Zanu-PF struggling to contain widening factionalism

via Bulawayo24 NEWS | Zanu-PF struggling to contain widening factionalism 22 January 2014

ZANU-PF is struggling to contain widening rifts emanating from the party’s chaotic internal provincial elections in December last year with the Midlands provincial executive reportedly being rocked by the turmoil last Saturday.

Camps reportedly aligned to Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa openly clashed over the election of the provincial executive that saw members of Mnangagwa’s camp dominating.

The meeting of the provincial structure was the first since the election of the new executive that saw Provincial Affairs minister Jason Machaya beating Mnangagwa’s prodigy Larry Mavhima for the chairmanship.

Politburo members Rugare Gumbo and Cephas Msipa reportedly stormed out of the meeting following a misunderstanding over the election of the rest of the provincial executive.

“Last year, after Machaya won the chairperson’s post, we had elections for provincial structures that were presided over by Esau Mupfumi,” a party source said.

“Out of the 120 positions in the province, 96 were won by those who were working with Mavhima. Those from Machaya’s camp staged a walkout after seeing that they had lost.

“Some who were in the basket also left before eight positions were contested for. This resulted in some members who were not in the basket taking part in the elections and winning,” the source said.

“On Saturday, about 200 people met as the provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) after screening by security with 10 remaining outside.

“Being the first PCC meeting after the election of the executive, the issue of the eight positions arose on the agenda with those aligned to Machaya saying they were supposed to return to officials who were in the party basket,” said the source. A fierce debate erupted and the source said Gumbo and Msipa walked out of the meeting while Machaya remained chairing.

A motion was moved by provincial member Christopher Gwatidzo to adopt the election of the provincial executive which was done unanimously.

Zanu-PF Midlands provincial spokesperson Cleopas Mupereri confirmed that Gumbo had walked out of the meeting adding that reports in the public media yesterday on what transpired were false.

Gumbo was quoted saying the meeting was aborted after tempers flared and members failed to agree on who should participate in the PCC as most people elected in the provincial committee were not in the basket.



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    Mthwakazi 8 years ago

    He is an asshhole and an idot. There is nothing exceptional about him losing his siblings or being abandoned by a father. This is common in many African families.

    President Jacob Zuma does not even know his father, whom he lost when he was about five. He took up a job as a gardner in Durban at a very young age, to help fend for his family. There were no missionaries to help him, so he never went to school.

    He spent ten years on Robben Island; out there in the sea, surrounded by shalks and all sort of evil underwater creatures – one simply couldnt escape.

    Robert Mugabe set comfortably at Chikurubi, and proceeded with his education. Besides, he only took over responsibility over the family at a ripe age of 21; many African children do this at the age of nine or ten; especially these days of HIV/AIDS.

    Depite all the suffering, Jacob Zuma is a convivial and jovial man; easy going and to engage. He is not as angry as Gukurahundi Mugabe always is.

    Zuma never gukurahundied his fellow African citizens for holding different political views from him or for being of a different tribe and language to his. Instead he was a peacemaker, who worked hard and brought peace to KwaZulu Natal between the IFP and the ANC.

    Gukurahundi Mugabe should stop the excuses. He is simply an evil devilish two-legged creature ever to walk on planet earth. He should simply die and go to hell a million times. Satanic evil devil. The Biblical name GABRIEL has real been desecrated by this 90 year old evil dark skinned creature!!

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    Mthwakazi 8 years ago

    I for one; I am waiting for the day I will lay my hands on Bona, Chatunga and Robert jnr – you wait!!

    They will have to pay a heavy price for their evil father’s sins. If my people are paying a heavy price for the 1890s tribal wars, which they never participated in, why should these little gukurahundis get away – hell no.

    They still have a long life ahead of them. We will meet one day; I will hunt them down, especially outside the borders of Zimbabwe!!

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    machakachaka 8 years ago

    Zanu pf are very good strategists. They always appear to be fighting, so that their opponents focus on the ‘fights’ and neglect the real issues. Zanu pf are good at giving wrong signals to their opponents. It works, this is how Morgan thought he was almost a president, and then suddenly discovered that even a village head was still senior to him. Zanu pf was pursuing multi-pronged election strategies, while they pretended to be fighting. These guys are united, although they think differently. Munodzidza riini?

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    Mthwakazi you have obviously suffered a lot. I pray for you but an old saying says that if you go on the road of revenge dig two graves. I know this sounds crazy but is s a sound biblical teaching, “Bless those who despitefully use you and by doing so you will heap burning coals on their heads.’ God says vengeance is His and whatever any one of us sows so we will reap. They will reap unless there is true repentance.

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      Mthwakazi 8 years ago

      If you are Shona,I would be happy if you acted according to your own words and gave us uMthwakazi a break over these 1890s tribal wars we know nothing about!!

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    I think issues are being mixed here. Gukurahundi, I don’t think it was meant to revenge for the Ndebele raids in Mashonaland. To me a Shona, Gukurahundi was just a barbaric act carried out overzealously by some fanatic guys for their selfish motives. Even when the stories were narrated to us, there wasn’t any revengeful spirit in the tone. How do you explain the opening up of the stomach of a pregnant woman, in the name of hunting down dissidents!!! As a Shona person I really get ashamed(for lack word diction) of how people in Midlands and Matebeleland were butchered by ZANU PF. For your information the majority of the Shona people don’t want to be associated with this Gukurahundi nonsense. We stand by our Ndebele brothers and sisters in criticizing and demanding for justice to be done. On behalf of the Shonas and on my own behalf we do apologise from deep down our hearts for the atrocities that were committed by our kinfolk against the innocent children, mothers, grandmothers, fathers, grandfathers, our brothers and sisters of Matebeland and Midlands.

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      Mthwakazi 8 years ago

      Thanks a million for your very reasoned argument.

      Whilst I do accept that there are many Shona people out there who dont share tribalistic attitudes towards Mthwakazi; there are unfortunately many just as well who alongside ZANU PF/Mugabe, continue with their diatribe against the Ndebele due to the 1890s tribal wars.

      First and foremost, the post 1980 history books in our schools need to be rewritten, there is too much anti-Ndebele bias in much of this history;

      The positive role played by the Ndebele, Joshua Nkomo, Ndabaningi Sithole and many other non-ZANU PF people is conveniently ignored and many Shonas have bought into this;

      Gukurahundi was a ZANU PF/Mugabe project – Shonas should not entangle themselves on the side of Mugabe in this mess. This is what brings about tribnal animosity.

      I have never understood why Shonas bring up the 1890s tribal war argument whenever Matebeleland people demand answers from Mugabe over Gukurahundi.

      Mthwakazi people never demand answers from Shonas; they instead demand them from Mugabe – so why do Shona people involve themselves? I mean, they are not Robert Mugabe or Zanu PF or are they????

      There seems to be a view out there, in which the Shona people equate ZANU PF/Mugabe to the Shona people in general whenever the Gukurahundi debate comes to the fore. This should stop!!


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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    Mthwakazi your comparison of Zuma and Mugabe is spot on. Zuma is a genuine and true philanthropist and a democrat. Mugabe is anti society that he purports to lead, he is tribal and partisan. To him if one is not ZANU PF and Zvimbaist that person or persons is/are not Zimbabweans. This is terrible of a country leader.