Zimbabwe Vice President Mujuru's Party Allies Meet Stiff Resistance

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However, the politburo, as with the case in Manicaland and the Midlands, went on to endorse the election results.

"The Mashonaland Central districts are telling Mushore that he is the chairperson of the politburo and not the people because it is the party's highest decision-making body that endorsed him," said a Mashonaland Central top official.

"We don't recognise him as our chairperson. They cheated Mafios. His problem is that he is outnumbered in the provincial executive. There are only two people in Mujuru's faction in the provincial executive."

In Manicaland, top party officials said although there is still tension in the province after the provincial elections, the new chairperson Ambassador John Mvundura, who had been linked to the Mujuru faction, seems to be making decisions which are not based on factional politics.

"Because Mvundura was senior to provincial gurus in Manicaland (Didymus) Mutasa (aligned to Mujuru) and (Oppah) Muchinguri (a Mnangagwa close ally) during the liberation struggle, he commands a lot of respect and can easily push his weight around giving him control of the province," said a top Manicaland party official.

"Mvundura does his own thing -- he is not easily influenced. His decisions are not based on factional politics."

Manicaland senator Monica Mutsvangwa withdrew from the provincial elections citing a litany of irregularities and rigging.

"However, there is still tension because there are some disenfranchised voters who are now voicing their concerns," the source also said.

However, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said the party has not received any complaints from the provincial chairpersons.

"No chairperson has reported that they are having problems with their PCCs except in Midlands where we gathered that some people wanted to be smuggled into the executive without elections. We are resolving that issue," Gumbo said.

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