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Although VP Mujuru emerged as the leader of the camp after the death of her husband, insiders say she has a frosty relationship with some key members of her faction, such as politburo members Nicholas Goche, Sydney Sekeramayi and Saviour Kasukuwere, among others.

Last week, Zanu PF Mashonaland East chairman Ray Kaukonde, who has stuck by Mujuru, met his Mashonaland Central counterpart Dickson Mafios in Harare in a bid to iron out differences in the camp.

Mafios has been working closely with Kasukuwere and Goche.

Mafios confirmed the meeting but said it was meant to find ways of strengthening the party and not the Mujuru camp.

“We met as chairpersons to discuss several issues affecting the party and our structures,” said Mafios.

“We always do this as chairpersons. We are calling for unity in all provinces and we are saying we should be united and the DCC elections should not divide the party,” Mafios said.

Divisions in the camp exploded during the party’s District Coordinating Committee (DCC) elections in Mashonaland Central when candidates backed by Mujuru lost to those linked to Goche and Kasukuwere.

Mujuru’s candidates lost in five of the eight districts in the province in the March elections, triggering speculation that she was stumbling in the succession race after the death of her influential husband. 

Candidates backed by Mujuru lost in Mount Darwin, Mazowe, Shamva, Mbire and Guruve. The loss in her home district of Mt Darwin set alarm bells ringing as insiders interpreted it as a sign she was losing her grip.

However, since that emphatic loss, Mujuru has become more aggressive towards her bitter rival, Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa and her former allies Kasukuwere and Goche, while at the same time trying to engage them (Kasukuwere and Goche) to close ranks.

A fortnight ago, she slammed unnamed senior Zanu PF officials fuelling infighting driven by their presidential ambitions saying they should respect the party hierarchy.

Mujuru implored the party not to tolerate people who undermine senior leaders and destabilise structures through their ambitious agendas.
Mujuru, who was said to have fought “like a tiger” in defence of her political territory, fiercely attacked senior officials in her camp, particularly Goche, Kasukuwere and Mafios, for working against her during DCC polls.

Goche and Kasukuwere hit back, with the latter accusing Mujuru of vote-buying and other irregularities.

The divisions have reportedly spilled into the public arena with officials attacking each other at rallies and other political gatherings.

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