Mliswa triggers Zanu PF fracas

HARARE - As Zanu PF’s brutal factional and succession wars continue to escalate, officials of the party’s youth league are at each other’s throats over newly-elected independent Member of Parliament for Norton, Temba Mliswa.

Youth league political commissar, Innocent Hamandishe, told the Daily News at the weekend that they had summoned vocal Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, after pictures of Mliswa and the youthful MP surfaced — which the league claims provide leads into how the former liberation movement lost last month’s Norton by-election.

In the by-election, Mliswa blew out of the water Zanu PF’s little-known Ronald Chindedza after the constituency fell vacant following the expulsion of former war veterans’ leader and Cabinet minister, Christopher Mutsvangwa, from the ruling party.

Despite President Robert Mugabe having already blamed Zanu PF’s stunning defeat in the by-election on the imposition of Chindedza, whom he described as “a common thief”— putting under pressure the party’s national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere — the youth league is suggesting that  Wadyajena may also have had a hand in Chindedza’s defeat, after the contested images of Wadyajena and Mliswa surfaced soon after the Norton by-election.

Hamandishe said the pictures had given the league reasons to suspect that Wadyajena was among the Zanu PF officials who were sabotaging the party’s campaign efforts.

“We will be summoning Wadyajena in his capacity as our secretary for administration in the Midlands Province, with a view to calling him to order over his association with Mliswa.

“We are of the thinking that either Wadyajena knows what he is doing or what agenda he is pursuing, or he is an innocent soul that is ignorant of the implications of his associations. So, we will allow him to explain himself,” he said.

“As the youth league, we are worried about the coincidence of their newly-found association, which seems to have blossomed after Mliswa did what he did in Norton.

“We know that (MDC vice president Nelson) Chamisa was campaigning for Mliswa, but we now wonder if they were also working with some of our colleagues as well.

“We are, however, aware that there is a dearth of ideological conscience among some of our colleagues hence the establishment of our Hebert Chitepo School of Ideology which should start with such elements.

“That is why for now we are giving him the benefit of the doubt to explain himself before the league soon,” Hamandishe added.

But Wadyajena laughed off the suggestions that by merely having been photographed with Mliswa that meant that he had sabotaged Zanu PF in the Norton by-election — adding that the pictures, at any rate, had only been taken last Friday during a pre-budget meeting in Bulawayo.

“First and foremost, it has not been communicated to me that I must present myself to the national youth league, and the media are not an official communication channel of Zanu PF.

“I also hope that this is not a prank because surely I can’t see my fellow comrades failing to comprehend basic political principles to the extent of going on to question who I associate with during the execution of my parliamentary duties.

“If indeed it is true, then it means all Zanu PF Members of Parliament should be summoned by their respective organs. After all, ...Mugabe was clear that we lost Norton because we imposed a candidate whom he described as a common thief, period,” Wadyajena said.

“Why would fellow comrades want to elevate me to such a powerful person who could decide who wins and loses an election, especially after the president located the reason why we lost Norton?

“Are they insinuating that the Commander-in-Chief misled Zanu PF members and the nation at large? This is highly disrespectful of the Head of State.

“What they are alleging is ridiculous and laughable because the next thing I will be hearing would be I must not drive my red BMW X6 because red is the colour associated with the opposition (MDC), that I must not shop at a certain outlet because it is patronised by people of different political dispensation or I must not use a particular bank because its shareholders are perceived to be against us,” he added.

Zanu PF is currently divided into two distinct and bitterly opposed factions — one going by the moniker Generation 40 (G40), which does not want Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe, and the other known as Team Lacoste (the Mnangagwa faction).

The party’s unexpected defeat in Norton heightened its seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars, amid accusations and counter accusations of sabotage between the two main camps.

Mugabe’s comments against Chindedza did not only put Kasukuwere under serious scrutiny, they added fuel to the party’s ugly ructions — amid the emergence of a disputed video in which claims of the alleged rigging of the former liberation movement’s internal polls to force through Chindedza’s candidature are made.

Mashonaland West party bigwigs will be holding a crucial meeting this week to review the Norton by-election, amid G40 claims that Team Lacoste frustrated Chindedza’s campaign.

The gutsy Mliswa, who at one time was Zanu PF chairman for Mashonalnd West, polled 8 927 votes to Chindedza’s 6 192, to deliver a hammer blow to Zanu PF which was bidding to avoid defeat in Mugabe’s own backyard, as well as prevent disgruntled war veterans who campaigned for Mliswa from gaining a measure of revenge on Mugabe and the party, following their recent hounding out of the party.

This was also despite the fact that the Norton by-election had been marked by violence, the controversial parcelling out of residential stands and mega rallies by vice presidents Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, among other prominent Zanu PF politicians, as they drummed up support for Chindedza.

Comments (10)

How come Zanu PF could only find a little known candidate for the Norton bi-elections????????

Kakuli - 7 November 2016

This shows zanu does not leave in this country hence they think someone caused their defeat in Norton . Who in her or his normal senses can vote for rubbish zanu .People every day are saying zanu must go together with its moving grave leader but these fools do not listen and now they are hallucinating about their defeat giving vague excuses . What happen in Norton is an indicator of looming heavy defeat for zanu come 2018 and that will be the end of evil ,All sane pple who out number the insane will not vote for zanu and Mugabe and that means doom is fast approaching for zanu and it is come this time no funny tricks zanu is going vor good.

Diibulaanyika - 7 November 2016

So when did it come to light that the losing candidate was a common thief? Before or after the election? So the 2 VPs and the other goons were busy campaigning for a thief? What else do these idiots NOT KNOW?

Sagitarr - 8 November 2016

baba ava vanonzi CHINDEDZA inga vakapinda busy.kunzi "thief" nekuti waruza election?uripiko? ah zanu pf?

SAMA - 8 November 2016

nyika inoda mwari kuty apindire nokuty sevanhu hatingazvigone

pirikadho - 8 November 2016

Iwe Chindedza uri mbavha here?

Mukanya - 8 November 2016

A thief really? Musangano zvawakazara mbavha such that if all jails are emptied, they will not be enough to hold matsotsi aya.

Matsotsi - 8 November 2016

where is the zanu pf stooge called Truth? It'd appear he is wagging tail between his legs in embarrasement over norton? well, let me give him a bit of advise, you ain't seen nothin' yet, Temba, we will campaign vigorously for you if you stand for President, already you have shown that you are a man of steel.

IsheZimuto - 8 November 2016

#MLISWAFORPRESIDENT2018

IsheZimuto - 8 November 2016

Vanhu vemuzimbabwe we all one nation if you are doing doing the wrong thing vanhu vanoona tinonyarara ......

dofo - 8 November 2016

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