Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF to act on social media

2016-02-02 18:04

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Harare - Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF politburo is set to meet to discuss the "negative" use of social media by party officials who are allegedly using it to attack other party members, the state-owned Herald  newspaper reported on Tuesday. 

According to the party spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo, aggrieved party members should use party structures to raise their complaints and to communicate party information.

This came after the party's affiliate, the Zimbabwe Nation Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), alleged that some party members were abusing social media.

"The president [Robert Mugabe] says that we must avoid social media. We are a party with structures and where we have situation of transgression they should be brought to the party through relevant structures. I think that if somebody raises those issues [at the party’s politburo meeting], I think the party will come up with a position," Moyo was quoted saying.

Stern warning

Zanu-PF passed a resolution to crack down on social media at its annual conference in Bulawayo in 2011, according to All- Africa.

The party, at the time, banned the use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms, the report said.

The rule, however, seems to have been broken, as succession battles intensify.

Reports indicate that factions within Zanu-PF are tearing the party apart, as members position themselves to take over from the Mugabe, 91, should anything happen to him while his still in office.

Last month, presidential spokesperson George Charamba issued a stern warning saying that Mugabe will soon deal with those who are engaging in succession battles.

Charamba's utterances were indirectly aimed at a Zanu-PF faction known as Generation 40 (G40), believed to be led by Higher Education Minister Jonathan Moyo.

The G40 is reportedly backing first lady Grace Mugabe as the apparent successor of her frail 91-year-old husband, who has ruled the southern African country since independence in 1980.

Soon after the interview was streamed on the state broadcaster ZiFM , Moyo responded in a series of tweets blasting Charamba and accusing him of neglecting his civil service duties.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  grace mugabe  |  jonathan moyo  |  robert ­mugabe  |  george charamba  |  simon khaya moyo  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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