Zanu PF director of information Tafadzwa Mugwadi has distanced the ruling party from the bloodletting infighting in the opposition outfits led by Nelson Chamisa and Thokozani Khupe, saying the ruling party had a two-thirds majority in Parliament and does not need any help from the Khupe’s camp.
The Thokozani Khupe-led outfit has been methodically decimating Chamisa’s base since the Supreme Court ruled in March that the MDC Alliance leader’s succession of Morgan Tsvangirai was illegal.
Khupe has been using the Supreme Court ruling to recall legislators and councillors from a party that defeated her in the previous elections.
This comes as a leading weekly publication claims that developments in the opposition were following a script that was crafted a long time ago and will culminate in Khupe’s party supporting constitutional amendments that will effectively shut Chamisa out of the forthcoming polls.
“The plot is like this: Zanu PF will support Khupe, decimate Chamisa and force him to form a new party and lose everything like party offices, safe houses and so forth,” said the official who requested to remain anonymous, in a report by The Standard newspaper.
“Then in 2022, Zanu PF and the MDC-T MPs will make constitutional amendments to peg the presidential candidates’ minimal age at 50 in order to disqualify Chamisa,” a well-placed Zanu PF official disclosed to the same publication.
“Chamisa will not run in 2023, he will only run in 2028 and by that time Zanu PF will have sponsored internal divisions over his leadership. In short, Chamisa is finished.”
But Mugwadi has shot down the suggestions as hogwash.
“That is hogwash, Zanu PF has a majority in Parliament and it does not need the benevolence of any party to amend the constitution,” Mugwadi said.
“Those saying so do not know what two-thirds majority means.”
He said his party was not involved in the MDC squabbles.
MDC-T interim chairman Morgen Komichi, however, dismissed allegations that his party was colluding with Zanu PF to neutralise Chamisa.
“As MDC, we are independent, we are not working with Zanu PF,” Komichi said.
“This is our conflict with Chamisa; it is an internal issue emanating from succession which has already been resolved by the court.
“We are now focusing on how we can bring order to the party so that we can confront Zanu PF in 2023.”
He added: “We are not recalling people as a practice; we recall when a member ceases to belong to our party.”