Godfrey Tsenengamu digs in
FORMER Zanu-PF youth league boss Godfrey Tsenengamu has vowed that he will never to apologise to the ruling party over the ill-fated press conference they held in Harare where they accused several local businessmen of heading cartels.
This comes on the back of a statement by acting Zanu-PF secretary for administration Patrick Chinamasa to the State media over the weekend in which he said the ruling party was prepared to embrace the suspended youth leaders on condition that they attend the Chitepo School of Ideology and serve their 12-month suspension.
Chinamasa also claimed that Tsenengamu, alongside Lewis Matutu, had apologised to the party after they were suspended because of “indiscipline”.
But Tsenengamu, who was the Zanu-PF youth league secretary for the commissariat before his suspension, disputed the claims that he had apologised in an interview with the Daily News yesterday.
“I hope the party will not misinform the public. I have not apologised to anyone and I am not going to apologise. I have not wronged the party in any way. I am not apologetic about fighting corruption. I will not trade my conscience for either a position or 30 pieces of silver. Corruption is killing us, especially the young. We commit to fight this scourge to the bitter end. The leadership has a choice to make, either to be with the people or with thieving cartels. It is a defining moment. Suspensions and threats won’t silence us,” said a defiant Tsenengamu.
Escalating factional fights in the ruling party forced the party’s political commissar, Victor Matemadanda, to engage former Zanu-PF youth league deputy secretary Matutu and Tsenengamu last week amid fears that the ruling party target of 5 million votes in 2023 could be dashed by infighting.
The suspension of the two influential youth leaders has triggered panic in the ruling party with certain sections in Zanu-PF fearing that it could be a prelude to more purges similar to those that the party went through between 2014 and 2017.
Last week, Tsenengamu told the Daily News that when they met Matemadanda, they spoke about building bridges.
“We are still sons of the party and we cannot snub the invitation by the political commissar. We went there and we told him what happened during his absence. We did not discuss about going to Chitepo School of Ideology or corruption. The political commissar wanted to see how he can help build bridges between us and the party leadership. He promised us that he would go and talk to the leadership. He said he is not looking for faults but to build bridges with us so as to ensure that the party builds instead of destroying. The party is targeting 5 million votes and our exclusion can have effects on that goal, that is what he told us. He tried to counsel us as the youths and we heard him loud and clear,” said Tsenengamu.