Zanu PF faces restructuring crisis

HARARE - Zanu PF has not yet completed its restructuring programme and is hurtling towards the December annual conference with provinces headed by acting provincial chairpersons, party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed yesterday.

Addressing a news conference last night after a marathon politburo meeting at the party headquarters in Harare, Khaya Moyo said the ruling party is currently concentrating on district structures and will work on provincial structures later.

“Some are finishing their restructuring this weekend, it’s not a big deal at all,” he told reporters. “We are not electing provincial chairpersons, those will come later. We are dealing with districts.”

He said the politburo received a report from the disciplinary committee over the ongoing votes of no confidence passed against several officials in various provinces.

“The national disciplinary committee chaired by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko presented its report to the politburo. I won’t be able to give you the details of that report, suffice to say it has been well received by the politburo and where there are adjustments, they will be done internally,” Khaya Moyo said.

“Decisions have been made, I will give you the information soon.” The restructuring exercise has been blighted by factional and succession wars.

Early last month, the Mashonaland Central provincial coordinating committee suspended some of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s most vocal allies, including provincial youth league chairperson Godfrey Tsenengamu, Paul Rwodzi, the provincial secretary for administration and Batsirai Musani, who is provincial secretary for security.

The trio was accused of inviting Mnangagwa to the province recently where he engaged in bizarre apostolic rites as he allegedly sought spiritual help from Madzibaba Wimbo, who is famed for “prophesying” Mugabe’s presidency way back in 1957.

In Mashonaland West, youth leader and Mnangagwa ally Vengai Musengi has been barred from representing the party, as purges continue in the faction-riddled party.

The disciplinary hearing also came after a vote of no confidence was passed against Musengi and his deputy Joseph Nyariri last week. The two turned the tables and ousted the new provincial executive led by Tawanda Rupiya.

In Manicaland, women’s league boss Happiness Nyakuedzwa was also suspended after being accused of disobeying First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Meanwhile, Khaya Moyo said the secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo tabled a detailed report on the preparations of the 15th national people’s conference scheduled for Victoria Falls. The agenda includes the state of the party, the state of the economy and ZimAsset clusters.

“On the agenda, we will also have the liberation war heritage, sports, culture and religion, women’s affairs and youth affairs,” added KhayaMoyo.

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