Rugare Gumbo set to bounce back into Zanu PF?




Rugare Gumbo

FORMER Zanu-PF spokesperson Mr Rugare Gumbo is set to make a sensational return to the revolutionary party three years after his expulsion for his association with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

They were accused of attempting to usurp power from former President Cde Robert Mugabe.

According to State media, Mr Gumbo has been spotted at several party and Government functions with the latest being the just- ended Zanu-PF Extraordinary Congress in Harare on Friday where he attended as a member of the war veterans association.

Speculation has thus been rife that Mr Gumbo, a renowned freedom fighter is contemplating rejoining the revolutionary party following the crumbling of Zimbabwe People First due to power struggles and divisions.

Zanu-PF Midlands provincial chairperson Engineer Daniel McKenzie Ncube confirmed that Mr Gumbo had verbally expressed his willingness to rejoin the revolutionary party but was still to formalise his interests.

Eng Ncube said Mr Gumbo had expressed a lot of optimism in the new dispensation.

“I personally spoke to Cde Gumbo and he expressed a lot of optimism in the new leadership. He verbally expressed his interests to come back to the party. However, he is still to express his willingness formally. If he does so as a province we are going to take it up and the party will decide,” said Eng Ncube.

Contacted for comment, Mr Gumbo was diplomatic about it but hinted that there was a possibility of him rejoining Zanu-PF.

“I have been attending State functions of late and on Friday I attended the Zanu-PF Extraordinary Congress. I did so as a war veteran and as an observer so people mustn’t read too much into it. It (rejoining Zanu-PF) would be a good thing, however, provided that certain things are clarified.

“I am not a young person itching for positions, I am past that stage. All this I’m not doing it on my own, there are certain people who are supporting us and making suggestions,” he said.