ZANU (PF) supporters demand senior members’ dismissal
from REGERAI PEPUKAI in Masvingo, Zimbabwe
MASVINGO – THE factionalism within the ruling ZANU (PF) party played itself out in the Masvingo Province where party supporters took to the streets demanding the immediate dismissal of Power and Energy Development Minister, Dzikamai Mavhaire, and Provincial Affairs Minister, Kudakwashe Bashikiti, among others seen as aligned to under-fire Vice President Joyce Mujuru.
Other officials the party want dismissed include former Bhikita West legislator, Retired Colonel Claudius Makova, party provincial chairman, Retired Brigadier General Callisto Gwanetsa and suspended Chairperson, Shylet Uyoyo.
Heavily armed police patrolled the streets of Masvingo while the Benjamin Burombo building, which houses the offices of Bhasikiti was under heavy police guard.
The demonstrators moved through the streets of Masvingo city before marching to Chitima market near Mucheke River.
The protest came barely two days after war veterans, at their congress, called on Mujuru to resign over allegations of plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe.
Mavhaire, the first ZANU (PF) senior official to call for Mugabe’s resignation in the late 1990s, was ordered to “repent.”
“We are tired of Mavhaire and Bhasikiti because they are the ring leaders of factionalism in Masvingo,” said a youth leader.
“We want President Mugabe to immediately dismiss them from the party and even in government,” he added.
Under heavy police guard the demonstrators gathered along Hughes Street where Bikita South legislator, Happy Jaboon, addressed them.
“We would want all the people linked to the removal of President Mugabe to be dismissed from the party and we are calling all war veterans and party youths to rally behind us,” said Jaboon.
Other attendees included Masvingo Central MP, Emund Mhere, Gutu Central MP and former party provincial chairman Lovemore Matuke, as well as Masvingo West MP, Ezra Chadzamira among others.
Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangangwa are said to be embroiled in a battle to succeed the ageing Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980.
Mugabe’s wife Grace has on several occasions called on Mujuru to resign accusing her of plotting to topple her husband.
Eight party provincial chairpersons believed to be Mujuru loyalists have been ousted ahead of the congress slated for December.
Party heavy weights like former party spokesman Rugare Gumbo was suspended from party activities for five years while Jabulani Sibanda, who led the militant Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association, was dismissed.
– CAJ News
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