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Mutsvangwa says Bimha can't match Machacha

by Staff reporter
25 May 2024 at 13:16hrs | Views
Mike Bimha's removal from his influential post as Zanu-PF political commissar in a recent reshuffle has sparked commentary from the ruling party's spokesperson, Christopher Mutsvangwa, who compared Bimha unfavorably to his successor, Munyaradzi Machacha.

In an interview with the Zimbabwe Independent, Mutsvangwa shed light on the party's trajectory, expressing confidence in Machacha's ability to lead. Machacha, currently the principal at the Herbert Chitepo School of Ideology, was seen as better suited for the demanding role due to his strong grounding in Zanu-PF's ideology and liberation war credentials.

While acknowledging Bimha's efforts, Mutsvangwa emphasized the need for someone with extensive ideological training and wartime experience to bolster the party's direction. He hinted at the party's focus on expanding its ideological education programs, particularly through institutions like the Chitepo School of Ideology.

Machacha's appointment marks a departure from previous political commissars, like Bimha, who came from non-political backgrounds. Mutsvangwa highlighted Machacha's previous experience in the commissariat and praised his leadership in expanding the Herbert Chitepo School of Ideology.

However, reports suggest that the reshuffle has stirred unrest among some Zanu-PF leaders, particularly amid speculation about President Emmerson Mnangagwa's potential extension of his term to 2030. The prospect of a third term has intensified internal tensions within the party, with some top officials, including Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, reportedly opposing the idea.

Political analysts interpret the reshuffle as reflective of deeper divisions within Zanu-PF, particularly along ethnic and regional lines. The dynamics within the party are seen as crucial in shaping Mnangagwa's potential bid for an extended tenure.

While some analysts speculate about Mnangagwa's intentions regarding a third term, others believe he may be wary of the destabilizing effects of succession politics. Ultimately, the reshuffle and the broader political landscape in Zanu-PF underscore the complexities and power dynamics at play within the party.

Source - the independent