu had a chequered background and he should be wary of his comments.

"I am told Mpofu expressed his views and not the views of the committee. It's a personal issue and all I can say is please leave my name alone. He (Mpofu) thinks he is a super minister, but with his background, he should not say that," he said.

Without mentioning names, Gumbo said some of the people calling for his ouster had not fought for the country, whereas he was a veteran of the armed struggle.

"I fought for this country and some of these people never fought for this country. I think it's just a smear campaign, we don't take smear campaigns seriously," he said, adding that he did not speak factional politics.

Gumbo accused his colleagues in Zanu PF of focussing on trivialities while the party and the country burned.

"We are creating problems for the country and we are not focusing on economic challenges in the country, everyone is confused about what is happening. What we want to say is please avoid this. The economy is bleeding. Let's focus on attracting investors in the country. We want peace and stability not condemning the hierarchy of the party and everyone linked to the VP," he said.

As the bickering continued unabated within Zanu PF, Gumbo seems to be the latest victim of a State media-led blitzkrieg calling for his ouster, on allegations he was acting on factional lines rather than following party dictates.

"I cannot be judged by factional leaders who want to destroy the party and Zimbabwe. I am only judged by the people and those are the ones who will tell me whether I am doing a good job or not. No provinces made any resolutions against me," he said.


Zanu PF is split along factional lines with the State media being accused of supporting one grouping over another.

Already there have been vicious attacks on Vice-President Joice Mujuru, Mashonaland East chairman Ray Kaukonde and war veterans' boss Jabulani Sibanda.

Gumbo had last week called a press conference where he accused The Herald of taking a biased stance against Mujuru, but the newspaper hit back, accusing him of launching an onslaught against it.

Some sections in the party, particularly those seen as aligned to Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, accused Gumbo of abusing his position as party spokesman in an effort to boost the waning fortunes of his faction.

Gumbo reportedly belongs to the Mujuru faction.

Last week, the Midlands and Matabeleland North provincial co-ordinating committees resolved that Gumbo be relieved of his job as he lacked capacity and integrity to continue as the party spokesperson.

Zanu PF politburo member Obert Mpofu, addressing a provincial party meeting in Lupane at the weekend, lashed out at Gumbo accusing him of abusing his office by advancing factional interests while purporting to speak on behalf of the party.

Gumbo has warned that Zanu PF was at the mercy of Tsholotsho Declaration 2, a successor to the 2004 Tsholotsho Declaration where a number of party chairmen reportedly tried to reconfigure the party leadership, with Mnangagwa pencilled in for the vice-presidency.




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Dofo
+1 # Dofo 2014-11-04 09:12
Mpofu leave Mdara Gumbo alone you are being paid to do nothing but steal please do yourself a favour by shutting your mouth you are the worst minister after Jonathan Moyo
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ike
+1 # ike 2014-11-04 10:33
Chazobvondoka zvino. Zvichabuda chete. Gumbos are tried and tested comrades. They know it all. If you are not careful with him he will definitely go down with many. Gumbo ndizvo, no one has balls of iron. Take them head on.
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selele
0 # selele 2014-11-04 10:55
Mugabe's wives like Dumbuguru Mpofu should not throw stones in the Mugabe-glasshou se in which they are. Gumbo is a frank man and has the gutts to tell Mugabe anything.
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Hacha Ndizvo Dr
0 # Hacha Ndizvo Dr 2014-11-04 11:59
Ngavarwe - zvitori bhoo
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mai Mazano
+1 # mai Mazano 2014-11-04 12:34
Ehe vana Mpofu iwe mbavha huru yakaba zvokuparadza NRZ muZim ndiwe ungashamatata muromo wako uchitaura zvisina basa against Rugare Gumbo iwe? Inga unofarisa senda iri mubaravara. You are the worst corrupt minister iwe. mbavha yemakoko nhasi railways wakaparadza noumbavha hwako saka chaungataura chiiko iwe mucheka dzafa. Idya wakanyarara coz tichakufumura. dumbu kufera kudaro zvakabvepi handiti munodya zvavapfupi nokureba nhasi woti hee Rugare pwetere ko iwe.
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mai Mazano
0 # mai Mazano 2014-11-04 12:34
Ehe vana Mpofu iwe mbavha huru yakaba zvokuparadza NRZ muZim ndiwe ungashamatata muromo wako uchitaura zvisina basa against Rugare Gumbo iwe? Inga unofarisa senda iri mubaravara. You are the worst corrupt minister iwe. mbavha yemakoko nhasi railways wakaparadza noumbavha hwako saka chaungataura chiiko iwe mucheka dzafa. Idya wakanyarara coz tichakufumura. dumbu kufera kudaro zvakabvepi handiti munodya zvavapfupi nokureba nhasi woti hee Rugare pwetere ko iwe.
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selele
0 # selele 2014-11-04 13:40
tuQuoting mai Mazano:
Ehe vana Mpofu iwe mbavha huru yakaba zvokuparadza NRZ muZim ndiwe ungashamatata muromo wako uchitaura zvisina basa against Rugare Gumbo iwe? Inga unofarisa senda iri mubaravara. You are the worst corrupt minister iwe. mbavha yemakoko nhasi railways wakaparadza noumbavha hwako saka chaungataura chiiko iwe mucheka dzafa. Idya wakanyarara coz tichakufumura. dumbu kufera kudaro zvakabvepi handiti munodya zvavapfupi nokureba nhasi woti hee Rugare pwetere ko iwe.

kirirai amai Mazano, tukirirrai chaizvo. Kana Wadyejena mubateteiwo futi.
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Dofo
+1 # Dofo 2014-11-04 20:30
Mpofu Chupeti Mbafa ukatamba na Gumbo watamba ne simbi mudhara uya is honest and frank kwete zvenyu wana Mpofu basa kuba une ma stand mangani mu Vic falls Dumbu Mbavha manje murikudonha takatarisa ungatsamirane na Grace woti unohwinha vhura maziso ako
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rmunemo
0 # rmunemo 2014-11-05 07:45
your ever obedient son
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