Top Zanu PF officials and legislators from the Midlands province on Friday reportedly snubbed Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga on his visit to the province.
Chiwenga was the guest of honour at a field day at Lozani Farm, Kwekwe, and the “snub” indicates that factionalism within the former revolutionary party is alive and well.
Notable top party officials who attended the event include provincial spokesperson Cornelia Mpereri and Chirumanzu-Zibagwe MP Prosper Machando.
However, State security minister Owen Ncube and Local Government minister July Moyo (both from the Midlands), party provincial chairperson Daniel Mackenzie Ncube, his deputy Robson Nyathi among other provincial leaders and senior party deployees in government stayed away from the event.
Zanu PF Midlands deputy chairperson Robson Nyathi, who is also MP for Shurugwi North told NewsDay that it was not deliberate that the majority of party officials in the province did not show up at Chiwenga’s event. He said:
As for me, I did not attend because I had other commitments. But the MP of that area was there as well as his councillor. Due to the COVID-19, there was also a need for the gathering to be kept small. It’s not true that there are any party officials who snubbed the event officiated by Vice-President Chiwenga.