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THE simmering factional fights within Zanu PF burst into the open this week with ruling party MP, Justice Mayor Wadyajena, attacking Presidential Affairs Minister Didymus Mutasa for “sowing seeds of division”.

Wadyajena, who is said to be in Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s camp, delivered a withering attack on Mutasa for peddling falsehoods against Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa is said to be leading a faction vying to take over the reins when President Robert Mugabe leaves office.

The justice minister is locked in a bitter fight with another faction led by Vice-President Joice Mujuru. Mutasa is said to be backing the Mujuru camp.

Speaking at a cement donation ceremony at Buno Primary School in Gokwe-Nembudziya, Wadyajena did not mince his words.

“We have seen old men traversing throughout the country under the guise that they are helping youths but are busy attacking Mnangagwa,” he said.

“They are busy peddling falsehoods that he (Mnangagwa) heads a faction, it is a lie. He does not lead a faction instead it is them who lead a faction in Zanu PF and we must (bash) their confused heads probably they might start thinking correctly,” he said.

While Wadyajena did not mention Mutasa by name, the target of his ire was clear.

Mutasa has been on a whirlwind tour of the country where he has openly criticised Mnangagwa.

The Mujuru loyalists recently told a youth rally in Mutare that Mnangagwa was “a divisive figure” who was leading a faction in the party.

But Wadyajena defended his political godfather.

“Don’t be misled, Mnangagwa does not have a faction,” Wadyajena said.

“Don’t be used in factional politics by people who want to abuse you as youths… they claim that they care about you but they are up to no good.”

Zanu PF is headed for a stormy elective congress in December with Mnangagwa and Mujuru’s factions positioning themselves to take control of the party as Mugabe heads towards his political sunset.

Both Mujuru and Mnangagwa are said to be eager to take over the country’s top job.

However, Mugabe’s succession battle took a surprise twist last week after Mugabe’s wife, Grace, entered the political ring when she was nominated to lead the ZANU PF Women’s League.

Political analysts say although Grace lacks grassroots appeal, she remains a dark horse in Mugabe’s succession matrix.

Meanwhile, Wadyajena donated two tonnes of cement for the building of classroom blocks at Buno Primary School. The school has been using pole and mud huts as classrooms.

“It is very painful that after 34 years as an independent country we still have schools like this one. It is very embarrassing and I think this should not be allowed to continue,” Wadyajena said.

“We need to come together as parents and government and assist these school children get a decent learning environment not this makeshift structure which exposes them to the elements especially during the rainy season,” he said.

Source : New Zimbabwe