Zanu PF District Coordinating Committee (DCC) impending elections have reportedly exposed the rift between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Vice President Constantino Chiwenga as the 2 are reportedly scheming to consolidate power in various provinces ahead of 2023, New Zimbabwe reports.
A top Zanu PF official who spoke to the publication on condition of anonymity said:
The hype surrounding these DCC polls is evidence Mnangagwa and Chiwenga are both plotting to consolidate their power among party structures. It’s all about the two trying to checkmate each other,
According to the same source, DCCs are a grassroots power base. If anyone manages to control most of the districts, they will also control provinces, and whoever controls provinces can at anytime call for a special congress to select or elect a new party president.
Zanu PF Political Commissar Victor Matemadanda last week in a statement that others viewed as confirmation that the DCC polls are marred with controversy said:
In some districts, people were manipulating the process for their preferred candidates. I am going to compile a report for the politburo and give a list of those that are involved in the manipulation and then the politburo will decide what to do with them. Surely, I did not expect that and the party was not expecting it, especially from provincial leaders. This has consequences on their future. No one is happy about this.
Unconfirmed reports, rumours and stories about the existence of a rift between Mnangagwa and Chiwenga have been circulating for some time now.
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