Zanu PF restructuring in limbo 

  • Zanu PF’s DCC elections marred by violence
  • Restructuring stalls Zanu PF’s provincial polls

ZANU PF‘s restructuring programme which began late last year, this week hit a snag, amid reports the party is yet to formulate rules and processes governing internal elections.

Two Zanu PF provinces, Harare and Bulawayo, last year held chaotic District Co-ordinating Committee (DCC) elections which were marred by irregularities, including violence, intimidation and vote-buying.

The DCCs were characterised by chaotic scenes as ballot papers were captured on videos being thrown away from party-branded vehicles by angry supporters after finding that their preferred candidates’ names did not appear on ballot papers.

The Harare district elections saw the re-election of Godwin Gomwe, Godwills Masimirembwa and other new faces such as George Chimhini, Kudakwashe Damson, Goodwell Mafuratidze and Ephraim Fundira as chairpersons of Harare’s six districts.

In Bulawayo, Raymond Mutomba is the DCC for Area 1 while chairman for Area 2 is Paul Mutara.

The chairperson for Area 3 is Maidei Mpala.

Zanu-PF political commissar Victor Matemadanda said the structures were made up of war veterans, youths and other Zanu-PF affiliates, but exclude land barons and those who think Zanu PF is a labour market.

He also said the party did not want thugs and those who relied on violence to be voted into positions of authority.

“People do not want to join the party because of thuggish behaviour in the party. If you are not disciplined, we will close the door on you,” Matemadanda said.

“Harare province was dissolved before and we will not hesitate to dissolve it again if party members became undisciplined.

“We can even go to the elections without Harare DCC if you continue to be like that,” he said.

However,  President Emmerson Mnangagwa is on record preaching unity between party members from the cell to the highest structures.