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ZANU PF factional fighting appeared to intensify ahead of the ZANU PF congress with reports that senior officials aligned to Vice President Joice Mujuru in the Midlands province were denounced and abused at the weekend.

Reports said the party’s inter-district conference in Gweru saw rowdy members denouncing provincial affairs minister Jason Machaya and deputy mines minister Fred Moyo.

Scores of youths chanted slogans and denounced Machaya and Moyo both of whom are known to belong to the Mujuru camp. “Down with Machaya, down with Moyo,” the youths shouted.

Machaya was booted out as Zanu PF Midlands province chairperson in a vote-of-confidence passed by members of his executive early last month while Moyo was kicked out of the provincial executive last Sunday. Machaya has since been replaced by Chiwundura MP, Kizito Chivamba, who is the interim provincial chairman.

Allegations against Machaya and Moyo were that they were running parallel structures to undermine the authority of the party’s leader President Robert Mugabe.

The weekend incident comes at a time when members of the Youth League also threatened that they would block Mujuru from attending the elective congress which opens in Harare Tuesday.

The climax to the congress has seen factional fighting within the ruling party taking dramatic twists and turns characterised by purges which have seen many pro-Mujuru bigwigs falling by the wayside.

Speaking at the weekend conference, Zanu PF secretary for local governance and local government minister, Ignatius Chombo, said officials who lost central committee elections should accept defeat.

Among those who failed to make it to the central committee were indigenisation minister, Francis Nhema, Foreign affairs minister, Simabarashe Mumbengegwi and outgoing Women’s League administration secretary, Flora Buka.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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