ZANU PF divided over leaked COPAC document

The continuing battle within ZANU PF over who leaked the party’s preliminary draft constitution to the MDC has widened cracks in the imploding former ruling party.

Douglas Mwonzora
Douglas Mwonzora

Edward Chindori-Chininga, the ZANU PF MP for Guruve South, was expelled by his party from COPAC following allegations that he had leaked the document to the two co-chairpersons from the MDC-T and MDC-N, Douglas Mwonzora and Edward Mkhosi.

The legislator, who was dismissed three weeks ago, has vigorously protested his innocence, accusing Paul Mangwana, co-chairman representing ZANU PF, of orchestrating the dismissal through false misrepresentation.

After the dismissal ZANU PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa said Chindori-Chininga’s case should serve as a lesson to all party members that indiscipline will not be tolerated in the party.

The case however took a new twist on Friday when the weekly Zimbabwe Independent reported that Mwonzora and Mkhosi told the paper the ZANU PF party document was leaked to them by Mangwana. The three co-chairpersons could not be reached for comment on Friday as they were attending a pre-budget seminar in Victoria Falls.

The revelation elicited a strong response from Chindori-Chininga’s colleagues in Mashonaland Central province, who have demanded an apology from Mutasa and his immediate reinstatement to COPAC.

United States based political analyst, Dr Maxwell Zeb Shumba, told SW Radio Africa on Friday the way Chindori-Chininga was dismissed is an indicator that things are unravelling in ZANU PF.

‘The party is breaking apart, and as such people become suspicious of one another. These are undercurrents of animosities that have lingered for long in ZANU PF and now they’re erupting into the open,’ Dr Shumba said.

A fierce power struggle is rocking ZANU PF ahead of their party conference set for Bulawayo next month. Opposing factions are jostling to control the party, fearing the continuous leadership of Robert Mugabe is taking the party down. – SW Radio Africa News

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