Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has denied leading this faction, but ruling party stalwarts like Administration Secretary Didymus Mutasa and Information Secretary Rugare Gumbo have admitted its existence to The Zimbabwean.
Sources say the rift within the Mnangangwa camp has reached boiling point with some members contemplating crossing the floor following a crushing defeat at the hands of Vice President Joice Mujuru’s camp in provincial elections late last year.
Former Masvingo Governor and now Minister of State for Liaising on Psychomotor Activities in Education, Josiah Hungwe, reportedly leads one sub-faction and former Deputy Minister of Women’s Affairs and Gutu Senator Shuvai Mahofa fronts the other.
Hungwe, who had claimed to be the most senior politician in Masvingo after the death of the late Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Stan Mudenge, has threatened to dump the Mnangagwa camp if his name is not cleared of allegations levelled against him.
Hungwe told The Zimbabwean this week that people within the camp had made unspecified allegations against him. In the past he has been accused by party colleagues of practising witchcraft.
“I am a man of God and for some people to accuse me of having done a wrong thing without proving it is very disgusting. There are some within the party who hate my success and the best way is just to stop working with such people,” said Hungwe.
“Several people now want to jump ship from the Mnangagwa camp to the Mujuru one,” said a highly placed Zanu (PF) source. “We will accommodate anyone who comes to us as long as he or she is serious about advancing the principles of the party.”
Mahofa insists that she is the most senior party person in Masvingo. “I… should supervise MPs and even ministers because I am a senior member of the party in the province,” she said in apparent reference to Hungwe. The former Gutu South legislator has the support of former party Chairman, Lovemore Matuke, who was stripped of his post for supporting Bikita west legislator Munyaradzi Kereke during the run up to the July 31 polls. Matuke and Kereke are also reported to be part of the Mnangagwa camp.
Party Provincial Chairman, Callisto Gwanetsa, refused to comment.Post published in: News