VP Mujuru on factionalism
Saturday, 28 July 2012 21:16
VICE-President Cde Joyce Mujuru says there is no fierce factional fighting in Zanu-PF as has been wildly portrayed, adding that the recent disbanding of the District Co-ordinating Committees (DCCs) was meant to revitalise the party as the structures were being used by some politicians to create small political empires.
In an interview with the Sunday News on Thursday after officiating at a police passout parade at Ntabazinduna Training Depot where she was the reviewing officer, Vice-President Mujuru said although there were factions caused by some party cadres through manipulation of DCCs, there was no serious factional fighting in the party as had been portrayed.
She said although the party, like any other organisation was not immune to differences, it was fictitious for anyone to suggest that the party was torn along factional lines.
The Vice-President who is also Zanu-PF’s second secretary said the idea of disbanding the party’s DCCs was the only way of nipping the emerging divisions in the bud that were being sown and watered by some party politicians who were using the structures to fuel factionalism.
Cde Mujuru said the party was quite convinced that the disbanding of the DCCs was going to reinvigorate and knit the fabric of the party’s structures that were being threatened by the divisions caused by some politicians through the DCCs.
“There is no serious factional fighting in the party as has been portrayed. The disbanding of the DCCs was a move undertaken by the party to revitalise its structures after it was realised that the DCCs were prone to manipulation by certain politicians in the party to fuel factionalism. They were being used by us politicians and their disbanding, therefore, was meant to strengthen the party and it should just be seen in that light. It’s good for the party and we hope the party will emerge stronger after their disbanding as they were the source of divisions for politicians’ selfish political influence,” said Vice-President Mujuru.
She said it was important that the party realised the abuse of the DCCs and quickly found a way of dealing with the problem before the rest of the party structures were threatened.
The party disbanded the District Co-ordinating Committees in the country after they were accused of fanning factionalism in the revolutionary party.
The decision to disband the DCCs was agreed by the Politburo and announced at a Central Committee meeting by President Mugabe who is the party’s First Secretary.
It was also endorsed by the Central Committee.
The party’s national spokesman, Cde Rugare Gumbo, said the party leadership was aware of the divisions that threatened the fabric of unity within the party hence the decision to disband the DCCs. He said some DCC members had become kingmakers in determining who was supposed to be in the leadership.
“One could not get to other structures of the party without going through the DCCs. They had created themselves as the executive and sometimes with the audacity to claim that they were Politburo members than the real Politburo. They would say they had power to influence who should be in the leadership,” said Cde Gumbo.
Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration, Cde Didymus Mutasa, recently said the party would purge officials accused of fanning factionalism in the dissolved DCCs. He added that there were not going to be sacred cows. Vice-President Mujuru urged unity among party members.