VOTE buying, bribery and other electoral malpractices have split Zanu PF down the middle ahead of the District Coordinating Committee (DCC) elections to be held in the next two months, Zim Morning Post can report.
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.
“Madana gave cell phones to headmen and war vets and a white Ford Ranger belonging to his aide was used,” revealed our source.
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.
“Once he is chairperson, he will have control over all the MPs and his target is Wedza South MP Tino Machakaire,” said our source.
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.
In Mashonaland West, Zanu PF party structures are jostling to capture the support of the electorate and it is reported that Blessed ‘Bombshell’ Geza is spending a fortune rallying behind Desmond Kwande.
“Bombshell is very powerful and wealthy and he was one of the first person to voice out against Grace Mugabe. He has endorsed Kwande and a meeting was convened at his farm in Sanyati where a strategy was discussed,” said a highly placed source.
Mashonaland Central is being dubbed the group of death as erstwhile enemies are, once again, clashing.
Guns are blazing against Home Affairs minister Kazembe Kazembe whose rise to power has always been questioned in the province.
“Tafadzwa Musarara is vying for the DCC chairmanship post and Kazembe Kazembe, who is the provincial boss is trying to block him,” said the source.
The DCCs were disbanded by the late former president Robert Mugabe in 2012, after then vice-president Mnangagwa’s foot soldiers had won most of the elections.
Control of the districts aides in the control of provinces, which gives an individual power in the election of a new party president.
While the tussle in 2012 was with Mugabe, the battle to consolidate power appears to have shifted to between Mnangagwa and his deputy Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.
Mnangagwa, has however been on record warning some of the party’s senior members not to influence the outcome of the DCC elections adding those caught in the wrong risked being expelled.
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 as the party stepped up preparations for the 2023 harmonised elections.
The scheming of bigwigs ahead of the DCC elections has been a point of concern for the ruling party’s cohesion with Zanu PF acting spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa telling journalists on Monday that the Commissariat and the Security Departments would carry out the vetting of candidates and warned that those fomenting factionalism and other forms of indiscipline would be punished.
“The emphasis by the political commissar was that there would be no imposition of candidates, there would be no vote buying and that no other nefarious activities will be tolerated. As of now the process of submission of CVs has been completed and they are now in the process of being transmitted to the Political Commissar,” said Chinamasa.