THE internecine Zanu PF factional fights ahead of the December elective congress have turned into a dirty mudslinging match with senior party officials publicly labelling each other as spies and gay gangsters.
Serious fights along factional lines reached a crescendo yesterday with Mashonaland West provincial chairman Temba Mliswa dressing down Information minister Jonathan Moyo.
Mliswa called a press conference in Harare where he called Moyo all sorts of names.
The Hurungwe West MP claimed that the ruling party had been infiltrated by CIA agents and gay gangsters.
“I spoke about sexual orientation. CIA is a bunch of gay gangsters and you can’t be part of them if you are not one of them,” Mliswa said.
“We belong to a party led by a leader who is constitutional but we wonder, has the party been hijacked?
“He (President Robert Mugabe) is procedural; he has run the party well. He has said to central committee, you must be at work and hold us accountable.
“My response is, it’s just infiltration in the party. I will prove it, I will take it upon myself and say this is a bunch of gay gangsters.
“It’s a whole crew and we will not allow the party to be run by gay gangsters.
“I am saying to the president that we can’t go to congress with gay gangsters.”
Mliswa said he supported the status quo elected at the last congress namely Mugabe, Vice-President Joice Mujuru and national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo.
Mliswa was responding to reports in the State media that alleged 12 MPs including those from Zanu PF were spying for the United States’ intelligence unit, the CIA.
The former sports administrator was accused of taking an alleged US spy on a tour of his constituency where he sought funds for various projects.
Zanu PF MPs accuse Moyo of planting the stories. The minister has not responded to the personal attacks against him.