This follows the establishment of parallel structures by disgruntled party cadres who accuse their colleagues in the district and provincial executives of deliberately sidelining them.
The disgruntled members allege that provincial chairman Alexio Musundire’s loyalists are being preferred ahead of them as the party’s elective congress scheduled for end of May looms.
The party’s former chairman for Zengeza east district Felix Chihoro, organising secretary for the youth assembly Frank Machingura and deputy youth chairman Taurai Shenje have said they do not recognise the new party structures.
The three say the structures were secretly established by the district youth chairman Jabulani Mtunzi without the knowledge of organising secretaries of all wings as must be the case.
“We do not recognise the so-called new structures because they are products of a flawed process aimed at elbowing us out of the executive to ensure Musundire’s re-election as provincial chairman.
“We are viewed as a threat to Musundire’s political survival after we supported James Makore at the last provincial election. The so-called restructuring exercise was done secretly by Mtunzi and a few others without informing the district chairman and the organising secretaries of all wings as must be the case.
“As far as we are concerned all the old structures are still functional until we conduct a proper restructuring exercise which will be attended by all party cadres,” said the trio at the weekend.
Chihoro and company have since written to the national organising secretary Elias Mudzuri to register their grievances. In a letter to Mudzuri, a copy of which is in our possession, dated January 26 2011, the trio charge that elections in wards 13, 14, 16 and 20 were not properly conducted.
Contacted for comment on the situation Mtunzi, who retained his post as district youth chairman, confirmed the existence of parallel structures but played down its impact on the party’s preparation for the congress.
He dismissed Chihoro’s camp as one made up of fly-by-night politicians who, after realising that they had no support, saved themselves from embarrassment and stayed away from the elections but were now raising dust.