FORMER Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) secretary-general Victor Matemadanda, who on Tuesday was appointed the new Secretary for the Commissariat in Zanu-PF, says one of his immediate plans is to convince urbanites to join Zanu-PF.
Matemadanda also said a lot of “big names” in the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa have told him they want to rejoin Zanu-PF.
“I am pleased that a lot of big names are saying they want to come back home, which is the Zanu- PF party. You know, most of those people in opposition political parties were once Zanu-PF card-carrying members. We will definitely release the names at the right time.
“They want it to remain a secret until they are re-admitted into the party. Some are even from the opposition MDC party,” Matemadanda said in an interview carried by the Herald.
For several years now, the ruling party has been playing second fiddle in urban elections. Matemadanda said he has a plan and will go on the ground to explain to urbanites and convince them to join Zanu-PF.
He dismissed fears that this could be viewed as infiltration.
Said Matemadanda: “We are going to open up with caution because some people might think that it is time to infiltrate, but we want people to understand that Zanu-PF is a mass party and every person is welcome to join it and also participate in its programmes. I am not going to be an official commissar who will be driving around. I am going to be walking and engaging with vendors and kombi operators so that we discuss the problems they are facing and come up with solutions.
“I want to give everyone an opportunity to say what they want. My main focus is to have the people in all urban areas understand Zanu-PF so that they make an informed decision.
“In Africa, Zimbabwean have the highest literacy rate, but most of our professionals were trained to be workers instead of entrepreneurs. That is why most of our educated professionals like doctors go on strike. They don’t want to think outside the box. These educated people want a revolutionary world, but in my opinion they need to be helped on how to get extra money.
“How can we have a political leader who thinks that the solutions of solving problems in his country are in America and the opposition leaders need to understand that we have to be Zimbabweans and we have to understand our history?”