Big wigs fingered in vote buying as Zanu PF goes for DCC elections

ANU PF secretary for Youth Affairs Pupurai Togarepi has dismissed allegations that top party officials are sponsoring machete gangs across the country.

SOME Zanu PF big wigs have been accused of vote buying ahead of the Harare District Co-ordinating Committee elections scheduled for Saturday (October 12) in Harare.

Zim Morning Post is reliably informed that money has been changing hands within the Harare Zanu PF party structures as contestants bid to capture the support of the electorate.

Sources within the party told this publication that Generation 40 (G 40) – a Zanu PF faction during the late President Robert Mugabe’s era – is also heavily active in the DCC elections through former Mbare legislator Tendai Savanhu, who stands accused of working with the embattled former Zanu PF political commissar Kasukuwere.

“It is disheartening that there are some people who are still working with G 4O, particularly  Kasukuwere ( Saviour). We all know that he is funding Dhaka and Damson,” said our source.

According to close sources, Goodwills Masimerembwa also stands accused of  using his financial muscle  to buy votes.

“Masimerembwa is also using money, especially in Zone 4, while Martin Mambo is doing the same in Zone 2,” added our source.

The party’s DCCs were disbanded by Mugabe, the late Zanu PF first secretary in 2012, after President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s foot soldiers had won most of the elections.

Zanu PF national political commissar Victor Matemadanda recently warned some of the party’s senior members, who were trying to influence the outcome of the DCC elections and those jostling for positions, that they risked being expelled from Zanu PF.

The party has divided Harare into six electoral zones that will each be led by a provincial chairman from the party’s other provinces, who will all report to a team of five senior officials.

The Zanu PF politburo last week appointed a five-member team of senior party members led by national chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri to oversee the re-establishment of the DCCs in Harare, as the ruling party intensifies preparations for the 2023 harmonised elections.

Other members of the team who started work last week include secretary for administration Obert Mpofu, Matemadanda, secretary for finance and economic development Patrick Chinamasa and secretary for security Lovemore Matuke.

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