ZANU PF battle for Harare intensifies…. as vote buying takes centre stage

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THE battle to control Zanu PF Harare Province intensified over the weekend during the violent District Co-ordinating Committee (DCC) elections in the capital.

 District elections in Harare saw the re-election of Godwin Gomwe, Goodwills Masimirembwa, including new faces such as George Chimhini, Kudakwashe Damson, Goodwell Mafuratidze and Ephraim Fundira as chairpersons of Harare’s six districts.

Zim Morning Post understands that Tendai Savanhu, former Mbare legislator who used to fund the notorious Chipangano, is also in the race to lead Zanu PF Harare Province.

During the DCC elections, Savanhu was accused of vote buying and intimidating as he set to consolidate power within the party’s grassroots structures.

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 Savanhu, who stands accused of working with the embattled former Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere.

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

According to close sources, 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.

Divisions  rocked the Harare provincial structures led by Masimirembwa  before they were dissolved by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and in March, the provincial executive issued a provisional order against its secretary for information, Terrence Mukupe, for insulting and soiling Masimirembwa’s image.

Mukupe, a member of the dissolved provincial executive, attacked Masimirembwa during an inter-district meeting, accusing him of working with the opposition to undermine Mnangagwa in the  January protests against the 150% hike in fuel prices.

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