The Herald (Harare)

19 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Paradza, Gadzikwa Bounce Back

ZANU-PF has readmitted former Makonde constituency Member of the House of Assembly Kindness Paradza and former Mavambo candidate for Marondera East constituency Mr Isaac Gadzikwa into the party.

The Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial executive welcomed former journalist Paradza into the party saying it was now time to embrace all those willing to join the party.

Paradza found himself in the cold after his party membership card could not be located resulting in the national disciplinary committee ruling that he was no longer a member of the party.

This resulted in Paradza standing as a Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn party candidate in the 2008 harmonised elections.

According to sources, after a heated meeting on Friday last week, the house finally resolved to accept him into the fold.

In an interview yesterday, provincial chairman Cde John Mafa said in coming up with the decision the executive considered that the party had disowned him making him eligible to stand for a party of his choice.

"As an executive we agreed that he should come back into the party after considering a number of issues which we felt worked in his favour and in the interest of fairness because the argument that he stood for another party does not stand because we had disowned him," he said.

The party, Cde Mafa said, had considered that, Paradza has shown interest in joining the party and working for the same.

Cde Mafa said there had been a lot of people that were coming back to the party from other parties and the revolutionary party was embracing them as it gears for the forthcoming referendum and subsequently elections.

"We have been getting a lot of people in the meetings we are holding around the province coming to register their willingness to join the party because most of them were card carrying members," he said.

Paradza, he said, could now go back to the cell.

Cde Mafa, however, could not comment on whether he could stand as a party candidate in any position saying the regulations and guidelines for primary elections had not been set.

Mr Gadzikwa lost the 2008 parliamentary election to Dr Tracy Mutinhiri, was later expelled from the revolutionary party for working against the party. He is the former vice chairman of the Zanu-PF Marondera District Co-ordinating Committee.

Mr Gadzikwa apologised to all the Zanu-PF members and President Mugabe last Saturday at Dhirihori Secondary School where Marondera-Hwedza Senator Sydney Sekeramayi was distributing farming inputs.

"I whole heartedly ask for forgiveness as I was lost. Imagine, I was one of the initiators of farm invasion here in Svosve communal area and don't know how I came to join an opposition party," said Mr Gadzikwa.

He said that he had made a decision to re-join Zanu PF after serious self-introspection, which made him feel like a fish out of water. Mr Gadzikwa was humbled by the reception the party members gave him, which he equated to that of the Biblical prodigal son.

"I celebrate my rejoining Zanu-PF and have come back a stronger cadre. Honestly speaking, I did not benefit anything from joining Mavambo," said Mr Gadzikwa.

He urged all Mavambo supporters who had voted for him in 2008 to emulate him by joining Zanu-PF.

Cde Sekeramayi welcomed Mr Gadzikwa back in the party.

"We welcome back all former members that are rejoining the party. I would also urge all Zanu-PF members to remain united for us to win next year's elections resoundingly," said Cde Sekeramayi.

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