ZANU PF has with immediate effect banned co-options into party organs and also banned the passing of votes of no confidence on elected officials amid reports of major factional fights in provinces over posts.
Internal disputes were also clear in the district coordinating committees (DCCs) elections held last December.
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The party’s acting national political commissar, Patrick Chinamasa wrote to all DCCs nationwide and said the ongoing restructuring within the party would automatically fill vacant posts, therefore, cherry-picking replacements was unnecessary.
He said henceforth, Zanu PF national Commissariat department should grant explicit approvals for co-options and VONC. Reads the circular, dated 3 August 2021:
It has come to the attention of the department that some provinces are conducting co-options to fill in vacant posts in their branches, districts and provincial executive committees. Provinces are aware that the party is currently conducting a restructuring exercise which should usher in new leadership for the same organs by October 2021.
“This restructuring exercise will naturally redress the issue of vacant posts. Provinces are, therefore, prohibited from carrying out co-options and VONC in any of the above-mentioned party organs. In respect of the above it is directed that all co-options and VONC conducted from April 2021, which marked the commencement of the current restructuring exercise to December 2021 are null and void.
Zanu PF insiders said the ban was also targeting branch and provincial executive committees, and the district coordinating committees that was posing headaches for the commissariat.
Zanu PF DCCs were recently reintroduced after their disbandment in 2012 at the height of a gruelling succession turf war between former vice president Joice Mujuru and Mnangagwa, who at the time was just a Cabinet minister, as both protagonists angled to succeed Robert Mugabe.
Their reintroduction has fuelled factional fights that in some cases have been chaotic.