Below is a conversation taken from a WhatsApp group where minds are intersecting on what the joint letter was intended to achieve, if not cause confusion.
[11/18, 4:18 PM] ABC: https://www.chronicle.co.zw/zanu-pf-welcome-back-moyo-zhuwao/
TEAM ZANU –PF NEWS
18 Nov, 2022 – 00:11
Temba Dube, Online News Editor
ZANU-PF has welcomed back, with open arms, Professor Jonathan Moyo and Mr Patrick Zhuwao after the two apologised on Tuesday for attacking the party and Government under #ZanuPFMustGo between 2018 and 2020.
The two former Cabinet Ministers are in self-imposed exile after falling out with the ruling party in 2017.
Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Chris Mutsvangwa told Zimpapers board chairperson Mr Tommy Sithole in an interview in Dubai on Wednesday, that the party was not interested in past differences as it was more focused on working with every Zimbabwean to bring prosperity to the country.
He said the return of the prodigal sons was a testimony of the unbreakable bond that was forged among members in more than 40 years of post-independence symbiotic interactions.
Professor Jonathan Moyo
Cde Mutsvangwa said the party’s visionary leadership was forward-looking and was fixing past events to build a stronger future for the country as evidenced by the recent conferment of national hero status for second Chimurenga heroes Cdes James Chikerema and Ndabaningi Sithole. The two had been overlooked by the previous regime.
The Second Republic under President Mnangagwa is also at the forefront of finding a lasting mutual solution to The Gukurahundi Disturbances.
“It is in the same spirit that we welcome both Zhuwao and Professor Moyo to the party and we would want to see how we work together to bring prosperity to the Zimbabwean people. That is the goal. We don’t look at past differences, we look at the opportunities of working together which can arise when all Zimbabweans come into the same fold,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.
He said there would be no backlash on the two former Politburo members and encouraged other party cadres who left Zanu-PF like Mr Saviour Kasukuwere to return.
“We are not bothered with the past, we’re much more preoccupied with the opportunities of the future. If they come back in an open-handed way like they have done and they are genuine we want them to be part of the big party which is Zanu-PF, it embraces everybody.
Mr Patrick Zhuwao
“They are as good Zimbabweans as any regardless of where we may have fallen out in the past. It’s inevitable in politics that you may have disagreements, you may have bitter disputes but the most important thing is how you come back together, how you end up working together, how you end up finding each other.
“In this instance, we are happy that both Jonathan Moyo and Patrick have come back, we have found each other again and there will be room for them in the party.
“We do hope that this will also be followed by others who may have a similar mind, they take the cue from the two of them so that they all come back into the fold of Zanu-PF and the Zimbabwe revolution,” said Cde Mutsvangwa.
The party spokesperson said foreigners and outsiders often have a misguided view about perceived divisions within Zanu-PF which they wrongly think could be exploited.
“People overlook that the cadreship of the party, particularly at the highest level, has been working together for more than four decades through thick and thin, through war and peace.
“For people who are upstarts and arrivists to think that there are fundamental differences in Zanu-PF which can be exploited by foreigners, they overlook this long bond of comradeship and friendship, especially among the leadership.
“It triumphed during the course of the congress that long bond and it laid the ghost of those who felt that Zanu-PF can be divided and ruled, it doesn’t work like that in Zanu-PF, we are party cadres of long-standing. We know each other and we are likely to find each other when the time is due,”he said.
He commended President Mnangagwa for doing: “a fantastic job uniting the cadreship within the party and the multiracial build-up of the Zimbabwe population.”
[11/19, 10:05 AM] +263 77 603 2475: The Crininals around the President the former Minister and Senior army leader Sibusiso Moyo told the nation about and we all rose in support, walking all the way from Highfields to State House, clamoring that they must be stopped, who were these? I am totally confused? Which criminals were we demonstrating against in 2017? Come to think of it, at the time we did not even have their names. Does anyone have the names? Who where these? I feel very foolish and deceived by what I see as political subterfuge.