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Zanu PF Supporters Eagerly Awaiting Party Conference Resolutions Set to Unveil Deep-Rooted Factionalism

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President Robert Mugabe with his two deputies, Phelekezela Mphoko (L) and Emmerson Mnangagwa (R). Collage by Ntungamili Nkomo

President Robert Mugabe with his two deputies, Phelekezela Mphoko (L) and Emmerson Mnangagwa (R). Collage by Ntungamili Nkomo

Zanu-PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo says the party’s much-awaited resolutions for the just-ended annual People’s Conference are still being compiled and will be submitted to the presidium first before being made public.

The ruling Zau-PF party’s 15th annual National People’s Conference was held in the resort town of Victoria Falls from Friday and ended Saturday.

The resolutions are likely to determine who has the upper hand in the serious factional fights between two warring camps, one allegedly led by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and its rival, the so-called Generation 40 or G40 fronted by First Lady Grace Mugabe. It includes the Young Turks in the party.

The factions are battling to succeed president Robert Mugabe who turns 92 in February next year.

The G40 supporters tabled a resolution that would see a return to the old party constitution in which one of the seats was reserved for a woman. This, party insiders allege is targeting Mnangangwa.

But in a counter punch, the Mnangagwa camp says this time the women’s quota must be reserved for a Zapu cadre since former Vice President Joice Mujuru was for a decade a cadre from Zanu-PF in the 1987 Unity Accord between the two parties.

The Mnangagwa camp backed by a faction of the war veterans is also demanding that the post of political commissar held by Saviour Kasukuwere a stalwart of G40 be reserved for a war veteran.

Voice of America News reached Khaya Moyo and asked him about the much anticipated party resolutions.

Army Joins Mugabe Succession Race

Meanwhile, spokesperson Obert Gutu of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change formation led by Morgan Tsvangirai says his party has been vindicated after President Robert Mugabe fingered the securocrats in his party’s succession dispute.

In remarks that shocked many, Mr Mugabe admitted that the securocrats are now embroiled in the bitter battle to succeed him.

The military, police and the intelligence are now involved and split as well. Let’s stop this. We do not want factions. Nobody has people. We are all Zanu PF.”

For years the ruling Zanu-PF party has shot down an suggestions to reform the security sector.

Many senior members of the army have threatened a constitutional coup if Mr. Tsvangirai were to win the presidential election.

The Southern African Development Community has also called for security sector reform, but the army has resisted, saying Zimbabwe is a sovereign state.

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