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Obert Mpofu's campaign fails to kick off

Obert MpofuMines and Mining Development minister and Zanu PF Umguza MP Obert Mpofu began his 2013 campaign trail on a bad footing after his Matabeleland North star rally in Mabale was cancelled on short notice.

Zanu-PF recently announced its plans to intensify its election campaigns, as the party gears for crunch polls expected sometime this year.

In Matabeleland North, politburo and central committee members, who include Umguza MP Obert Mpofu, Bulawayo governor Cain Mathema, Small and Medium Enterprises minister Sithembiso Nyoni and Bubi Senator Lot Mbambo, were scheduled to launch campaign rallies on January 11.

According to close sources within the party, several people were returned from Mpofu’s rally in cross Mabale venue after there were fears that strong rains might pound the area on Wednesday.

We do not know when the rally could be reschedulled but what I know is that we will be heading to Hwange for another rally on Thursday,” said the source.

The cancellation of Mpofu’s rally is not his first setback in his campaign, it follows the defection of his campaign manager, Lameck Moyo to MDC-T.

Moyo argued that Zimbabweans have suffered enough under his former party. Moyo, who was Mpofu’s campaign manager from 2005 when he was elected legislator for Umguza, defected to MDC-T during MDC-T rally held at Tatezela in Bubi Matebeleland North.

Matabeleland North has in the past been rocked by confusion following the suspension of chairman Zenzo Ncube in 2010 and acting chairperson Zwelitsha Masuku a year later.

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