Zanu PF youths battle factionalism


THE ZANU PF Youth League Bulawayo provincial executive has roped in members of the party’s main wing and central committee in a bid to instil discipline and end factionalism.


The new youth executive which was elected last December has been rocked by divisions amid claims that some provincial executive members connived with the previous leadership to oust some of the new office bearers.

On Wednesday, the Bulawayo provincial executive’s main wing secretary for administration Elifasi Mashaba, secretary for the commissariat Canaan Ncube and secretary for security Nicholas Mhlanga attended a youth league meeting in the city. Bulawayo provincial youth chairperson Khumbulani Mpofu told Southern Eye yesterday that he had personally invited the three to the meeting.

“I invited the three main wing members to give a talk to the youths,” he said.

“Basically, as people who have been in politics for many years, they told us as youths that unity and discipline were key for any Zanu PF member, especially those in leadership positions.

“From the wise words of our elders, I believe we narrowed down our differences and emerged united.

“But one or two members might not have changed.”

Mpofu also said they would continue monitoring any dissent among members.

“Since all executive members are now aware how they are to behave, from now onwards we won’t hesitate to institute disciplinary measures on any member who will act otherwise,” he said.

However, some youth league sources who attended the meeting said although the involvement of senior party members was welcome, it was also a sign that their leaders were failing to stamp their authority.

“The senior party members said it is up to us as youths to unite as they cannot enforce it,” the source said.

“The meeting was a non-event, but simply exposed the leadership deficiencies of our youth leaders. Why have they not called for a meeting to trash out our differences? Divisions will continue to exist.”

Earlier this month, the youth league executive seemed headed for a split over allegations that some members attended an end-of-year gays and lesbians’ party at a city joint. However, the members spotted at the venue where the gays and lesbians’ party was being held said it was “sheer coincidence that we were at the same place at the same time with those people.