THE Zanu PF politburo is expected to meet on Wednesday to deal with a series of urgent issues affecting the faction-ridden party amid the looming spectre of a break-up ahead of crucial elections in March, it has been learnt.
y>The politburo was initially expected to meet on January 30 to discuss its primary polls to select candidates for the general election, but the meeting was brought forward because of the rising turbulence in the party, sources this week said.
Zanu PF is caught in a political storm accompanied by threats by some of its senior members to break away and form a splinter party to challenge President Robert Mugabe. Speculation is rife that long-serving official and politburo member Simba Makoni could lead the break-away group. It is said that Makoni is being supported by a Zanu PF faction led by retired army commander General Solomon Mujuru.
The politburo will, among other things, discuss the primary elections in the context of the March elections, talks between Zanu PF and the MDC, and probably events in the party whose factional cracks appear to be widening to the point of a possible split.
The sources said next week’s politburo meeting — the first after the party’s extraordinary congress which ended in chaos — is likely to be heated like most recent ones because of the lingering controversy over Mugabe’s reportedly fraudulent confirmation and endorsement as the party leader and presidential candidate.
Senior Zanu PF politburo members told the Zimbabwe Independent last month that Mugabe was endorsed in an unconstitutional and unprocedural manner at congress. They produced strong evidence to show this, which Mugabe and Zanu PF failed to deny.
The Zanu PF congress ended in chaos after Vice-President Joseph Msika and party chair John Nkomo almost walked out in protest when war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda tried to address congress after he was told he could not because he was still suspended from the party. — Staff Writer.