Ziyambi Ziyambi’s imposition of Abia Mujere as leader of ZANU PF in Mashonaland West has reportedly fuelled tensions within the ruling party.
The imposition is said to have triggered tensions and objections from a camp said to be linked to Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister Mary Mliswa-Chikoka.
Resultantly, Patrick Chinamasa, the party’s acting political commissar, was forced to intervene to prevent the situation from degenerating into chaos.
Said Chinamasa in a letter copied to the party chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and secretary for administration, Obert Mpofu:
_The communication is to inform you that Cde Abia Mujere is, and remains the appropriate acting chairman for Mashonaland West province pending the conduct of provincial elections scheduled to take place countrywide at a date to be announced in due course._
_This clarification should put to rest the dispute with some party members over this matter. The province is advised that no co-options for any vacant posts should be made without authorisation from the acting secretary for the commissariat._
The squabbles come amid reports that there have been fights in Mashonaland Central province where provincial chairman Kazembe Kazembe is reportedly blocking individuals who are preparing to challenge him in the polls.
Reports suggest that Kazembe has been growing increasingly unpopular with party structures in the province and that he is using intimidatory tactics to hold on to the post of chairperson.
Insiders alleged that some of Kazembe’s tactics included waging a smear campaign against his rival, Walter Makamba while businessman Tafadzwa Musarara is also said to be interested in the post.
Kazembe, however, dismissed the allegations, saying no individual within the party had the power to block anyone from contesting in an election adding “people create fake stories about me.”
In the Midlands, sources said there were serious fights over who should lead the province.
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