Zanu PF rift shows internal democracy alive: Khaya Moyo

HARARE - The incessant factional and succession wars threatening to tear post-congress Zanu PF apart is an indication that internal democracy is well and alive, party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo has claimed.

Commenting on the suspensions and counter-suspensions blighting provincial structures countrywide,  Khaya Moyo said the deadly infighting was emblematic of a thriving political party.

“The revolutionary party is the embodiment of democracy and differences are bound to be a common feature in any democratic environment as ours in Zanu PF,” Khaya Moyo told the Daily News yesterday.

He accused the media of being obsessed with what is happening in the ruling party.

“You have seen it even in the opposition parties and some have even gone on to split but you do not talk about it,” he said.

In Manicaland, chaos reigned supreme at the weekend as Zanu PF women’s league national spokesperson Monica Mutsvangwa openly traded insults with politburo member and youth league deputy secretary Kudzanai Chipanga.

The clash occurred during a special provincial coordinating committee meeting to resolve the issue of a vote of no confidence recently passed on women’s league boss Happiness Nyakuedzwa.

Mutsvangwa and Nyakuedzwa are both linked to a faction led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the race to succeed President  Robert Mugabe while Chipanga is aligned to First Lady Grace, who is also said to be eyeing the presidency.

Nyakuedzwa’s vote of no confidence  was allegedly at Grace’s behest  as punishment for the provincial chairperson’s “insubordination”.

Khaya Moyo said the quarrels playing out should not be viewed from a factional point of view.

“In the end, when we have such differences, we are members of one party, we need each other so there is need for those involved in the fights to realise that there are rules in the party. We must amicably resolve our differences guided by the values and virtues of the party which emphasise unity. There is need for unity of purpose,” he said.

The Zanu PF information tsar revealed that the party would be launching an investigation into the disturbances in Manicaland and Mashonaland East provinces in particular.

“We are awaiting detailed reports to the politburo of what is transpiring in the provinces and from there, investigations will begin after the politburo has given direction,” Khaya Moyo said.

“The provinces will have to compile reports which the politburo will look at before dispatching an investigation team.”

He spoke as factionalism exploded in Mashonaland East where the provincial chairperson Joel Biggie Matiza, an alleged Mnangagwa ally, was ousted in a no-confidence vote before regrouping and turning the tables against his rivals believed to be led by a Grace loyalist Lawrence Katsiru.

Even the intervention of party political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere could not douse the flames as the working relations among the party leadership had “irretrievably broken down” as the fiasco left sediments of mistrust, according to Zanu PF insiders.


Comments (8)

it is a pity that if people are used to looting then they cannot think straight. this guy has been demoted from being party chair to a mere spokesman and didn't have the balls to just resign and rear his cattle in gwanda. the objective is just to loot even if someone is demoted to a councillor from being a minister they don't care. joining zanu is a sure way to dementia!!!

jopshat mugadzaweta - 10 November 2015

KKKKK, Khaya Moyo was thinking he was now going to be a vice President. Imagine, the country having such a round shaped head VP, speaking with a contrived voice as a manifestation of power. And when he was demoted from being chairman and VP in waiting (Shamhu 2013), he is no longer sure of what to say, lest he offends those that will wield power after Mugabe

Danai Pazvagozha - 10 November 2015

What happened to democracy when certain provinces preferred Mai Mujuru?

4Ballz - 10 November 2015

When will our politicians start having heated debates on applied economics, employment, inflation etc. We only read about factionalism, "amai grace mugabe" and so on. Shame on you.

Geeorge Chuma - 10 November 2015

George we can debate as much as we want but who would implement? Zanu PF? You think so? The main problem in Zim at the moment is politics. before we sort out politics there is no other plan. we can talk of economics, coruption etc but who will take care of these things?

cremora - 10 November 2015

By definition cde spokesperson Khaya Mwoyo Simomo, it means openness by individuals to contest any position without fear of victimisation by anyone irregardless of political muscle the other contesting candidates will be having. Now this that is happening in Zanu Pf is not democracy ,one is threatened when you aspire to be a candidate for any post that one holds. You were spoiled by the declarations that your party leader is used to by declaring that there is no vacant at state house and you call that democracy. I wonder if we are going to have a democratic Zimbabwe where no one receives threats for being ambitious for a certain post. This oppressive system has led to the bad state of affairs that have destroyed every sector. What's the reason of boasting that we are the highly literate state in Africa if the political leadership itself does not understand what democracy means. That's the reason why there is the highest prevalence of human rights abuse on the masses if we exercise our due rights of choosing our choice of leadership. My heart bleeds when you behave like that you Zanu Pf officials. You have never respected our democratic right so you think people are fools. The internal squabbles are the loudest voice you might hear to otherwise start realising that you have to follow democratic means in every election whether inter party or extra party.

Diramombe Nyamakate - 11 November 2015

Let us all pray for our country Zimbabwe. God is our healer. Let us ask God to forgive our wrongs. Ask God to intervene in the affairs of our nation. Let us come against misrule, corruption and injustices. God is our only answer. Pray for God to guide those who rule over us.

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Ella - 22 December 2015

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