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    Makova booed as ZPF rejects his leadership


    SIMBARASHE MTEMBO

    MASVINGO
    – Embattled ZPF chairman for Masvingo Province, Rt Colonel Claudius Makova faced a storm when he tried to address party delegates at a meeting held at a local hotel on Wednesday this week.
    The Provincial structure is insisting that Makova is no longer the chairman after he was replaced by Dr William Zivenge but the former who is supported by the national party spokesperson Jealous Mawarire is adamant that he is still the chair.
    Makova also differed with the rest of the delegates on his plans to have the party contesting the Bikita West Constituency by-election. The rest of the delegates were against the idea while Mukova is said to be planning to field a candidate who is either himself or another member of the party.
    He faced a rebellion and delegates called him a dictator when he stood up to address the meeting. A few delegates supported him but the resistance to his leadership was so loud that hotel security had to threaten to eject the party out of the building.
    "Ngaabude, anodei muno hatidi munhu anenge Mugabe, kuda kutitonga zveutsinye, hatidi dictator isu," booed the ZPF supporters.
    When contacted for comment national public relations committee member Rtd Colonel Kudzai Mbudzi said Makova was an elder of the party who should not involve himself in provincial issues. He said Makova should focus on national issues and leave the provincial structures to the young who still have energy and can run around.
    "Makova should stop doing break dance with youngsters at provincial level when there are serious issues to be solved at national level that requires his attention as an elder of the party," said Mbudzi.
    Party cadres exchanged unprintable words over the disputed leadership of Makova.
    The meeting was organized for a few party members within the provincial leadership structures but ended up being ambushed by many party members from across the province who want to see Makova's back.
    Makova however rubbished allegations of being a dictator and told the party cadres to fall in line as he is still in charge of the province.
    Mbudzi said he has heard about a decision to contest the Bikita West by-election and dismissed that as a Makova project. He said the province and the party were not involved.
    "That was his decision because the province refused to field a candidate but he went ahead and chose his own candidate for the election," he said.
    Kudakwashe Gopo is the supposed party candidate for Constituency left vacant following the incarceration of Munyaradzi Kereke for raping his cousin.
    Gopo was the deputy secretary for the commissariat in ZANU-PF before being unceremoniously booted out in 2014 together former Vice President Joice Mujuru for allegedly fanning factionalism.
    "By fielding a candidate in Bikita, Makova is pushing a Zanu PF agenda," said a ZPF youth member who could not be named for fear of victimization.local news

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