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ZANU PF has admitted that the current internecine fights within the party posed the greatest threat to its survival and is a national security danger.

According to a Central Committee Report tabled before the Zanu PF 6th National People’s Congress which ended yesterday, factionalism was inflicting “untold damage and injury on members and should be vigorously fought and annihilated.”

“This could be the party’s undoing of monumental proportions,” reads the report.

The party said the scourge of factionalism reared its ugly head during the 6th Youth and Women’s Conferences.

It said some leaders bought votes, coerced and manipulated delegates to elect candidates as they wished.

“While cadres are free to air their grievances, concerns and opinions to the leadership, the denigration of elders must never be countenanced. The cadres of the party are expected to exhibit a high degree of discipline and always observe party protocol, procedures, constitution and regulations,” the central committee report said.

To redress the problems, the report said Zanu PF must among other interventions, embark on the impartation of political education at all levels of the party structures.

“This is very important because some of the actions and misdemeanors by the cadres are a result of lack of revolutionary orientation. The youths are the future and the vanguard for the party and should be educated thoroughly, otherwise the ideals of the party will be obliterated

Zanu PF is deeply divided along factional lines, one led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru and another aligned to Justice minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa among others believed to be led by players including President Mugabe himself.

The Mujuru faction was largely subdued at a congress that ended yesterday. The Mnangagwa faction on the other hand ruled the roost after passing controversial votes of no confidence on key members of the Mujuru faction, including nine provincial chairpersons.

Mujuru herself failed to make it into the central committee after her curriculum vitae was rejected in Mashonaland Central on allegations of fanning divisions and plotting to unseat Mugabe. The VP who was until a few months ago, leading in the race to succeed 90-year-old Mugabe, did not attend the congress where she was publicly denigrated and threatened with harm if she dared come to the venue of the congress.

The central committee report said there were more than 2 500 non-governmental organisations operating in the country which appeared to be “down in the dumps” following last year’s elections overwhelmingly won by Zanu PF.

“But the truth of the matter is that it is a stratagem. It is anticipated that they (NGOs) will certainly resurface with much vigour at the opportune time and ratchet up their efforts as the year 2018 beckons.”

Zanu PF also said it is worried that the opposition MDC still haboured ambitions to topple the ruling party with the support of Western countries.

Source : Zimbabwe Standard

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