ZANU-PF Politburo member Cde Cephas Msipa says factionalism and corruption are the revolutionary party's greatest challenges that must be dealt with ahead of harmonised elections slated for next year.
He said factionalism was manifesting itself throughout the country, in-including in the Midlands Province where he hails from.
In a wide-ranging interview last week, Cde Msipa said some party cadres who were not happy with their current positions had caused divisions.
"Factionalism is there. Whoever is denying it is not being honest. That is the truth about it. There is factionalism all over."What is bringing about this factionalism is that people have ambitions and for them to achieve them they look at those who can help them to achieve their goals."
Cde Msipa said factionalism was a cause for concern.
He said there was need for the party to do more in dealing with factiona-lism.
"I have to be honest. People are divided into factions. They may deny it, but that's the truth. Of course, no one will accept that he is leading a faction.
"The party is doing something (about factionalism) but I think it's so deep . . . it's going to be difficult to eradicate factionalism, particularly when people think that's
the only sure way of getting top positions which they are aspiring for.
"It's how do I get to that position? I must get a few people, some people who are solidly behind me who are prepared to fight for me. That is how it is."
He said factionalism was unlikely to disappear until after the next elective party congress.
"I think this will go on until after the congress. You know at congress people choose the leadership and after the congress I think it will be over," said Cde Msipa.
He said if the party went to the elections next year with the issue of factionalism not resolved, it was going to affect its performance and results.
"It's going to affect the party definitely. We cannot speak with one voice as long as there is factionalism. That's the problem. It has a bad impact on the party. We want to be united just as we are talking of the Unity Accord.
"We must not only talk about the Unity Accord without showing that unity in the party. Factionalism means there is no unity in the party. So it will affect the elections obviously."
The former Midlands Governor said Zanu-PF was working hard to deal with factionalism.
"That's why as Central Committee and Politburo we decided to abolish the District Co-ordinating Committees because they had become centres of factionalism.
"That was the message to the people that the party was not for factionalism. We have gone a step further and said we are opposed to the imposition of candidates because it also fuels factionalism," he said.
Cde Msipa said corruption was also one of the issues Zanu-PF was supposed to deal with decisively.
He said some people were querying how some Zanu-PF officials had become wealthy overnight.
"The President has spoken against corruption and he has even invited people with information to come forward. I hope people will come forward. We shouldn't allow it in the party. We should really do everything to expose the people who are corrupt and bring them to book.
"When you hear or look around and say how has So-and-So amassed this wealth, you wonder whether you are foolish or there is something wrong with you that you are that poor, which is unfortunate.
"We all started from nothing and you ask how have they done it? If they have done it through hard work, that's fine I have no problem. Let them prove that they are there because they have been working hard, but if they are there because of corruption then really we shouldn't allow people to prosper like that," said Cde Msipa.
Addressing delegates at the just-ended Zanu-PF 13th Annual National People's Conference in Gweru, President Mugabe said he would fire corrupt ministers.
Cde Msipa however, remains optimistic that Zanu-PF would win the next elections because of its policies that were people-driven.
He said Zanu-PF would work hard to address some of its weaknesses.