Ziyambi clashes with Mary Mliswa as Zanu PF factional fights escalate

  • Ziyambi boed by Zanu PF youths, heckled by Mliswa
  • Youths being used by party leaders to settle personal scores says Ziyambi
  • Ziyambi did not follow procedure says Mliswa

Zanu PF factional fights engaged into a higher eager  at the party’s Mashonaland West Provincial Meeting in Chinhoyi over the weekend as youths aligned to Mary Mliswa disrupted the meeting, denouncing outgoing chairperson Ziyambi Ziyambi for appointing an acting chair without going for elections. 

This did not go down well with Ziyambi who accused party leaders of using money to curtail elected officials and further intensify divisions within the party.

Ziyambi, who is also Justice minister in the Emmerson Mnangagwa led  government – accused some wealthy party members of bussing youths to party meetings intending to cause chaos and grab influential positions from elected officials. 

“Stop creating your own structures because those that you think are yours will turn against you. Don’t bring your youths to PEC (Provincial Executive Committees) to make noise and cause chaos,” Ziyambi told the provincial leaders.

He also warned party youths over indiscipline adding this was hindering the party’s efforts to garner five million votes in the 2023 plebiscite.

“The gossips are getting out of hand. Why not have a culture of unity of purpose. How can we amass five million votes for the 2023 presidential elections when we are this divided?” said the furious outgoing chairperson. 

“How can we call for unity yet we know that there is no unity among us? People are using party meetings as battle grounds to settle personal scores. We should desist from infighting at party meetings,” Ziyambi said.

An insider told Zim Morning Post that Mliswa kept interrupting Ziyambi while he was addressing members until he threatened to eject her from the meeting, with some youths aligned to Mliswa singing and denouncing Ziyambi and Makonde District Co-ordinating Committee (DCC) member, Kindness Paradza.

“They (Mliswa and Paradza) were singing and preaching about their new candidate for the 2023 plebiscite, who they claimed would bring three earth moving graders to rehabilitate the poor roads in Makonde constituency next week,” said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity. 

“He has promised them a four plate stove and a big television set for the party office with a year’s (Dstv) subscriptions as well as to renovate Makonde district party offices which the youths described as worse than Matapi Flats in Mbare,” the source said.

Speaking to Zim Morning Post, Mliswa denied allegations of fanning factionalism within the province.

“I would never and never do that. There are some who would do that, and I am certainly not one to politic in that way. I am guided by the principles of my party Zanu PF and would never put the name of the party into disrepute. I don’t play dirty politics but stand for the truth,” Mliswa said.

She further claimed to be a friend of “brother” Ziyambi.

Upon further questioning Mliswa, however, confirmed having a tiff with Ziyambi over the appointment of Abbei Munjeri as acting provincial chairperson.

 “I’m just saying let’s allow Bramson Mungofa to take his position as VC; end of story. There are minutes to that effect,” Mliswa said.

“When you do your homework well, you will find out that Mungofa won the election for provincial VC and not Munjeri. An election was held and Mungofa won, something which is known by all and sundry. So, my question was why do we not allow the rightful winner to take his position as agreed by PEC on the December 20 last year?” Mliswa questioned. 

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