Mujuru faction gains ground

The Zanu (PF) faction led by Vice President Joyce Mujuru has taken over Makoni district, upsetting earlier gains made by her rival, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Vice President Joyce Mujuru
Vice President Joyce Mujuru

Last weekend, Nathaniel Mhiripiri (Mujuru faction) ousted Albert Nyakuedzwa, loyal to Mnangagwa in a re-run for the powerful District Coordinating Committee chairmanship.

Guy Mutasa, (Mujuru), won the election as Deputy Chairman, while Joseph Mujati and Gladys Kadungure from the same stable won the Secretary for Administration and Secretary for Women’s Affairs positions, while their colleague Gilbert Paya became Secretary for Youth Affairs.

Before the re-run, Zanu (PF) Manicaland Chairman, Mike Madiro, a Mnangagwa blue-eyed boy, was accused of imposing candidates and controversially nullifying the elections after realizing that candidates from his faction were losing. This led to calls by the Mujuru faction for fresh DCC elections.

“I urge all the party members in the district to put aside their differences and work together towards uniting the party. We want to reclaim all the seats that we lost MDC-T in 2008,” said Mhiripiri.

A source told The Zimbabwean that Zanu (PF) leaders were very concerned at the factionalism because it could negatively impact the party’s performance in the next elections.

“The prevailing scenario is not good for the old guard. Some of them lost to the MDC-T in the previous elections and there is no way they can continue being our leaders. The DCC election result in Makoni speaks volumes about what the majority wants. The truth is that if Zanu (PF) is determined to reclaim ground, there should be transparency and there should be no imposition of candidates,” said the source.

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