Fresh tur­moil looms in ZimPF

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

FRESH tur­moil is loom­ing in the Zim­babwe Peo­ple First party over the se­lec­tion of a steer­ing com­mit­tee charged with or­gan­is­ing the party’s elec­tive congress set to be held be­fore the end of this year.

In­sid­ers said the dis­agree­ments within the Dr Joice Mu­juru-led party over the ap­point­ments cou­pled with jock­ey­ing for po­si­tions was likely to de­lay the con­ven­tion.

The ZimPF struc­tures met in Bu­l­awayo on Mon­day where it was an­nounced that chair­per­son of the party’s in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity sub­com­mit­tee, Mr Methuseli Moyo, for­mer war vet­er­ans’ leader Mr Jab­u­lani Sibanda and a Dr Linda Dube had been ap­pointed to the steer­ing com­mit­tee for the con­ven­tion.

“At least with Bu­l­awayo, ac­cept­able names were se­lected so there isn’t much chaos com­pared to other prov­inces like Masvingo for in­stance where there was fierce re­sis­tance to the ap­point­ment of a cer­tain Makova,” said a party in­sider.

“When Mu­juru vis­ited Masvingo for the burial of Kudzai Mbudzi, she came face to face with the sim­mer­ing ten­sions over the ap­point­ments. The ar­gu­ment from the peo­ple is that these ap­point­ments were uni­lat­er­ally made by Mu­juru and mem­bers of her close cir­cle — all for­merly from Zanu-PF.”

The ten­sions, ac­cord­ing to in­sid­ers, have spread to the party’s What­sApp chat groups with mem­bers trad­ing in­sults.

“There seems to be a ten­dency by Mu­juru to want to sur­round her­self with those she came with from Zanu-PF and shun other peo­ple and as a re­sult, some youths in the chat groups have la­belled the party ‘Zanu B’ ar­gu­ing that she’s go­ing out of her way to re­tain her Zanu-PF iden­tity,’ said an in­sider.

“The dis­agree­ments over the mem­bers of the steer­ing com­mit­tee and the jostling for po­si­tions will fur­ther de­lay the dates for the con­ven­tion be­cause if we go ahead like this, there will be se­ri­ous chaos.”

Re­cent re­ports in­di­cated that Dr Mu­juru was likely to face a chal­lenge from Ms Mar­garet Dongo in the race for the party pres­i­dency at the con­ven­tion and other mem­bers re­port­edly eye­ing the post.

The party, which fell out with Mr Tendai Biti’s Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) over al­le­ga­tions of poach­ing mem­bers, has also failed to agree with the MDC-T over coali­tion talks with wide di­vi­sions over the dis­tri­bu­tion of po­si­tions and who would lead the out­fit.

Mr Moyo last night con­firmed the ap­point­ment of steer­ing com­mit­tees but dis­missed claims that they had caused ruc­tions in the party.

“Yes, the pres­i­dent in con­sul­ta­tion with the elders, has set up a steer­ing com­mit­tee to steer the party up to congress, at which an elected sub­stan­tive ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee will take over,” he said.

“Each prov­ince has two peo­ple in the steer­ing com­mit­tee and all wings and prov­inces pro­vide more mem­bers to the sub com­mit­tees of the main steer­ing com­mit­tee. Again, the di­ver­sity in terms of for­mer party af­fil­i­a­tion of steer­ing com­mit­tee mem­bers will prove your sources wrong.”

Mr Moyo said Dr Mu­juru has been preach­ing and prac­tis­ing in­clu­siv­ity in ZimPF.

“Her ap­point­ments and con­duct bear tes­ti­mony to that. If there is any­one who is against in­clu­siv­ity in the party cer­tainly it is not Dr JTR Mu­juru. It must be some­one else. Let your sources tell you who it is. Mu­juru makes it clear to us daily that she wants to lead all Zim­bab­weans,” he said.

Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo

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