ZANU PF spokesman Rugare Gumbo is the guest on Question Time and speaks to journalist Lance Guma while answering questions from SW Radio Africa listeners. He responds to speculation on Mugabe’s health; how ZANU PF will deal with the WikiLeaks saga; why they are instructing police to block MDC-T rallies; why does ZANU PF rely on political violence instead of selling its manifesto.
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ZANU PF, which has dominated the country’s political landscape for over three decades without a break, is now at a crossroads as President Robert Mugabe’s health problems, worsened by old age, mount ahead of the next crucial elections which could mark the beginning of the end.
Former Information Minister Jonathan Moyo, Vice President Joice Mujuru, Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Gideon Gono and Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi could all be high profile casualties after President Robert Mugabe hinted Zanu PF will investigate sensational WikiLeaks revelations.
President Robert Mugabe has uncharacteristically balked at taking action against senior Zanu PF officials exposed in secret United States diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks as clandestinely campaigning to remove him due to leadership failures, old age and ill-health.
The Zanu-PF Politburo met in Harare yesterday and unanimously declared businessman and nationalist Kantibhai Gordanbhai Patel a national hero. His remains will be interred at the National Heroes Acre in August next year during National Heroes’ Day commemorations.
An explosive Zanu PF indaba is in the offing tomorrow as it emerges that close associates of late army commander Retired General Solomon Mujuru are set to push for an explanation from the party on the circumstances that led to the former army boss’ death.
Zanu PF battling internal divisions has now dismissed Marondera East MP Tracy Mutinhiri with immediate effect following recommendations by its national disciplinary committee. She also risks losing her job as Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Services after her colleagues accused her of working with the MDC-T.
Zanu PF is battling to contain tension and anger swelling within its ranks following the suspicious death of “kingmaker” retired army commander Solomon Mujuru. Zanu PF factions battling to succeed Robert Mugabe are said to be at each others’ throats over the controversial death of the popular former top army man.
Deputy Labour and Social Welfare minister Tracy Mutinhiri was on Saturday suspended from Zanu PF after she was found guilty of working against the party. Mutinhiri, who is also the Marondera East MP, had been hauled before a provincial disciplinary committee following complaints that she was working with MDC-T.