Zanu PF secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu, has castigated a ZANU PF MP, Energy Mutodi for making reckless statements that may incite tribal tension in Zimbabwe.
Mutodi, who is the Deputy Information Minister, last week posted a video on social media where he suggested that Ndebele people are refugees from South Africa. He said then:
You will find that here in Zimbabwe, if you didn’t know, just about 1836 we accommodated thousands of South Africans who came into Zimbabwe fleeing from (King) Shaka, and they were being led by Mzilikazi.
Addressing a Zanu PF event in Bulawayo to review the indigenisation and economic empowerment policy, Mpofu expressed anger over Mutodi’s remarks. He said:
There are certain statements by certain leaders which are unacceptable to the party. There was a recent statement where somebody was saying there are three million South Africans in Zimbabwe.
That’s unacceptable, misdirected statement which is not from Zanu PF. You see what’s happening in South Africa (xenophobia), it’s because of such reckless statements.
Mutodi later retracted his statement and apologised on Wednesday saying that his tweet had been misunderstood.