UK: “ZANU PF Members Not CIO Agents”
United Kingdom| The newly formed ZANU PF UK branch has responded to a story that says its members are CIO agents who claimed asylum in UK under the MDC ticket who deserve to have their refugee status in the UK revoked.
The UK wing chairperson Nick Mangwana told ZimEye that they expected such hostility. Mr Mangwana scoffed at the story titled ‘UK Based ZANU PF Agents Creep Out From The Woodword’, that appeared recently after the party launched the UK off shoot.
Mangwana said:’First, the assumption that everyone in the diaspora is an asylum seeker is very wrong. If we were the so called agents, we would not come out in the open. I am a politician and some of those that they are attacking are just Zimbabweans who just happen to love their party and even love their country more than the party.
“We expected that hostility and when we started all our phone numbers were splashed on the internet for people to call and attack us, but to be honest my inbox is full with messages….I have received more messages from people actually asking how they can join the party.”
In the article, UK based former MDC Chairperson Ephraim Tapa, a rights activist and coordinator at UK-based lobby group ZimVigil, said while he is not shocked that there are so many regime agents in the UK, their brazenness had surprised him.
“We have always known that there are regime agents among us. Until recently they have been working clandestinely, feeding the regime with information and also infiltrating organisations such as the ZimVigil to cause confusion and disunity.
“However, I find their audacity to launch branches across the UK surprising, given their leader Robert Mugabe’s terrible human rights record.
“This is disrespectful to victims of Mugabe’s brutality and it will cause anxiety as people realise that all along they had ZANU PF agents in their midst,” Tapa said.
Tapa added that instead of endorsing Mugabe’s misrule, the ZANU PF activists should reflect on the freedoms they enjoy in Europe which millions of Zimbabweans back home have been denied.
“In the UK they are able to organise, associate, and express themselves freely yet their relatives in government won’t allow the majority of Zimbabweans to do that.”