via Bulawayo24 NEWS | Muchinguri exposes Zanu-PF infighting 12 May 2014
ZANU-PF women’s league chairperson Oppah Muchinguri has castigated rival party factions saying they have resorted to unilaterally firing officials or seeking the services of traditional healers in their quest to land top posts at the upcoming elective congress in December.
Speaking at a provincial inter-district conference at the Masvingo Polytechnic College on Friday, Muchinguri said it was unacceptable for members to decampaign each other as the dates and agenda of the congress are yet to be tabled.
“We will hold an elective congress this year. I hear some have already held their elections.
“Who told you to do so? Others are firing each other (from positions). That kind of campaigning is not right,” Muchinguri said.
“Some are already saying we don’t want this official, we want that one; that causes hatred. Others are visiting prophets and traditional healers; it doesn’t work that way.”
Muchinguri called for discipline in a party that has been ravaged by internecine fights for positions spurred by President Robert Mugabe’s reluctance to anoint a successor.
She said it was still too early to speculate and start prospecting for positions.
“We will give you dates for the congress so that we move our party forward,” Muchinguri said.
There are indications that the congress would be another dead rubber that would serve as just an endorsement platform for Mugabe and his deputy Joice Mujuru, leaving ambitious party aspirants in the cold.
Party insiders said Mugabe, who at 90 is Africa’s oldest president, would be re-elected as none of the front-runners to succeed him have the guts to throw their hats into the ring, although they have a burning desire to see him exiting the political scene.
Mugabe has been at the helm of Zanu-PF since 1977 and the country since independence from Britain in 1980.