By Shami Makombe
EXPELLED former Chivi South legislator Killer Zivhu says he has been supporting Zanu PF for over 22 years and there is no way he will contest the March 26 by-elections as an independent candidate.
This comes as Chivi prominent businessman and miner Munyaradzi Zizhou, who is friends with Zivhu, won the ticket to represent Zanu PF in the by-elections. Zizhou on Friday won the Zanu PF primaries in Chivi South.
The seat fell vacant after Zivhu was chucked out of the ruling party following recommendations by his own province. This was after Zivhu had repeatedly called on President Mnangagwa to arrange a meeting with opposition gladiator Nelson Chamisa “for the sake of the Zimbabwean economy”.
Acting on that recommendation, the Zanu PF Politburo chucked Zivhu out of the party in June 2020. He told NewsDay in an interview that it was difficult for him to renounce the ideologies of the ruling party as these were in his blood.
“I started working with Zanu PF and I have supported the party so much since 1995 through donations and pledges. I am a principled person. I have been preaching the Zanu PF ideology for over 22 years,” Zivhu opened up.
“Now that I have a misunderstanding with my fellow comrades within the party, it does not mean that I should then renounce the same ideologies. I will continue supporting Zanu PF although I was fired.
“Take this as an example, there are some people who support Manchester United, but they have never been to England, nor do they have the cards from the team. Some support Dynamos, but have never been to Harare that is the nature of die-hard supporters. It’s in the blood.”
Moreover, the talkative politician said he had made a personal pledge to Mnangagwa and he was going to stick to it.
“I made a pledge to the President ED (Emmerson Mnangagwa) that I am not going to stand as an independent. So it is not true that I will contest as an independent.
“I am not even in Chivi, I am in Harare. I will not even go to Chivi. I will abide by my promise to ED and continue supporting him,” said the former Councillor.
Last week, Zivhu launched a scathing attack on Politburo member and Zanu PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa who he called a “troubled monkey” that cannot win elections.
This was responding after Mutsvangwa laid into three former Zanu PF officials – former commissar Savior Kasukuwere, Zivhu and independent Norton legislator Temba Peter Mliswa – after the trio held a meeting in South Africa which unsettled Zanu PF supporters.
Mutsvangwa said the meeting was a desperate attempt by the trio to wriggle its way back into political relevance. Mutsvangwa described Kasukuwere as a “day dreamer” and Zivhu and Mliswa “two vain political pretenders and moonlighters”
Zivhu did not take the attack lightly, spending much of Tuesday taking pot-shots at Mutsvangwa who lost the 2018 parliamentary elections to Mliswa in Norton.
Zivhu served as a Zanu PF councillor from 2000 to 2017 before he won the Chivhu South parliamentary seat in the 2018 elections.
He rose to prominence as president of Cross-Border Traders Association of Zimbabwe (CBTAZ), group that had its membership from mainly entrepreneurs who backed the ruling party.