Freedom Mupanedemo in GWERU and Michael Magoronga in KWEKWE
THE ZANU-PF Midlands provincial leadership will hold its provincial coordinating committee meeting today to deliberate on the state of the province following the dismissal from Government of former Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, who hails from the province.
There have been calls to dissolve the provincial structures and expel some party members believed to be aligned to Cde Mnangagwa. Members believed to be in the firing line for supporting the former VP include provincial secretary for Security Cde Owen Ncube; provincial spokesperson Cde Cornelius Mpereri; his brother and MP for Mbizo Constituency, Cde Usheunesu Mpereri, among others.
On Monday night, a group of party youths led by Kwekwe district Youth League Secretary for Security Cde Tichaona Chacha reportedly stormed Cde Usheunesu Mpereri’s house in Golden Acres where they tried to take away the party vehicle, a Ford Ranger he is using. Cde Chacha confirmed the developments yesterday, saying the Mbizo legislator was among those abusing party vehicles to fan factionalism and should be expelled from the party.
“He was seconded to stand for Mbizo Constituency by Cde Mnangagwa and he has been boasting that he is very close to the former VP. He has been fanning factionalism in Kwekwe and we have resolved as youths to take away the party vehicle he is using so that we can use it to campaign for our President, not for any other individual,” said Cde Chacha.
Provincial chairperson Cde Daniel Mackenzie Ncube yesterday urged party members to resolve matters amicably. He warned against expelling members for personal reasons that do not have anything to do with the party.
“There has been tensions with calls from every end, with people saying let’s fire this one because he belongs to this or that faction, but we have called for a PCC meeting to deliberate. I have reiterated that let’s bury our differences and work as a party. This is my constant appeal,” he said.
Cde Ncube said there were clandestine meetings taking place in the province, with people plotting against each other, a development which he said sends a wrong signal to the party’s highest decision-making body.
“We are heading for crucial times and I have said this again and again, let’s bury our differences and if our tomorrow (today)’s PCC meeting succeeds, these are some of the issues we want to discuss while preaching unity, unity, and unity. This is what the President has taught us. Let us not deviate,” he said.