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Zanu PF Factionalism Worsens as More Mnangagwa Allies Bite The Dust

  • Blessing  Zulu

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

Factionalism is deepening in the ruling Zanu-PF party with the faction allegedly linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the ropes with several members of the group being suspended or expelled from the party.

The latest wave was in Manicaland province where three Mnangagwa allies in the Youth League, chairman Kelvin Manyengavana, treasurer Getrude Mutandi and political commissar Washington Zihwihwi were suspended after a vote of no confidence.

The Zanu-PF 2014 Congress and the just-ended National People’s Conference were purportedly rallied to establish a membership base solidly loyal to President Robert Mugabe through the so-called one center of power.

The faction said to be loyal to the rival Generation 40 allegedly led by First Lady Grace Mugabe is said to be behind the suspension of the trio.

Zanu-PF Youth League secretary Pupurai Togarepi told VOA Studio 7 he could not comment on the developments in Manicaland as he is writing his exams.

But human rights lawyer Dewa Mavhinga said the unresolved succession issue in Zanu-PF is causing friction in the party.

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