Mugabe furious

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday cracked the whip on his faction-torn party in a bid to quell infighting, warning he would not make any compromises with indiscipline or anti-party activities.

Speaking after the party’s politburo meeting, Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo said Mugabe warned that the party would be rough and tough on indiscipline.

Without naming anyone, Mugabe reportedly asked politburo members to uphold party discipline.

Mugabe said the party was bigger than individuals, further warning his leaders of Mugabe furious “stern action” in case of complaints of corruption, nepotism and infighting.

Gumbo also announced that the politburo had agreed to go by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission’s (Zec) finding that ex-Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono’s senatorial position was not legally valid for now.

But the party directed its legal committee to ensure that Gono was appointed senator.

“We did discuss the issue of comrade Gono and the position of the party was made clear that for the time being we go along with what the chair of Zimbabwe Electoral Committee Justice Rita Makarau said, but we will also look into other avenues of finding a way of ensuring that perhaps he can be nominated for that position,” Gumbo said.

Quizzed on what the avenues the politburo was looking at, he retorted: “The legal committee has been directed to look into other ways of finding a way forward.”

Zec last week disqualified Gono from filling the Buhera West senatorial seat, on the grounds that he is not a registered voter in Manicaland, a transfer he sought and was awarded in December last year.

Gumbo told journalists that Mugabe was not happy with errant leaders in the party.

“The President comrade RG Mugabe in his opening remarks expressed deep concern at the amount of indiscipline exercised by some party leaders in the provinces,” Gumbo said.

“He talked about premature campaign by some leaders seeking positions in the congress.

“He said this must stop. Use of money and vote buying and such campaigns destroy the unity of the party and he said this must stop again.

“President Mugabe said this will create confusion among party members. He said the party must remain united all the time. Self-individual interests must never be allowed in the party,” Gumbo said.

The Zanu PF spokesperson said Mugabe warned that party leaders who fail to take cognisance of his caution will face the music.

“Stern action or measures will be taken against those leaders who do not heed the president’s directive,” Gumbo said.

Zanu PF has been riddled with infighting, with leaders openly attacking each other.

Mashonaland West provincial chair Temba Mliswa on Monday accused Information minister Jonathan Moyo and Water minister Saviour Kasukuwere of being gays in a party led by a deeply homophobic leader.

Mliswa also attacked Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, branding him an embarrassment to the first family.

Zhuwao’s wife, Beauty, could not stomach the stinging attack and she slapped Mliswa during a provincial meeting.

Asked whether Mugabe spoke about the Mashonaland West turmoil, Gumbo said:  “The president made reference to it saying it was not necessary for such things to happen”.

Turning to the December elective congress, which was the second item on the agenda of the marathon meeting, Gumbo said the congress will take place from December 9 to 14.

“We then looked at the forth coming congress; the venue will be here in Harare at the place where we launched the anti-sanctions campaign,” Gumbo said.

Comments (14)

gushungo,u have warned these leaders endless times and they keep ignoring u.why are u not firing them when you know them by names. why havent u action on the herald mazizi

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FIVE STAR - 2 October 2014

If all this factionalism in ZANU was about people who wanted to genuinely deliver, be accountable to the electorate and serve communities selflessly, wouldn't we be a very progressive nation? All this jostling for positions, name calling and praise singing however is for a whole different reason. These are people who have discovered an easy way of enriching themselves through corrupt activities like amassing as many residential stands as possible while one is still in a position of authority for resale later on among other incentives such as getting top of the range vehicles. Equally greedy and enterprising people have resorted to forming churches and calling themselves 'men of God' or Prophets. There is money to be made in both of these professions through lying to people that they care about them, only they know what we need and want in life and only through them can one live comfortably.

Dr Know - 2 October 2014

Gumbo is saying president say this, president say that. Is mugabe dictating to all the 50 plus politiburo grown men and ladies? Thats why Dongo labled them his WIVES. Mugabe is now toothless. This is the 12 time he has warned the culprits but they keep on ignoring him

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leak - 2 October 2014

kkkkkkkk this paper is also a faction paper, you always see Rugare Gumbo as your mouth piece. you are sympathetic to a particular Mudzimai faction. your hands are not clean, you are attacking the herald because you always report positively about this lady faction . Tibvirei apa mhani

jairos - 2 October 2014

kkkkkkkk this paper is also a faction paper, you always see Rugare Gumbo as your mouth piece. you are sympathetic to a particular Mudzimai faction. your hands are not clean, you are attacking the herald because you always report positively about this lady faction . Tibvirei apa mhani

jairos - 2 October 2014

Barking dogs seldom bite.Mugabe is toothless.Shouting but no action against CORRUPTION & INDISCIPLINE. I'pe MT is learning something from this rubbish.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 2 October 2014

'The sound and fury, signifying nothing.' Shakespeare's Mabeth.

Chenjerai Hove - 2 October 2014

Factions not good for development but they are a natural phenomenon. Have read about succession disputes in the past. Not new.

liberty shungu - 3 October 2014

only if they meant well for the nation and its people!

taurai - 3 October 2014

Stupid old Mugabe. Talk and talk and do nothing. You are the problem and you created these problems now you cannot find solutions and alternatives. Go to an Old Peoples' Home and rest man..

Garikayi - 3 October 2014

In Zimbabwe if you hate some guy all you have to do is whisper to someone claiming that they are gay and wooosh!! you have destroyed them.

tewa - 4 October 2014

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