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THE ruling party’s most influential organ, the Politburo, has so far skipped one meeting, while the Central Committee is still to meet ever since it was constituted last December, highlighting the intensity of the confusion gripping ZANU-PF in the wake of infighting among its officials.

Despite the undercurrents ravaging the party’s structures throughout the country, the Politburo — ZANU-PF’s highest decision-making organ in between congresses — has not met since March when it expelled former vice president Joice Mujuru on allegations that she was plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe from power.

The organ is supposed to meet monthly.

The Central Committee, which is the party’s principal decision-making organ, has also not met since it was constituted at congress last December despite the fact that the party’s constitution stipulates that it should meet quarterly.

It receives reports from the Politburo, its secretariat, and ratifies them.

gtFrom the time the Politburo last met in March, several recommendations that have been forwarded to it include the suspension and dismissal of several party members accused of hobnobbing with Mujuru.

This means that all the suspensions and expulsions are not yet legally binding since they have not yet been endorsed by the Politburo and ratified by the Central Committee.

Central Committee and Politburo meetings were scheduled to take place at the end of last month but have been serially postponed, raising speculation within the party that its leadership could have developed cold feet over the wholesale purges of its members.

ZANU-PF spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo said he does not comment on Politburo issues.

“You need to get in touch with the secretary for administration (Ignatius Chombo). I speak on agreed party positions and not interfere in the affairs of other departments,” said Moyo.

Chombo could not be reached for comment on what has delayed the meetings as he was said to be in China on business while his deputy, July Moyo declined to comment.

Information gathered by the Financial Gazette this week suggests that the party was hesitant to take any more radical decisions in the belief that it could weaken itself further ahead of the 2018 elections.

But overzealous younger members of the party are eager to proceed with the purges in the hope that their chances of landing key positions in ZANU-PF and government would be enhanced.

Some of the perceived Mujuru allies who have the axe hanging over their heads are said to be secretly approaching Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, pleading for leniency.

Speaking at a rally in Mutare two weeks ago, Mphoko announced that Munacho Mutezo and Enoch Porusingazi, two among those facing the chop, had approached him seeking to be pardoned and be readmitted into the party structures after they were brushed aside at the height of the massive purges ahead of the congress.

He urged the Manicaland executive to work with them.

Informed ZANU-PF sources said the party was in sixes and sevens mainly over how to handle dozens of cases of its heavyweights who have been fingered as belonging to a political faction led by Mujuru.

There are spirited moves within the party to have all cadres linked to the Mujuru camp expelled or suspended and the cases have been brought before the ruling party’s national disciplinary committee headed by Mphoko.

The committee, which also comprises President Mugabe’s wife and Women’s League boss, Grace Mugabe secretary for legal affairs, Patrick Chinamasa and national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere has so far preferred the harshest possible sanction in cases before it.

The committee deliberates on the issues and gives counsel to the Politburo on what best action is to be taken.

The Politburo will also have to make a decision on the high stakes political contest pitting warring members, Mavis Gumbo and Terrence Mukupe who are tearing each other apart over who has the right to represent the party in the June 10 Harare East constituency by-election.

Gumbo and Mukupe have both been cleared by the courts to contest the seat but the party prefers fielding one candidate and has settled for Mukupe, a decision that has fueled more ructions.

Source : Financial Gazette