Former ZANU PF youth leader Kudzanai Chipanga is on the cusp of rejoining the ruling party after he was cleared by the party’s Manicaland provincial executive and now awaits politburo endorsement.
Other former members seeking to revert to ZANU PF are ex-provincial youth member Taurai Chiripamberi and James Kaunye, who had defected to former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First party.
A ZANU PF provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meeting was held in Mutare last where Chipanga and other former party members were endorsed.
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The PCC meeting was attended by Information minister Monica Mutsvangwa, provincial chairperson Mike Madiro and former Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa.
Speaking to NewsDay, a party official, who refused to be named said the names would now be forwarded to the politburo for consideration. The official is quoted as saying:
The issue of Kudzi Chipanga and others was tabled at the PCC meeting and in his remarks, comrade Patrick Chinamasa noted that if Chipanga was endorsed in his Makoni district, then the province had no objection. In fact, the province had no objection.
Madiro confirmed that they have names of former party members who have applied to rejoin the ruling party but said could not reveal their identities. He said:
Yes, we had a PCC, but on the issues of the names, it’s an internal process and I am not at liberty to disclose the names of the people concerned, which are forwarded to the party leadership for consideration.
Yes, as ZANU PF, we have names of people who have applied to be re-admitted to the party because they are happy with the vision of the party.
Chipanga was fired by ZANU PF in 2017 together with several other members aligned to the Generation 40 (G40) cabal at the height of ZANU PF factional fights.