Zanu PF politburo meets as tensions rise

HARARE - Warring Zanu PF today meets for its politburo which could fail to decisively deal with mounting problems that are threatening to split the liberation movement at a time public anger is rising against its government’s bad policies.

The politburo meeting comes a time the party is deeply-divided over the long running succession saga which has seen war veterans breaking rank with President Robert Mugabe.

It will also be held against the background of protests over the introduction of bond notes and high unemployment which Zanu PF critics say, has turned the country into a vendor economy.

Ironically, Zanu PF last held its politburo on July 6, when the country was paralysed by a general strike which many analysts say was arguably the biggest stay-away in a decade.

Although secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo said today’s meeting was routine, insiders said it was likely to dwell on the recent attacks on Vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa by Mandi Chimene, the country’s security and deepening economic rot.

“The communiqué by war veterans will take centre stage during the meeting with their secretary Sydney Sekeramayi appraising the politburo on what is happening within the war veterans association,” a politburo source told the Daily News yesterday.

“It’s a potentially explosive affair given that there are some who strongly believe that Mnangagwa is behind them notwithstanding that he disowned them. There is a strong belief that the VP did not mean his words and will therefore have a lot of defending to do because the G40 will want to take him head-on”. 

Also expected to take centre stage are pending disciplinary cases which will see some officials who were suspended for their alleged links to former Vice President Joice Mujuru being readmitted into the party.

This comes after the Zanu PF national disciplinary committee chairperson wrote to various provinces asking for their opinion on suspended officials.

Also expected to be readmitted after they were recommended by their provinces are former Masvingo provincial chairperson Calisto Gwanetsa and Gutu South MP Paul Chimedza.

Comments (9)

Politburo I hope yu all summoned yo guts to deal wth reality.Reality being what pple are crying for.I pray yu now looking into retiring our old president.Its an easier task n noble than the task of fighting the citizens.Its better to face Mr Mugabe ,than face an angry populace.A lot of bad things hapen when yu try to put down an uprising.Besides the wrath of the masses ,yu face courts,charged for murder commited by overzealous cops n yuths.It will be on yu.The best deal Zanu is to unite ,lacoste n g40 and retire the president,pick a good leader ,mnangagwa or mphoko to lead to 2018.There is more life in this than the other.We can restart the formular by inviting all opporsition for a way forwad.

viola gwena - 3 August 2016

Corruption, corruption, corruption. Who is sanctioning this beast called corruption. Some among the so called politburo are corrupt to the core and Mugabe must throw them to the wolves and appease the long suffering masses. icho!

musvina - 3 August 2016

vanha vezanu pf havafungi. vaitsigira mugabe achiti nyika ino haitongwi ngemunhu asina kurwa hondo. ngatitaure kubva mu zanu pf Magret Dongo akadii kutonga, E Tekere nezumu nhasi mai J Mujuru? Mugabe arikuti kudii? chiregayi ndikumbire mai Mujuru kuti nyika yakaparara murimo mu zunu pf zvakanga zvichiitika muzviziwa chitangayi mareurura kuti maizvifambisa sei. Tikugamuchireyi

Mahadzva Shingirai - 3 August 2016

15 billion please we want that money- kana moinda mkoma kana moinda muitaure ..... from chimbetu

Batsiranayi Ngugama - 3 August 2016

15 billion please we want that money- kana moinda mkoma kana moinda muitaure ..... from chimbetu

Batsiranayi Ngugama - 3 August 2016

what tensions? we sipping champagne and eating cavier here in the bush here

truth - 4 August 2016

Our last hope. Zimbabwe has be 'ruled' by autocrats and dictators since time immemorial. Watching at the events of the past few weeks leads one to conclude the inevitable. We have one last chance at stopping a fully fledged North Korean style leadership. Mugabe has and continues to arrest innocents, brutalizing journalists, peaceful protesters and fabricating/manufacturing facts about regular people's intentions. I just read a few minutes ago that maize production will now be run by CIOs, under Mugabe's office (God help us). One common characteristic about autocrats like Mugabe and Trump in the States, is egomania. They are sociopaths with no possibility of empathy or understanding what the common man/woman has to go through each day. I can bet my last penny that Mugabe feels aggrieved and hurt that Mawarire and others are asking him questions. This is our last best hope Zimbabwe. If we think Ian Smith was bad, we have not known worse... RGM and his cronies are master manipulators and they will stop at nothing to pepertuate their criminal and corrupt empires.

gudo - 4 August 2016

i would to see all zimbabweans who are in SA to form thier organisation and block Beit border post,to make Zim and SA gov realise the frustration of people

David - 4 August 2016

That idiot called Mugabe thinks that he is God,lets not giveup guys,we are closer to break the streak.We are even prepared to start a rebellion,obvious the Europe will supply us with ammunition

David - 4 August 2016

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