D-Day for Zanu PF

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is set to chair a volatile politburo meeting today where his Zanu PF party’s controversial provincial elections will take centre stage.

Zanu PF is riddled with burning factionalism as party stalwarts seek to position themselves to succeed the aging leader once he retires.

Didymus Mutasa, Zanu PF secretary for administration told the Daily News yesterday that Mugabe was going to deal with the chaos which has put the ruling party on fire.

“This politburo was called by the president, baba VaMugabe, he is the one who knows what he wants us to do, but I can tell you we are going to deal with Mashonaland Central polls extensively,” Mutasa said.

There has been discord over the party’s elections especially in Mashonaland Central where rival factions reportedly led by vice president Joice Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa have publicly clashed, giving different conclusions to a process fraught with many “irregularities”.

The faction led by Mujuru says the election result in Mashonaland Central should stand, while the one led by Mnangagwa is pushing for a rerun.

Mutasa, who is responsible for setting the agenda of the meeting, said the party will spend much of its time deliberating on the Mashonaland Central election and the public outburst which has seen party officials attacking each other through the  media.

“Let those who want to abuse you as journalists continue to do so, Zanu PF is not run in newspapers it is run by the politburo, we are going to meet each other tomorrow (tichasangana kumusangano chaiwo kwete zvenyu zvemumapaper zvekushandiswa izvo,” Mutasa said.

“MuZanu PF hatishande tichiita zvekudzokera kumashure, zvatawirirana ndizvozvo (In Zanu PF we don’t work in reverse gear, whatever we would have agreed upon will be final),” he said.

Fault lines emerged over polls in the volatile province of Mashonaland Central, with the losing candidate, Dickson Mafios, alleging widespread vote theft.

The other faction aligned to the winning candidate, Luke Mushore, maintains the polls were above board.

Pressed to explain if there was a possibility of nullifying the results, Mutasa said the decision would be made by the politburo, the party’s highest decision-making body outside congress.

He however, hinted that chances were slim that the decision would be reversed.

“Tichaona mangwana acho kuti zvinonzii but Zanu yandinoziva, haite zvekudzokera kumashure (We shall see tomorrow (today) how the issues will come, but the Zanu PF that I know, it does not operate in reverse gear) he said adding that “can we really go forward if we do that”.

Mutasa and party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo have also been victims of the outbursts spewed through State media.

Mugabe, through his spokesperson, George Charamba has since instructed that a report be availed to the politburo regarding the election of the provincial  elections  in Mashonaland Central.

Media minister Jonathan Moyo in a strong-worded statement suggested that the party spokesperson, Gumbo was guilty of “insubordination to the extreme” and “there can be no executive authority in Zanu PF higher than the party’s president, and first secretary (Mugabe)”.

In that statement, Moyo also added: “Any suggestion or claim to the contrary is mischievous to the extreme.”

In response, Gumbo said the government should stop meddling in party politics, referring to Charamba, as a “mere civil servant”.

Comments (9)

Not being party to the inner workings of ZANU I can not profess to know much about what goes on behind the scenes in the party. But I am inclined to agree with Gumbo, Charamba is a civil servant..what business is this of his? Imagine if everyone inclusive of those in the uniformed services started professing an opinion in public about how the party should be governed..is this not a recipe for disaster?

gutter poet - 23 November 2013

Not being party to the inner workings of ZANU I can not profess to know much about what goes on behind the scenes in the party. But I am inclined to agree with Gumbo, Charamba is a civil servant..what business is this of his? Imagine if everyone inclusive of those in the uniformed services started professing an opinion in public about how the party should be governed..is this not a recipe for disaster?

gutter poet - 23 November 2013

The media has been professing fireworks inside the party for eons now but nothing has happened..Is it not about time you guys changed tack, no fireworks is going to take place..If on the other hand the idea is to sell copies, then it is understable but might you not also be compromising your credentials as the last word on information as regard Zimbabwe's body politic? Nothing worth writing home about is going to result from this gathering and you guys know it!

gutter poet - 23 November 2013

...baba vaMugabe,he is the one who knows what he wants us to do". Poor old man. Mutasa has no clue what needs to be done. Asi pfungwa dzenyu munochengetesa vamwe?

Joseph - 23 November 2013

We all fought for democracy and the elections in the three Provinces should be re-run as there were so many irregularities. We did not sacrifice our dear lives for guided democracy and it is time every-one in the Politburo is elected rather than selected as is the case at present which is highly undemocratic and anti-people. The so-called Presidium has not been democratically elected so they should not bask in the glory of warped seniority. ED has always beaten them hands down and it is time he gets rewarded for his sterling efforts. He is the only one who has steadfastly stood by his Excellency the President when all others hibernated and propagated the theory of "bhora musango". Remember 2008 and the recent elections. If we may ask, who has saved the Party on both occasions? Let the truth set us free. ED is a strategist par excellence.

Chief Charumbira - 23 November 2013

And the Tsholotsho debacle, was he supporting the president by attempting a palace coup,Mr Charumbira?

top heavy - 23 November 2013

And the Tsholotsho debacle, was he supporting the president by attempting a palace coup,Mr Charumbira?

top heavy - 23 November 2013

And the Tsholotsho debacle, was he supporting the president by attempting a palace coup,Mr Charumbira?

top heavy - 23 November 2013

And the Tsholotsho debacle, was he supporting the president by attempting a palace coup,Mr Charumbira?

top heavy - 23 November 2013

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