HARARE – A Zanu central committee member who has been behind the war veterans’ recent tour of the country, on a fact-finding mission, has admitted the governing party is divided along factional lines — something he said is a threat to the party ahead of the crucial 2018 elections.
In an unsolicited interview with the Daily News yesterday, Jimayi Muduvuri, a key convener of the controversial war veterans meetings in the country’s 10 provinces, said only President Robert Mugabe can deal with the factionalism ailment that is now an albatross around Zanu PF’s neck.
A fawning Muduvuri who refers to himself as “mwana wababa namai Mugabe, told this paper that he is in the process of compiling a report that will be submitted to the Zanu PF leader.
“We are now compiling a report on our findings that we will give to the president. But for now I can tell you that when we toured the country we found out that people are solidly behind the leadership of . . . Mugabe.
“But of concern is that we also realised that there are some factions in the party. Yes, people are divided along factional lines, there is Team Lacoste and G40 (Generation 40) and that is not good for the party, it must end,” said Muduvuri.
The G40 faction accuses Muduvuri and a camp of war veterans of being foot soldiers for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in his supposed bid to become the country’s next president. But Muduvuri, who has been for long associated with First Lady Grace Mugabe, told the Daily News that at one point he confronted Mngangagwa on allegations that he was leading a faction known as Team Lacoste in the deeply-divided Zanu PF.
According to Jimayi, who is a mere central committee member, Mnangagwa distanced himself and dispatched him to go around the country’s 10 provinces with the mission to smoke out people who were “dragging the VP’s name into the mud”.
And while on his way to Masvingo, Muduvuri was involved in an accident raising speculation that his foes could have been targeting him.
But the Kadoma-based businessman dismissed any foul play preferring to say “an accident is an accident and I don’t want to speculate on who could have been behind that”. At some of the war veterans’ meetings, ex-combatants and party officials loyal to Mnangagwa openly chanted slogans like “pasi neG40”.
Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and a group of Zanu PF younger MPs are accused of being members of the G40 faction.
“My slogan wherever I go is let us stop fighting. My position has not changed. Let’s us not tamper with the president.
“He is our president and I have told anyone who cares to listen that he will not be removed by anyone as long as he is alive.”