MASVINGO – President Robert Mugabe yesterday lamented factionalism and infighting in his party and blamed it for the loss of support for the party in Masvingo.
In an address to thousands of party supporters outside Mucheke Stadium, the 89-year-old leader bemoaned his party’s waning fortunes in Zimbabwe’s oldest city.
“We have been winning elections since independence here and in 1985 we won all the seats in this province and that’s when we declared one party State and from then you have always been our stronghold,” Mugabe said.
“Asi muna 2008 maiwee takaruza maseats zvisingaite, 14 akaenda tikasara ne 12. (But in 2008 we lost 14 seats and we got only 12), what happened to us, is it infighting kurwisana chaiko?”
Factionalism and infighting in Masvingo Province is intense as Vice President Joyce Mujuru’s faction fronted by politburo member Dzikamai Mavhaire is at loggerheads with the rival Emerson Mnangagwa faction, fronted by Josiah Hungwe.
He pleaded to party supporters who were bused from the province’s seven districts to vote for Zanu PF in the July 31 election.
“We still need to understand what happened in 2008 but we must not forget what cost us our one party State,” he said.
“The British also had a hand and lest we forget that they were oppressive and want to effect regime change to us, but who are they to do so?
“I am appealing to you that we need to vote for Zanu PF to get back our status of one party state in the province and shame our enemies.”
Mugabe however, spent most of his address in his history lectures where he drew people back to the 70s liberation struggle.