ZANU PF national chairman Simon Khaya-Moyo on Thursday told all those who are not the party’s spokesperson to “shut up or else”.
Khaya-Moyo’s crude statement comes a day after Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa publicly issued a conflicting statement over what transpired at the party’s politburo meeting on Wednesday.
The justice minister denied that President Robert Mugabe had ordered the legal committee, which he heads, to “look at ways of making sure” that former Reserve Bank Governor Gideon Gono takes up his seat as Senator for Manicaland to fill the void left by the late national hero Kumbirai Kangai.
Mnangagwa told The Herald that the Gono issue was closed and there had not been any directive to him or anyone in his committee or department to have a “re-look” at the issue.
The justice minister suggested that Gumbo had misrepresented facts over what had transpired during the Wednesday meeting.
But Khaya-Moyo who is said to be in the same faction with Gumbo that is backing Vice-President Joice Mujuru said all those who are not official spokespersons for the party should “shut up”.
“The Cubans who I had visited are very disciplined and do not leak information to the press to please people outside the Communist Party.
“Don’t speak if you are not spokesperson, stick to the party constitution and protocols and please do not be influenced by anybody outside your system.
“Do not speak about Kumbirai (Kangai), talk about our programmes line ZimAsset (government’s latest economic blue-print the Zimbabwe Agenda for Socio-Sustainable Economic Transformation),” said Khaya-Moyo.
The Gono issue has virtually split Zanu PF with a faction headed by Mnangagwa opposed to his nomination to the Senate.
Last week, Gono issued a statement in which he said he will not “be bullied”.
“I am willing to wait my chance to be a legislator even if it means another four or five years, whether 2018 or 2023 as long as we are going to follow procedure.
“I am not going to be bullied into breaking the law to please a particular faction. I do not belong to any faction but that which is led by President Mugabe and the whole Zanu PF as well as government.”
His comments drew a sharp rebuke from Information Minister Jonathan Moyo who accused the former central bank chief of “desperation”.- The Zimbabwe Mail