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ZIMBABWEANS must now act to end the ruinous stranglehold on power by the “corrupt” Zezuru tribe which has destroyed the country since taking over at independence in 1980, Temba Mliswa has charged.

Mliswa, who was fired from Zanu PF for allegedly being part of a plot to illegally topple President Robert Mugabe, said the 91-year-old leader’s tribe has had its chance to rule Zimbabwe and made a complete mess of the job.

“Let me say this for the first time the next president of Zimbabwe will not be Zezuru. The Zezuru had their chance but failed,” Mliswa told a press conference in Harare on Thursday.

“There is no Zezuru who will be in power any more. If you look at the history, Mugabe is Zezuru, Joseph Msika was Zezuru, and Mai Mujuru is Zezuru.”

Tribalism has long been a key factor in Zimbabwean politics, especially in the ruling Zanu PF party which is seen as dominated by Mugabe’s Zezuru tribe.

The veteran leader has also, always, given regard to tribal balance in his cabinet and top party appointments while the bitter intra-party fights over his succession are also, to some extent, based on tribal origins.

Zanu PF sources say the resistance vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa currently faces in his bid to take over from the 91-year-old Mugabe is partly down to the fact he is not Zezuru.

Mugabe is also said to have reservations over Mnangagwa because the latter’s fellow Karangas unsuccessfully opposed his takeover as Zanu PF leader during the liberation struggle.

Mliswa said the rise to prominent positions in Zanu PF of the likes of Saviour Kasukuwere and Ignatius Chombo was part of a plot to ensure the Zezurus remain in charge of the ruling party and, hopefully the country, beyond Mugabe.

“We cannot be (ruled by) one tribe,” he said.

“The majority of the people are not Zezuru. The Karangas, the Manyikas, the Ndebele, they all deserve their time.

“Harare is made up of many tribes. We have more people from Malawi in Harare than the Zezuru.”

Zimbabwe, Mliswa insisted, was not liberated by Zezurus’ alone.

“That one I tell you. Hebert Chitepo was key to the struggle for independence but was Manyika Tongogara, from my home area Shurugwi was key the same applies to Nikita Mangena,” said the outspoken politician.

The outspoken politician is seeking to retain the Hurungwe West constituency which he lost after being recalled from Parliament following his expulsion from Zanu PF.

He denies being involved in the alleged plot by Mujuru against Mugabe and vowed never to rejoin Zanu PF.

“They (Zanu PF) beat up innocent people that is the most painful thing and I being associated with an institution like that never, never,” he said.

“We cannot be violent to our people innocent people. If they don’t change their ways of being violent that’s what I want to fight that’s now my fight.”

Source : New Zimbabwe