Fresh Zanu PF purges looming

HARARE - A fresh wave of savage purges is once again looming in President Robert Mugabe’s post-congress Zanu PF which continues to be wracked by debilitating factional and succession wars.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News yesterday that more senior party officials, including Cabinet ministers and veteran legislators — who were suspected to be close to former Vice President Joice Mujuru, as well as embattled current VP Emmerson Mnangagwa -- were facing the chop.

A central committee member, who requested anonymity for fear of victimisation, said party hardliners were strongly of the view that expelling Mujuru’s perceived allies and others aligned to Mnangagwa would provide “a timely and sufficient deterrent” to all members that crossing the paths of influential bigwigs — mainly those associated with First Lady Grace Mugabe and the party’s ambitious Young Turks, the Generation 40 (G40) group — would not be tolerated.

However, the mooted stern action was allegedly making Mugabe and apparently Grace herself “decidedly unease” as this would mean a continuing lack of unity and cohesion in the divided party, which they thought would follow Mujuru’s political decapitation late last year.

“The national disciplinary committee (NDC) has been directed to speedily deal with all pending disciplinary cases because some of the individuals are being suspected of either creating another faction in the party or continuing to associate with Mujuru,” a politburo member who also asked not to be named for fear of victimisation told the Daily News.

Among the senior party officials who were facing the dreaded chop were the likes of Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora, suspended Chipinge legislator Enock Porusingazi, his Kwekwe Central counterpart, Masango Matambanadzo, and former Health deputy minister Paul Chimedza.

The Zanu PF NDC is chaired by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko. Its other members include Grace (Secretary for Women’s Affairs), Pupurai Togarepi (Secretary for Youth Affairs) and combative Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, who is also the party’s national political commissar.

The NDC has this year alone also dealt with more than 100 other disciplinary cases, many of which have resulted in expulsions and suspensions after the people concerned were fingered in the alleged and murky Mujuru plot to oust Mugabe from power, and to assassinate the frail nonagenarian.

“The cases of the people who are appearing before the NDC this time were not finalised earlier in the year because the party felt dealing with them as a group then would trigger massive resignations which would have been an embarrassment.

“So, it was decided that they would be followed up later for culling individually, at an opportune time”, another source told the Daily News last night.

One of the officials who is set to appear before the NDC said “it is actually a relief to be heard by the disciplinary committee”, rather than continue to “be killed through suspicion, rumour and innuendo”.

“I would be happy to give my side of the story. This idea of being accused of a crime without being asked to defend yourself is primitive. I hope I will be able to tell my whole side of the story,” he said.

However, he added, the recent expulsion of Muzarabani South MP, Christopher Chitindi, from the Zanu PF Mashonaland Central executive last weekend, signalled that “the storm is still heavy and yet to pass”.

Chitindi’s name had long been associated with the Mujuru camp, and last year the provincial coordinating committee recommended his suspension from the party although he survived somehow.

He was eventually shown the exit door last week on allegations of being “unrepentant”, as well as allegedly undermining the authority of Kasukuwere who also hails from Mashonaland Central.

Both Kasukuwere and party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo were not available yesterday to comment on the progress that the national disciplinary committee is making in dealing with the cases before it.

But Mashonaland Central Zanu PF chairperson, Dickson Mafios, told the Daily News that his province was in the process of finalising resolutions that it made last week to expel some party officials.

“We have not finished with what we are doing, so I cannot tell you much now. Once we are done, we will let you know by way of a public statement,” Mafios said.

Another insider also added that the axe was also hovering over the provincial minister for Mashonaland Central, Martin Dinha, amid allegations that he was hobnobbing with the Mujuru camp while “feigning love” for Grace.

In Masvingo, former provincial chairman Kallisto Gwanetsa, Cabinet minister Dzikamai Mavhaire and prominent party member Claudius Makova were among a host of others who were also apparently being targeted for expulsion.

Following Zanu PF’s damp squib “elective” congress late last year, several party stalwarts, including war veterans, were forced out of the party in brutal purges that also claimed the scalps of former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, and former minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti.

The stalwarts are now on the verge of launching a rival formation, the “original” Zanu PF which uses the slogan People First.

Comments (9)

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jean yu - 22 August 2015

@ Dibulanyika...... I always enjoy reading ur comments but sometimes u really go off topic. However the enermy here is not DAILY NEWS and it will never be. They are our partners in our struggle by telling us like it is. When they make mistakes let us correct them because it's only zanu media which distorts the truth. Riot bosses are buisy planning how to disrupt this bring back dzamara campaign. Another blow to zanu pf. Dzamara fate will stay in the history books forever whether they bring him back or not. And their true shape is really seen on this. Do they think zimbos and the world can get tired and keep quet on Dzamara? No they are wrong. This is going to haunt them like what the gukurahundi fate is doing for the rest of their lifetime. Come on zanu pf bring dzamara back its high time u swallow ur pride cos the real thugs who forcifully took him will pay. We know Mugabe sent u but when pay back time comes Mugabe will be long dead.

dembo - 22 August 2015

While Mr Dinha is "feigning love for the First Lady, Doctor Grace Mugabe, the two men sharing the second in command position in misdirecting the nation are doing the same, just as hundreds more below them while the Doctor has feigned love to her aged husband since the day she said, "Yes".

Mr Dete - 22 August 2015

Lets let the purges proceed

Mentalist - 23 August 2015

The media in general tends to confuse the general public at large with their rumours allegedly from official sources, most of which turn out to be exaggerated or untrue. And when one tries to analyze these rumours and those actively behind it, one cannot help feeling that external powers are playing a big part in all of it. One must realize that these external agents have one thing in mind, not the people nor their welfare and welbeing but gaining access to our diminishing resources which they rape and plunder to the benefit of themselves only. We are all so naive and gullible? The standard of journalism in Zimbabwe generally is disgusting to such an extent that nobody knows what to believe anymore.

Moya mudenga - 23 August 2015

I would like to see the purges continue esp. if they can expel the people concerned. Dog eat dog does not bother me at all.

Inyika - 23 August 2015

These Cdes should just okay the expulsion as it is better to jump off the sinking ship than to lose dignity

carson macate - 23 August 2015

Zanu pf is dying a slow painful natural death. There is no smoke without fire in zanu. A rumour is more than enough to get one fired from zanu. Facts and Evidence are irrelevant.

X-MAN IV - 23 August 2015

Disrespecting Kasukuwere, who & what is he in Mashcentral? He is 1/2 brother to Mafios and both are of no grain in our province. Whilst Saviuor was a toddler in the late 70s, Dickson was a sellout. Ask the locals, akauraisa macomrades muhondo, pasi nevatengesi

EL-DODO - 31 August 2015

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