FORMER Zanu PF leader and war veteran, Didymus Mutasa is willing to re-join the ruling party since former president Robert Mugabe is no longer the leader and because the ruling party is home to them.
A fortnight ago Mutasa turned down an invitation to join the newly-formed National Patriotic Front (NPF), saying it is nothing but a tribal party doing the bidding for deposed ex-president, Robert Mugabe
A former close ally of Mugabe, the country’s first black Speaker of Parliament told the Daily News that he would rather stay in retirement than join the NPF. Mutasa, 82, had a private meeting with NPF leader, retired brigadier-general Ambrose Mutinhiri at his residence in Harare, sending the rumour mill into overdrive amid speculation that the former Marondera West legislator had convinced him to join the new political formation.
His close ally, Rugare Gumbo also said he was willing to re-join Mnangagwa's Zanu PF.
Gumbo and Mutasa were expelled in 2015 on allegations of trying to topple Mugabe and replace him with former vice president Joice Mujuru. Interestingly, they were labelled ‘Gamatox’ a faction led by the current president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mutasa and Gumbo were to later form Zimbabwe People First political outfit together with Mujuru. However the party was later rocked by internal squabbles before Mujuru finally left to form her own National People’s Party (NPP).
Recently, a member of the War Veterans association, Victor Matemadanda, told the media that a resolution was passed to re-admit the war veterans into the ruling party to boost its national commissariat department ahead of the upcoming general elections.
In an interview Wednesday in Harare, Mutasa said Zanu PF has been his home for many years and his re-admission would be a welcome development.
“It was the entrance of toxic Grace (former First Lady) into politics that destroyed Zanu PF and it is high time all those that were expelled be brought back,” said the former national security minister.
“And I will be happy if all war veterans that were expelled during Mugabe’s reign are brought back.”
He added, “Zanu PF without Mugabe I will re-join.”
Gumbo said he has set some returning condition.
“Talks are going on, but if they manage to clarify some issues I am going to re-join the party,” said Gumbo.
“And the talks are between the war veterans and us and we hope the comradeship will prevail.”