ZANU PF activist Sybeth Musengezi has warned that factionalism and discontent are laying the seeds for another bhora musango, in which members of the ruling party will 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 faithful a chance to vote for the leader. of 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 failed to govern the country, they failed the economy. Corruption is rife and generally people are suffering. On top of that, there is a lot of discontent and factionalism in Zanu PF, so bhora musango is inevitable.” . Musengezi tweeted.
“If Chamisa plays his cards right, I anticipate he will win the hearts of many in 2023, even those currently on 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.
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 turned out to be members of the G40. The plan is still to destroy Zanu PF from within so that We may lose the election through bhora musango. During the by-elections, the people of Bulawayo voted for the 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 mossang bhora could not be ruled out.
“After the 2017 coup, the ruling Zanu PF party has been struggling with further internal contradictions within its leadership due to factionalism. We even saw factionalism in the internal provincial elections and this may affect the electoral performance of the party in 2023,” political analyst Vivid told Gwede.
Another political analyst Methuseli Moyo said: “Everything is possible given the reports from the 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, at worst, In most cases, a resounding defeat. He has to organize his troops very well by 2023. It will not be easy. It promises to be a very close election.”
However, political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said people shouldn’t 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 patronage system they have, and the higher organizational level .around the elections the opposition, the state institutions they capture, the public resources they divert to party business, the violence and electoral fraud. So don’t read too much about Zanu PF’s factionalism.”
Political analyst Rejoice Ngwenya said: “I don’t think Zanu PF factional wars result in a high rate of vote shifting. They win more with a united front than a split, so they tend to gravitate towards unity during However, they do not know the seriousness of the situation until their congresses or primary elections are held, they will surely lose votes, but they will not