The Herald (Harare)

12 July 2013

Zimbabwe: Marian Chombo Under Fire

ZANU-PF supporters in Zvimba North want independent candidate Marian Chombo barred from using the party logo and President Mugabe's picture on her campaign trail claiming that she was fronting the MDC-T in the constituency.

At different rallies held in the constituency at the weekend, Zanu-PF supporters said Marian was sent by the MDC-T to disrupt her ex-husband Cde Ignatius Chombo who is vying for re-election in the constituency.

Speakers castigated Marian for going against Zanu-PF by deciding to stand as an independent candidate.

They argued she was masquerading as a Zanu-PF member and that her arrogance proved long held suspicions that she was sent by the MDC-T to create chaos in Zvimba North.

The strategy is to present Marian as a Zanu-PF candidate and in the process woo gullible party supporters to vote for her.

"Her aim is to split the Zanu-PF vote and allow the MDC-T to win Zvimba North," said the deputy Zvimba North Zanu-PF campaign manager Cde Joachim Yotamu.

But Marian refuted the allegations arguing that although she is standing independently from Zanu-PF she remained Zanu-PF at heart.

She said she had dropped the Zanu-PF logo but maintained the President Mugabe's portrait as a tactic to attract voters to her.

Asked where she would present the people's problems given that she was not representing any party, Marian said she would be readmitted into Zanu-PF after the elections.

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