By Sydney Gokomere
Gweru, August 23, 2016 – ZANU PF Midlands says it has finally managed to deal with the factionalism that has rocked the party’s provincial executive for many years.
In April this year, the province was given three months to resolve the parallel structures that emerged along factional lines following the suspension of provincial chairman, Kizito Chivamba.
Politburo member and transport minister, Joram Gumbo was appointed interim chairman and was tasked with dealing with the divisions created along factional groups.
Chivamba is believed to belong to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction while at the time deputy labour minister, Tapiwa Matangaidza, sports and deputy tourism ministers, Makhosini Hlongwane and Annastacia Ndhlovu were accused of belonging to the G40 faction.
G40 is believed to be fronted by the First Lady, Grace Mugabe with the support of political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Jonathan Moyo as well as Indigenisation minister, Patrick Zhuwao.
Speaking to journalists after a Provincial Coordinating Committee last week, Zanu PF provincial spokesperson, Cornelius Mpereri said the province had dealt with the parallel structures.
“We have managed to deal with parallel structures that have been affecting us as a party,” Mpereri said.
Chivamba is however still to have his suspension lifted while the party lifted that of provincial affairs minister, Jason Machaya and Industry deputy minister, Chiratidzo Mabuwa.
Others from the province who are still waiting for the lifting of their suspensions are former Tourism minister, Francis Nhema and central committee member, Flora Bhuka.