ZANU-PF factions who are on each other’s throats in Mashonald Central Province have resolved to mend bridges in order to please Vice President Constantino Chiwenga who is visiting the troublesome province tomorrow.
War veterans and the ruling party’s Members of Parliament in the province have been at each other’s throats, with war veterans accusing the legislators in the province of working with the opposition MDC to sabotage President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government.
With Vice President Chiwenga’s visit to Mvurwi for a clean-up campaign this Friday just a day away, the warring factions have called a meeting to close ranks.
War veterans leader in the province, Sam Parirenyatwa, on Sunday accused the province’s 18 MPs of sabotaging President Mnangagwa by using government food handouts for their personal campaigns, and warned that the vanquished G40 faction still held sway in the province.
“As war veterans, we have noted that our MPs here in the province are sabotaging our President because they are not telling people the truth that the rice they are giving them is from the President,” Parirenyatwa said.
“It is well known that they are using the same rice for vote-buying ahead of the DCC elections and some are working with opposition parties to remove the President from power.
“The President is very much aware that most of our MPs got more votes than him, which is a clear indication that they were not campaigning for him. We are not taking this matter lightly as war veterans.”
Provincial party spokesperson Alfred Mufunga confirmed the meeting.
“It is true that our Vice-President is coming for a clean-up campaign on Friday and since war veterans and our MPs have issues they decided to resolve them a day before for the smooth running of business in the province,” Mufunga said.
Independent daily paper, NewsDay, reports that some legislators, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said all was not well in the Zanu-PF camp and the looming district co-ordinating committee (DCC) elections were likely to widen the rift.
“All is not well in our camp. There is a lot of power struggle and the President is aware, that is why he is not coming here, but the situation is going to worsen with the looming DCC elections because G40 is still wielding power in the province,” a Zanu-PF legislator said.