Rugeje and Mangwana seek Chadzamira’s head
in Zanu PF Masvingo province is getting nastier, with two sparring factions emerging
to fight for the spoils of the November 2017 coup which toppled long-ruling
tyrant Robert Mugabe.
faction is allegedly linked to the disgruntled old guard which feels is being
marginalised by the Minister of State for Masvingo provincial Affairs, Ezra Chadzamira,
who is also the party’s provincial chairperson and Member of Parliament (MP)
for Masvingo West.
can of worms began to unravel last year when the Zanu PF provincial disciplinary
committee recommended to the national disciplinary structures that Chivi South
MP Killer Zivhu be expelled from the party for alleged acts of gross misconduct
and undermining the authority of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
however, say Zivhu has found allies in the powerful First Lady Auxillia
Mnangagwa, Zanu PF national chairperson and Defense minister Oppah Muchinguri,
politburo member Josaya Hungwe, former Zanu PF national political commissar
Engelbert Rugeje and the party’s secretary for legal affairs in the politburo, Paul
an army major general at the time of the coup, was made national political
commissar after the coup but only to be inexplicably removed and replaced by
Defence deputy minister Victor Matemadanda as Mnangagwa consolidated his power
by removing those seen to be close to his powerful deputy Constantino Chiwenga.
provincial level, Rugeje, who hails from Bikita, is said to have always coveted
the post of provincial chairperson and is unhappy with the post remaining in
recommendation to expel Zivhu from the party was made in August last year but
the first lady, Muchinguri and Mangwana are said to have stalled the process.
Zivhu was barred from conducting any party business in his constituency, he has
remained surprisingly defiant.
said the Chivi South MP is being used to push the agenda of the old guard which
seeks to dislodge Chadzamira.
is now a threat to many people in the province. He is too powerful and that is
making a lot of people jealous. He occupies three powerful positions as party
chairperson in the province, the provincial affairs minister and MP.
is being viewed as the one centre of power by most in his circles and they are
plotting to weaken him. Chadzamira has now found himself surrounded by vultures
who will take the first chance they get to go for the killer blow.
politburo members do not like Chadzamira anymore and they are secretly plotting
for a showdown. They want Chadzamira’s head and they will not rest until they
take the chairmanship from him,” said one source.
source said that the old guard faction is using Zivhu to frustrate Chadzamira
so that he can be left exposed.
fight has just begun and you are going to see fireworks soon. There is a lot of
power behind Zivhu and only a blind person cannot see that. You do not defy the
province when you have no powerful and superior backing.
old guard was looking for an opportune time to penetrate Masvingo and the Zivhu
case was a fertile opportunity.
is the one advising Zivhu to be defiant assuring him that no harm will come his
way. If you have observed of late, politburo members rarely show up at meetings
chaired by Chadzamira or even PCCs,” said another source.
last Sunday’s Zanu PF Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting, only
Rugeje showed up while other politburo members were nowhere to be found.
a Unity Day function organised by Chadzamira at Chivi growth point on December
22, 2019, only Masvingo South MP Claudious Maronge, Chivi North MP Matthias
Tongofa and his Chivi Central counterpart Ephraim Gwanongodza turned up while
the other 22 reportedly stayed away.
of the MPs reportedly sympathised with a parallel function organised by the
party’s national chief whip and Gutu South MP Pupurai Togarepi who is also said
to be opposed to Chadzamira’s leadership. They, however, did not turn out for
Togarepi’s function either in order to be seen as neutral and avoid exposing
themselves to possible victimisation.
contacted for comment, Rugeje told TellZim News that there were people who were
out to soil his name. He said he had no special relationship with Zivhu other
than meeting him at PCC meetings by chance.
is pure mudslinging at play. I do not have the power to protect Zivhu. There
are people who just want to tarnish my name. These are the same people who are
fomenting factionalism in the province. I know who is protecting Zivhu and
cheering him on and I am sure you do also. He is being protected by the people
from Chivi. I do not come from Chivi,” said Rugeje, in apparent reference to
Hungwe and Mangwana, who are both from Chivi.
recently threw mud into his enemies’ faces by posting on his WhatsApp status
and across various other social media platforms an improvised hymn which he
mockingly sings thanking God for protecting him from people whom he alleged to
be tormenting him.
told the PCC last Sunday that Zanu PF members should stop abusing social media
and warned party members against being used to divide the province by people
from within and outside.
said there were people not happy with the unity in Masvingo and were trying to
destabilise the province.
we have disputes within the party, we call properly constituted meetings and
discuss our issues not use WhatsApp. We want to remain a one-party province.
Nyaya dzefactionalism dzakaenda nanaMavhaire nguva yavo.
will not tolerate people who want to come and divide our people because of
their personal interests. We want to remain united and respect our leadership.
People should not abuse the respect accorded to them. We should know that the
province belongs to the people of Masvingo,” said Chadzamira.
castigated Zivhu’s defiant posture saying in the past, there were people who
thought had been bigger than Zanu PF but only to be shocked when they got kicked
want people who wait for the finalisation of their disciplinary cases and see
whether they come back and join others or they get kicked out.
one will free themselves from their sins. If you think you are well connected
or Chadzamira thinks that he knows Cde Rugeje and he will protect him from his
trespasses, there is no such thing. We should respect our disciplinary
committee and the decisions they make. No one is more important than the other
in Zanu PF.
tried to personalize Zanu PF by bragging that he formed the party but he died
from the outside. Zanu PF is for the people. It’s not for one person. We should
not be separated by people with hidden motives. We know that people are not happy with our
unity. The fact that Masvingo remains number one always does not sink well with
some people and that is why they try to sponsor divisions,” said Chadzamira.
PCC recommended for the quick finalization of the Zivhu case so that a page can