THE Zanu PF Masvingo provincial executive has moved to defy the politburo by seeking to co-opt the party’s readmitted former chairman Daniel Shumba into its structures ahead of the next elections.
Shumba was expelled eight years ago for his role in the Tsholotsho debacle seen as an attempted “palace coup”.
Although the politburo recently lifted Shumba’s expulsion he remains banned from holding office for five years.
“Nothing will stop Shumba or anyone else from holding a post because we are in the process of rebuilding the party,” said Zanu PF Masvingo provincial chairman Lovemore Matuke.
“We lost the last election and we can’t afford to lose this time around, so having Shumba is to the party’s advantage.”
However, party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo insisted the rules would not be changed to accommodate Shumba.
“Our position is clear. Shumba has been readmitted but he has to wait for five years before he holds any position in the party. He was readmitted as an ordinary member of the party and we do not make exceptions,” said Gumbo.