By Lloyd Mbiba
HARARE – Zanu PF has hit back at leader of the smaller MDC Welshman Ncube for alleging the former ruling party was incapable of stopping violence.
On Sunday, Ncube told reporters on the sidelines of his party’s community outreach programme in Marondera that Zanu PF was like the proverbial pig that if washed, it will always return to the mud.
“They are a party which is naturally violent. They have piggish behaviour and it is in their DNA,” Ncube said.
Rugare Gumbo, the Zanu PF spokesperson said Ncube should desist from such reckless statements which have the potential of igniting violence in the country.
“It’s stupid for a party leader to utter such rubbish,” a fuming Gumbo told the Daily News yesterday.
“This is a clear provocation of violence and that’s not what the country wants. Ncube needs to be mature and start appreciating the political dynamics in the country so that when he opens his mouth he talks substantive issues and not this emotionally-driven rubbish.
“If he is educated as he claims and a leader of a serious political party why is he limiting himself to this nonsense?” Gumbo added.
Didymus Mutasa, Zanu PF secretary for administration weighed in: “I will not lower myself and start commenting on such rubbish.
“For whatever reason noone is justified to brand us pigs because has he ever seen someone in our party with a mouth, ears or head of a pig?”
This is not the first time that Ncube has crossed swords with Zanu PF. He recently exchanged harsh words with Zanu PF over devolution.
Ncube accused Zanu PF of refusing to embrace devolution because they still wanted to loot the country’s natural resources.
Zanu PF hit back saying Ncube, by the virtue of being a minister, was also complicit in the looting and the question was how much he has stolen.
Ncube together with some of his party members and the community of Marondera West on Sunday painted Mutero Primary School in Marondera.
According to MDC, the event was a peace-building initiative for the community that has seen an upswing in political violence in recent years. Daily News
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