By Lloyd Takawira
The tightly contested Zanu PF District Coordinating Committees have stirred ructions within the governing Zanu PF party with revelations that, the acrimonious bloodletting infighting could see a repeat of 2017 soft coup.
In a circular gleaned by Bustop TV News co-signed by the disgraced by the recently ousted Zanu PF political commissar, Victor Matemadanda, Zanu PF National Chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu, Secretary for Security Lovemore Matuke, Secretary for Information and Publicity Moyo, Secretary for Women’s League Mable Chinomona and acting Secretary for Youth Tendai Chirau , to all provincial and DCC chairpersons imploring DC chairman’s against taking unconstitutional and un-procedural actions and decisions such as co-option.
“DCCs have no power of co-option and as such, any co-options that were made under the direction or supervision of the DCCs remain unauthorized and invalid,” the circular reads as emphasized by Matemadanda to state media.
“DCCs have no power to organize and cause elections of district executive councils. Any elections conducted at the instigation and supervision of the DCCs are null and void. The branch, the district, the province and the Central Committee have got a disciplinary board that settles disciplinary matters, but that is not found in the DCCs,” he added.
Speaking to state media Matemadanda further stated that have no functional powers to discipline.
“What it means is that there is no action that can be taken by a DCC structure as a disciplinary action because they do not have that function,” he said.
Claiming the motormouth Zanu PF political commissar Mr Victor Matemadanda , who has since lost his influential ministerial post, the DCC proved to be divisive with the governing Zanu PF doing away with them in 2014 when the “Gamatox , Weevils and Lacoste ” factional wars rattled the Zanu PF party.
In 2014, Zanu PF under the stewardship of the late nonagenarian Robert Mugabe announced that DCC were dividing the party and that they had to be abolished a move that paved the way for the purging of the Mujuru faction which was accused of a litany of charges.
However last year , the governing Zanu PF announced the re-introduction of the DCC . To date the later have proved to be unaccomodateble with many centers of power now being created.
Observers have argued that , Matemadanda is a victim of a vicious war pitting President Mnangagwa’s clansmens such as Owen Muda Ncube and July Moyo who have assumed unfitted powers due to their proximity to the Zanu PF strongman has been accused of tribal politics in which only people from Masvingo and Midlands have a say.
Although Mnangagwa’s mouthpiece Mr George Charamba tried to downplay reports that Matemadanda was relieved of his influential commissar portfolio because he failed to hold the hotly contested DCC , indications are that under his watch the party became increasingly divided.
A Zanu PF insider who spoke to this reporter on condition of unknomity said that the party will be forced to do away with the DCC as they have proved that they are divisive.
“As you can see, there is much bickering. The party is not strong as is it seems . On the ground there is so much resentment . The commissariat department dismally failed to hold credible DCC elections . There are so many pending results, with so many disputes thus the DCC left deep seated hatred amongst the Cdes ” the insider said.
District Coordinating Committees are lower structures of a right wing political parties (communist parties ) whose responsibilities are to coordinate party development agenda in the district .