By Charles Lotara
MASVINGO (ZIMBABWE)- Former ZANU-PF political bigwigs Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Claudious Makova have last week announced their intention to return to the ruling party from the embattled Zimbabwe People First (ZimPF) a few days after the inauguration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as the new President of Zimbabwe.
Bashikiti and Makova joined ZimPF which was formed last year after Mugabe hounded several officials from Zanu PF on untested allegations of wanting to topple him from power.
Speaking in a pre-recorded video clip Makova said, now that Mugabe is out of the picture he feels at ease to re-join the ruling party that is now led by Mnangagwa.
“The removal of the G40 cabal and the removal of one centre of power from Zanu PF gives me enough confidence to revert to my party and continue to fight for the total emancipation of our people in our people-driven party Zanu PF.
“My motivation is to remain a servant of the people in a party that I have served for the greater part of my life,” said Makova.
The two politicians have stood together in the last three years jumping from one political party to another, but never really fitting in.
One of the founding elders of the ZPF and former Cabinet minister in Mugabe’s government — Didymus Mutasa who was also sacked from Zanu PF in the run up to December 2014 congress — described the decisions as ‘funny.’
“Now that there is freedom in Zimbabwe let them do as they please, but let them not jump from one party to another. They jumped from (the then ZPF led by Joice) Mujuru and then came to us and they jumped from us to join the (Zimbabwe People First led by Agrippa) Mutambara, now they are going back to Zanu PF. It’s very funny,” said Mutasa.
Bhasikiti who is also the former Minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs said when they were fired from the party there were people who rejoiced over their exit.
“My last word to you comrades is that we have seen it and we now understand. There were others who were happy when we were dismissed and today we are welcomed back home,” he said.
Makova and Bhasikiti’s days in the political wilderness were largely because they had fallen out of favour with Mugabe, whose long political career came to an end on November 21 when he resigned ahead of an impeachment by Parliament.
Along with Bhasikiti, Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo, Makova parted ways with Mujuru early this year and retained the name of the party that they formed after a bitter expulsion from Zanu PF.
It was not long before ZPF split again in the middle and Makova and Bhasikiti dumped Mutasa and Gumbo to follow retired brigadier general Mutambara, who kept the name ZPF.
History repeated itself again as the two politicians crossed swords with Mutambara over a leadership raw.
“I have already resigned from ZPF where I was now serving as the secretary-general of the party. I find no reason to be serving in any other party when Zanu PF has reverted to its original ideals by the “operation restore legacy,” said Bhasikiti as he seeks to rejoin longtime comrades at Zanu PF.
Just like Bhasikiti, Makova in his letter to Mutasa and Gumbo said the two co-leaders of ZPF should seriously consider closing shop and returning home to Zanu PF.
“It was my great expectation that we should have collectively closed shop or disbanded our party ZPF and go back to Zanu PF where we originally all belonged,” said Makova.