Harare-The future of several Zanu PF Youth League heavyweights hangs in the balance after the league passed votes of no confidence in five of its National Executive Members including its leader Pupurai Togarepi.
The group, completed by Lewis Matutu, Tendai Chirau,Admire Mahachi and Mercy Mugomo was accused of gross incompetence in defending the “revolutionary party.”
Controversial Zanu Pf Youth Commissar Godfrey Tsenengamu made the announcement at the party’s headquarters earlier today.
According to insiders, the battle for the youth league exposes cracks within the presidium and the vote of no confidence is a test on its effectiveness in solving the emerging factional situation in Zanu PF.
The outspoken Chirau confirmed their situation but was adamant that there are still more processes the decision has to undergo until it is effective.
“There has been a battle for power in the Youth League. There are others who believe they were disadvantaged by the rushed appointments done after Operation Restore Legacy which saw a lot of junior cadres taking up powerful positions,” the source said.
“So when the first gets bruising, everyone pretends to be behind President Mnangagwa when they seem to be losing. It is no surprise that on the day of their ouster, Chirau and Matutu rushed to Herald to pledge loyalty to ED,” added our source.
Chirau acknowledged the action taken against him, but insists getting rid of him and his colleagues will not be easy.
“The vote of no confidence has been passed against us, but the decision is subject to review by the National Disciplinary Arm of the party,” Chirau said.
According to our source, Yeukai Simbanegavi is expected to take over as the youth league boss, deputised by Tsenengamu if the vote of no confidence sails.
Votes of no confidence in Zanu Pf point to bigger cracks. In 2016 they signalled a factional fight which was downplayed but degenerated into a military intervention at the height of infighting within the party.