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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will take illegal party structures to this week’s congress, following the systematic purging of elected officials who have since been replaced by an interim leadership, Zanu PF officials have said.

Sources said Mugabe risks a court summon declaring whatever resolutions that might be arrived at as null and void.

“Our constitution is very clear that key leaders who include provincial chairpersons should be elected by the people in order to carry their mandate,” said one official.

Since the controversial entrance of Mugabe’s wife, Grace, into the mainstream politics, Zanu PF has been embroiled in a serious internal strife. The infighting has led to the firing of nine provincial chairpersons, six provincial chairpersons (women’s league) and a number of other provincial officials who were booted out by the wrong organ of the party and yet actions were endorsed by the politburo.

In an interview the ousted former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said the structures that have been assigned to run the congress are illegal.

“Those suspensions are illegal. The suspensions are unwarranted, there are unfair, uncalled for and they disregard the contributions of those people to the development of this country,” Gumbo said.

“If Mugabe is given the power to appoint then it ceases to be an elective congress. In fact that congress is a sham because illegal structures will be playing crucial roles. Those acting chairpersons are not elected individuals and the constitution does not allow that. The whole congress is a non-event because the constitution has been violated so where is democracy. It is not a congress at all,” he said.

Zanu PF sources aligned to the vice president Joice Mujuru said even if the cases against Mugabe “will not be won” they would still “humiliate Mugabe who happens to be a lawyer himself.”

“We do not care about the outcome of such a court case but it will be something recorded in history,” the source said.

Source : New Zimbabwe