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New party headed for split

BY NKOSENTSHA KHUMALO

A newly formed political outfit, Freedom of Rights Under Sovereign (Forus) party appears headed for a split and probable collapse with its Matabeleland South provincial coordinator complaining that he has been dumped hardly a few weeks after the party’s launch.

Kudakwashe Zulu, the provincial coordinator, told Sunday Southern Eye that he used his own resources to popularise the new party in Matabeleland South only to be told by the leadership that he was not fit for the job after being paid US$50 for his services.

The party has seven administrative districts in the region namely Matobo, Mangwe, Bulilima, Filabusi, Insiza, Beitbridge and Gwanda.

“I was given a job as a coordinator of the party and  used my own vehicle, fuel, airtime and time moving around the seven districts only to be told that I am not fit for the job after I had pushed for their agenda for a long time,” Zulu said.

“All other party coordinators were given US$105 each, but I was only given US$50 being reimbursement for a trip from Mazowe to Matobo and I was told that was enough for me to go back again.”

He claimed the party left him stranded in Matobo with no bus fare to go back home after he had finished conducting party business in another district.

Forus vice president Emmanuel Katyamutima disowned Zulu, saying he was a bogus party member.

“I checked with the Forus organising team and established that we do not have any member by the name Kudakwashe Zulu in any of the provinces through our database,” said Katvamutima.

But Forus national organising secretary Tazvitya Tembedza confirmed paying Zulu US$50 for ‘volunteering’ to coordinate the setting up of structures in the province.

In one WhatsApp message to Zulu, Tembedza said, “I think Zulu you don’t fit in our system because of the way you want things to happen.

“You want to be treated like a king in politics.”

Tembedza said Zulu did not have a party card and was paid for services to coordinate people.

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