5 ruling party top officials from Mashonaland East landed themselves in hot soup after they reportedly boycotted President Mnangagwa’s visit to the province last week, Newsday reports. The 5 provincial co-ordinating committees (PCC) members namely Moses Mataruse, Clifford Ngirazi, Phillip Songore, Bester Jokonya, and Mike Mamire ‘s absence were notable when President Mnangagwa addressed the provinces’ leadership.
Sources that spoke to the publication said the members were absent from President Mnangagwa’s meeting but were seen earlier that day campaigning for candidates contesting in the DCC Polls:
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They have let down other party members by failing to attend such an important meeting. They are leaders of the party at district level so they should have heard what the President was saying and give feedback to the party supporters in the grassroots. They should come out in the open and state the side they are aligned to so that we select new leaders if need be
When contacted for comment on of the PCCs Moses Mataruse said he had a headache:
These are works of aggrieved party members who lost their posts in the previous elections. So they want to take their revenge on us. Our loyalty to President Mnangagwa is still as strong as ever.
I did not attend the meeting because I had a terrible headache. Surely, people cannot make a fuss about me being absent on that one party meeting. These are baseless accusations aimed at tarnishing our image.
Another PCC Clifford Ngirazi said he was attending a funeral when the meeting took place. The absence of the PCCs has fueled widespread speculation that there is intraparty infighting in Zanu PF.