Zimbabwe: Mugabe Fumes Over Factionalism

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Turning to his home province of the Midlands, Mnangagwa echoed losing candidate Larry Mavima's claims that a "notable number of districts in Shurugwi North and Chirumanzi-Zibagwe did not have an opportunity to cast their votes".

"In the case of Chirumanzi-Zibagwe, the consignment of election materials received from party headquarters was short by approximately 1 200 ballot papers. As such, a corresponding number of members were disenfranchised."

The Zanu PF politburo endorsed the results.

The minutes also note that Mutsvangwa repeated her earlier complaints that the elections were "marred by a lot of discrepancies and urged the party to observe rules and regulations governing elections".

Meanwhile, Zanu PF resolved at the annual conference that all key posts in government and state institutions should be held by party loyalists.

Resolution six aims "to revive and strengthen its cadreship development policy, including structured and compulsory ideological programmes, for nurturing a broad human resources base for deployment by the party into critical, strategic positions in both the party and government."

This is not the first time Zanu PF has pushed for deployments on a patronage basis.

Zimbabwe Democracy Institute director Pedzisai Ruhanya said the running down of parastatals was largely due to the Zanu PF politics of patronage in which top military personnel who do not have the expertise to manage the firms were rewarded for political loyalty.

"There has been a deliberate move to militarise state enterprises in order to strategically reward Zanu PF-aligned former security personnel who assist their oligarchic party to maintain its hegemonic hold on power," Ruhanya said.

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