Zanu-PF provincial structures in Mashonaland Central and West provinces are reportedly on fire amid reports that members are calling for the ouster of their leadership.
The provinces are led by Cabinet ministers Kazembe Kazembe (Home Affairs) and his Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs counterpart Ziyambi Ziyambi, respectively.
According to sources, the volatile situation in Mashonaland Central has even sucked ordinary card carrying members who, in frustration, are reportedly sabotaging most events called by the leadership.
“The matter was taken to the party chairman (Oppah Muchinguri) and she has tried in vain to bring the province together.
“She even tried to convince former politburo member Nicholas Goche to come back but all in vain. The issue has left an egg on the leadership’s face,” the sources said.
The situation has become so bad that even party president and first secretary, President Mnangagwa twice failed to address rallies in the province.
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was reportedly left seething after failing to address a rally in Mvurwi after the clean-up campaign last week.
“Kazembe is not doing anything but all he does is to threaten to expel people from the party. He sometime boasts that he is too close to the President and he can do whatever he feels within the province and that has not gone well with party members,” the sources said.
They said even war veterans in the province have tried to engage Kazembe who was adamant and even threatened to expel them from the party.
“In last week’s Provincial Coordinating Committee, he humiliated people including journalists for exposing him. Members and war veterans representatives were chucked out of the meeting,” they said.
There are also reports that members of the presidium have vowed not to set foot in Mashonaland Central until everything has been resolved.
“Latest development in Mvurwi irked the Presidium and they vowed not to return to the province until they sort out their mess,” the sources added.
Meanwhile, in Mashonaland West, the fights have sucked in Local Government and Public Works deputy minister and Zvimba North legislator Marrian Chombo.
Chombo is accused of sabotaging the provincial leadership because of her position in government.
The provincial leadership also clashed during a recently held National Youth Day in Mhondoro while a PCC meeting held after a sports day held at Alaska Mine resolved to clip Chombo’s wings.
“Mashonaland West is one of the most chaotic provinces in the country while provincial chairman Ziyambi is fixated on dealing with Chombo who is accused of causing havoc in the province,” sources said.
Chombo is enjoying a new lease of life in Zanu-PF after being expelled from the party during former President Mugabe’s era.
Her political career has, however, been on a meteoritic rise after she was re-admitted into the party after Mugabe’s ouster and subsequently replacing former husband Ignatius as MP for Zvimba North.
President Mnangagwa also appointed Chombo local government deputy minister in a Cabinet re-shuffle late last year.