Violent clashes broke out yesterday between rival factions of Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party at its provincial headquarters in the second city, Bulawayo, the state-owned Chronicle newspaper reports.

Provincial youth league chairperson Anna Mokgohla was brutally assauled by some war veterans while Bulwayo central district chairperson Magura Charumbira was stabbed in the head and face, the newspaper adds.

Youth also threw stones and smashed windows,saying they did not recognise the party’s provincial leadership, the Chronicle reports.

Police were called in to curb the violence, it adds.

Zanu-PF has been hit by worsening divisions as rival factions position themselves to succeed the 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe, even though he has been nominated to stand for re-election next year.


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