By Midlands Correspondent
Gweru, July 14, 2016 – VICE President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction was dealt a heavy blow following Zanu PF’s lifting of suspension on Midlands provincial affairs minister Jason Machaya last weekend.
Machaya who is also former Zanu PF provincial chairman, was suspended from the party in May last year on allegations of fanning factionalism and causing disunity in the party.
His suspension was at the instigation of the Provincial Coordinating Committee mainly comprised of Mnangagwa’s allies.
At the time, they accused him (Machaya) of being a sympathiser of former Vice President and now opposition Zimbabwe People First leader, Joice Mujuru.
The party’s Disciplinary Appeals and Review Committee of the Central Committee (DARCC) chaired by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko lastweek recommended that Machaya and Local Industry deputy minister Chiratidzo Mabuwa have their suspensions lifted.
Mphoko is aligned to the Zanu PF G40 faction which supports First Lady Grace Mugabe. Other members of the G40 include national politicalcommissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao.
G40 is a rival of the Mnangagwa faction.
Machaya and Mabuwa are now free to hold positions in the party following the lifting of their suspensions.
At the height of Zanu PF factionalism in the Midlands province, G40 and Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa’s faction) held parallel meetings.
At the time and in March this year to be particular, then acting provincial chairman Tapiwa Matangaidze, appointed by Kasukuwere following the suspension of Mnangagwa ally, Kizito Chivamba coordinated a PCC meeting at Senga Training Centre, which was addressed by Machaya while Mnangagwa’s allies held a parallel meeting in Mberengwa.
Sources in the party who spoke on condition of anonymity told RadioVOP that Machaya’s suspension lift was largely influenced by the power struggles matrix in Zanu PF.
“You would recall that Machaya was the target of attack at Zanu PF provincial meetings by Mnangagwa’s allies when they chose Chivamba asthe acting chairman,” said one source.
“It is not by coincidence that out of all the suspended heavyweights in the province including former politburo members Francis Nhema, Flora Bhuka and former central committee member, Dorothy Mhangami, Machaya and Mabuwa are singled out. They are politically correct and belong to the right faction (G40).
Although Machaya was not available for comment he is tipped to return the provincial chairmanship from the suspended Chivamba, whose fate remains unknown.