'White Zimbabweans now fully behind Zanu-PF'

'White Zimbabweans now fully behind Zanu-PF'
Published: 11 July 2018 (375 Views)
Zanu-PF Mpopoma-Pelandaba Member of Parliament Joe Tshuma has said whites were now in full support of the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-led government, claiming the ruling party now had the upper hand over opposition parties.

"The whites are now in full support of ED," Tshuma told journalists during a Zimbabwe Union of Journalists (ZUJ)-organised press club for political parties representatives held here over the weekend.

"My greatest fear is that the rules have changed, back in the days the whites would support the opposition, MDC and pamper them with money and everything but they have matured now, they are now behind ED and people start complaining."

The Zanu-PF legislator also claimed that the white international community had shifted its funding to the ruling party.

"The reason why the GNU was working was because whites were behind (the late Morgan) Tsvangirai and when he came into government, they started supporting him because there was their product there," he said.

He said he was confident that after the elections - which he was confident will be won by Zanu-PF - the country would flourish.

"Now that these same white people have jumped ship and are now behind Mnangagwa, watch after elections, you will see miracles, things beginning to happen."

He described the white international community as kingmakers of most African countries.

"You must know that whites are kingmakers everywhere, in all the countries, think of any African country. Those guys are kingmakers each government they support will always prosper because they are the ones with the means of everything. That's the truth that we should not run away from."

As if to prove his claim, Zanu-PF has lately flexed its financial muscle in the election campaign compared to the opposition, as they have managed to import campaign materials like vehicles and T-shirts worth millions of dollars.

Two weeks ago, Zanu-PF reportedly gave each candidate $13 000 for publicity campaigns on top of brand new vehicles which are on their way to successful candidates. As if that is not enough, the ruling party has also splashed its election campaign material via gigantic billboards, posters, print and electronic media adverts.

Britain, in particular, has warmed up to Mnangagwa's ascendency to power in a clear sign of a shift in diplomatic relations unlike during the time of former president Robert Mugabe.

Recently, the United States suspended funding to some local civil society organisations after investigations allegedly exposed non-compliance with set principles, and gross abuse of funds.

This has, however, been viewed by political analysts as a ploy to aid Mnangagwa's victory in the forthcoming elections.

- dailynews

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