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Mugabe's Zanu PF Warns Members Against Factionalism

The Zanu PF party of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has warned its members to desist from factional politics, saying those found aiding and abetting divisions will be expelled regardless of their position or standing.

The warning follows the decision by the party's top leadership to dissolve its grassroots structures, or District Coordinating Committees, saying they were the central source of the infighting.

Zanu PF's Secretary for Administration Didymus Mutasa told party officials in Harare Monday that the liberation movement will not hesitate to act and restore unity and integrity.

Mutasa was leading a taskforce formed to placate the party's provincial structures and explain why the district committees had been dismantled.

He delivered the stern warning as his four-member panel concluded its country-wide mission in the capital after visiting all Zanu PF provinces.

As it to instill fear into the party members, Mutasa invoked the expulsion several years ago of the late Ndabaningi Sithole and Edgar Tekere saying no one was indispensable to the party.

He also waded into the leadership dispute of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association saying Jabulani Sibanda was the legitimate leader.

Zanu PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo told VOA the party is determined to restore unity, adding the mission by Mutasa’s taskforce was a success.

"The mission was a big success," he said. "Our supporters were happy that we dissolved the district structures which were proving to be very divisive."

Gumbo added however, that the biggest challenge his party now faces is to bridge the gap between its provincial structures and the districts - now without any representation.

Political analyst Nkululeko Sibanda, lecturer of politics at the University of Huddersfield in Great Britain says despite the action, he sees bickering continuing at the high echelons of the party.