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Mugabe describes faction fighting in ZANU-PF as “little fights”

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. But it doesn’t worry us very much. We’ll get to congress in the first week of December and this will stop.” ZAU-PF is holding its congress in the first week of December. The two hotly contested seats will be those of vice-president and national chairman. But most of the squabbles have been centred around the post of vice-president currently held by Joice Mujuru. The other vice-president’s post is vacant following the death of John Nkomo last year. People will be voting for the candidates by secret ballot, a departure from the past when they voted by province. Similar voting was used at the just ended Movement for Democratic Change-Tsvangirai congress which saw Nelson Chamisa who had been endorsed by 11 provinces losing to Douglas Mwonzora who had been backed by one.

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