Mahoka and central committee member from Kadoma, Jimayi Muduvuri, were suspended from the party two weeks ago for "putting the party into disrepute", but this was resisted by another faction in the party led by John Mafa.

The journalists had congregated at Chinhoyi Hall where the meeting was to take place on Sunday when hired youths from Hurungwe, Karoi and Chegutu descended on them.

”This means Zanu PF is still yet to embrace media reforms…barring us will not unite the party that is divided,” said one of the Chinhoyi based freelance journalists.

Mahoka faced stiff resistance from the party’s heavyweights in Mashonaland East, who included Ignatius Chombo and Webster Shamu who want her expelled from the party for standing in the election against their wishes.

”Chombo’s camp is not willing to accept Mahoka whom they believe is linked to Emerson Munangagwa for presidency while the other camp prefer Joice Mujuru,” said a source.

Mafa confirmed that the politburo members failed to endorse Mahoka’s suspension at the weekend meeting.

”Those senior members wanted to bulldoze their way into our affairs as a province. We see no reason to suspend her… although they hired youths from as far as Karoi to demonstrate. As an executive we stood our ground and Mahoka will not be suspended by anyone…” said Mafa who is from former Zapu before the 1987 Unity Accord.

Mahoka is said to be originally from Masvingo but had settled in Hurungwe as a new farmer.
Mafa’s executive claims that Mahoka is ”the party workhorse who does not deserve to be suspended during these trying times when the party is still yet to get more support after the March election when it lost to Movement for Democratic Change”.