Mugabe says late Midzi, Savanhu lied to him, to blame for Zanu PF deafets in Hre
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has accused the late former Zanu PF Harare chairman Amos Midzi and former lands deputy minister, Tendai Savanhu of being the cause of the party’s poor election performance in Harare.
Addressing the party’s Women’s League Assembly Friday, Mugabe said Midzi and Savanhu consistently misled the party that all was well in Harare but come election day, the opposition would win resoundingly. “In Harare we had a challenge; it was Midzi and Savanhu every time when it came to elections. They would lie to me that all was well, promising that we are going to win but come election we would lose,” Mugabe said.
“I addressed many rallies in Epworth for Midzi where they would be a bumper crowd. But come election, he lost. I don’t know what happened this time around for him to win the seat after losing several times,” Mugabe said. Midzi and Savanhu for long were the Zanu PF heavyweights who controlled Harare.
The two were removed from their posts in the build-up to the party’s controversial congress alongside former Vice President Joice Mujuru on allegations of plotting to remove Mugabe. Mugabe said the two failed to organise the party to win against the MDC who, until 2013, controlled Harare and Bulawayo.
Midzi, after failing several times to be an MP, in 2013 won the Epworth seat. Savanhu who had tried so many times but to no avail also won the Mbare seat in 2013 in an election the opposition say was rigged. Midzi went on to commit suicide in June after being kicked out of the ruling party amid revelations that he was wallowing in debts.
On Firday Mugabe said Mujuru, together with her late husband Solomon who died in an unexplainable manner, were plotting to remove him from power and were behind the formation of Simba Makoni’s MKD party. He alleged that the late powerful army general worked with Dumiso Dabengwa to destroy Zanu PF claiming the 91-year old leader had failed to run the country.Mujuru died in a mysterious inferno and the family has warned that they will demand a fresh probe to ascertain what killed independent Zimbabwe’s first army leader. newzimbabwe
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