Godfrey Tsenengamu

JUST NOW: Godfrey Tsenengamu launches new political party

By Nancy Samuriwo, HourlyHits Reporter

FORMER Zanu PF national youth political commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu is launching a new political party this Tuesday.

Details of the name of the party will be revealed this morning when Tsenengamu addresses the media, the people close to him have revealed in an interview with HourlyHits this morning.

Tsenengamu was suspended and subsequently fired by Zanu PF together with Zanu PF deputy youth secretary Lewis Matutu after addressing a press conference early last year where they claimed top allies of President Mnangagwa had captured State institutions.

The youths “named and shamed” businessman Kuda Tagwirei, Wicknell Chivayo, Tino Machakaire as among the ruling party-linked individuals they said were causing untold economic suffering to Zimbabweans.

They however could not substantiate their allegations to the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission, and were fired. The ruling party ordered that they undergo training at the Herbert Chitepo College of Ideology, but Tsenengamu turned down the offer and insisted it was the people he named who needed ideological training.

Tsenengamu was arrested last year facing charges of inciting the public to commit violence under the foiled #July31 protests, but he denied the charges. He went into hiding after police launched a manhunt for him and other opposition activists ahead of the July 31 protests, and later surrendered himself to police.

Until now, he was the leader of the Plan for Economic Emancipation in Zimbabwe, which he founded after leaving the ruling party.

Tsenengamu. was among the youths who openly revolted against the Robert Mugabe-led Zanu PF, demanding that Emmerson Mnangagwa take over. For that, Mugabe kicked him and several other youth leaders out.

He got back into ruling party politics after President Mnangagwa took over in November 2017. The dance in the sun lasted two years, as Tsenengamu began criticizing the Mnangagwa government for corruption.

The battle for political space is heating up as the 2023 elections draw near. In the 2018 elections, 23 presidential candidates contested. Analysts believe the number could be more in 2023 considering the ever defragmenting opposition parties.

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