THE Zanu PF Mashonaland Central leadership is under the spotlight amid factional battles, while the bid to dissolve chairperson Kazembe Kazembe’s leadership intensifies.
Party provincial members are up in arms with Kazembe, alleging he was imposed on them.
On Saturday, President Emmerson Mnangagwa was supposed to address Bindura residents on the new road currently under construction in the province.
The meeting failed to happen, with Kazembe allegedly failing to mobilise people for the rally, while the President ended up addressing another crowd elsewhere.
Kazembe also stands accused of failing to mobilise Zanu PF supporters for a Thank you Rally in Bindura, also meant to be addressed by Mnangagwa in February, including a smart agriculture conference in May, resulting in the President cancelling the two events at the last minute.
Kazembe is again blamed for attacking his competitor, including a recent one on Grain Millers’ Association of Zimbabwe chairperson, Tafadzwa Musarara, who he defeated in the party’s primary elections in the previous year.
“He uses most meetings to attack people perceived as threats to him. Last time during an inter-district meeting held at Nzvimbo Growth Point last month, he attacked Musarara as he made false accusations that millers and bakers were buying local wheat after getting foreign currency from the central bank to import the product,” a provincial member said.
There are also allegations of G40 infiltration into Zanu PF’s Mashonaland Central structure, something confirmed by Kazembe himself while he was addressing party supporters in Mazowe West at Mapere Primary while celebrating the victory of councilor Beauty Mugadzaweta.
“We have been infiltrated by the opposition and some G40 cabals who are trying to steal your vote which you gave President Emmerson Mnangagwa. They are coming in the province and fanning divisions for us to remain in the election mode so as to disturb development,” Kazembe said.
Zanu PF national political commissar Victor Matemadanda is now expected in Mashonaland Central to bring sanity to the province that won all 18 constituencies in the 2018 general elections.