Knives out in Zanu PF

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF has hit one of its most turbulent times as it is now torn by a “spy” scandal and the controversy surrounding ex-Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor, Gideon Gono’s senatorial status.

Even though the 90-year-old leader and several others have warned against the growing factionalism in Zanu PF, Wednesday’s politburo meeting is expected to be pre-occupied by these two contentious issues and as usual these days fireworks are expected.

Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, yesterday refused to specify issues to be discussed, but he had earlier told the media that Gono’s issue will be at the front burner of the party’s politburo agenda. 

“We will most likely discuss various issues but like I have said before, I do not deal with the politburo’s agenda as that is under the purview of the secretary for administration, Cde Didymus Mutasa,” said Gumbo.

Mutasa was not picking up his phone when contacted for comment yesterday.

Several senior Zanu PF officials have been accused of “going to bed” with Americans with the State media christening the alleged snitches the “Dirty Dozen”.

The beleaguered party members, all of them legislators, are accused of soliciting for donations from Washington, with US local embassy staffer Eric Little allegedly at the heart of the spying saga.

The spying saga and Gono,  who was recently disqualified from filling a senatorial vacancy in Manicaland by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec) are likely to drift Zanu PF further apart as factions engage in a fierce battle to succeed Mugabe.

Gono has blamed individuals in Zanu PF whom he said are pursuing factional interests for seeking to block him from taking over from the late Kumbirai Kangai as the province’s senator.

The former central bank’s governor’s issue became contentious when Zec disqualified him after he had been voted by the Manicaland Province to replace Kangai, who was declared a national hero and buried at the National Heroes Acre in August last year. The Zanu PF politburo had also ratified the decision, with only a handful of ruling party hawks opposing. The electoral agency said the retired governor did not qualify because he was not a registered voter for any ward in Manicaland as demanded by the law.

But Gono maintains that he was duly transferred from Harare to Buhera West on December 5, last year. Four of the MPs in the spying controversy — including Tapiwa Matangaidze (Shurugwi South), Kindness Paradza (Makonde), Enock Porusingazi (Chipinge South) and the Movement for Democratic Change’s Willias Madzimure (Kambuzuma) — have also claimed that they were caught up in the Zanu PF infighting.

The other seven perceived “spies” include Hurungwe West legislator Temba Mliswa, Paul Mavhima (Gokwe Sengwa), Walter Kanhanga (Guruve North) Adam Chimwamurombe (Chipinge West), Chriswell Mutematsaka (Guruve South), Batsirayi Pemhanayi (Mutare North), David Butau (Mbire) and Simbaneuta Mudarikwa (Uzumba).

With Zanu PF’s elective  congress only two months away, party members have entered a mudslinging  and  smear campaign mode. Zanu PF is currently embroiled in nasty factional fights, involving Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Though, the two have in the past denied leading the alleged factions, sources claim they are pushing to enhance their chances of succeeding Mugabe, who has been in power for the past 34 years. At 90, Mugabe still leads Zanu PF, and has not named a successor. Yesterday,  the State media claimed it had exposed the role of Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairman, Mliswa in the “espionage” saga.

The State media reported that Mliswa had invited Little to Hurungwe, claiming this was a sign that he was working with the CIA.

In a seemingly veiled attack on the Mnangagwa faction, Mliswa believed to be sympathetic to the Mujuru camp, claims the allegations were being propelled by people who were plotting a coup against him.

He sensationally accused Information minister Jonathan Moyo of being a CIA agent.

Political analyst Dewa Mavhinga, however, said the current Zanu PF situation is a red herring, seeking to divert people’s attention from the “stinking” economy, adding that Mugabe’s decision will always carry the day in the end.

He gave an example of Grace Mugabe’s “grand” entrance into the mainstream of Zanu PF politics.

“Zimbabweans should not wait with bated breath for the outcome of the Zanu PF politburo meeting. Zanu PF will clear all obstacles and get Gono to be senator but that does not put food on our tables. These so-called Zanu PF factional fights are grossly exaggerated.

“There will be nothing explosive about the Zanu PF politburo meeting just as there will be nothing explosive about the coming December Zanu PF congress,” said Mavhinga.

“Deliberately leaked stories might later give the impression of explosions and fireworks to characterise an otherwise dull and boring meeting in which the old men will be dozing half the time,” Mavhinga said.

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Comments (35)

I think Dewa is right. These are diversionary tactics. At the end of the day, Gono will be a senator as he eyes the Ministry of Finance portifolio. Chinamasa will go back to Legal ministry and Mnangagwa to Defence. Sekeramayi has always been comfortable at State security - to protect the rise of Grace. Its all on your marks, get set, go!!! In the meantime, muri kufa nenzara!!

Shuwa - 29 September 2014

We all know that every one in zanu is Mugabe 's woman . All those who are making noise it is bcoz Their man Mugabe has not spoken. Once he says hey!!!!!! it will be bwe bwe bwe bweeeee!!!!!! bwiiiii!!!!! with their tails in between their legs running and kneeling in front of him ready to lick his soiled shoes,Hey this Malawian has serious muthi to scare every zanu supporter.Even ngwazi yamuyaya Kamuzu Banda was also like that.

Diibulaanyika - 29 September 2014

We are sick and tired of this old song, zanu pf this ,zanu pf that, its the same old same old tune, nothing on the table for the masses.its just one merry go round that will take us nowhere.We need solutions guys.its as if we don't have a crisis at home.

tsutsu - 29 September 2014

The chaotic degeneration of Zanu(PF) is simply the result of the party's leader who thinks he alone is capable of running the party and the country. Such an attitude has deprived the party of any succession plan. Just like how wild animals organize themselves in the pack, the lack of a succession plan leads to vicious wars of survival. So, the ruling party leader is leaving the leadership struggle to be a survival of the fittest project. That means some throats will definitely be slit in the process. It is a catastrophic leadership style if the leader gives the impression that if he is not there, everything stop functioning. Such leadership is a sign of weakness because if you cannot trust others, then you definitely are incapable of trusting yourself.

Chenjerai Hove - 29 September 2014

Spying, spying on ZANU PF and Zim. What is there to spy and waht does the CIA do not know about every fool in ZANU PF. Give us a break. This is child play at play. There is nothing so special that the Americans would wish to spy on. It's all imagination of people who have limited knowledge about governance and the world around them. ChiMugabe chakati ziiiii zvacho chichi finamafinama nyika inchifa. Pasi neZANU PF

Garikayi - 29 September 2014

Spying, spying on ZANU PF and Zim. What is there to spy and waht does the CIA do not know about every fool in ZANU PF. Give us a break. This is child play at play. There is nothing so special that the Americans would wish to spy on. It's all imagination of people who have limited knowledge about governance and the world around them. ChiMugabe chakati ziiiii zvacho chichi finamafinama nyika inchifa. Pasi neZANU PF

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selele - 30 September 2014

“Mutasa was not picking up his phone when contacted for comment yesterday” - Well Mutasa will not be doing a lot of talking after the altercation with Chris Mutsvangwa. Mutasa will not pick up his cellphone lest it was Mutsvangwa on the other end.

Musona - 30 September 2014

It's a pity that only Mugabe in ZANU PF is capable of running the revolutionary party. What has become of the rest?What then will happen to the party if Mugabe dies?I'm not surprised that Mugabe is seriously working on his DYNASTY!

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