Officials have reported receiving multiple death threats over disputed ongoing provincial elections that have seen the party being forced to convene an ad-hoc committee led by Vice President Joice Mujuru and key members of her faction to handle the remaining seven provincial elections after polls in Mashonaland Central, Manicaland and Midlands were sullied by accusations of ballot fraud.
The controversial and often chaotic provincial elections have been characterised by allegations and counter accusations of vote-rigging, triggering a war between rival camps that has since spilled into the public sphere.
Publicly, those defeated are washing their party’s dirty linen in public, revealing in startling detail the levels of deceit and mistrust within Zanu PF.
Mujuru reportedly leads a faction that has so far won elections in three provinces of Mashonaland Central, Manicaland and Midlands while the other faction said to be led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa is crying foul.
“I have since beefed up my security because of the threats that I am receiving from people I don’t know,” said a top Zanu PF official in Mashonaland Central.
Public manifestations of Zanu PF factionalism have rattled senior officials who have since beefed up their security as they fear retribution from opponents who are not happy with the way the elections are being held.
The stalemate over the outcome of the Mashonaland Central elections has created yet another battlefront between Mujuru’s backers and those who fight in Mnangagwa’s corner.