via Zanu PF rows sign of vibrant democracy: SK – NewZimbabwe 18/01/2016
ZANU PF spokesperson, Simon Khaya-Moyo, has played down claims the ruling party is headed for imminent collapse despite signs its internal fissures were now assuming perilous proportions.
Moyo, who is also Policy Coordination Minister, said Monday Zanu PF was in fact getting stronger by the day as evidenced by surging numbers of ordinary people who have queued up to join its ranks recently.
He said the pandemonium rocking its top leadership was a sign of vibrant democracy in the party.
“Our party is getting stronger and stronger if we go by the registers that we have on the ground, branch by branch, district by district,” Moyo told NewZimbabwe.com.
The near 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s inevitable exit from a job he has held since 1980 has fueled a stampede by top party officials to join camps they feel were better positioned to take over control of the beleaguered party when he is gone.
The party has not seen calm since the shock expulsion of former party vice president Joice Mujuru and a clique of Zanu PF hawks who were backing her to take over from Mugabe.
Observers insist that a series of office break-ins in Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s offices, death threats sent among rivals within and a mysterious live bullet found in sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane’s hotel room last week spoke of a party that was burning.
Zanu PF opponents are, likewise, rubbing hands with glee on what they find to be the eventual collapse of a party that has dominated local politics and presided over the country’s affairs for 35 years, albeit with disastrous results.
But Moyo was equally dismissive, saying his party was not bothered by enemies gloating over what he said was a sign of vibrant democracy within Zanu PF.
“Zanu PF does not care what they are thinking, it is their problem,” said the former Zanu PF national chair.
“Some of the issues being raised hinge on democracy where people discuss matters and they disagree some of you call it factionalism which is not correct.”
Moyo however, refused to comment on whether there was beef between Mnangagwa and the First Lady, Grace Mugabe.