By Own Correspondent
MASH CENTRAL-Angry Zanu PF youths stormed the Bindura party offices yesterday in protest against Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) boss Tafadzwa Musarara barring him from attending a Provincial Executive Committee meeting.
This follows rising vitriol by party supporters against Musarara for allegedly dissing President Emmerson Mnangagwa on his viral Whatsapp Status last week a situation which has left the province divided as the majority are calling for the expulsion of Musarara from the party amid reports that the yesterday PEC meeting was also initially convened to deal with the issue among other agendas.
Party insiders who spoke to this publication also revealed that there is growing anger against Musarara who is believed to be behind the arrest of Cottco head of marketing, operations, ginning and logistics Maxwell Njanji who is reportedly eyeing the Mazowe Central seat ahead of the 2023 elections.
“All is not well in the province with the majority of party supporters calling for the expulsion of Musarara from the Zanu Pf party after his nasty message went viral attacking President Mnangagwa, hence the youths yesterday came to the party offices protesting against Musarara who seems unapologetic over his brazen attack on ED.
“The situation has become more tense especially in Mazowe district where Musarara is the DCC Chairman after the arrest of Njanji who has invested political interest in Mazowe Central,” said an insider who refused to named.
The embattled GMAZ boss is reported to have gone against Njanji in a strategy to frustrate processes by the Parliamentary portfolio committee led by Justice Mayor Wadyajena, “remember Musarara is fighting Parly through the courts where he is accusing Mayor of trying to elbow him out of the grain transportation deal.
“Mayor has a transportation deal with Cottco hence Musarara has gone for Pius Manamike and Njanji killing two birds with one stone as the arrests are also an attempt to save his beleaguered ally, Sydney Chidamba from losing to Njanji in the 2023 elections,” revealed a source.
In its High Court challenge, GMAZ is citing the Parliamentary Committee chaired by Wadyajena, the Parliament of Zimbabwe, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda, Clerk of Parliament, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Finance minister Mthuli Ncube as respondents.
Party supporters are venting anger over the arrest of Njanji who is reportedly funding numerous party programs in Mazowe District in an attempt to mobilise the needed 5 million votes for President Mnangagwa in the 2023 election.
“It is selfish for him to attack hardworking part cadres who are doing everything on the ground to support the party which is under siege from CCC, his vendettas are costing the party, he is fighting almost everyone in the province, we need him to step out of the Zanu PF politics and we are not relenting on that,” said a youth league official in Shamva who preferred anonymity.
Musarara torched the storm last Saturday after posting a Whatsapp status criticising Mnangagwa over failure to deal with soaring price.
He has blamed phone hackers over the posts and has since not issued an apology
Meanwhile, Njanji and Manamike appeared in court yesterday and are still waiting for bail whilst remanded in custody.