Chaotic scenes marred with violence emerging from Zanu PF district election venues serve to confirm that all is not well in the ruling party.
At the centre of the commotion in the fight for the control of the heart and soul of Zanu PF between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy retired General Constantino Chiwenga.
Zanu PF on Monday resolved to suspend its provincial elections that were set for this week and had threatened to further tear apart the party.
Gokwe’s Nembudziya MP and DC Chairman, Justice Wadyajena, a Mnangagwa disciple, had to seek refuge at the local police station after Zanu PF youth charged at him for allegedly rigging the internal elections.
“Mr Yellow Lamborghini had to run for his dear life yesterday in Gokwe-Nembudziya after villagers came after him. He ran into a local police station where the villagers camped outside accusing him of rigging local Zanu PF elections,” said the celebrated Ziumbabwe journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono.
Similar scenes were witnessed in numerous parts of Zimbabwe where Zanu PF is conducting internal elections.
In Harare South the event degenerated into a melee where youths exchanged blows and bricks. A video that went viral on social media depicts youths waving concrete bricks at other.
The provincial election campaigns have been marred by factionalism, smear campaigns and were threatening to turn bloody while also exposing deep-rooted factionalism in the party.
There were reports of chaos in almost all the provinces, mainly the Midlands, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West, Manicaland and Masvingo, where party bigwigs are facing off in a fight to control the provinces.
The factionalism is pitting loyalists of Mnangagwa against supporters the ambitious Chiwenga.