Mudslinging, blackmailing and smear campaign mar Zanu PF Mash Central DCC campaign trail

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Mudslinging, blackmailing and smear campaign mar Zanu PF Mash Central DCC campaign trail

By the time the Zanu PF District Coordinating Committees (DCC) elections are held several ruling party officials would have had their characters assassinated and dignities bashed amid reports of mudslinging and rampant blackmail ahead of the crucial internal party polls, Zim Morning Post can report.

Mashonaland Central province, the ruling party’s powerhouse, tops the campaign trail that will leave many officials with battered images.

Insiders told this publication that events in Mashonaland Central are a “replay of the drama that characterised the primary elections ahead of the 2018 general elections.”

The province’s powerful Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe backed team comes up against a team backed by his long time nemesis Tafadzwa Musarara.

The campaign trail will leave the candidates not only with wounded egos, but also financially broke amid reports of blackmailing and a vote buying spree, insiders say.

“Only last weekend Musarara and Rodrick Nyikadzino (who is eyeing the environment and tourism post) were together but we are shocked that Nyikadzino attacked Musarara in the media,” said one official.

The source said Musarara has been helping Nyikadzino with fuel for his campaigns but all of a sudden he has shifted his allegiance to the other side.

“(Chairman ) Kazembe Kazembe has his line up which is facing a stiff competition from the Musarara-led team,” said a highly placed source.

“If nothing is done to stop the smear campaign and mudslinging in the province we will soon witness violent clashes,” the source added.

“Nyikadzino asked for fuel last week and he was not given and may be this has angered him.”

A leaked WhatsApp conversation between Musarara and Nyikadzino showed that the two were in the same camp and were sharing “notes and fuel.”

In one of the WhatsApp text Nyikadzino confirms that he has been receiving fuel via some people but now wanted it given directly to him.

The source said some members of the party were shocked to see Nyikadzino attacking Musarara saying the businessman “bedded his foot soldier and sponsoring attacks against Kazembe Kazembe.”

Contacted for a comment Musarara said he is “focused on winning and will not be deterred by his enemies.”

“It is politics and when one is defeated on proffering ideas they turn to smear campaigns,” Musarara said.

“I have always helped these young people but they usually ask for more than you can offer.”

Musarara said candidates have to focus on the campaigns rather than spreading lies against fellow candidates.

In 2018 ahead of the Zanu PF primaries, violence broke out between Kazembe Kàzembe and Musarara’s campaign teams in Mazowe.

Ballot papers were burnt while a whole truck of flour was looted as tempers reached boiling point.

Kazembe Kazembe went on to beat Musarara in an election that was marred by vote rigging and violence.

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