The factional fighting in Zanu PF is fast reaching boiling point in the Midlands province where members allegedly aligned to the party’s secretary for legal affairs, Emmerson Mnangagwa, have moved to attack members of the party said to be linked to Minister of Local Government, Urban and Rural Development, Ignatius Chombo.
Midlands Cricket Association (MCA) chairman Fred Kapuya, who was last year appointed by Chombo to become a special interest councillor for Redcliff Municipality, has come under fire from the Zanu PF, Kwekwe coordinating committee led by the District Coordinating Committee (DCC) chairman Jairos Mapenduka.
Kapuya who owns Wack Drive, a Harare-based air filter-making business, and a Gweru-based land developing company, Wack Properties which Zanu PF insiders have linked to Chombo, has however declared that he would not be moved by “people whose political ambitions are limited to being followers”.
“In the next 15 years I want to be the leader of Zanu PF and therefore I will not be distracted from my goal by people who are content of being followers. They just want to tarnish my image, but that will not wash,” said Kapuya.
The Zanu PF DCC has barred Kapuya from attending any party functions or meeting accusing him of being a sellout who was partly to blame for President Robert Mugabe’s loss to MDC leader Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai in the March 29 2008 harmonised elections.
“He was part of the ‘bhora mudondo’ slogan which affected President Mugabe in the harmonised elections and therefore should be flushed out,” said a top Zanu PF source.
In a letter signed by the Zanu PF DCC chairman and copied to Harris Ncube (provincial head) and Owen “Mudha” Ncube, recently elevated to head security chief for Midlands Province and who is understood to be a close Mnangagwa ally, Kapuya’s appointment to Redcliff is questioned and cited as one of the reasons he was being barred from party functions.
“As Kwekwe co-coordinating committee representing Zanu PF, may we advise you that you are not allowed to attend our Zanu PF meetings. Since when have you been a Zanu PF supporter? Your appointment as a special councillor to represent the party was not above board. We also advise you not to enter our party offices until investigations are completed,” reads the letter.
Twice a losing Zanu PF candidate in Redcliff council elections, Kapuya is reported to have close links to Chombo, according to party insiders, and was being targeted in power struggles that have broken out in the Zanu PF corridors of power.
Kapuya has dismissed the letter saying he was not appointed a special interest councillor to represent the party, but was chosen by Chombo to act in the best interests of both government and the people of Redcliff.
“I am not a Zanu PF representative in that council. I was appointed by the minister and will not be bullied by anyone within the so-called coordinating committee.” Redcliff mayor Councillor Joseph Matewa, said it was a know fact that special councillors were Zanu PF eyes.
“We were given a directive and we accepted Kapuya into council. What is happening goes to show that special interest councillors are Zanu PF ways of trying to maintain a presence in local authorities,” said Matewa.