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Zanu-PF Holds Crisis Meetings on Delayed Party Elections

The ruling Zanu-PF party on Friday held several crisis meetings ahead of crucial provincial elections Saturday as factions in the party try to position themselves to succeed President Robert Mugabe when he leaves office.

Party chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, a member of the party’s presidium, was directing operations at the party’s headquarters in Harare on Friday but was not available for comment.

But party insiders told Studio 7 that the jostling for President Mugabe’s position is still causing friction within the party.

Two rival factions one allegedly led by Vice President Joyce Mujuru and the other by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa are battling it out for the 102 positions on provincial coordinating committees, critical in next year’s elective congress.

Some of those aspiring for the chairmanship positions - Amos Midzi in Harare and Philip Chiyangwa in Mashaonaland West - refused to comment.

But retired major Bernard Mazarire, one of the four retired senior military officers contesting in Masvingo, said he is confident everything will go on smoothly in the province Saturday.

Political analyst Joy Mabenge of the Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition Group said factionalism will only worsen in Zanu-PF, adding the party may not survive President Mugabe’s departure.