Two crucial meetings for ZANU-PF


The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front’s politburo is meeting today when the party is in turmoil following the firing of Eunice Sandi-Moyo Sarah Mahoka from the Women’s League as well as demands from Mashonaland Central to expel the national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere from the party.

Sandi-Moyo is deputy secretary of the League while Mahoka is the treasurer. Their fate is now in the hands of the national disciplinary committee.

People will be watching if Kasukuwere attends the politburo meeting as there have been whispers that he was hospitalized after Monday’s demonstrations against him.

President Robert Mugabe has urged his supporters to use internal disciplinary procedures instead of demonstrating against senior party officials, a warning that was viewed by some as tacit support for Kasukuwere as the party leader was totally silent when women demonstrated against anther government minister Eunice Sandi-Moyo last week.

Sandi-Moyo and Mahoka were accused of undermining League secretary, First Lady Grace Mugabe.

The party’s central committee, its highest decision-making body outside congress, is also meeting on Friday and could take its cue from deliberations of the politburo today.

ZANU-PF has been embroiled in political infighting since it went for former Vice-President Joice Mujuru just before the 2014 congress which ushered Grace Mugabe into politics.

She had created havoc ever since with war veterans at one time warning Mugabe to rein her in, saying they only saluted one leader, himself.

The war veterans were against slogans like  “kusina mai hakuindwi” which were developed by G40 to prop Grace.

But she seems to have fallen out with some of her key supporters like Mahoka, Sandi-Moyo and Kasukuwere who are now being views as threats to her ascendancy within the party.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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