The ruling ZANU PF party says former members and opposition party members who desire to join the party are expected to follow its “cardinal” rules.
ZANU PF Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu said the party will not shut the door on anyone but the newcomers and returnees should prove their “loyalty and discipline” before they are welcomed. Said Mpofu:
We have not shut the door for anyone interested in being part of the revolutionary train. The party just requires our deportees from the political oblivion to stand the test of loyalty and discipline to be welcome back to the mother party, Zanu PF.
His Excellency President Mnangagwa who is the First The Secretary of the party has made it clear that Zanu PF is too big, a pocket with the capacity to “pocket us” all as long as we are loyal to the creed of the struggle and it’s a true meaning to our patriotic existentiality. The door is wide open.
This comes after reports have suggested that former G40 functionaries are banging the ZANU PF door seeking to be re-admitted into the party.
The Generation 40, or G40 for short, was a group of Zanu-PF politicians that was believed to be working against the possibility of Emmerson Mnangagwa (Lacoste Faction) succeeding the late former president Robert Mugabe as president of Zimbabwe.
The faction, which reportedly had the likes of Patrick Zhuwao, Saviour Kasukuwere, Grace Mugabe, Jonathan Moyo, Mandiitawepi Chimene, Kudzanai Chipanga and Walter Mzembi in its ranks, among others, was stopped in its tracks when the military launched a coup in November 2017.
Recently, former senior opposition MDC officials, among them, James Makore, Obert Gutu, Lilian Timveos and Blessing Chebundo jumped ship and joined Zanu PF.