An irate President Emmerson Mnangagwa (ED) reportedly fumed and warned members of the politburo on Wednesday last week that gossiping, rumour-mongering and petty jealousies were not tolerated in the party, Daily News reports.
A source privy to the ongoings of the politburo meeting told the publication that President Mnangagwa told the politburo that the party is bigger than a single individual:
Comrades, emboldened by our constitution and revolutionary ideology, let us continue entrenching intra-party democracy, unity, peace and harmony as the bedrock upon which we grow and strengthen our party.
The few pockets of indiscipline displayed by some cadres should be nipped in the bud.
The party leadership and membership alike must remain focused on mobilising the structures around productive socio-economic activities which will transform the quality of life of our people and lift many out of poverty.
We cannot afford to be pre-occupied by meetings which merely focus on gossip, rumour-mongering, petty jealousies and unfounded accusations.
The party is far bigger than individuals. Ukazvinyepera kuisa Zanu PF muhomwe mako unozokaruka wava muhomwe yeZanu PF (You cannot fool yourself into thinking that you own Zanu PF). Party haikwane muhomwe memunhu (The party is bigger than individuals)
Mnangagwa’s anger was reportedly fueled by rumours that factionalism that rocked the party during former President Robert Mugabe’s last years in office were reportedly resurfacing in some of the country’s districts, provinces and other structures.
Zanu PF is also still feeling the effects of their chaotic DCCs elections last year that according to a source that spoke to the publication, are now a major headache to the ruling party.
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