ZANU PF’s de facto supreme decision-making body between congresses, the politburo, has unanimously agreed to dissolve the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) following the end of the four-year inclusive government.
However, the resolution was reached after robust debate between senior Zanu PF officials as Labour minister Nicholas Goche and Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa’s idea to transform Jomic into a new Zimbabwe Political Parties Dialogue (ZPPD) was shot down by Information minister Jonathan Moyo.
Moyo cornered Goche over the proposal saying the ZPPD project would give relevance to the MDC formations which are battling serious infighting. Moyo was supported by senior party members including Vice-President Joice Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, who were equally opposed to the formation of a political parties’ forum.
Politburo sources said Chinamasa was disappointed after his proposal failed to sail through. Under the ZPPD, millions of US dollars and cars under Jomic were to be shared among the political parties.
Jomic was formed to monitor the implementation of the September 15 2008 Global Political Agreement, which gave birth to the coalition government between the MDC, MDC-T and Zanu PF in February 2009.
During its tenure, Jomic was often accused of being toothless in dealing with politically-motivated violence which rocked the country.
Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo confirmed the matter was discussed although he could not give details.
According to politburo sources, the dissolution of Jomic was discussed after the party’s commissar Webster Shamu and national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo presented their reports on the preparations for the forthcoming Zanu PF conference in Chinhoyi.