Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
outgoing Zanu-PF Secretary for Women’s Affairs Cde Oppah Muchinguri yesterday said President Mugabe is the only centre of power in the revolutionary party and warned people holding ambitions to succeed him from abusing party structures to pursue their objectives. Cde Muchinguri said this at Mucheke Stadium while addressing thousands of Zanu-PF supporters at First Lady Amai Grace Mugabe’s Meet The People rally.
“Panyaya yesuccession, yefactionalism ndinoda kuti centre ihwani,” she said. “We can’t have two centres zvinokonzera chaos muparty. Kana uchida power chirega kuita interfere nemastructures.
“Power yaunayo ndeyaVaMugabe, it’s delegated power. Women’s League are saying enough is enough tinomira naVaMugabe.”
Cde Muchinguri said some power hungry individuals in the party were going around bribing people with money and gifts and said they would be exposed.
“We have data kuti vamwe vakapihwa tumablankets, tumacosmetics zvino zuva ranhasi zvitarise mugirazi,” she said. “Unofunga kuti unokwana muchigaro chaVaMugabe? Haada, tinoti kwete. We will name and shame you nguva yacho yasvika.” Cde Muchinguri called on Zanu-PF supporters to return to the discipline that was there in 1980 when the country attained independence, saying people should follow the party’s defined hierarchy.
Speaking at the same occasion, Masvingo Women’s League provincial chairperson Cde Sheila Uyoyo admitted that the party was divided on factional lines.
“There are factions in the party. We can have our factions, but they should not destroy the party,” she said.
Cde Uyoyo said some people had devised slogans to divide fellow party members as the factional fight raged on.
Masvingo provincial chairman Cde Kallisto Gwanetsa courted the ire of some supporters when he said all was well within the party in the province.
“Muno umu politics tigere zvakanaka, takaguta,” he said in his address, triggering resistance from some supporters who disagreed with his statement.
Cde Gwanetsa recently unilaterally endorsed the Presidium ahead of the congress, much to the chagrin of fellow provincial members after it was discovered that no meeting had been held to that effect.