ZANU PF’s warring factions that are threatening to tear apart the former revolutionary party. Zanu PF has converged in Chipadze, Bindura for a rally that President Robert Mugabe will be attending and is expected to talk about factionalism in the party.
By Everson Mushava
Compiled by John Mokwetsi
Two factions, one backing Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Generation 40 (G40), a grouping of young Turks who have the support of Grace have been at loggerheads as they seek to control the party and eventually succeed President Robert Mugabe.
4:40 PM: The president narrates the history of the liberation struggle and justifies taking of land by force saying that the British had done the same. He added that war veterans should join the party and lead where they can and mobilise people to be united “not that they should single
themselves out of the party.” The president said they will have a day at the beginning of next month, April where war veterans will come to Harare to discuss problems bedeviling them.
4:21 PM Mugabe speaks about the history of the liberation struggle pointing out that Mash central was the pioneer of the struggle. He said the state should consider a monument or something that reminds the country of the role the area played in kick starting the war against colonialism.
4:13 PM Mugabe is now on the stage and chants slogan. VPs Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko are absent. Mugabe praises Mash central
executive for fair distribution of food adding that there is plenty of food but logistical problems are affecting distribution. He said he was going to address the issue of transport problems.
4:05 PM Minister of Local Government, Saviour Kasukuwere is on stage. Kasukuwere pleads with Mugabe to initiate income generating projects. He repeats a dominant message at these rallies that informs the party that any attempt to remove President Robert Mugabe from power was a cardinal sin. He immediately burst into song-Regai vatonge baba, VaMugabe (Let Mugabe rule)
4:04 pm As has become the norm for every Zanu PF member deemed politically incorrect, Matemadanda’s political history is being questioned with Chidewe calling for further investigations on whether he trained at all for the liberation struggle. He adds: “Matemadanda is a fake war veteran.”
4:01 pm John Chidewe, the war vets chairman for Mashonaland central says war vets in the province are united. He added that he was ready no name and shame errant war veterans singling out for War Vets minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and War Veterans secretary general, Victor Matemadanda. He said Matemadanda has reached a stage where he was ready to be punished. He added that the punitive action will be effected in light of his petitioning the president. He said Mutsvangwa should be grateful that the state has given him a Mercedes Benz and that his family was well looked after.