President Robert Mugabe has described factional fighting within his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front which some have said is threatening to split the party as “little fights”. Addressing African diplomats, students and Zimbabweans in Vienna, Mugabe said: “Of course, you’ve got the little fights in the parties and so on, especially if you’re going to congress, you react so much, people want positions and they begin to work for positions.
Movement for Democratic Change secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora who trounced former organising secretary Nelson Chamisa at the just ended party congress reducing him to an ordinary member says the party will not dump Chamisa because he is a brand that the party cannot afford to lose. “If the truth is to be told, he is a brand which the MDC could also be identified with.
Former Movement for Democratic Change spokesman Douglas Mwonzora, who was considered a rank outsider after only being nominated by one province, yesterday beat party favourite Nelson Chamisa to clinch the secretary-general’s post.
President Robert Mugabe is reported to have asked for an update on the Baba Jukwa case at last week’s politburo meeting, according to the Sunday Mail.
The long-awaited congress of the Morgan Tsvangirai faction of the Movement for Democratic Change kicks off today but it has been reduced to almost a non-event. The media, especially the private media that has backed the MDC before, has been totally engrossed with the internal “squabbles” in the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front which holds its congress in December.