Zanu leadership battle

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has accepted calls for a special congress in December to elect a new leadership for Zanu (PF) in a move sources said was meant to silence voices in the party questioning his suitability as presidential candidate in elections next year.
Zanu (PF) spokesm

an Nathan Shamuyarira in March told journalists after a meeting of the central committee that Mugabe had been endorsed as the party’s presidential candidate in 2008. But later, minutes of the meeting showed this was not the case.
At a politburo meeting last week, Mugabe is said to have conceded to a demand, long made by a faction led by retired army General Solomon Mujuru, to hold a congress this year to elect a new president and first secretary of the party.
“Certainly it’s game on, the old man is taking the fight to them and it would seem they (Mujuru camp) are in disarray,” a source said.
Zanu (PF) was due to hold its next congress in December 2010.

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