Former Foreign Affairs Affairs Minister, Walter Mzembi, says he remains loyal to new President Emmerson Mnangagwa, despite being expelled from ZanuPF and subsequently being recalled from parliament.
In a statement, Mzembi,who yesterday was recalled from parliament together with 10 other ZanuPF parliamentarians aligned to the G40 faction, pledged his allegiance to Mnangagwa and the ruling party saying he will continue to serve the party in his role as a private citizen.
“Following my expulsion from the Ruling Party Zanu PF in November 2017 , confirmed by the Extraordinary Congress held in December last year, and subsequently my expulsion from Parliament on the 18th of January 2018, I wish to state that I have accepted the decision of the Party in all instances and will notwithstanding continue to serve the interests of the Party as its registered voter .
“ I remain a loyal member of the Party and whilst expulsion is an administrative exercise in pursuit of reasserting discipline in the Party my heart and soul remains embedded in the ideals, principles and ideological construct of Zanu PF, and I will serve its interests in other roles , most of all as a private citizen going forward into the future .
he reaffirmed his support for new ZanuPF and government leader Mnangagwa, who has been on a purging spree, expelling all party members aligned to former president Robert Mugabe and his Grace.
“May I take this opportunity to reaffirm my loyalties to the President and First Secretary of Zanu PF, Comrade E.D Mnangagwa , the Party and Government, and reassure him of my continued support.
“The struggle ahead of us now is that of economic emancipation and development and in my new found role as a private citizen I will add my hands on the deck to achieve a prosperous life for all Zimbabweans in line with the aspirations of the President, ”said Mzembi.
Mzembi also pledged to support any party member who will be chosen to represent Masvingo South Constituency, which he held before before being expelled.
“With regards to Masvingo South Constituency, which I represented in the last 15 years , 10 of which were in the Executive Branch of Government, it is honorable to mention that I represented them on a Zanu PF ticket.
“ I want to thank constituency members for their unwavering support and loyalty to the Party for the last 38 years, and as soon as the Party nominates my replacement ahead of the 2018 General elections, I together with them shall support the Zanu PF Candidate to electoral victory .
“This simultaneously signals my break with representative politics and my reentry into Corporate life for which I pray for support from the President , the Party and Government.
“ I will forever remain indebted to the People of Masvingo South Constituency, the Party and Government for the opportunity and honor to serve my country,”said Mzembi.
Mzembi is one of the several former ZanuPF members who have been arrested over abuse of office while serving under the Mugabe regime.
He was arrested on 5 January 2018 and appeared in court on the next day where he was granted bail.