Former Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister, Walter Mzembi has distanced himself from rumors making rounds that he has joined the Nelson Chamisa led MDC Alliance, saying he has no intentions of coming back into politics any time soon.
Mzembi said he is very respectful of the MDC Alliance leader, Chamisa whom he says he worked very closely within the 2009-2013 inclusive government but intimated that he has not joined him and is not contemplating such a move ahead of 2018 harmonized elections.
“Joining them is the quickest and easiest route for me to retain my Parliamentary Constituency, but I am not available for elective politics in 2018, and I will not make such far-reaching decisions at this stage.
“Joining a political party or alliance is a nuptial decision, a covenant, and I don’t plunge that easily if I go in, it’s irrevocable, so I haven’t made that decision at all, hakusi kuchaya mapoto,” Mzembi was quoted on the World Tourism Organisation (WTO) website.
A report in one of the country’s online tabloids suggested that Mzembi may, at the end of this week re-enter the political fray by joining forces with the leading opposition Movement for Democratic Change.
Last week, pictures of Chamisa and expelled Zanu PF members Shadreck Mashayamombe and Jeppy Jaboon and another unnamed member circulated on social media amid speculations that they may have joined hands with the youthful MDC-T leader.
According to the circulating communication, Mzembi was said to be on his way to join the MDC Alliance.
“There are various and numerous political constituents that are trying to suck me back into politics by default ahead of 2018 harmonized elections; let me restate that there is no superior persuasive argument to my pronounced position of 4 December 2017, which announced the beginning of an indefinite political sabbatical and a migration into business and more quality time for a family that “missed ” me during my 15 years of public service.
“Nothing has changed and readers and political followers are urged to refresh their memory by visiting my interview, done with the Daily News on the 4th of December, 2017,” said Mzembi.
With elections three months away, there has been a lot of movement especially among former Zanu PF members who fall by the wayside during the November 15 military operation with some now official members of the National Patriotic Front led by Retired Brigadier General Ambrose Mutinhiri with former president Mugabe’s backing.