Source: Kasukuwere calls for unity in Masvingo | The Herald August 15, 2016
From George Maponga in Masvingo—
Zanu-PF national political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere has called for peace and unity within zanu-PF in Masvingo, urging members to work together as the ruling party gears for the Annual National People’s Conference to be held in the province in December.The call by Cde Kasukuwere comes following infighting within the ruling party in Masvingo resulting in suspensions and counter suspensions by members from rival groups.
The fights were threatening the smooth running of party activities in the province with members from rival groups trading accusations. President Mugabe in May, held interface meetings with the warring sides pitting Masvingo Provincial Affairs Minister Senator Shuvai Mahofa and Politburo member Cde Josaya Hungwe on one side and 26 MPs led by provincial chairman Cde Amasa Nhenjana on the other side.
The zanu-PF First Secretary ordered the warring parties to unite and work together.
Speaking during a zanu-PF provincial co-ordinating committee meeting at Victoria Junior School in Masvingo on Saturday, Cde Kasukuwere said the province was supposed to open a new page characterised by unity and togetherness.
He said all the suspensions effected on party members were null and void. “We have one choice, which is to unite and work together in zanu-PF in Masvingo. We will have to work together and there are no two ways about it.
“We have said that this issue of suspensions and counter suspensions has to stop, we are starting on a clean slate,” he said. “Only those suspensions for very serious offences will stand, but for everything else we are starting afresh, we need to work as a team so that we prepare for the forthcoming National People’s Conference to be hosted by this province in December,’’ he added.
Several zanu-PF inter-district meetings have since been lined up across the province with Cde Kasukuwere assuring members that he would attend the meetings to make sure the party was united. He said factionalism and infighting have no room in zanu-PF.
His sentiments were also echoed by Cde Hungwe, who implored zanu-PF leaders in Masvingo to unite and work together so that the spirit could cascade to lower levels of the party.
He said zanu-PF leaders in Masvingo needed to stop bickering and heed President Mugabe’s call for unity. “We should work together and let bygones be bygones, President Mugabe has already ordered us to unite and work together as one united team, our message to the people should be peace, peace and peace, that is what we want,’’ said Cde Hungwe.
Zimbabwe chiefs’ council president Chief Fortune Charumbira, called for an end to factionalism in zanu-PF.
“We know how this problem of factionalism started long back in the 1990s in zanu-PF in this province when people like the late national hero Cde Edison Zvobgo Snr were still alive, but let us make sure that this does not affect our party zanu-PF, we should put aside our differences and work for zanu-PF to remain in power,’’ said Chief Charumbira.
Those who attended the meeting complained to Cde Kasukuwere that some senior party leaders were moving around replacing elected party officials with their cronies under the guise of restructuring, a development they said weakened zanu-PF.
Others alleged that some senior party leaders were calling private party meetings where they would openly denigrate and insult others thereby confusing people on the ground.