ZANU PF which resoundingly won last year's harmonised elections, and is believed to have benefited from diamond riches at Marange, is facing financial problems, senior party officials said at the weekend.

The officials were responding after President Robert Mugabe said that there would be hell to pay for the embarrassing chaos witnessed at the just ended youth conference in Harare.

"The (party) has been sitting to plan these conferences on the basis that the financial side, those who are responsible for raising finances of the party, are doing so, only to be told that we don't even have a single cent.

"Why, why, why?!" a visibly angry Mugabe demanded after arriving at the Harare international conference centre Saturday to learn that there was no food for the 3,000 delegates.

Apparently no one had told the veteran leader the unhappy state of affairs in the ruling party.

Asked to explain why the youths were massed into Harare when there was no food for them, party spokesman Rugare Gumbo told the weekly Standard newspaper: "Well, look, I don't know. The fact is that the party is facing challenges of money."

Mugabe, lucky to have some to spare, was forced to donate a 30 head of cattle from his personal stocks to feed the youths.

He also ordered his family's Gushungo Dairy company to deliver milk and other provisions to the conference.
The Zanu PF leader however warned that there would be hell to pay for those responsible when the party holds its elective congress in December.

"I cannot hire a central committee or even a politburo which is that inept. l am looking forward; l am seeing what is happening. Alas, when it comes to congress, don't cry," he said.

And in remarks thought to have been directed at Zanu PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, Mugabe blamed the chaos on senior officials spending their time holding nocturnal meetings as factional fights continue.

Mutasa is understood to be working to outdo numerous rivals for the national chairman's post which is expected to become vacant with the possible elevation of incumbent Simon Khaya Moyo to second vice president.

The presidential affairs minister however refused to comment on Mugabe's furious rant.

"Ask him (President Mugabe) or his secretary. I am not his spokesman," he said.
Meanwhile, in a bid to avoid a repeat of the shambles, Khaya Moyo has summoned a meeting of the party's elections directorate ahead of the women's league conference where Mugabe's wife, Grace, is expected to take over as secretary for women's affairs.

"The meeting will start at 2pm (Wednesday) and is meant to finalise preparations for the Women's League conference which starts in Harare on Thursday the 14th of August 2014," said Moyo. – The Standard




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