Zanu PF sweats over suspensions

HARARE - Zanu PF is now desperate to readmit members who were suspended or expelled since 2014 on alleged charges of supporting former Vice President Joice Mujuru, as opposition parties plot a grand coalition.

This comes as recent political developments — MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Joice Mujuru joining forces in an anti-President Robert Mugabe protest and hinting on a coalition — have jolted Zanu PF, with its political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere now questioning circumstances under which some members were suspended or expelled from the party.

The ruling party is divided along two factions — Team Lacoste and generation 40 (G40) — which are both fighting to succeed 92-year-old Mugabe.

In an August 10 letter addressed to Midlands interim chairperson Jorum Gumbo, Kasukuwere sought clarification on the suspension of party district and provincial members who were shown the door last year.

“I write to you in connection with 12 party officials from your province who have written to me presenting their cases where they were verbally suspended from the party in 2015 without being charged and given a right to be heard,” Kasukuwere said in the letter.

“The letters came in the wake of a recent politburo directive to regulate all suspensions and expulsions in line with article 28 of the party constitution.

“It has come to my attention that there is no record of any charges against them, or formal decisions taken against them,” he said.

Signalling that the suspended Midlands party officials could be thrown a lifeline, Kasukuwere demanded to be “furnished with the current position so that the national disciplinary committee can be guided accordingly”.

Zanu PF is presently consumed in bitter succession wars pitting the G40 faction that is said to be loyal to First Lady Grace Mugabe and the Team Lacoste camp that is associated with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa has, however, repeatedly denied leading any faction but his nemesis in the G40 camp — that is said to also include Kasukuwere says he is hiding behind a finger.

Over the past two years, Zanu PF has been characterised by suspensions and counter suspensions, and even the politburo’s belated move to stop the no confidence votes has failed to douse the factionalism flames.

Presently, Masvingo province is in disarray as the Team Lacoste and G40 factions refused to take heed of the politburo’s call for unity.

Apart from that, thousands of Zanu PF officials are still unsure of their future in the party, as they remain suspended or side-lined from party activities.

Insiders say with Mujuru and MDC leader Tsvangirai likely to join hands, there are fears that disgruntled Zanu PF officials could jump ship and join the opposition.

The situation has also been worsened by ever growing hostilities between the Zanu PF factions with the recent expulsion of war veteran leaders likely to leave the ruling party further divided.

Comments (6)

Any bad news for Zanu PF is actually nationally progressive news!

Sagitarr - 18 August 2016

If those suspended without being given the opportunity to be heard accept to be re admitted back in the party,then these will be the most stupid,useless,and brainless bunch i would had ever come across.It is very clear that they will be admitting them back so that they don't go to Amai Mujuru's party,not that zanu pf has seen its mistakes,but just to lure them back for the meantime until after the 2018 elections..If zanu pf manages to rig their way in winning the 2018 elections which is a snowball's chance in hell,they will then hold them at ransom by revoking their previous records if they don't play ball when they are back into the fold.

Janana wa Bikaz - 18 August 2016

If those suspended without being given the opportunity to be heard accept to be re admitted back in the party,then these will be the most stupid,useless,and brainless bunch i would had ever come across.It is very clear that they will be admitting them back so that they don't go to Amai Mujuru's party,not that zanu pf has seen its mistakes,but just to lure them back for the meantime until after the 2018 elections..If zanu pf manages to rig their way in winning the 2018 elections which is a snowball's chance in hell,they will then hold them at ransom by revoking their previous records if they don't play ball when they are back into the fold.

Janana wa Bikaz - 18 August 2016

we have too many such stupid people who also grabbed a lot from our resources that they feel it's only in ZANU PF that they can survive. they have darkly closed eyes that they cannot see even the tops of their own noses. they are traitors as you saw them refusing to use cheap vehicles in the parliament just yesterday.

jokoko - 18 August 2016

Desperate efforts to shore up a deluge from a burst dam wall. They are sadly missing the point. Their time is up ! Its not reversible. Robert Mugabe killed our country which many sacrificed their lives to reclaim from a minority settler regime. Prayer alone ois not enough to save us. We have been praying for decades without any positive outcome. Nothing other than action by all of us concerned will suffice. Never mind those benefitting from the status quo - they will always be there to thwart our efforts to make things right. Yes, they will be casualities, but one thing is certain: those who think this country belongs to their click or clan or crony they will be finally brought to book for any crime they will commit to any Zimbabwean. Make no mistake about it: you will be charged accordingly, and I mean accordingly.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 18 August 2016

Mbava idzi

Zanu - 19 August 2016

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