Mvundura, who tookÃ¢â‚¬Â¨office in May, said the need to fight factionalism was top of hisÃ¢â‚¬Â¨list of priorities.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Ã¢â‚¬Â¨ Zanu (PF) won 22 seats with the MDC-T managing four out of the 26Ã¢â‚¬Â¨seats in the province in the July 31 elections. In the 2008Ã¢â‚¬Â¨elections, the party managed a paltry six seats with 20 going to the Ã¢â‚¬Â¨MDC-T.
“When I came into office, there were several loopholes andÃ¢â‚¬Â¨one was factionalism. We talked Ã¢â‚¬Â¨about this issue and agreed that as long as we continue to haveÃ¢â‚¬Â¨divisions, we will be doomed.Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Ã¢â‚¬Â¨ In Manicaland, we have been ableÃ¢â‚¬Â¨to usher in a new era,” said Mvundura.
In April, a group of Zanu (PF) bigwigs petitioned President RobertÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Mugabe to rein in Zanu (PF) Secretary for Administration, DidymusÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Mutasa, whom they accused of dictatorship and fanning divisions withinÃ¢â‚¬Â¨party structures in Manicaland.
Last week, sources told The Zimbabwean that Zanu (PF) heavies in Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Manicaland, including Oppah Muchinguri, had gone on a crusade to Ã¢â‚¬Â¨de-campaign Vice President Joice Mujuru as part of Ã¢â‚¬Â¨their support for the party’s Secretary for Legal Affairs, Emmerson Ã¢â‚¬Â¨Mnangagwa who is reportedly positioning himself to take over fromÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ Mugabe.
Mvundura brushed aside the claims and insisted there was unity among the party’s members.
He denied reports of rigging and intimidation of theÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ electorate in Manicaland.
“We realised our mistake of 2008 and this time around we realised thatÃ¢â‚¬Â¨it was important for us to engage with the people. We have very clear Ã¢â‚¬Â¨policies that appeal to the people. That is what made the peopleÃ¢â‚¬Â¨ realise that Zanu (PF) is able to deliver,” said Mvundura.Post published in: News