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Observers Say Gagging Zanu PF Officials Stifling Party Democracy

Protagonists in the escalating Zanu PF power struggles, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice President Joyce Mujuru. Collage by Ntungamili Nkomo

Zanu-PF chairman Simon Khaya Moyo on Wednesday read the riot act to the party’s provincial chairpersons and issued a gaging order to bar them from talking publicly about the escalating factional fights that are threatening to tear the ruling party apart.

Moyo called for an emergency meeting after senior and junior party members started trading barbs and engaging in physical fights publicly. A similar crisis meeting for party provincial secretaries was also convened by party secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa.

The party chairman also barred party members from dragging first lady Grace Mugabe’s name into their factional fights.

Friction in the party is said to have also been heightened by the decision by the women and youth leagues to back Mrs. Mugabe to take over from Oppah Muchinguri as the women’s boss.

Efforts to get a comment from moyo were futile as he was said to be travelling.

Political analyst Pedzisayi Ruhanya said Khaya Mmoyo’s directive will be ignored.