Zivhu reignites factional wars in Masvingo

HARARE - Zanu PF’s Masvingo treasurer Killer Zivhu has reignited factional wars in the province after indicating that he is eyeing the provincial chairperson post, currently held by Amasa Nenjana.

Speaking at a handover ceremony of computers and food hampers to excelling students in Masvingo last week, Zivhu said he was ready to take up the post.

“I feel I am ready to lead the province as chairman. I will listen to my elders if they advise against it. I will not force my way. But, I think I will serve the province well,” he told the crowd that included Psychomotor minister Josaya Hungwe.

“For me, it is a calling to be a politician. It is hot in Zanu PF, but because of that calling, I will soldier on and be there until death,” Zivhu said.

However, his Zanu PF foes said he jumped the gun, accusing him of being used by vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allies who want to dislodge the current provincial executive — linked to the Generation 40 (G40) faction.

Nenjana said the Chivi Rural District Council chairperson had indeed jumped the gun but refused to give much detail.

“I heard this from the media but what I know is that the Masvingo provincial chairperson issue is being dealt with at the national level, so at this stage, it is still premature for anyone to talk about this issue,” Nenjana told the Daily News yesterday.

According to a close source in Masvingo, Mnangagwa allies have roped in Zivhu to their camp in their bid to win favours from First Lady Grace Mugabe — believed to be close to him.

“Team Lacoste has dumped Ezra Chadzamira (former Zanu PF Masvingo provincial chairperson). They think Zivhu will help them to regain the province due to his strong links with the first lady,” the source said, adding that “look, Chadzamira’s case is still under the disciplinary committee, they have discovered that Chadzamira is a light weight so they have moved to plan B”.

Efforts to get a comment from Zivhu were fruitless as his mobile number was not reachable.

In recent months, President Robert Mugabe tasked Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, to unite the widely-divided Zanu PF Masvingo province.

However, the combative Kasukuwere failed to douse the factional flames engulfing the province.

Masvingo, said to be one of the citadel of Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF support, has witnessed some of the ugliest party battles over the past year, as the factional and succession wars devouring the former liberation movement continue to escalate.

Meanwhile, the province has raised    $70 000 for Zanu PF’s December annual conference, with the party seeking close to $1 million for the event.

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