Zanu PF supporters to confront Mugabe

HARARE - In a move that could widen fissures in President Robert Mugabe’s warring Zanu PF, disgruntled party supporters — including war veterans and agitated youths — plan to demonstrate against the continued harassment of party officials perceived to be close to ousted former vice president Joice Mujuru.

Sources close to the development told the Daily News yesterday that the disaffected party members would also concomitantly petition Mugabe over the ongoing brutal purges of popularly-elected party officials accused of being part of the murky plot to oust and assassinate the nonagenarian.

A clear sign of the growing anger obtaining in some sections of the party, regarding the ruthless purges, was witnessed recently following the purported expulsion from the party of former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa and his voluble nephew Temba Mliswa.

Many aggrieved supporters of the two men have continued to back them, to the extent of urging them to stand as independents in by-elections that are set to be held soon in Headlands and in Hurungwe — much to the consternation of Zanu PF bigwigs.

The party insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said that apart from Mashonaland West and Manicaland, party supporters in Masvingo were also threatening to take to the streets in solidarity with the likes of former Masvingo Provincial minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and others who had been victimised for their perceived sympathy for Mujuru.

“We are the people who voted all these officials into office and we fail to understand why other people from outside our respective constituencies would want to force their decisions down our throats.

“We are going to petition the president over the issue and we also plan to march in the various constituencies to register our displeasure,” fumed a Mashonaland West provincial official.

In an ominous development for Zanu PF — as the country’s 2018 elections beckon — several district officials in Hurungwe openly threatened to back Mliswa’s candidature as an independent last week, if their petition is not considered.

The intriguing turn of events has sent shivers down the spines of party hawks, on whose prompting Mugabe and his wife Grace have effected the brutal purges of senior officials, accusing them of plotting to oust from power and assassinate the nonagenarian.

At a meeting of local party leaders at Karambazuma Secondary School at the weekend, war veterans and other party officials completely dissociated themselves from a petition that had allegedly been written to Zanu PF headquarters in Harare to the effect that Mliswa should be expelled from the party — insisting that the petition was “fake”.

However, the disgruntled supporters also alleged yesterday that regional party hawks were now targeting them for expulsion, amid accusations that they were sabotaging the ruling party.

Virtually all the Zanu PF district officials in Hurungwe West who attended a meeting with Mliswa last Saturday at Karambazuma Secondary School, say they are prime targets of the new local purges.

At the Saturday meeting, also attended by traditional leaders, the

officials and local war veterans vowed to continue supporting Mliswa, notwithstanding his expulsion.

“Provincial and district officials who attended the meeting have been warned that they will meet the same fate as Mliswa if they continue to associate with him,” a provincial executive member speaking on condition of anonymity said.

He added that hardliners in the province were determined to ensure that Mliswa’s bid to stand as an independent was thwarted, as the party wanted to avoid a repeat of the Tsholotsho embarrassment in which it lost to then independent candidate Jonathan Moyo in 2008.

In the disputed 2013 elections, two other candidates Munyaradzi Kereke (Bikita West) and Jonathan Samkange (Mudzi South) defied the party and stood as independent candidates, going on to win convincingly against Zanu PF’s preferred candidates.

But Ziyambi Ziyambi, the Zanu PF acting Mashonaland West chairman, disowned the officials who attended Mliswa’s Saturday meeting yesterday, saying it was doubtful that they were bona fide members of the ruling party, and as such they would therefore not be investigated.

“We only heard that they claimed to be chairpersons but there was nobody with a register there to verify if they were indeed our members.

“If indeed they were there and are defying the party then due process will be followed but as of now we do not know who was there or not,” Ziyambi said.

Comments (20)

Musanyanye kuudza vanhu nezve Zanu PF because that's a war that Mugabe will always win. He will crush his enemies and some uninformed people will end up admiring him. Why not talk about what he should be doing as president that he isn't? Tell people they do not have a president. This guy has misled people since 1976 and you - in my humble opinion - are not doing enough to educate the masses. He is filing Zimbabweans and creating chaos for you to focus on the wars he will almost definitely win. I'm on a mission to keep posting such comments till I see you sending the message to the masses in simple terms: Your president is useless and should be removed at the earliest opportunity.

Some Guy - 25 February 2015

That sentence should read "He is failing..."

Some Guy - 25 February 2015

Karambazungu Secondary School not Karambazuma

obina okeke - 25 February 2015

i am suspecting that this @some guy is someone who usually posts on this forum. if he/she is, i would wonder why he/she changed his/her pseudo-name. in any case, people already know who mugabe is. i don't think that the media should be used to change people's minds away from their own stand points regarding their leader. why not suggest that the papers should just report on the goings in the courntry and the world over? I don't think @some guy's idea is genuine. he/she may have had a long standing disagrement with mugabe and may want to use the media to settle scores. that would not be fair on the media. just my thoughts

taurai - 25 February 2015

” fumed a Mashonaland West provincial official" Since you know the so called 'provincial officer' why not give us the name so that your story atleast becomes authentic. You have always told us of similar stories but you never care to tell us the outcomes of the so called confrontations. Rubbish.

Ndugu - 25 February 2015

How long are these Zanu PF idiots going to pretend that Mugabe is innocent in all these things!

Wilbert Mukori - 25 February 2015

Mugabe said ," I told amai {grace} kuti musa buditsa zvose. Oppah pedzai hondo yamatanga, Mugabe was quoted by media. How does mugabe solve something that he is instigating. Zanu pf must put an end to violence or violence will put an end to its existence. Themba might think he is popular but mugabe is in possession of election results .Its a matter of anouncing them, As long Mugabe is alive Mutasa and company does not have any chance in hell. Zanu is busy dying a natural death.

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chiremb - 26 February 2015

you zanu guys are under a serious curse which has flowed down to the whole of zimbabwe. zimbabwe needs deliverance like we see in man of GOD like T.B. Joshua do. the demon responsible for this country knows what it is doing. however i have started praying because a number of Christians seem not to know what to do but compromise and say all is well. we will see.

see - 26 February 2015

Taurai someguy is right Mugabe has always been a cheat, ask his collegues. We must know what he should have done as president kwete kuswera achiteerera makuhwa ekutsime. Iye zvino the country is in a mess and he watches over that mes. Do you know if zanupf corruption and stealing stops for say 2 months we will be able to repay all our debts.

maita - 26 February 2015

These people are misinformed fools. March and demonstrate against who? Munongorohwazve zvigongorova futi. Ask Jabu. He tried and today aakugara kumusha. Dont try to incite us to join your stupid wars. Munotirovesa.

MaFunnies - 26 February 2015

MaFunnies, whats funny about what you saying

mboko - 26 February 2015

@maita economics dzako dzakapenga. you need only two months of zero corrution the coutnry's debts will be settled to the last penny. wow! that says a lot.

taurai - 26 February 2015

I wonder what sort of reasons actually drive people to join ZPF. This party is so hard-wired to violence, chaos and lacks common sense. Is it to steal, murder, "grab" property? Then what? To imagine that

Yomo Nathanjo - 26 February 2015

I wonder what sort of reasons actually drive people to join ZPF. This party is so hard-wired to violence, chaos and lacks common sense. Is it to steal, murder, "grab" property? Then what? To imagine that

Yomo Nathanjo - 26 February 2015

I wonder what sort of reasons actually drive people to join ZPF. This party is so hard-wired to violence, chaos and lacks common sense. Is it to steal, murder, "grab" property? Then what? To imagine that what we see in our country is what "they fought for" makes very sad reading. We read every day about retribution visiting perpetrators even 2 decades after their crimes. Do these folks think they are above that? Honestly?

Yomo Nathanjo - 26 February 2015

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