Inter Africa CEO Leonard Mukumba contests in Zanu PF elections

by Tulip Charowa

INTER Africa chief executive officer Leonard Mukumba, who runs one of the largest private bus companies in Zimbabwe, has thrown his hat in the ring to contest in Zanu PF Manicaland provincial elections.

Mukumba is eyeing the post of secretary for transport in the elections set for today.

While Mukumba was not available for comment, NewsDay reports that a Zanu PF central committee member in Manicaland confirmed Mukumba’s candidature.

The central committee member refused to be named citing party protocol, the publication reported.

The entrance into politics by Mukumba, a church bishop, reflects a complete change of mind on his party as he previously refused to join politics insisting he wanted to focus on his transport empire.

In 2018, Zanu PF supporters pleaded with Mukumba to contest for the Makoni South Member of Parliament seat but he turned the request down.

At the Mapembe shrine in Odzi where thousands of African Apostolic church members were gathered to celebrate church leader Paul Mwazha’s 103rd birthday sometime this year, Mukumba, who is a bishop in the church, claimed he was one of the biggest transport operators in Zimbabwe all because of Mwazha’s blessing.

“I was blessed by Paul Mwazha to become one of the biggest transport operators in the country, I joined the African Apostolic Church in 1989 and I could accompany our leader Mwazha who prophesied that I was going to be a transport mogul,” he said.

In addition to Inter Africa buses, Mukumba also owns Blue Horizon trucking company among other businesses.

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