Zanu PF split imminent as departments run by Grace Mugabe faction move out of Zanu PF HQ

Robert Mugabe's wife Grace Mugabe, Mugabe himself and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa

HARARE – In a new twist to the party succession battles, a Zanu-PF faction led by First Lady Grace Mugabe says it is moving offices of the Women’s League, and administration offices amid from the party headquarters amid reports of rising tensions with the rival party faction led by Vice President Mnangagwa.

Speaking to stunned party administrators and the Midlands provincial executive yesterday, National Secretary for Administration Dr Ignatius Chombo said Zanu-PF Headquarters was overwhelmed with activity and there was need to decentralise. However sources last night said most of the departments and wings under control of G40 and Grace Mugabe were moving away from the party headquarters as first signs emerge of a imminent split.

He said the new property was big enough to accommodate other administrative offices, including the party archives, fuel tanks and party vehicles.

Speaking to State media, Chombo said; “I am happy to announce that we have acquired new properties as a party,”.

“We did this because the space (at the party headquarters) was becoming crowded. These new premises have big offices where we are going to house the Women’s League and also set up party archives. There are underground tanks and a very big garage and parking space at the basement.”

 A sources said by moving the party’s women’s Women’s League and much of the administration is party of the strategy to wrestle the party away from Mnangagwa who increasingly appears to have laid his claws on most pillars of the government but he has not been able to have much influence in the party activities.

Dr Chombo said Zanu-PF would soon distribute new vehicles that were part of the 365 fleet of cars procured ahead of the 2018 elections to all party administrative districts. He said all the party’s provincial chairpersons would receive vehicles from the same allocation.

Dr Chombo said the vehicles would enable the administrators to efficiently execute their mandate and ensure a landslide victory in the 2018 harmonised elections.

“We are soon going to distribute vehicles to all the party’s administrative districts,” he said. “Asi totangaoka nachairman weprovince. We have a fleet of cars that range from king cabs, single cabs, twin cabs and Ford Fiestas. We have also bought buses that will ferry our members whenever we have meetings in Harare.

“We urge you not to abuse these resources so that you increase their lifespan.”

Dr Chombo said there was need for the party to have a sound administration which enables it to institute efficiency, early warming systems, correctly project election patterns and results, as well as mounting an effective campaigning and mobilisation strategy.

“It is my considered view that in all our undertakings, as administration, we should operate in sync with His Excellency the President and First Secretary of Zanu-PF Cde Robert Mugabe’s admonition during the Sixth People’s Congress where he emphatically bemoaned the shambolic state of the party’s administration.

“Sound and efficient administration should be our everyday motto,” he said.

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