Zanu-PF has “effectively split” following the controversial congress held in December last year, says former Zanu-PF secretary for information, Rugare Gumbo.
In an interview with The Zimbabwean, he also accused disputed party leader, President Robert Mugabe, of relying on “drunkards and discredited security agents” for information.
“It is clear that there are now two Zanu-PFs, which means the party has effectively split. There is the illegal Zanu-PF that was established at congress in 2014 and is led by Mr Mugabe. Then there is the popular and legitimate Zanu-PF that people wanted Mai (Joice) Mujuru to lead after congress. That there is now a split in the party is no longer in dispute,” said Gumbo, who was fired from Zanu-PF ahead of the congress for supporting Mujuru.
Didymus Mutasa, who was the party administration secretary and senior minister in Mugabe’s office, has also been fired from the party after challenging the congress outcome in court.
Mugabe has vowed that the court challenge will not succeed as Mutasa’s expulsion was an internal party matter that the courts must not handle.