Zanu PF bigwigs press panic button

HARARE - With former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) continuing to attract dozens of disgruntled senior Zanu PF officials to its ranks, the ruling party is stepping up its efforts to stem the tide by extending an olive branch to its disaffected members, including those currently under suspension.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said President Robert Mugabe’s announcement at the weekend that the central committee would this week move to deal with all outstanding disciplinary issues was an indication of the anxiety gripping the party in the face of the growing desertions.

Speaking at Harare International Airport on Saturday on his arrival from Japan, Mugabe revealed that the party would convene a central committee meeting this week, where all pending disciplinary appeals would be deliberated.

The central committee is, at least on paper, Zanu PF’s highest decision-making body between the party’s congresses.

Most of the party’s members who are on suspension or facing dismissal are under the cosh on suspicion that they support Mujuru and ZPF.

“There is a real fear in the party that many more of those officials who are on suspension could cross the floor and join ZPF, hence this decision to finally hear all outstanding cases,” a Zanu PF bigwig said.

Political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said yesterday that the party was teetering on the brink of total collapse due to its worsening factional and succession wars, and was thus keen to do anything to mitigate the often mindless bloodletting.

“The possibility of pardons is high given that the party is so divided and on the verge of collapse. On the other hand, common sense does not reign in Zanu PF most of the time.

“The party has been pressing the self-destruct button for a very long time and it could continue on that destructive trajectory by maintaining the suspensions and risk encouraging more people to cross the floor,” Saungweme said.

Contacted for comment, Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya-Moyo referred the Daily News to the party’s secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo, who was not reachable yesterday.

In a recent report by the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI), titled Zimbabwe Political Economy Review: Elite Discohesion and Authoritarian Erosion — Zanu PF on the Precipice, the prominent think tank said the centre of power within Zanu PF was definitely no longer holding.

It said further that due to the party’s escalating ructions, more of its members were going to desert it as the country hits election mode in preparation for the 2018 plebiscite.

“The occurrences of internal fragmentation, elite discohesion and defections in Zanu PF may consistently increase over the next two years as Zimbabwe treads towards the 2018 elections.

“The more internal party fragmentation, the higher the costs of repression and the higher the chances of defection (exit) and the more probable the possibility of defeat of the hegemonic political party,” ZDI said.

Political analyst Shakespeare Hamauswa said what was happening in Zanu PF was virtually predictable because of the devastating divisions.

However, he said, the fear that its members could join other political parties was not that big considering the fact that Zanu PF had access to State resources and machinery, which it abused to maintain its hold on power.

“The warring factions within Zanu PF know it very well that they will only need the support of critical structures for them to rule. So the focus is just on getting control of the power of the party. After all, 2018 is still far, such that the vanquished factions including Mujuru can rejoin the party,” he added.

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prof esso - 4 April 2016

@ dailynews,which members have left zanu on volition and joined other parties without being expelled,suspension or facing imminent suspension or expulsion,in as much as newspapers have to be sold to pay bills,lets remain factual

truth - 4 April 2016

@truth, stop spreading lies. What about Brigadier Mutambara? Was he expelled from ZanuPF? When, and by who? Nxaa!

Musorodamba - 4 April 2016

ZPF is another ZANU in the making. I'm not sure whether they will work for the betterment of Zim but all I can see is that these are the same people who failed our country

Mentalist - 5 April 2016

the reason why Zimbabwe is this situation is because an average Zimbabwean doesn't want the truth. below are some of the truths that people routinely circumvent: 1. rwavhi gukurahundi Mugabe committed genocide in Zimbabwe mainly the gukurahundi atrocities of the 1980s. this is the reason why he doesn't want to vacate the throne because he knows that he will be arrested. this has nothing to do with his marriage to grace is this come well after he had committed the crimes. 2. grace is a useless slut who left her marriage to get married to rwavhi because of pecuniary gains. 3. joice mujuru was the main driver of corruption in zanu with her late hubby rex. she owns a number of farms, mine and buildings around the country. she has no positive contribution to make to the country given her horrendous performance in govt for the past 35 years. she is a liar who wants us to believe that she always had differences with Mugabe yet she begged him to stay on the eve of her official cashiering. the fact that on top of her priorities is the chasing of solo's killers shows that she is in it for her own benefit and not for national benefit. tsvangirayi lost his wife in dodgy circumstances but never has he said that he wants to avenge that. also, joice consistently said that she has no ambition to become president now she is lying that people requested her to be president. the day we learnt to accept and tell the truth, our country and ourselves shall be liberated!!! VIVA SAVE 2018 VIVA!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 5 April 2016

The post above from Joshphat mugadzaweta is from a know individual "designed" (by known individuals in Zanu) to CRUSH OUT ZPF . No matter how many times you post your lies, we will never fall for them. We are not kids but grown ups. ZPF and MDC are the only alternatives (by CHOICE) to none.

golden-horse - 5 April 2016

If you refuse to drink BLOOD you will be expelled from the Devil's Den (Zanu Pf). Please note that you will be left under scrutiny for sometime before action is taken. Those who have drank blood before but REPENTED (while still within) will also be considered enemies and cast out the evil DEN.

Golden-Horse - 5 April 2016

so WELCOME ZPF (Mujuru, Gumbo, Mutasa)....... and many more to come.

golden-horse - 5 April 2016

It amazes me where the propensity to desire to be ruled by murderers, thieves and liars comes from when level-headed God-fearing and law-abiding civilians abound.

Sagitarr - 5 April 2016

M.Dongo, D.Dabengwa, M.Tsvangirai, S.Makoni, J.Mujuru, Please do something, the TIME is now or NEVER. Get yourselves together into the making of the True Independence of Zimbabwe. This is an opportunity to rewrite HISTORY, and save the thousands who are suffering across the WORLD. When you get there please do away with the term OPPOSITION Parties, instead they are CONTESTING Parties. Come on, you can do IT. LET LOVE take the LEAD and everything else will flow and follow suit.

White-Horse - 5 April 2016

I agree with you Sagitarr, But pause for a moment, it seems God is turning Dirty water into pure wine again. He has a History of doing that.

White-Horse - 5 April 2016

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kays - 5 April 2016

If zanu is panicking then they are panicking for nothing bcoz people are not going to vote for Mujuru to rule this country bcoz they know she does not have brains to do so and has no plans for this country that is why she waited to be booted out of zanu by Mugabe 's wife to join a party that was formed by Gumbo and Mudidimas . Zimbabweans know the that Morgan is the only viable presidential material in zim like it or hate it that is what it is .

Diibulaanyika - 5 April 2016

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