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Zanu PF Meets as Succession Debate Heats Up

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President Robert Mugabe swearing in ministers

President Robert Mugabe swearing in ministers

Factions in the ruling party alligned to Deputy President Joice Mujuru and Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa are fighting to control the country’s provinces

Teams set up by Zanu-PF to conduct elections in the remaining seven provinces to be held on November 23 met Monday with provincial leaders at the party’s headquarters in Harare to discuss the process to avoid problems that affected elections in Midlands, Manicaland and Mashonaland Central.

Some in the party are demanding the nullification of the Mashonaland Central results alleging the vote was marred by a number of irregularities including vote buying.

Factions in the ruling party alligned to Deputy President Joice Mujuru and Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa are fighting to control the country’s provinces ahead of next year’s elective congress as they prepare to take over the reigns from President Robert Mugabe.

Party spokesman Rugare Gumbo said no results would be nullified as is being advocated by some in the Mnangagwa faction, which so far has reportedly lost to the Mujuru camp in the three provinces.

In a related development, the former liberation party says it will be demanding reports from its legislators detailing development projects they have initiated in their constituencies in the past three months.

Zanu-PF national chairman, Simon Khaya Moyo, is quoted by the state-run Chronicle newspaper saying the reports will be due in January 2014, adding that gone are the days when lawmakers got away with failing to work hard for their constituencies.

Moyo is reported to have told a victory party celebration for Mangwe parliamentarian, Obedingwa Mguni, that the legislators’ performance in the next five years will also be audited.

Political commentator, Thabani Nyoni, who is also Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition spokesman, said Zanu-PF has in the past failed to respect its own transparency guidelines, adding the same could happen now.

Zanu-PF says it will host a dinner dance on Friday to raise funds for its 14th Annual National People’s Conference, which will be held in Chinhoyi from December 10 to 15 this year.

Addressing a press conference in Harare Monday morning, Gumbo said the party hopes to raise $3 million before the event through its ticketing system. For each table, participants will fork out $100,000 for the platinum ticket, $50,000 for the gold, $30,000 (silver), $10,000 (bronze), $2,000 (general tickets), and $200 (individual tickets).

Vice-President Joice Mujuru is expected to be the guest of honor at the event.

Political analyst and Zanu-PF supporter Morris Ngwenya said the conference will be a victory celebration for the party, which he noted is likely to overwhelmingly win the 2018 elections.

At the same time, addressing members of the Joint Command in Harare Monday, Information Minister Jonathan Moyo castigated western powers for failing to accept Zanu-PF’s victory in the July 31 elections, saying their regime change agenda in the country collapsed when Zanu-PF defeated the Movement for Democratic Change formations in the harmonized elections.

The participants comprised of officers drawn from the Zimbabwe National Army, Airforce of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Republic Police, Namibia Defence Forces, Tanzania People’s Defence Forces and the South African National Defence Forces.
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