Fresh fights hit Zanu PF

HARARE - With Zanu PF’s brutal purges of perceived allies of former vice president Joice Mujuru not just escalating, but also worsening the party’s ugly factional and succession wars, its leaders are scrambling to limit the damage — amidst fears that the former liberation movement could implode completely.

Since the damp squib 2014 congress, Zanu PF has been divided into three factions one allegedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, another by First Lady Grace Mugabe while the Mujuru faction reportedly remains strong.

All the factions are said to be involved in deadly behind-the-scenes succession battles that could soon explode into the public domain.

Well-placed sources within the party told the Daily News yesterday that despite the public bravado by President Robert Mugabe and his senior lieutenants, there was serious concern that the chaos devouring the party could soon reach tipping point if it was not managed carefully as a matter of urgency.

“The turmoil within the party has reached such levels that even those who engineered it (the purges) now don’t know what to do to stop it.

“It’s panic stations at the top my brother,” a Zanu PF central committee member said.

Such is the concern about the situation among some leaders that party secretary for Legal Affairs, Patrick Chinamasa, urged Bulawayo province to unite and shun factionalism at the weekend, as the party begins preparations for the country’s eagerly-anticipated 2018 elections in which Mugabe, 91, is unlikely to participate.

Addressing supporters in the second city, Chinamasa openly expressed concern about the victimisation of party members perceived to have links to Mujuru and her allies.

“I believe that one of the major problems that the party is facing in Bulawayo is the existence of divisions. If you can’t unite and work together you are simply undermining yourselves. I want to emphasise the importance of working together for the benefit of the party.

“We expelled senior party officials from different provinces including Bulawayo and this obviously means that we still have party members who used to work with these people. I want to warn party members against victimising those people because that’s not politics,” he said.

Chinamasa’s concerns and warnings came as other party bigwigs, including Mugabe and his controversial wife Grace, have continued to threaten to boot out more people linked to Mujuru.

Among those mercilessly purged in the past few months are former party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa, who have been expelled from Zanu PF altogether — although the two liberation struggle stalwarts contend in their pending High Court application that their expulsions were illegal, and therefore null and void.

So bad are the party ructions and deadly factionalism that the farms and other properties of ousted party bigwigs are now under threat of being grabbed by belligerent members of the victorious party factions linked to Grace and Mnangagwa.

For example, in Masvingo’s Mwenezi District, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, the former Zanu PF minister of State for the province, is at the receiving end of a vicious onslaught, that threatens to not just soil his image, but also leave him both penniless and without a farm.

“The people who are orchestrating all these things are the people I defeated during the party primary elections.

“They want this seat and now they are doing everything to soil my image,” Bhasikiti said.

And to add fuel to the raging party factional fires, Mugabe recently warned Mujuru and her supporters that they faced imminent arrest for an assortment of untested allegations that include treason and corruption — although analysts said the threat was nothing more than factional victimisation by the nonagenarian.

During his lavish birthday celebrations in Victoria Falls two weeks ago, Mugabe also claimed that the Mujuru camp had misappropriated funds meant for the party’s chaotic youth conference that was held last year.

“We are today saying Gamatox group (Mujuru camp) wanted to overthrow the president, wanted even to kill him. You will remember that meeting of the youths.

“They had not prepared for it, they had not bought any food and now we discover lots of money had been given towards congress. Where did it go?

“Those are the things we are now discovering and once we discover that in fact that money was misused, vanofira mujeri (they will die in prison),” Mugabe said ominously.

Last week, the former Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland Central, Luke Mushore, was convicted of stealing a party vehicle engine and tyres valued at $5 000, although his allies claim the charges were trumped up and designed to silence him.

Retired, but hugely respected party elder, Cephas Msipa, was among the first prominent party members to criticise Mugabe openly last year for failing to deal with Zanu PF’s often violent infighting and for refusing to take advice on the party’s escalating factionalism.

In an interview with the Daily News that was carried in mid-October last year, Msipa said pointedly that he feared for the worst for Zanu PF if intra-party relations remained as fractious as they were currently.

“If people continue being dissatisfied with what is happening, it is possible to have a split. I think the president has the key to all these issues.

“I hate factionalism and if it continues I don’t know what will become of the party,” he said ruefully.

“And there is no seeming end in sight to the ruthless culling in the ruling party, with party legislators in the immediate line of fire including Murewa North’s Tendai Makunde, Masango Matambanadzo of Kwekwe Central, Goromonzi South’s Petronella Kagonye and Ray Kaukonde.

As a result, Mashonaland East provincial governor Joel Matiza is in the spotlight after his alleged role in “a brazen campaign” to remove Makunde and others, amid concerns that he is waging a personal war against his Zanu PF enemies.

“I went to war as a young man and even got disabled on the battle front, but some of these people (Matiza) who are leading this process to eject us do not even have the credentials I have for fighting for this country,” the Murewa North legislator fumed yesterday.

“By taking my opponent Daniel Garwe into my constituency, are they not confusing the electorate and seeking to derail my current projects and developmental work in the area?

“Besides, what have I done to deserve this kind of treatment from party colleagues and when we are supposed to be doing more to help communities?” the angry Makunde added.

Comments (14)

A "grabbed" farm does not belong to anyone. It belongs to ZPF as a "carrot" to solicit support/loyalty and keep the members in tow. Transgress and the farm is taken away to be recycled to new "owners" until they also "disappoint". Not many members of this silly party have figured the last part out including the so-called heavy-weights. ZPF is a party of brawn not brains. He who fights by the sword dies by it.

Nathanjo Yomo - 10 March 2015

Vachinamasa havo ndovanenge vachinechido chokubatanidza mhuri.mazwi avo ane mutsa...kwete zvimwe or vamwe ava ahh. beware the last kicks of a dying horse

njuga - 10 March 2015

Izvi zvanyanya.

dr nyaas - 10 March 2015

I have lost count of many times you have told us of 'fresh fights' in ZANU PF. Surprisingly you never tell us of the winner of the so called fights. The fights always remain 'fresh'.

Ndugu - 10 March 2015

Nhai Ndugu, chirungu ichi. How else should Daily News describe new Zanu-PF wars that break up every day and that even the Zanu-PF media such as ZBC and Herald write about everyday as well?

Musorodamba - 10 March 2015

why read news you are not happy with in the first place @ndugu. if you are for zpf read the herald. that one never disappoints members of the party. with the daily news it seems you will ever be complaining.

tula - 10 March 2015

“Those are the things we are now discovering and once we discover that in fact that money was misused, vanofira mujeri (they will die in prison),” Mugabe said ominously. Can motor-mouth moyo tell Zimbabweans which jail is Mugabe referring to - zanu pf inejeri here; riri kupi kwacho? Kuti vanhu vapende mujeri hazvidi matare edzimhosva here? Saka anozopinda seiko matare acho panyaya dzemusangano? mari dziri kutaurwa dzakapiwa kumusangano dzikadyiwa kana kubiwa mumusangano nevanhu vemusangano - so according to Mugabe & motor-mouth those issues are internal zanu pf issues and non-judiciable. So majeri ezanu pf ari kupi muzimbabwe matirikuudwa kuti vanhu ava vachafiramo? Saka ichokwadi ka kuti hama dedu dzakawanda dzatisingazivi kwadziri kubva paGukurahundi kusvika pa2008 massacres dzakafira mumajeri ezanu pf atisingazivi kwaari munyika? Moyo tipe mhinduro - majeri ezanu pf ari kupi?

mapingu - 10 March 2015

Zanu pf has always been at war with itself and now its a conventional one. Its building up to the final battle ,when mugabe dies. That is when boys will be separated from men. That battle will be a block-buster " Cde Stop it" powered by Gang of four VS Cde Spill blood powered by gammatox Vs Cde Crocodile powered by sharks. Chinamasa has engaged a neutral gear to save his skin ahead of the final battle. When it comes to law application , too much double standards and inconsistence from zanu pf. When it comes to allaged "theft of congress money" Its important to acknowledge that the suspects were bona fide members of zanu pf and it is "about their inside DNA , party ideology, policies, practices, traditions and values as a voluntary organisation" In terms of how zanu pf applies law I think the people who stole the money were within the parameters of their organisation code of conduct. They Extorted money from companies that cant even pay their workers, Congress was held and the Mafia clan was fed well and mugabe remained in charge. I hope this time Mugabe will not repeat the Misimirembwa U-turn and say twakatinyepera tuva fana utwu twuchiti kwakabiwa mari iyo mari yakaita basa guru pacongress. A crime done from inside the DNA of zanu pf it touches everyone including the nerve centers. If one looks at the DNA,ideology, practise, tradition s of zanu pf being fired from it is imprisonment itself. Technically non zanu pf people are roaming prisoners. We are not equal before the laws.

X-MAN IV - 10 March 2015

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Nikuv Riggington - 10 March 2015

Zanu-PF is a Mafia Cult slowly slowly morphing into a circus road show. Do not be fooled by these Zanu-PF clowns. They are extremely dangerous.

Mbareboy - 10 March 2015

Zanu-Pf imploding ! This is an inevitable end to a party with people who get into government to self-serve. If they were in government to carry out their duties as mandated by the electorate they will not have time to fight for positions. Kupusa nokushaya njere zwakasangana. Kuzwirova matundu kani zwichinzi tino gona. Munogona chinyi ? Kulooter ?

Chorosi - 11 March 2015

ndungu haudzidzewo wakaita sei

munhu - 11 March 2015

Everything that has start has an ending,those who are young will be old,anything that is alive will die.

k shaaba - 11 March 2015

Putsai Bhasikiti personally soiled himself l know him from Masase high school l wonder how he rose to those heights, When one climbs a tree it should be known that one will either fall or disembark safely. Bhasikiti Chuma you will be a destitute like the Chingwizi camp peolple

bakwena - 12 March 2015

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