Factionalism in the past: Zanu (PF)

Factionalism was to blame for Zanu (PF)’s humiliating defeat in the 2008 elections and the party’s recent victory was a result
of the party having dealt with that ‘ulcer’, according to Zanu (PF) Provincial Chairman for Manicaland, John Mvundura.

Mvundura, who took
office in May, said the need to fight factionalism was top of his
list of priorities.

 Zanu (PF) won 22 seats with the MDC-T managing four out of the 26
seats in the province in the July 31 elections. In the 2008
elections, the party managed a paltry six seats with 20 going to the 

“When I came into office, there were several loopholes and
one was factionalism. We talked 
about this issue and agreed that as long as we continue to have
divisions, we will be doomed.

 In Manicaland, we have been able
to usher in a new era,” said Mvundura.

In April, a group of Zanu (PF) bigwigs petitioned President Robert
 Mugabe to rein in Zanu (PF) Secretary for Administration, Didymus
 Mutasa, whom they accused of dictatorship and fanning divisions within
party structures in Manicaland.

Last week, sources told The Zimbabwean that Zanu (PF) heavies in 
Manicaland, including Oppah Muchinguri, had gone on a crusade to 
de-campaign Vice President Joice Mujuru as part of 
their support for the party’s Secretary for Legal Affairs, Emmerson 
Mnangagwa who is reportedly positioning himself to take over from

Mvundura brushed aside the claims and insisted there was unity among the party’s members.

He denied reports of rigging and intimidation of the
 electorate in Manicaland.

“We realised our mistake of 2008 and this time around we realised that
it was important for us to engage with the people. We have very clear 
policies that appeal to the people. That is what made the people
 realise that Zanu (PF) is able to deliver,” said Mvundura.

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