9 November 2012

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Young Turks Push for Renewal

MOVES by Zanu PF provinces to inject new blood into their structures are likely to further widen the party's factional cracks ahead of primary elections to select candidates for the make-or-break polls set for next year.

The young turks being infused into party structures are now pushing for wholesale leadership renewal, fuelling divisions with the old guard which still prefers the seniority and hierarchical approach.

Sources say the Zanu PF Provincial Co-ordinating Committees are battling to bring sanity to the party as the young turks push for the infusion of new blood.

A PCC member in Midlands said Zanu PF primaries are likely to be more volatile than before given the way the young turks are aggressively pushing for their candidacies to win slots to represent the party in the next elections.

"The party is up for a rude awakening and the politburo has to come up with a good strategy to vet and consider the new politicians," said a source.

"These new guys boast resources to bankroll their campaigns because many of them are successful business people."

Chaos almost broke out at a Zanu PF meeting attended by Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and former Midlands governor July Moyo at Senga Training Centre in Gweru last month over the issue.

A source said youths the meeting called for the ouster of Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Flora Buka accusing her of batting for Vice-President Joice Mujuru's faction.

Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo is also reportedly facing stiff competition from another young turk, businessman Edwin Matibiri, for the Zvimba North constituency.

In Manicaland, Economic Development deputy minister Samuel Undenge is being challenged by Joshua Sacco, a white farmer and militant Zanu PF supporter.

Former Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Philip Chiyangwa is eyeing the Chinhoyi seat after being re-admitted into the party after a five-year expulsion for alleged espionage.

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