The purge of Zanu PF members suspected to be loyal to ousted former Vice-President Joice Mujuru is set to cascade to lower structures of the party through a planned restructuring exercise.
Saviour Kasukuwere, the newly appointed secretary for commissariat, said the current party structures, used during the just-ended congress, were “rotten” and needed to be dismantled through a restructuring exercise once it is approved by the politburo and the central committee.
“We cannot have this rotten structure,” he said in an interview on the sidelines of a Zinwa luncheon for outgoing chief executive officer Albert Muyambo.
“We will first wait for the politburo and the central committee to meet and give direction on how to tackle the issue, but as you know we have, almost in all provinces, acting chairpersons, definitely we will have to fill those positions and this will be done through election in accordance with the constitution and regulations of the party.”
Prior to the congress held in Harare, party chairpersons aligned to Mujuru were firmly in control of structures. It took the entrance of First Lady, Grace Mugabe, into mainstream politics to change the status quo. The First Lady accused the chairpersons of working hand-in-glove with Mujuru to fan factionalism and plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe.
Eight provincial chairpersons and a number of their executives were booted out of office.