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Zanu-PF Conflict on July Election Vehicles Continues

Internal conflicts continue in Zanu-PF with reports that some MPs are failing to surrender vehicles used in the July elections. (File Photo)
Internal fights and chaos in Zanu-PF are continuing with Members of Parliament refusing to surrender more than 210 Rord Rangers and Ford Everest cars loaned to them by the party during the 2013 election campaign despite a 72-hour ultimatum from the party bosses.

Zanu-PF insiders told VOA Studio 7 that Zanu-PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa on Tuesday wrote what he is claiming to be the final notice ordering the MPs to surrender the cars to the party’s provincial offices by Wednesday.

Mutasa is threatening to impound the vehicles if the lawmakers refuse to surrender them. He claims the party wants to use the vehicles.

Some senior MPS are said to be leading the rebellion against party leadership saying they will only return the vehicles when Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa provides money for them to buy cars through the parliamentary vehicle loan scheme.

It would cost the government close to $15 million to purchase entry level vehicles for all lawmakers with one vehicle going for at least $40,000 that is a new Mazda BT50 which was given to former MPs.

Chinamasa says government has no money to buy vehicles for the MPs at the moment. But some MPs do not buy Chinamasa’s explanation, arguing the government recently splashed more than $20 million buying vehicles for cabinet ministers, top state officials, securocrats and other arms of government believed to have played a key role in spearheading Zanu-PF’s victory in the July 31st elections.

Political analyst Trevor Maisiri of the International Crisis Group told Studio that the level of indiscipline in Zanu-PF is alarming.