Zanu PF splits in the Midlands

HARARE - The warring Zanu PF has now split into two bitterly-opposed formations in the Midlands, with a faction aligned to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa moving to establish parallel structures from cell level — as they resist being elbowed out of the ruling party.

Regional party officials confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that there were now two structures at most levels — belonging to the rival Mnangagwa and Generation 40 (G40) camps.

“It’s war here. For every G40 structure there is now a parallel Team Lacoste one, and vice-versa. Our worry is how this will be resolved going into 2018,” one of the officials said.

Indeed, as interim Zanu PF chairperson for the Midlands, Tapiwa Matangaidze, was announcing the party’s decision to sack many of Mnangagwa’s most trusted allies, including July Moyo, the Midlands godfather’s regional allies were mobilising their followers, creating their own structures.

For example, suspended deputy provincial chairperson Daniel Mackenzie-Ncube has been appointed the acting chairperson by the Team Lacoste group.

Contacted by the Daily News yesterday, Mackenzie-Ncube confirmed to the Daily News that he and other senior party officials who were suspended by the G40 through votes of no confidence were “busy restructuring the party from cell level”.

He was also emphatic that the provincial executive that had resolved to pass a vote of no confidence in Moyo and others — who included Justice Mayor Wadyajena, Owen Muda Ncube and Victor Matemadanda, John Holder and Cornelius Mupereri — did not constitute a quorum.

In addition, he said Matangaidze (who was provincial secretrary), Makhosini Hlongwane (political commissar) and Annastancia Ndlovu (national youth league executive member) had been counter-suspended by the province and thus had no “locus standi to call meetings” as they had, at any rate, since been replaced.

“We were seized with consolidating the party from cell and branch levels all weekend. We were in Mberengwa on Friday and had other meetings on Saturday and Sunday in areas such as Shurugwi and Zvishavane where we restructured the party.

“Our attention will not be diverted by the sideshows by Matangaidze and Hlongwane, the only provincial executive members who were present at their meeting.

“Now do you call that Midlands province? Surely a man humming an old tune to himself can’t be called a choir, can he?” Mackenzie-Ncube asked rhetorically.

Mupereri, who until his “suspension” was the Zanu PF provincial spokesperson, added that they would continue to defy Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, who appointed Matangaidze as acting chairperson following the suspension of Kizito Chivamba.

“We will not hesitate to defy even national members who choose to disregard the party constitution like what happened here. Even if we were to accept that Chivamba was suspended, he was supposed to be replaced by the deputy chairperson.

“That is why Mackenzie-Ncube is our chairman as we speak, he naturally took over,” Mupereri said in a show of defiance.

Comments (12)

Matimawonei.zvatizvadii.mash east is tops on restructuring.soon we will appoint a political commissar ,nw that kasukuwere is out.grassroots structures acording to Zanla .

viola gwena. - 22 March 2016

Wena Viola uyimboko shemu

Ndoda - 22 March 2016

We know since long back. We know the fielding of two candidates on ZanuPf tickets in some constituencies remember. Viola why don't you join other teams .you are always coming up with ideas that never materialise. Zanu chiwororo inodaya vana vayo tozviziva izvo. Kana yakabvisa Mujuru imi makoshei. Chemerai kudzosa Mujuru kwete kuti musadzingwa.... Ichoooooo

view from the gazebo - 22 March 2016

Join loosing teams?I have an ulsar I dnt want to make it worse.I love my sweet zanla.This little love wont let me be .I like to celebrate after an election,not cry baby.So for this reasns no thanks.hatibude mu zanla,tinoburitsa muzanu ,pazhe.Iwe ngwara utambe nesu mfanami .

viola gwena - 22 March 2016

My good friend PK from MDC ,since the begining,has been let dwn like Zviro ,by Mogiza.They dnt know the man is more than happy to be opposition.He is payed well,lives in a mansion paid for by state.what more does he wuld he plenty women.Pk is so diselusioned wth his cowboy morgan.So I must Join morons who have never been able to master any struggle,.They were pushed by angry zanu pple to form MDC.It wasnt them.Now they cant mobilize even to organise a dog fight is a mamoth task for them.bulldust thats all.I shuld be found wth these characters,no.Let them enjoy the attention of their supporters.its a democracy.not me viola.

viola gwena - 22 March 2016

GIVEN THEIR RECORD IN ETHNIC CLEANSING,every zimbabwean ought to take this team lacoste seriously because should they get into power,they will want to complete their job

truth - 22 March 2016

Mugabe is gone.TB Joshua's prophecy has been fulfilled Mugabe is going any time from now. December seems to be far away. Zimbabwe got its independence on 18 April 1980 and we celebrated this in Rufaro Stadium. I witnessed his inauguration after having travelled all the way from Mberengwa (Belingwe then). I was 19 years old with full respect of all freedom fighters irrespective of their political affiliations. My father like anyone else knew Nkomo better than the other leaders. We as a family accepted Mugabe as an elected leader. However I later decided to stop supporting him in from 1982 to date because of the Gukurahundi issue. I have never gone back to ZanuPF since then. Mugabe came in on 18 April 1980 and is going out in April 2016 I shall watch him go. Mark TB Joshua's words!!! The day shall end 36 years of black oppression after the white man's.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 22 March 2016

Mdc is a doomsday cult party.since formation its been doomsday is coming.when.? How many christmases we celebrated nw n yo doomsday is still cming.?thats why Zviro culdnt wait anymore.he packed his katundu n left,tho nw he is waiting for Zanla thru mujuru.shame sorry young least yu have brains .yu know when to question.Sme zvituta r stil waiting for the leader to take them to zion,bt morgan is busy negotiating wth mugabe for pecks.gimme the house.I worked for yu.Thats yo leader.bodo.

viola gwena - 22 March 2016

Moyowaonda ,im sory yu have those isues linguring in yo mind n soul.its sad that independence tho it brot joy to a lot bt to sme it gave as I said on one platform,anger and sadnes will not fix our loses n pain.we shuld try to forgive tho its hard.lets build our country.this sad chapter will have its day one day.God is the creator.His ways re nt the same as ours.He knows wht transpired that time.God does not need evidence.So putting all yo trust in God and allow yoself to move on n help fix yo country culd be the best way forward.Love has no measurements.It shuld be given in full.umdhala Josh,father zimbabwe embrased all.he forgave n became part of government.We cannot hide this issue, was sad,very sad.but for now lets fix our country n deal wth that later when we can afford .

viola gwena - 22 March 2016

kkkkkkk ah kozvinoshamisa here zvekuspliter itai tione zanu pf bought people to split mdc now history reapents its self tinongoona zvichiitika mazimbabwe heyo independence yauya kufa kwezanu havo vapinda mkoma Morgan havarohwa ne pent yamujuru mhururu mujuru watonga new zimbabwe

muchamama henyu - 22 March 2016

Cde Tongogara rise up and let your dry bones speak to your sons and daughters who now running after power forgetting the soul mission of possessing what was rightfully ours and enjoy together as one ,mining from mineral rich gift.Midlands is not for anyone its for everyone.All those barking up are they Sons of Midlands kana muri vauyi vanoda kuporonga vakazvigarira munhaka yavo. Be warned.

jnr cde Gonye - 23 March 2016

Bravo viola.that is very motherly .thank yu.I hav same feelings being frm thanks.never heard this bfo

ndugu - 23 March 2016

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