By Lance Guma
Many officials in ZANU PF have considered jumping ship and joining other political parties, but a fear of reprisals has stopped them from doing so, a former MP and Deputy Minister has told SW Radio Africa.
Tracy Mutinhiri was the ZANU PF Women’s League Political Commissar and Marondera East MP before she was expelled in August last year for allegedly de-campaigning the party. On Wednesday she was a guest on SW Radio Africa’s Question Time and answered questions from listeners.
“I know people who want to switch over, but people are afraid. ZANU PF will not really forgive somebody who will make a drastic step like I did but I didn’t want my political career to finish with ZANU PF,” Mutinhiri said. She blamed heavy infighting for frustrating a lot of people in Mugabe’s party.
Mutinhiri confirmed reports that members of the notorious Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) abducted and killed MDC-T supporters before dumping their bodies in the Wenimbe Dam in Marondera. She claimed she was the target of a similar plot when ZANU PF accused her of working with the MDC-T.
“If a survey was going to be carried out in Marondera town, every other homestead will tell you about their loved one who was dumped in the Wenimbe Dam. It’s not a created story. I talked about it when it was clear to me that on a certain day if when I had gone to my constituency, if I had used the same road I came with, I would have ended up in the Wenimbe Dam,” Mutinhiri said.
In the interview broadcast Wednesday evening Mutinhiri claimed State Security Minister Sidney Sekeramayi was behind most of her problems because she had turned down his sexual advances. She also blamed the breakdown of her marriage to Brigadier-General Mutinhiri on Sekeramayi and his ‘emissaries.’ SW Radio Africa
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