ZimPF jock­ey­ing for posts in­ten­si­fies

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nduduzo Tshuma Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

JOCK­EY­ING for po­si­tions and dis­agree­ments over re­stric­tions to qual­ify to hold po­si­tions in the Zim­babwe Peo­ple First con­tinue to dog the party with fears the in­ter­nal strife could de­lay its na­tional con­ven­tion ex­pected to be held next month.

As jostling for po­si­tions in the Dr Joice Mu­juru led party es­ca­lates, its co­or­di­na­tor for South Africa Mr Lawrence Mavhaire has threat­ened to block mem­bers above 70 from hold­ing po­si­tions in the party.

In a doc­u­ment ti­tled, ‘the 5 Pil­lars of bal­ance in the Zim­babwe Peo­ple First Party’ cir­cu­lated on the party’s What­sApp chat groups, Mr Mavhaire also de­manded that Dr Mu­juru’s deputy must not come from among those ex­pelled from the rul­ing Zanu-PF.

“We need the wis­dom of the el­ders to sharpen strat­egy and we need the en­ergy of our youth to im­ple­ment and ex­e­cute. Since ser­vice de­liv­ery is more about ex­e­cu­tion and im­ple­men­ta­tion, it’s im­per­a­tive that we have dom­i­na­tion of younger builders (20, 30, 40s) in our lead­er­ship struc­tures.

“This busi­ness of re­tire­ment can­di­dates at 70 plus years still fight­ing for po­lit­i­cal of­fice or rel­e­vance must stop. Yours is the Coun­cil of El­ders, my dear El­ders,” said Mr Mavhaire.

“If need be we will also force you into re­tire­ment! We need new faces, new ideas, and new en­ergy. Th­ese mil­lions of mil­len­ni­als need young lead­ers that they can re­late to. Only then will we have real trans­for­ma­tion.”

Dr Mu­juru was ex­pelled along a num­ber of for­mer Zanu-PF big wigs in­clud­ing Mr Ru­gare Gumbo, Mr Dzika­mai Mavhaire, Mr Ku­dak­washe Bhasik­iti and Mr Ray Kaukonde over al­le­ga­tions of plot­ting to over­throw Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

Also ex­pelled was for­mer war veter­ans chair­per­son Mr Jab­u­lani Sibanda.

From the for­mer Zanu-PF of­fi­cials, Mr Bhasik­iti and Mr Sibanda are said to be eye­ing the vice pres­i­dency while some mem­bers from Bu­l­awayo are re­port­edly sug­gest­ing the in­clu­sion of for­mer min­is­ter Dr Nkosana Moyo to be ap­pointed Dr Mu­juru’s deputy.

Other of­fi­cials like Mr Bhasik­iti, Mr Mavhaire, Mr Kaukonde and for­mer min­is­ter Mr Sylvester Nguni are eye­ing po­si­tions in the party’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive coun­cil which would be the ZimPF’s high­est de­ci­sion mak­ing body.

The South African co­or­di­na­tor in the doc­u­ment said Dr Mu­juru’s deputy should come from a dif­fer­ent po­lit­i­cal back­ground in an in­di­ca­tion that Dr Mu­juru’s for­mer Zanu-PF col­leagues could fall by the way­side at the con­ven­tion. “We can’t and we must never al­low our top lead­er­ship po­si­tions to be con­gested by for­mer Zanu-PF mem­bers only,” he said.

“We need a bal­ance, it fol­lows there­fore from this pil­lar that pres­i­dent Mu­juru’s vice or deputy can­not be a for­mer Zanu-PF mem­ber. We need in­clu­sive lead­er­ship from ward level to na­tional level. Only then are we a new party.”

The ZimPF spokesper­son, Mr Jeal­ousy Mawarire, was un­reach­able for com­ment yes­ter­day but he was quoted in the pri­vate me­dia last week say­ing the com­pe­ti­tion for po­si­tions would strengthen the party.

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