SENIOR STAFF WRITER
“We respected (the late vice president Joshua) Nkomo as our leader. People from Plumtree up to Mutoko sang songs praising Nkomo.“Our relationship should not be premised on tribalism and regionalism. Some are saying let us wait and see whether we are going to support a certain leader or not.“That’s what you are doing here in Harare … this habit has grown in Harare. It is now like a huge tree and you are saying we are tribal specialists.
He added that he was having sleepless nights, with party cadres phoning him regularly regarding the many problems that were bedevilling the party.
“Leaders must be able to solve problems. If you are a leader and you don’t know how to solve challenges leave that position. You must not be elected as a leader to trouble us.
“We have some people who can’t even write their names, but they want to be elected as chairpersons. Even Jesus said blessed are those who admit that there are some who are better than them.
“If we destroy the party, some people can go and fit everywhere like Jimmy Kunaka who is now accusing the party of using him.
“If you joined us, tell us your previous history. We must not hear this from other sources. People must know that for the party to grow we must be united. If you kill others who are you going to work with?
“If we had a meeting like this, some must not come out saying what has been deliberated is wrong,” Matemadanda added.
“You are in a WhatsApp group with many people and you think what you are discussing is a secret?” Matemadanda asked rhetorically.“I don’t personally want people who rush to comment about things. I come from the Midlands … but if I take all the problems from Midlands to Harare it will not be good.“When you are a leader, you must be able to solve some problems. As a leader you encounter problems every day.
“We don’t want leaders who go on Twitter and Facebook exposing party problems,” Matemadanda warned further.