Zanu (PF) Politburo Meets Over Divisions

Fireworks are expected at a special politburo session on Wednesday called to deal with the serious divisions in Zanu (PF) seen threatening President Robert Mugabe’s re-election bid in polls he wants held this year without fail.

Rugare Gumbo
Rugare Gumbo

“We are meeting at the usual time on Wednesday, that is 10am sharp as promised,” said Rugare Gumbo on Tuesday evening.

"It is indeed the special politburo meeting in which everything to do with District Coordinating Committee (DCC) elections and other issues raised by the political commissariat in the last meeting will be discussed,” said Gumbo. “We will be looking at the state of the party,” he added.

A report presented at the last politburo meeting revealed that the party was ravaged by a myriad of problems, top among them factionalism, an indication that problems bedevilling Zanu (PF) were deep than what was initially thought.

The politburo is expected to act on reports of chaotic DCC elections whose results were disputed in Masvingo, Midlands and Manicaland provinces.

Insiders said the special politburo meeting indicates a specific seriousness on the part of Zanu (PF) to sort itself out ahead of their self proclaimed elections. The fights in DCCs were indicative more of political ambition than they were of divisions.

Apart from the hullaballoo over DCC polls, Zanu (PF) is facing other political squabbling.

In Mashonaland West provincial chairman, John Mafa, faces a plot to oust him once again through a vote of no confidence while in Bulawayo the provincial chairman Isaac Dakamela remains on suspension. In Matabeleland North’s acting provincial chairperson, Zwelitsha Masuku, was suspended for alleged incompetence and was replaced by former chairperson Headman Moyo who in turn was also dropped last month on similar charges and replaced by Matabeleland North governor Sithokozile Mathuthu.

President Mugabe has previously blamed infighting for the party’s poor showing during the 2008 polls, a situation that forced him to share power with MDC-T leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai who is the premier in the inclusive government.

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