MUGOVE TAFIRENYIKA 18 April 2017
HARARE – Brawling Zanu PF factions are said to be “thoroughly confused” by
President Robert Mugabe’s directive that all Mashonaland Central
structures stop holding demonstrations and divisive counter meetings
against each other.
Insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said Mugabe’s directive –
ostensibly meant to give party bigwigs the space to determine the fate of
under-fire national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere – had left many
people unsure about how the cunning Zanu PF leader wanted to proceed on
Kasukuwere and his brother Dickson Mafios – who is Zanu PF’s acting
chairperson for Mashonaland Central – stand accused of plotting to oust
Mugabe from power and fanning the warring ruling party’s deadly
factionalism, among a litany of other allegations.
“Many people are now thoroughly confused about what is really going on in
the party on this (Kasukuwere) matter, as Gushungo (Mugabe) has been
indicating left and right at the same time.
“The safest thing for everyone to do right now is to wait and see where he
(Mugabe) is really going with this thing,” one bigwig lamented to the
This comes as the Zanu PF youth league in Harare says it is fully behind
Kasukuwere – adding that as far as youths in the capital are concerned,
the Local Government minister has not done anything wrong to warrant his
dismissal from his party post.
Until Mugabe’s recent intervention, Kasukuwere’s Zanu PF career had hung
in the balance as his party enemies bayed for his blood and systematically
worked for his demise – in the same manner former Vice President Joice
Mujuru was chased out of the troubled former liberation movement in 2014.
This had resulted in several anti-Kasukuwere demonstrations being mounted
in provinces such as Mashonaland Central, Masvingo and Midlands.
And evidently buoyed by the events of the past few weeks, Kasukuwere’s
Zanu PF enemies attempted to ratchet up the pressure on him by organising
a press conference in Harare at the weekend at the party’s provincial
offices, to announce their support for his ouster.
This resulted in deadly violence in the capital after they were stopped
from doing so by the Mount Darwin South legislator’s party sympathisers,
who mainly comprised party youths.
Speaking to the Daily News after the intra-party violence had been broken
by police, Harare provincial youth chairperson, Edson Takataka, declared
his executive’s support for Kasukuwere, describing him as “an extremely
“He is our PC (political commissar) who was appointed by our beloved
president. So, we have great respect for him and they (his enemies) should
leave him in peace.
“He has done a lot of good work which explains why party programmes in the
province are running smoothly and for that we love him and have a duty to
protect him from some rowdy elements hired from outside the party by
elements that have a sinister agenda to destabilise us,” Takataka said.
He also accused former party officials who are now allegedly aligned to
the party faction rallying behind Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s
mooted presidential aspirations – among them Godfrey Gomwe – of
masterminding the weekend fracas.
“Gomwe is not a member of Zanu PF and we are puzzled as to what he is up
to, because he hired individuals who are also not members of the party to
cause the chaos at our offices.
“We are at a loss as to what they wanted to achieve by coming to the
provincial office when Kasukuwere is a national executive member. What
business does the province have to do with that?
“As Harare, we have no issue with the PC. If anything, he is an extremely
capable leader and the results are there for all to see if one considers
how we moblise for party and national functions.
“Just wait and see on Tuesday (tomorrow) how we have moblised for
Independence Day celebrations.
“We are on high alert as youths for any attempt to cause trouble in the
province. But we don’t want violence and so we will work with the police
to ensure attempts similar to those they made at the weekend are not
repeated,” he added.
This also comes after Mugabe directed Zanu PF’s Mashonaland Central
structures at the weekend to stop holding the divisive meetings.
Mafios welcomed Mugabe’s directive yesterday, adding that it was also
wrong for his and Kasukuwere’s party foes to have announced a new,
parallel leadership in Mashonaland Central when the duo’s case had not yet
been mediated and concluded.
“The president’s intervention is healthy for the party because this had
created chaos not only here but also countrywide where overzealous people
were rushing things before their petitions have been dealt with by the
“And to have gone a step further and announce a new provincial leadership
as if to suggest that they have already won was very wrong.
“The party has rules which must be respected and that is what the
president as the only centre of power has now rightly directed,” Mafios