WHILE most top Zanu PF officials are embroiled in the district co-ordinating committee dissolution drama, Mines minister and party vice-presidential aspirant, Obert Mpofu, is firmly focused on building his political influence in the Matabeleland region.
Mpofu has been officiating at most state functions in Matabeleland ranging from graduation ceremonies, pass-out parades, and launches of various projects, overshadowing his more senior party colleagues Vice-President John Nkomo and rival Simon Khaya Moyo.
Mpofu and Moyo are locked in a bitter race to succeed Nkomo who is reportedly suffering from cancer.
Nkomo is rarely seen in the region while Moyo makes frequent visits to his home village of Bulilima where he is vying for a senatorial seat.
Moyo has also launched a number of projects in Bulilima and Plumtree, resulting in traditional leaders declaring him their preferred candidate for the senatorial seat in the next elections.
Mpofu has made several trips to his Umguza constituency where he distributed maize to villagers and donated computers to schools.
Mpofu declared his ambitions when he challenged Nkomo in the race to succeed the late Joseph Msika in 2009. He was blocked by party stalwarts who argued that Nkomo was the most senior Zanu PF official in the region.