Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party is reportedly faced with an imminent split after members of the party believed to be allies of sacked vice president Joice Mujuru fired a damning attack at President Robert Mugabe.
Dismissed presidential affairs minister Didymus Mutasa on Tuesday indicated that the Mujuru faction would soon commence a legal challenge that could likely lead up to a split as early as next week, the News Day Newspaper reported.
In the Statement, Mutasa declared Zanu-PF’s controversial December congress a nullity for being held outside the dictates of the party’s constitution, and criticised Mugabe for displaying a deep-seated historical failure to correctly handle internal contradictions in the ruling party.
“The sad events of the past months reflect a deep-seated historical failure by the party leadership to correctly handle internal contradictions in the party. Each time the party faces challenges, it resorts to brute force. It fails to sum up its mistakes and experiences and provide durable solutions,” reads part of the statement.
Gospel of hate
Mujuru lost her vice presidency post after being dumped by Mugabe ahead of the Zanu-PF congress in December. She was replaced by her long-time rival Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mujuru’s ouster came after she was subjected to vicious attacks by First Lady Grace Mugabe who accused her of plotting to assassinate Mugabe and corruption, among other things.
Mujuru has denied the allegations.
Police have launched a probe into the plot claims. To date there has been no progress. Many Zimbabweans believe the accusations were fabricated.
Mujuru was sacked along with 15 ministers believed to be her allies, including Mutasa.
Mutasa also took a swipe at Grace Mugabe, accusing her of “preaching the gospel of hate in the presence of our very impressionable youths and the traumatised impoverished population”.
More to be fired
Meanwhile, NewZimbabwe.com reported on Tuesday that more ministers and permanent secretaries believed to be aligned to Mujuru were set to be relieved of their duties as soon as Mugabe returned home from his annual holiday.
Mugabe, who turns 91 next month, is currently on holiday with his family in the Far East.
According to the report, Mugabe’s next cabinet reshuffle would see his wife being appointed gender minister.
Grace was confirmed as the new head of Zanu-PF’s women’s wing at the December congress, underlining her sudden and swift political rise in the southern African country.