Zanu(PF) struggling to hold structures as MDC penetrates strongholds

HURUNGWE,- Zanu (PF) is reported to have deployed its officials and some elements from the military to revive and verify its structures which are said to be under threat as the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) continues to gain access into the strongholds of the former ruling party.

Sources close to Zanu(PF) leadership in Hurungwe told Radio Vop that teams covering Hurungwe were deployed at the weekend and the party structures indicate that there is more that needs to be done before elections.

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Zanu (PF) says it wants elections to be held this year despite objections from its partners in the coalition government, the two MDC formations.

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“A lot of work needs to be done to restructure the party as there are more ghost members within the party and the verification has caught us unprepared as our rural support dwindles.

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We are fighting a loosing battle to get rural support ” said one source.

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The audit and verification process is being spearheaded by top army officers.The party’s acting provincial chairman senator Reuben Marumahoko confirmed that the party is carrying out audit of its structures.

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“We have been mandated by the politburo to do so and we are on the ground to know our members. Elections are going ahead and we are all geared for that .” he told our correspondent in the area.

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Marumahoko refused to comment on the alleged involvement of the army in the party restructuring.Other parties that form part of the unity government, MDC-T and MDC-N have always accused some army officers of doing Zanu (PF) work instead of protecting the nation.

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Army commanders are on record as saying they will never salute Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

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They openly pledged their loyalty to Zanu(PF) and President Robert Mugabe.

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Meanwhile, in Masvingo, Villagers in Shumbayaonda area under Chief Manzure have complained that they are being forced to contribute 2R a day for the upkeep of controversial war veterans leader and Zanu (PF) top campaigning manager. Jabulani Sibanda.

According to the villagers, those who refuse to pay are being threatened by unspecified action, resulting in them taking from their meagre incomes to give towards Sibanda’s upkeep out of fear.

“It is even more painful when you are made to pay for the upkeep of a man who comes to your area to preach Zanu (PF) propaganda,” said Jathro Madombi of Muchakata area.

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“Zanu PF must look after its kid not us, we are not happy at all.”

The 2R that the villagers are being asked to contribute is sufficient to buy a bundle of vegetables for a family of five in most rural areas.

Sibanda dismissed the villagers’ claims as ‘ridiculous’. “I don’t comment on ridiculous stories like that one. Those who tell you must give you comments,” Sibanda said.

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Although Sibanda admitted that he is ‘patrolling’ in the Mapanzure area, he refused to disclose his means of survival. He also refused to comment on his main agenda in the area.