PROMINENT Zanu PF member and agro-industrialist Walter Mzembi has likened the ruling party to the Bible saying that the two are entwined as they have the same principles.
Mzembi, who has declared himself candidate for Masvingo South in next year’s general election, made the unusual comparison when he addressed a rally at Rupike growth point in the constituency.
This was his first public address after being suspended by the party’s provincial executive for insubordination. Mzembi is alleged to have made public statements attacking Foreign minister Stan Mudenge, Chief Fortune Charumbira, and the provincial chairman for Masvingo, Daniel Shumba.
“I was suspended for 21 days. The time has lapsed so I retain my post as the District Co-ordinating Committee chairman,” Mzembi told the crowd in Shona.
“The Zanu PF constitution is similar to a Bible. This is because the Bible says do not steal, do not kill and this is what Zanu PF is all about and my rights are thoroughly protected by that constitution,” he said.
Mzembi told the gathering that despite having been suspended for bringing the party into disrepute since he attacked the senior party officials, he remained defiant that he never undermined anyone.
“Chief Charumbira is from the Shumba clan, so is Daniel Shumba. I am also from that clan. Now imagine if the three lions would hunt together,” Mzembi said.
“I am awaiting to take over from Edison Zvobgo. I was called by Governor Silas Hungwe and Mudenge to take over this seat when Zvobgo was in South Africa. If we are to disagree on politics we should not fight in public. Asi zvisinei mukadzi aresva harohwe pachivanze (Don’t wash dirty linen in public).”
Mzembi said since President Mugabe had announced that all aspiring MPs would participate in primary elections, he was ready to take over, adding that he was prepared to write a letter of apology.
Mzembi has been asked by Masvingo province to write a letter apologising for his conduct.
“Writing a letter is not a problem. But what will I be saying in that letter? I am allowed to campaign for the party because the president said so,” he said.