7 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Youths Engage in Turf War

ZANU PF's efforts to resuscitate its moribund Bulawayo and Matabeleland provincial structures ahead of elections next year have hit a brick wall amid reports of renewed infighting which has cascaded down to the party's youth wing.

Five months after Butholezwe Gatsi was sacked as Zanu PF youth chairperson in Bulawayo, the structure has failed to a elect substantive leadership and is being represented by an interim committee at the on-going annual people's conference in Gweru.

Factionalism in the party's Bulawayo youth wing turned violent three weeks ago when party members aligned to Gatsi fought pitched battles with the rest of the membership as they sought to prevent the national youth executive from entering the party's provincial headquarters at Davies Hall in Makokoba to conduct elections.

The province sent a 13-member interim committee led by Mabutho Moyo to the conference. Gatsi appeared resigned to his fate saying he would attend the party's national conference as an ordinary member.

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