Tensions have risen within Zanu PF, the ruling party in Zimbabwe, following a directive issued by the national chairperson, Oppah Muchinguri Kashiri.
She instructed party members to pay toll fees when passing through tollgates instead of using their party membership cards and regalia as an excuse for exemption.
The directive, which was delivered during a Zanu PF conference in Gweru, raised concerns among party leaders in attendance. Some party officials expressed discontent, suggesting that the party should cover the toll fees for members engaged in party business.
In response to Muchinguri Kashiri’s directive, the Transport ministry, through the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (Zinara), reportedly tightened control at tollgates to prevent Zanu PF-branded vehicles from passing without payment.
Tendai Mugabe, the spokesperson for Zinara, emphasized their responsibility to collect road user fees in accordance with the law. He stated that they had not received any specific instructions from political parties regarding tollgate operations.
Farai Marapira, the acting director for information in Zanu PF, affirmed the party’s disciplined approach. He stated that party members are expected to adhere to directives from senior leadership without question, as it is in the best interest of the party and the country’s image.
Zanu PF has faced previous instances of members abusing the party’s name and privileges, including instances of acquiring agricultural inputs and farms unlawfully.