Elements pushing for the ouster of President Mugabe grilled president of the Chief's Council of Zimbabwe Chief Fortune Charumbira on why traditional leaders always endorsed the Zanu-PF First Secretary and President as the party's candidate ahead of congress, saying there were other party officials also eyeing the presidency.
Chief Charumbira told war veterans attending a congress at Great Zimbabwe that rebellious elements approached him when they were in the process of forming Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn.
He singled out Politburo member Dzikamai Mavhaire as as one of those who questioned the chief's stance.
"As the president of the Chief's Council in 2007, before the conference that was held at the city Sports Centre in Harare, we met and made a resolution as chiefs," said Chief Charumbira.
"We said vaMugabe chete chete. Ndakavingwa nevanhu vamataura apa zvikanzi tatumwa nevanhu vedu kuti why are you endorsing the President before congress vamwe vanenge vachidawo (We said only Mugabe. I was approached by the people you referred to and they told me that we have been sent by our people to ask why you are endorsing the President before congress some are also interested in the position).
"Ini nanhasi ukabvunza muMasvingo handiwirirane naMavhaire because of that." (Even up to today, if you ask in Masvingo, I am not in good books with Mavhaire because of that).
Chief Charumbira accused Mavhaire and other elements in Zanu-PF Masvingo province of using money to buy people's loyalty and also implicated Lowveld sugarcane producer Tongaat Hulett in financing the illegal move to out President Mugabe.
"Mari dzakafamba dzeTongaat dzaibva panzime yakanga iri mari yekuti ngatibvisei President Mugabe. Yakanga iri mari yakakura," he said. (Money from Tongaat's sugarcane sales was dished out to remove Mugae)
"Vanotenga vanhu. Party yakadaro haina kumira zvakanaka. Vanhu venyu vemuPolitburo ndivo vakaipa. Kana intelligence (CIO) haizivi zvimwe zvandinoziva. Even pakafomwa Mavambo vakandivinga." (They are buying people. What's happening in the party is not good. Politburo members are the most corrupt. Even intelligence guys don't know what I know.)
Chief Charumbira said leaders must learn to be elected by people and should desist from using hook and crook to land positions. – zimdaily