ZANU PF politburo meet over factionalism

The power contest between the ruling party’s two rival factions, led by Emmerson Mnangagwa and Joice Mujuru, is getting more public

By Nomalanga Moyo
SW Radio Africa
14 February 2014

ZANU PF’s supreme decision-making body met Friday, as the party tries to put a lid on the infighting manifesting itself through State media corruption exposés.

The politburo meeting was called by Mugabe following a public spat involving top party officials, in the wake of alarming corruption within government.

The power contest between the ruling party’s two rival factions, led by Emmerson Mnangagwa and Joice Mujuru, is getting more public as each tries to position itself to take over from their ailing leader Robert Mugabe.

So far the Herald newspaper-led revelations have only targeted officials linked to Vice President Mujuru’s faction, exposing how they drew stupendous salaries from state-linked firms with zero accountability.

It is widely believed that Mnangagwa’s front-man and Information Minister Jonathan Moyo is behind the disclosures in the State media.

Last weekend Mujuru did not do herself any favours when she warned the media to back off the salary scandals, remarks which her rivals used against her.

“There must be no sacred cows, whatever the position of those involved,” Moyo told the Sunday Mail in response to Mujuru.

Despite Moyo’s comments that no-one will be spared, no official from his faction has been exposed, and the probe has only focused on the lower rungs, leaving the top levels untouched.

In the aftermath of Mujuru’s speech, many Zimbabweans agreed that although she correctly identified Moyo’s hidden hand in the anti-corruption dossiers, she was wrong to try and gag the media.

South Africa-based political analyst Percy Makombe said the Mnangagwa faction was deliberately playing to the gallery on the corruption issue.

“These guys are preparing themselves for the post-Mugabe era. They have all resigned themselves to the fact that Mugabe will die in office,” Makombe said.

“Their strategy now hinges on outwitting each other to pole position and that is what Mnangagwa is doing, and with Moyo being in charge of the mass media this is playing out well.

“The plan is so far working well for the Mnangagwa-Moyo faction and they may just hoodwink the public into seeing them as genuinely against corruption in public office,” Makombe said.

Veteran journalist and editor Barnabas Thondhlana said unless the Mujuru faction started bringing out its own dossiers, things were looking bad for them, and people will not be concerned about her cries of victimisation.

“In the final analysis corruption is corruption and Zimbabweans want to see it exposed and action taken, regardless of which faction the culprits belong to,” he said.

Thondhlana said Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba’s admission that ministers have knowingly shielded the rot, and it’s time for a clean-up, suggests that his boss may at least give direction on how his party should proceed.

“So we may see this going right up to the top, to Mujuru’s office, with indications that the ‘small fish’ so far netted are part of the case being built up against her.

“Mugabe was aware of the extent of the corruption but did not act, because the feeling within the party, going into last year’s election, was that raising it would give the opposition MDC a boost.

“What will force Mugabe to act are two things; first, the public anger over the corruption levels at a time when the economy is non-performing and secondly, Mugabe is desperate to rehabilitate his image before he dies.

“If he pulls this one off, people will remember him as someone who was intolerant of corruption, cleaned up the rot, and hopefully restored public confidence in public institutions before he left.

Few will remember him for having presided over, and groomed, this corrupt system for many years,” Thondhlana added.



3 Responsesto “ZANU PF politburo meet over factionalism”

  1. Cafe Wha says:

    Matibili has no moral authority to deal with the sleeze. He is the captain of the corrupt cabal. Nothing will happen to the Zanoid fatcats. The Air Zim operation is just a ruse to hoodwink the public.

  2. wilbert says:

    “So far the Herald newspaper-led revelations have only targeted officials linked to Vice President Mujuru’s faction, exposing how they drew stupendous salaries from state-linked firms with zero accountability.

    It is widely believed that Mnangagwa’s front-man and Information Minister
    Jonathan Moyo is behind the disclosures in the State media,” you say.

    Let me tell if Jonathan Moyo can select and shoot down only Mujuru supporters in the Council, in ZESA, in PSMAS, Air Zimbabwe, etc., etc. leaving Mnangagwa managers and directors in the same bodies untouched then he must be the best marksman of all times. Such a man can shoot down an ant from a distance of 100 kilometers away.

    If Moyo thought he could discredit Mujuru alone by exposing the corruption and rot that has infected everyone in Zanu PF, their own supporters and Mnangagwa and Moyo themselves; then he was wrong.

    Whoever started this expose, whatever they motive; the reality is the gene is now out of the bottle and there is no putting it back!

    Zanu PF has always there was corruption and blamed the country’s economic melt-down on the sanctions. The stories of rampant
    corruption could not have come out at a worse time for the regime then now when the economy has taken its worst even nose dive. The link between the economic nose-dives and the rampant corruption and looting is obvious.

    There is no way the economy is going to recover from this nose dive, not as long as the corruption and looting continues. And the corruption and looting is not going to stop as long as this Zanu PF dictatorship remains in power. But the economic collapse is Zanu PF’s demise; the tyrant is the author of his own demise as all tyrants always do!

  3. Chimbwido Warvet says:

    This is not news at all as ZANU PF politburo has always been meeting from time as the ruling political party of this country. It has a responsibility in leading the nation and can not lead from their homes without meeting as a group. All this nonsense that is being peddled by this pirate radio station has no basis and foundation at all. If the MDC-T does not meet from time to time to discuss about their failure in unseating the Mugabe government through constitutional means, that explains why they are always losing election after election. It needs to meet more often to rejuvenate itself, otherwise it will lose again in 2018. That is my advice to this foolish party that meets only when things have gone wrong.

    Vice President Mujuru and Minister Mnangagwa have seen it all and are seasoned politicians. They have all made it in life both politically and financially and the least they would want to see is a divided ZANU PF and its growing supporters. It is, therefore, misleading and false that there is factionalism within the ruling political party that has been widely reported by this pirate radio station. You wish there were dissenting voices within ZANU PF over the leadership of ZANU PF and government. Well, that can only be a dream or wish that can never translate into reality as the leadership of the ruling party of this country is united more than ever before.

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