Gumbo, a powerful central committee member, told The Zimbabwean that their views were not solicited before the Politburo, the supreme decision making body, decided to get rid of DCCs accused of causing divisions within the party.
He said he had voiced his concern during a meeting with party secretary, Didymus Mutasa, national commissar Webster Shamu and Rugare Gumbo, the party spokesperson, when they visited the Midlands to explain the dissolution of the DCCs.
‘’I am not against the decision by the Politburo to disband the DCCs, because that decision came from our leader (First Secretary, Robert Mugabe) and what he says is not opposed. What I said is that the wrong method was used.
‘’People in the structures should have been consulted before a decision was made. Our views were not heard and we first read about it in the newspapers,’’ Gumbo said. ‘’I agree with my colleagues in the party who say we took the wrong route. While the MDC is building DCCs, we are destroying ours.’’
He is widely believed to belong to the Emmerson Mnangagwa camp that is fiercely competing with Vice President Joyce Mujuru to take over from Mugabe.
He is an uncle to Rugare, believed to be a member of the Mujuru faction, and admitted to being at variance with his nephew, who he accused of sidelining him in party operations.
‘’Rugare Gumbo and I differ on operations. For a long time, he has been coming to the province and going straight to the grassroots without informing me. I always tell him that, given my position as a Central Committee member in the province, he is supposed to come to me first, but he never listens to that,’’ said the chief whip.
He implied that the dissolution of the DCCs had caused divisions in the party, with those that had lost elections mocking those that had won.
Gumbo’s stance has reportedly angered Mutasa and Simon Khaya Moyo, the Zanu PF) chairman, who are said to have summoned the party’s Midlands provincial chairman and Governor, Simon Machaya, to explain the rebellious stance.
The DCCs were recently disbanded after an acrimonious Zanu (PF) restructuring exercise of the district structures in preparation for the next general elections.
Mnangagwa’s supporters had won most of the posts but there were complaints of candidate impositions and vote buying, resulting in influential members of the party believed to belong to the Mujuru faction calling for the dissolution of the structures.
Some party members who were affected by the disbandment have told The Zimbabwean that they will retaliate, but have not specified the action they intend to take.