Movement for Democratic Change-Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has been urged to be alert for ZANU-PF infiltrators in his party following the recent appointment of his party’s former member of parliament James Maridadi as an ambassador by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
While for some the appointment is just like any others, some others believe the former radio personality could have been a ZANU-PF informer that was planted in the MDC so as to provide the ruling party with inside information from the biggest opposition party in Zimbabwe.
“Maridadi played a pivotal role and was instrumental in the dethronement of former president Robert Mugabe by pushing for a motion to impeach Mugabe, after the former leader had refused to resign,” said one analyst.
Despite the calls for him to resign, Mugabe had told the nation in a televised address that he was going nowhere, and promised to preside over the then forthcoming congress.
After noticing that he was not going to resign, ZANU PF planned to impeach him using Maridadi as the motion mover, technically as a way to secure a buy-in or support from the opposition Members of Parliament.
Some analysts believe that the calling for impeachment by Maridadi who was then from the opposition party was a calculated move, as he was more likely a ZANU PF implant.
Elder Mabhunu believes Maridadi has been working for the ruling party under the disguise of being an opposition member, and hence by being made ambassador, Mnangagwa was just paying him back for his instrumental role in the coup that ended Mugabe’s rule.
“That guy was an infiltrator, he is now being paid back for his role in the coup. Another renowned political analyst Dr Pedzisai Ruhanya says Chamisa need to be alert for any infiltrator elements in his party.
“Ambassador James Maridadi. MDC must thoroughly learn from these elements. If you know Zanu PF you know!
“On 18 November 2017, former MDC MP James Maridadi, now Ambassador Maridadi filed notice in Parliament to impeach founding President Robert Mugabe. If you know, you know. From this Nelson Chamisa and MDC must learn deep and quick; be more careful in your midst!” Says Dr Ruhanya.
Ruhanya adds that even the recent sentiments by Mnangagwa’s aide George Charamba, that more opposition figures are going to be appointed into key government positions by Mnangagwa is a calculated move to stir suspicion, witch hunt in MDC before and after congress.
This also comes at the time the MDC is heading for its first ever elective congress since the departure of its founding president Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of cancer, and Chamisa took over the reins.
With the congress elections looming, there has been jostling for positions, with the party’s secretary general Douglas Mwonzora being labelled a ZANU-PF project after he expressed his intentions to challenge Chamisa.
However, Mwonzora has denied the allegations of being Mnangagwa’s guy.