War veterans and their affiliates in Manicaland Province have dumped ZANU PF Manicaland provincial chairman Mike Madiro ahead of the upcoming elections, accusing him of incompetence and failing to unite the party.
Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) Manicaland political commissar Gift Kwageda said the association and its affiliates had decided to dump Madiro and they are now considering Albert Nyakuedzwa and Enock Porusingazi for the post. Said Kwageda:
We need change in Manicaland province. Comrade Mike Madiro is failing to unite the party in the province and there is confusion in some branches and these are things we are looking at. I am saying it’s time for comrade Madiro to rest.
As the political commissar of the war veterans, we look at the best candidate with the capacity to lead the party and so far, we are weighing two candidates — Makoni district co-ordination committee chairperson Albert Nyakuedzwa and Chipinge South MP Enock Porusingazi.
Those, who want to campaign, are my sons, but we have to put them on a scale and decide on the best candidate.
Both Porusingazi and Nyakuedzwa are eyeing the top seat but NewsDay reported sources on Monday as having said that ZNLWVA affiliates, including the Zimbabwe ex-Political Prisoners Detainees Association (ZIPEDRA), have settled for Nyakuedzwa.
Information Communication Technology minister Jenfan Muswere has reportedly pulled out of the race in support of Nyakuedzwa.
Manicaland ZIPEDRA boss Tambudzai Maponga yesterday said they had already decided on their candidate.
The Zimbabwe Liberation War Collaborators Association Manicaland province led by Angeline Muponda is reportedly behind Nyakuedzwa’s candidature.