Some senior members of the ruling ZANU PF have accused eliminated Generation 40 (G40) and Gamatox factions of causing chaos during the recently held party district coordinating committee (DCC) elections.
Meanwhile, liberation war icon and one of the remaining Zanu PF founders, Rugare Gumbo, upon president Emmerson Mnangagwa to disband the DCCs which he says will fuel growing factional and tribal wars.
Zanu PF secretary for security in the politburo, Lovemore Matuke, told the Daily News on Thursday that the remnants of G-40 and Gamatox continue to attempt to weave their way back into Zanu PF. He said:
They (alleged G40 and Gamatox remnants) want to come back to Zanu PF because it’s cold out there. People struggle to survive outside Zanu PF.
G40 was allegedly being led by the former first lady, Grace Mugabe while some of the kingpins include exiled ministers, Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao and Walter Mzembi.
The Gamatox faction was reportedly being led by the former Vice President, Joice Mujuru and it became defunct with her ouster from the ruling party in 2015.
Speaking to the Daily News, ZANU PF political commissar, Victor Matemadanda who is also the deputy minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs said:
If someone was G40, it doesn’t mean that he is not going to come back to the party … for now, I am busy with DCC elections and can’t comment further.
Both G40 and Gamatox fought against Mnangagwa’s Lacoste faction which eventually won.
Other Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said ruling party bigwigs were worried about the resurgence of the two factions.
TheY claimed that the G40 and Gamatox factions wanted to bounce back into Zanu PF and rekindle their yester-year fights with Mnangagwa from within.