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ZANU PF national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo’s place in the top echelons of the ruling party was uncertain Monday evening amid reports that war veterans would pass a vote of no confidence against him.

Khaya Moyo, who had been widely expected to take up the second vice presidency post left vacant by John Landa Nkomo’s death last year, appears to be the next high profile target of a campaign to purge allies of the embattled Joice Mujuru.

Party source said, a fortnight ago, President Robert Mugabe warned Khaya Moyo that he did not need a faction in order to ascend to the vice presidency as he was almost guaranteed to land the post.

But State television reported Monday that Matabeleland South war veterans want the national chairman out because he has not publicly denounced factionalism.

Provincial war veterans’ spokesperson, Never Ncube, said Khaya Moyo’s failure to publicly denounce factionalism “was a clear sign that he is aligned to Mujuru’s faction”.

Ncube also accused Khaya Moyo of snubbing some of First Lady Grace Mugabe’s rallies, saying this was proof that he was not backing the President and the First Lady.

Mujuru, currently vice president, has been charged with plotting to oust Mugabe at this week’s congress.

Some of her allies, among them politburo members and cabinet ministers, have also faced bizarre allegations of trying to assassinate the Zanu PF leader.

The vice president and those linked to her deny the allegations but that has not saved them from being chucked out of top party positions as well as being blocked from the central committee.

Outspoken Harare youth provincial chairperson Godwin Gomwe told NewZimbabwe.com that Zanu PF has entered a cleaning up phase adding that “anyone tainted will not survive”.

“We are serious with what we are doing and this will send a clear message that, for too long, these people (those in Mujuru faction) have taken the people for granted and held Zanu PF to ransom,” Gomwe said.

“We will not leave any stone unturned until people are clean.”

Meanwhile, in Harare the acting provincial chairperson, Christopher Chigumba has also been booted out, a day before the party’s congress begins.

Gomwe said Chigumba was ejected for fanning factionalism and working in collaboration with conspirators fingered in the alleged attempt to assassinate President Mugabe.

The province’s political commissar, Shadreck Mashayamombe, told the ZBC News that Chigumba would be replaced by Goodwills Masimirembwa.

Source : New Zimbabwe