Zanu PF moves to heal Mat South factional rift

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF has appointed two ex-Matabeleland South chairpersons to handhold the new chairperson Andrew Langa as the party attempts to heal a factional rift ahead of elections.

A probe team set to resolve the party’s rifts reported to the politburo on Thursday that it had decided to appoint former chairpersons Rido Mpofu and Loyd Siyoka to “strengthen areas we feel have weaknesses” in the province.

Simon Khaya Moyo, Zanu PF national chairman said his team had established that the party was not doing well in the province hence the appointment of the two advisors.

“We have appointed the two because we felt we needed to strengthen areas where there are weaknesses in the party,” Khaya Moyo told reporters after the politburo meeting.

“The chairperson will remain in his position but he will be assisted by the two.

“In fact they will assist the entire provincial executive council to prepare for the forthcoming elections which we will win resoundingly.”

 Moyo’s team has been under the spotlight with disgruntled members from a faction led by Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa blaming it for propping up the Joice Mujuru faction.

Tensions were running high in the province following speculation that a new team would be installed following recommendations from Angeline Masuku, who is the governor of the province.

Masuku is reportedly representing Mujuru’s interests while Langa fronts the Mnangagwa faction.

Informed sources, however, said the Mnangagwa faction had successfully resisted the ouster of the Langa-led executive with traditional chiefs also weighing in, planning to stall the planned move.

The introduction of the two, according to a party insider, is thus a balancing act meant to stabilise the province ahead of elections by bringing in a Mujuru representative.

Khaya Moyo’s team recently dislodged provincial chairpersons in Manicaland and Matabeleland, giving credence to speculation that the Langa executive was supposed to be kicked out while other members would be co-opted into the provincial leadership. - Mugove Tafirenyika

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