EX-ZIMBABWE Football Association (Zifa) chief executive Henrietta Rushwaya was yesterday forced to withdraw from Zanu PF’s primary elections at the last minute at the behest of former Gutu legislator Shuvai Mahofa, the Daily News can reveal.
The feisty Relm Mining owner had applied to represent the party as a Gutu senator, but withdrew following sustained pressure from Mahofa, whom she was set to contest.
The former Zifa boss said she had pulled out to concentrate on her business and campaign for President Robert Mugabe.
Rushwaya also said while she had business commitments, she also felt because of the disagreements on the selection of candidates, there was no need to hold the party to ransom by insisting on her candidature.
“Some of us are not career politicians and we did not become politicians to make money,” she said.
“I am still young and my time will come so this gives me the opportunity to work, make more money so that when my time eventually comes I will be out to serve the ordinary people,” the self-styled iron lady of football said.
“For now I will campaign for the president because I know if we secure the presidency then we can still be accommodated elsewhere, that is why I withdrew my name from the primaries.”
Mahofa could not be reached for a comment as her phone was unreachable.
Rushwaya joins Mashonaland Central governor Martin Dinha who became the first high-profile figure to withdraw from the race.
Dinha, a fierce Mugabe loyalist, said he cannot be party to a “flawed, scandalous and manipulated” electoral process.
Mugabe’s party yesterday held its primary elections throughout the country which were largely shambolic with no ballot boxes and indelible ink in some areas.Pressured? Henrietta Rushwaya withdrew from contesting in the Zanu PF primaries yesterday.