2023: ED in front of the ball in the field

BY PRIVELEDGE GUMBODETE/SILAS NKALA
ZANU PF activist Sybeth Musengezi has warned that factionalism and discontent are spawning seeds for another ball on the fieldwhich will see members of the ruling party vote for the opposition in general elections scheduled for next year.

His remarks come as divisions have emerged in Zanu PF’s Bulawayo province along factional lines amid reports that some of the women nominated for the party’s women’s league posts have alleged links to the G40.

Musengezi, who recently challenged President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s rise to power in 2017, accused Zanu PF leaders of failing to properly run the country, which he said was giving party loyalists leverage to vote for the Zanu PF leader. the opposition Coalition of Citizens for Change (CCC), Nelson Chamisa. .

Bhora musango was an underground campaign by some Zanu PF leaders in the run-up to the 2008 harmonized elections, which urged party members to vote against the late Robert Mugabe, despite voting for local authority candidates and parliamentarians of the party.

“Our current leaders have failed to govern the country, they have failed the economy. Corruption is commonplace and, in general, people are suffering. On top of that, there’s a lot of discontent and factionalism in Zanu PF, so ball on the field it is inevitable,” Musengezi tweeted.

“If Chamisa plays his cards right, I anticipate he will win the hearts of many in 2023, even those currently in Zanu PF can vote for him.”

Addressing the media last week, Zanu PF party spokesman Christopher Mutsvangwa admitted that there were growing fissures within the ruling party, but claimed that Mnangagwa was entitled to serve another term as laid out in the constitution.

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In Bulawayo, there were reports that some party members were unhappy that people perceived to be part of the G40 cabal had been selected as members of the party’s Bulawayo province women’s league last week.

These include veteran politician Angeline Masuku, Maidei Mpala, Rebecca Manjere and Rose Jerengwa.

Some party members believe that two of the women belong to the G40 clique.

A source said, “Over the weekend, the provincial women’s league elected representatives for the national league. Some of the national representatives of the women’s league happened to be members of the G40. The plan is still to destroy Zanu PF from within so we can lose the election through ball on the field. During the by-elections, the people of Bulawayo voted for CCC.”

Zanu PF Bulawayo spokesman Archibold Chiponda said: “Unless you tell me who these so-called complainers are, I don’t know where this G40 problem is coming from.”

Political analysts said the possibility of a ball on the field could not be ruled out.

“After the 2017 coup, the ruling Zanu PF party has been struggling with growing internal contradictions within its leadership due to factionalism. We even saw factionalism in the provincial internal elections and this may affect the electoral performance of the party in 2023,” said political analyst Vivid Gwede.

Another political analyst Methuseli Moyo said: “Everything is possible considering the reports of factions in Zanu PF. The next annual meeting will repair or widen the cracks. If the cracks persist, Mnangagwa must prepare for a second round or, in the worst case, an outright defeat. He has to command his troops very well by 2023. It will not be easy. It promises to be a well-contested election.”

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However, political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said that people should not read too much about the ongoing Zanu PF factional battles.

“Zanu will be Zanu PF. They have gone in the three previous general elections divided and battles between factions were taking place, but in the end, the winners are announced. What makes them win is the clientelism they have, and an organizational level around the elections higher than that of the opposition, the State institutions that they capture, the public resources that they divert to the parties’ businesses, violence and fraud. electoral. So don’t read too much into Zanu PF’s factionalism.”

Political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya said: “I don’t think wars between Zanu PF factions will result in a high rate of vote shifting. They gain more from a united front than from division, so they tend to gravitate toward unity at election time. However, we do not know the seriousness of the situation until their congresses or primary elections are held. They will certainly lose votes, but not
substantially.”

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