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Zanu PF to elect provincial committees

Loughty Dube

ZANU PF will in November hold a special conference to elect new provincial executive committees which could be key factors in the succession saga.

rial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>Zanu PF information supremo Nathan Shamuyarira this week confirmed new party chairmen and executive members would be elected at the end of the year or after local government elections scheduled for the end of this month.

“The terms of all provincial chairmen are coming to an end,” said Shamuyarira. “Elections to fill these positions would be held soon and a special conference or different conferences will be held soon after the council elections,” he said.

Shamuyarira said the elections would also fill positions in provinces that did not have substantive chairmen. Mashonaland Central has an acting chairman after the position was made vacant this year by the death of Stephen Nkomo.

“There are some provinces that have acting chairmen like Bulawayo and we want to call for elections so that substantive chairmen are found for those provinces,” he said.

Jostling for positions in various provinces, especially in Matabeleland South and Bulawayo, has already started amid allegations that those eyeing the party presidency are pushing for the candidacy of trusted party cadres.

The provincial leaders will next year vote into office the party president and executive members. While other provincial leaders have remained mum on the future of President Mugabe as party leader, Matabeleland South and North leaders have said they would pick party chairman John Nkomo to succeed Mugabe.

Party sources said the jostling threatens to compromise the party’s campaign for local government elections scheduled for the end of the month.

The Zimbabwe Independent this week learnt that camps had emerged in Bulawayo province with senior party leaders backing different people for the post of chairman, left vacant after Jabulani Sibanda was kicked out.

Sources said names that have been thrown into the fray include those of acting chairman Silas Dlomo and two provincial committee members, Jimmy Nleya and Abu Basuthu.

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