Maridadi says ZANU-PF politburo might as well meet in Africa Unity Square because its discussions are leaked to the public even before the meeting is over


The Zimbabwe African national Union-Patriotic Front politburo might as well meet at Africa Unity Square and not at the party headquarters because its deliberations are leaked to the public even before the meeting is over, Mabvuku-Tafara Member of Parliament James Maridadi said yesterday.

Contributing to the Presidential Speech at the official opening of Parliament, Maridadi said it was a shame that the ZANU-PF politburo and cabinet were not functioning as one unit to improve the lives of Zimbabweans but were busy fighting against each other.

“When the Vice President, for want of a better example, Hon. E. D. Mnangagwa makes an announcement on a particular policy matter that has been adopted by Government, we expect every Minister to rally behind that,” he said.

“What we hear is a Minister calling for a separate press conference to say no, no, no, what the Vice President is saying is nonsensical.

“Mr. Speaker, a country cannot endure when the only 25 people that have been charged with running this country speak at cross purposes.

“Why is it interesting to us as Zimbabweans, how does it interest my mother in Mabvuku to know that Hon. Prof. J. Moyo is a spy because we heard that was presented in the Politburo.

“What they discuss in Politburo is actually public information. I was going to say the Politburo must not sit at ZANU PF Headquarters; they must sit at Africa Unity Square because what they discuss we get to know about it even before they finish the meeting. It is all there.

“Common vision, we heard that Command Agriculture was a success but we have another Minister saying no, no, no, it is actually command “ugly-culture”. It was a failure. Then ZANU PF Politburo fighting publicly and somebody comes and says, Vice President is a successionist. In response somebody says no but Hon. Prof. J. Moyo is a spy.

“Why does it interest Mr. Speaker, your grandmother who is in Binga – who is a spy and who is a successionist?  What they want is food on their table. They want a Cabinet which works together to put food on the table. That is what they want. We do not want to hear about their personal fights.”

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