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Nkomo, Mpofu fight intensifies


In-fighting between Zanu PF provincial executive, central committee and politburo members in Bulawayo has reportedly derailed the holding of celebrations to mark the elevation of John Nkomo to the position of Vice-President, insiders said.
Authoritative sources said Nkomo, who is battling Mines and Mining Development minister Obert Mpofu for the control of Matabeleland province by positioning their loyal members in powerful posts in the region.
This is seen as part of a wider Zanu PF succession wrangle.
Members of the central committee, politburo and Zanu PF Bulawayo executive in charge of planning the celebrations were split in their support for Mpofu and Nkomo.
Rifts in the Zanu PF Bulawayo province resulted in the suspension of provincial chairman Isaac Dakamela who was accused of disrespect. However, Zanu PF chairman Simon Khaya Moyo overturned the suspension on grounds that it was unprocedural.
Celebrations to mark Nkomo’s ascendancy were penned for early this year but plans were put on hold because of the widening rift between members belonging to different factions. “There is no coordination in the planning of the celebrations because of the in-fighting among members of the party in the province. The old man (Nkomo) is also part of the squabbles and how then do you plan a party for him in such an environment?” a Zanu PF provincial official asked. Zanu PF Bulawayo spokesperson Michael Sikhosana and chairman Isaac Dakamela refused to comment on the issue and referred NewsDay to Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, a politburo member from the province. Ndlovu was evasive on the matter, saying the party would “only announce when the celebrations will be held when the time comes”. “We will give you an official comment when everything has been planned. We have not set a date for the celebrations but what people should know is that we would love to hold one of the best parties for him (Nkomo),” Ndlovu said.
Nkomo was sworn in as VP late last year filling the post that was left vacant following the death of Joseph Msika in August last year. Nkomo’s family early this year organised an inauguration celebration party for the ex-Zanu PF chairman at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair grounds.
The celebrations were attended by President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and senior government officials.
Divisions within Zanu PF Bulawayo province have threatened to tear the former ruling party right through the middle.
Earlier this year, Bulawayo province suspended four members of its executive on charges of indiscipline and insubordination. But the suspensions were overturned by politburo members based in the province for being divisive. Hardly a year after the provincial executive led by Dakamela was ushered into office in 2008 the province was thrown into disarray over resurgent factionalism which sparked charges of corruption and mismanagement against Dakamela.

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