Division-riddled Zanu PF wants to dissolve its Beitbridge district coordinating committee in Matabeleland South as it embarks on efforts to strengthen its structures before a key election likely to be held before the end of the year.
Sources within Zanu PF on Thursday said the top leadership of the party wanted to dissolve the committee and replace it with “one to their own liking”.
The committee is expected to be dissolved on Saturday.
The meeting where the dissolution is likely to take place will be held in Gwanda, where the party’s provincial headquarters are located.
Beitbridge district committee vice-chairperson Chengedzeni Moyo could not be drawn to confirm whether the committee would be dissolved or not.
“It will be up to the leadership to confirm that on Saturday,” Moyo said. “I cannot comment further until we meet our leaders in the party.”
The party’s Matabeleland South chairperson, Andrew Langa, hinted that the committee could be dissolved this weekend.
“Some committees in the province have not been performing up to expectations but I can not single out Beitbridge alone,” he said in a telephone interview.
He confirmed the party would hold a provincial executive meeting in Gwanda on Saturday which would also be attended by controversial war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda.
“Before we dissolve any committee, we would have to consult the national commissariat department,” said Langa.
However some members of the party from Beitbridge vowed to resist the move.
“We have been quiet for too long,” said a Zanu PF official in Beitbridge.
“Our leaders have just been riding roughshod over our structures. This time, we have decided to come out in the open and tell people what is really happening within our party. We understand that they want to remove the 36-member committee and put in new people who are mostly their friends. The whole move is unconstitutional and unprocedural. It is not in the interest of the party but a few individuals.”
The party member added: “This is just going to tear the party into pieces in Beitbridge. No valid reasons have been given for the move but what I can tell you is that they wanted to do this last week but later postponed it to this Saturday in Gwanda,” he said.