Chaos rocks Zanu PF Manicaland DCC elections

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Chaos rocks Zanu PF Manicaland DCC elections

Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chairman Mike Madiro on Tuesday cracked the whip on aspiring District Coordinating Committee (DCC) election candidates engaged in premature campaigning while the party is still at the vetting stage in the province.

This comes as Zanu PF DCC elections continue to play a divisive role in the ruling party which is already rocked by deep seated factionalism.

Manicaland is part of eight provinces which is in the process of setting DCC structures with the ruling party having set up DCC structures in Harare and Bulawayo.

Madiro said it was against the spirit of the party that some members had started campaigning before the vetting process had been concluded.

“It’s advisable for the cadres to wait and stop premature campaigning, they must wait for the national electoral directorate since we are still in the vetting process,” said Madiro.

There have been reports of vote-buying and mudslinging among party members in the province with Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Ellen Gwaradzimba who stands accused of corruption and land scandals being dragged through the mud.

So intense has the allegations of vote-buying been in the ruling party that President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is the party’s First Secretary convened a special meeting with provincial executive members.

Mnangagwa used the platform to send a stern warning to party members against “manipulating the party constitution by imposing preferred candidates through vote buying.”

Mnangagwa’s warning came as the party is investigating party members who caused mayhem in the Kwekwe Central constituency during primary elections on October 3.

Zanu PF youth fought running battles where prospective party candidates, Kandros Mugabe was battling it out with Energy Dhala Ncube, in primary polls ahead of a by-election.

The DCCs are being reintroduced to consolidate Zanu PF party structures at grassroots level after the structures had been disbanded in 2012 amid fears they were being used to foment division.

However, their reintroduction has got off to the worst possible start with Zim Morning Post reliably informed that the malpractices engulfing election campaigns are widening the factional rift currently obtaining in the ruling party.

In Wedza, Mashonaland East deputy provincial chairperson Micheal Madana is alleged to have distributed cell phones to provincial war veteran leaders and headmen.

It is further alleged that Madana’s aim is to gain control of the DCC angling himself in a position to elbow out Joe Biggie Matiza to become the party’s sheriff in the province.

Madana is believed to be related to Vice President Constantino Chiwenga. The pair hail from the same village, while Machakaire is a perceived ally of petroleum mogul Kuda Tagwirei by virtue of being brother in laws.

Interestingly, a few days after this publication made this report, Matiza suspended Madanha over corruption charges.

Chaos rocks Zanu PF Manicaland DCC elections

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