ZANU PF blocks blacklisted members from conference
VICTORIA FALLS – The ZANU-PF factional drama has resurfaced at the party’s conference venue with the ruling party indicating that it has tightened security in a bid to bar blacklisted party cadres from attending its annual national convention which will be officially opened by President Robert Mugabe tomorrow morning.
The Central Committee which met on Wednesday, in Harare, ratified the radical decision, which will affect everyone expelled or suspended from the party, including those expelled as recently as Wednesday this week.
Three members were expelled from the party, while six were handed various suspension periods.
Those ejected from the party are Sylvester Nguni, the Mhondoro Mubaira Member of Parliament; former Mashonaland Central provincial secretary for security, Batsirai Musona; and former Central Committee member for Mashonaland Central Province, Christwell Mutsematsaka; while former Harare provincial chairman Goodwills Masimirembwa was suspended for five years along with the province’s former chairlady, Chiratidzo Murakati and former secretary for administration, Danny Musukuma.
Others who were given similar judgments were the Mashonaland Central youth league duo of former chairman, Godfrey Tsenengamu and secretary for administration, Paul Rwodzi.
Interestingly, the announcement was made when some of the affected members had already successfully undergone accreditation procedures and have since arrived in the resort town.
Musona and Tsenengamu are some of those who are already here.
Speaking exclusively to the Financial Gazette on Thursday afternoon, the two said they would be proceeding to the conference venue, a grand golf course overlooked by the giant Elephant Hills Resort.
“We arrived here on Monday and this is our party. We shall be proceeding to the conference venue and we will see what happens from there,” Musona.
But ZANU-PF secretary for commissariat, Saviour Kasukuwere, has declared that the doors will be slammed in their faces.
“Security is tight. We will not allow them to infiltrate our conference. Delegates coming from the provinces must be bonafide delegates. So from tomorrow (Friday) security will be tight,” said Kasukuwere in an interview soon after his arrival in Victoria Falls.
When it was put to him that some of the affected were already present, Kasukuwere said: “They must be disciplined because if we expel them, they will miss party events. They will be watching from their hotels. They must respect party decisions.”
Stakes are also high here as numerous caucuses are reportedly being held by party hawks making frantic last minute plots against rival camps.
ZANU-PF goes into the conference amid sharp divisions between rival camps seeking position themselves in the party’s structures.
President Mugabe arrived today in Victoria Falls, the venue for the conference.
Buses, trucks and other kinds of vehicles were still ferrying in delegates by Thursday evening.
The conference started on Monday with a Politburo meeting, which made drastic rulings against some party members accused of fanning factionalism in the ruling party.
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