THE Zanu PF politburo’s resolution to disband District Coordinating Committees (DCCs) has returned to haunt the party as members of the dissolved structures have threatened to disrupt primary elections by refusing to cooperate with sitting MPs.
Report by Elias Mambo
Tensions are rising in Masvingo, the Midlands and Manicaland as the party continues to leave former DCC members in the political wilderness. Some former DCC members told the Zimbabwe Independent in an interview this week that they feel betrayed by their party which has failed to co-opt them into existing structures as promised.
“We have been the glue that sticks people to the party but now we have been discarded,” said one disgruntled former DCC member.“Zanu PF may rubbish our disgruntlement but the effect will be felt in the forthcoming elections.”
The former DCC members complained the politburo rushed to disband them without a solution on how to integrate them into other party structures since they were elected and not appointed. Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo acknowledged the disgruntlement of the dissolved DCC members but warned the party would discipline errant members.
“We are very much aware of such indiscipline but the party is clear on the fact that former DCC members cannot be automatically co-opted into party structures unless vacancies arise,” said Gumbo.
The Zanu PF politburo hastily disbanded its DCCs structure accusing them of fanning factionalism, as main faction leaders Vice- President Joice Mujuru and Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa jostled to wrest control of the structures viewed as crucial in the raging succession battle.