HARARE - The long-awaited Zanu PF congress opened in Harare on Tuesday with President Robert Mugabe chairing the party’s politburo meeting, which is expected to set the agenda for the week-long meeting.
But while Mugabe was consolidating his power base, presiding over a meeting recommending he be given more powers to run the party, unidentified people were driving around Harare in a vehicle marked Zanu PF Marondera, littering the city with anti-Mugabe fliers.
Witnesses told Studio 7 that five people in the Zanu PF vehicle threw the fliers inscribed “Vote of No Confidence Mugabe” as they drove around several streets in the city. Most people were, however, afraid to pick up the fliers.
Harare resident, Gilbert Kagodora, said he saw people in the truck dropping the fliers at the corner of Jason Moyo Avenue and First Street.
Another resident, who declined to be named, said the fliers were of poor quality and were unlikely to have been printed by Zanu PF but were being distributed by some disgruntled supporters.
Studio 7 was unable to get comment from senior Zanu PF leadership from Mashonaland East or acting spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo.
But Media Centre director and political analyst, Enerst Mudzengi, said given the infighting in the Zanu PF, it was possible that the distribution of the fliers was done by one of the factions.
He said it was unlikely that anyone in Zanu PF would ever propose a vote of no confidence in President Mugabe, especially with all the purges that have been going on in the past month that have seen senior Zanu PF members like deputy president Joice Mujuru
being dumped from the powerful decision-making organ, the central committee.
Zanu PF has been rocked by serious infighting pitting factions allegedly led by Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Meanwhile, hundreds of Zanu PF members who failed to get accredited in their provinces for the congress were camped outside the party’s headquarters hoping to get their tickets into the venue.
Mugabe is expected to officially open the congress on Thursday.
A woman who identified herself only as Mrs Mombeyarara is one of those who have been accredited.
She said they expect a peaceful and successful congress.