Zanu (PF) Factionalism: Jim Kunaka Abducted

Former Zanu PF Harare Provincial Youth Chairman, Jim Kunaka is admitted at the Avenues Clinic where he is being treated for injuries following an alleged abduction and assault by unknown assailants.

Kunaka who narrated his ordeal to the ZBC News at his hospital bed said the attack occurred around 10 am today at Carter House.

He said four men whom he does not know approached him and tried to take him by force claiming they were arresting him.

When he resisted, he was then assaulted before being shoved into a car, blindfolded and driven to an area near the Harare International Airport.

“They approached me as people who wanted to talk to me but later assaulted me to force me to comply with their orders. The other one produced a pistol and as I resisted for a while a crowd gathered. When they saw the crowd, the other guy produced an AK 47 rifle which he fired in the air and the people scampered for dear life. That is when they put me in the car and assaulted me,” said the visibly in pain Kunaka, who however vowed that he will defend his beliefs and will not be cowed by the assault.

“I will never leave Zanu PF, this will not deter me from following what I believe in,” he added.

Contacted for comment, police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed that a report of assault on Kunaka had been filed at Harare Central Police Station and that investigations are underway.

Meanwhile, Zanu PF Harare executives for the main and youth wings have reaffirmed the ouster Chairperson, Amos Midzi through a vote of no confidence, maintaining that Cde Christopher Chigumba will remain the substantive chairman while Cde Godfrey Gomwe will continue leading the youth.

Hundreds of Zanu PF Harare province supporters gathered at the party’s provincial offices to reaffirm their decision.

 “We as the Executive Council want to reaffirm what we said on the 6th and again on the 12th of this month that Midzi is no longer the chairman. We refuse and will remain steadfast on that position,” said Cde Dumisani Chipango, the Provincial Secretary for Finance.

“There were no irregularities in our suspension of the chair and we still maintain our position. We have signed and sent to the headquarters the position that as a council we have no confidence in him. Accordingly, Cde Chigumba is the chairman,” said Cde Danny Musukuma, the Provincial Secretary for Legal Affairs.

The same meeting also saw the Harare Youth League standing by their chairman, Godfrey Gomwe.

“We want to protect our patriotism and we are saying no member of the main wing should influence and try to divisively influence our position. Gomwe was voted in and he remains our chosen chairman contrary to Tendai Diwa’s fictitious letter,” said Cde Innocent Hamandishe, a Youth Affairs Central Committee member. 

“We have appended our signatures to that effect and the meeting to depose Gomwe was not done here and was not with the entirety of the Youth League Executive, so we restate that he is our youth leader in Harare,” said the Provincial Youth League Vice Chairman, Cde Deson Takataka.

Midzi was removed from the chairmanship on the 6th of November when a vote on no confidence was passed on him over allegations of fanning factionalism.