We don't normally analyse the internal goings on in Zanu (PF) which is no longer a relevant political party in the Zimbabwean equation, but its unravelling is now making for good comic relief to the macbre reality that it has imposed on Zimbabweans.
It all started with well-publicised elections of democratic structures of the party, District Co-ordinating Committee (DCCs), all over the country.
Their disbanding came swiftly as they did not like the result, then announcing that they will purge the party of faction leaders - as if there is any Zanu (PF) party member who does not belong to a faction.
Then you have Dumiso Dabengwa's exposure of how deep the the lack of democracy is in the party; how he in 2007, together with former Army Commander Mujuru and others, had decided to challenge Mugabe at the party congress, but Mugabe's candidature for the 2008 election was just announced and reaffirmed without being debated.
As if the weekend was not eventful enough, Mutasa has now threatened to expel from Zanu (PF) all officials who are accused of fanning factionalism in the disbanded DCCs, and Jonathan Moyo and Goodwills Masimirembwa continue to expose themselves as clowns - one masquerading as a political science professor and the other as a lawyer, when in fact they are neither.
Apparently they are the best that Zanu (PF) can put up to try and buttress its fall-back position, in case it realises that it cannot win the election. They would lead the rebellion against the draft constitution and elections would be held under whatever conditions Zanu (PF) decides.
Their apparent brief - though it is no longer clear whether it is a Zanu PF brief - is to tear down the draft constitution and urge Zanu (PF) supporters to vote against it. This is despite Masimirembwa being in the Zanu (PF) Copac technical committee which produced the draft, and despite that the draft has taken this long because Zanu (PF) kept wanting to amend agreed ammendments until they were satisfied.
But Moyo and Masimirembwa's criticism of the draft seemed to only focus on the reduced ability of the President to act unilaterally, without Parliament or Cabinet, the reduced terms for service chiefs - both of which make democratic sense, and the rationalising of the Attorney General's position, so that he cannot be the government legal advisor and chief prosecutor at the same time - because sometimes he might need to also prosecute the government or which he is the legal advisor.
But the two bunglers were willing to stake what is left of their reputations on the last ditch criticism of the Copac draft, which only left withm with a scathing blast from their own chairman, Paul Mangwana. He called them devil’s angels, constitutional novices and, in thecase of Masimirembwa, a highly treacherous failed lawyer.
Now if this does not signal a falling apart, try party Secretary for Administration, Didymus Mutasa, saying Zanu (PF) is now going after those promoting factionalism and that there would be no sacred cows!
Many had feared Mutasa might not be available as his "beautiful diesel n'anga" is now said to have finished her jail sentence and is busy in the mountains. No doubt we will hear more of this.
But Mutasa, in a typical case of talking about an elephant in the room without pointing to it, reportedly said to Harare province Zanu (PF) members; "You have to stop the tendency of using DCCs for bad things because Zanu-PF is developing teeth. It doesn’t matter what position you hold in the party. (Edgar) Tekere and (Ndabaningi) Sithole were fired from the party yet they held senior positions. You can also be expelled if you do wrong things.”
This was obvious reference to Emmerson Mnangagwa who is being accused of engaging in factionalism, yet there were clearly two factions in the party, leading to fights in which shots were fired and which were reported to police and to Zanu (PF).
Mnangagwa's faction won the majority of the DCC elections, which means he has more Zanu (PF) supporters, than the other faction leader. Such open threats to the leader of a stronger faction in a party known for its violence does not bode well for the health of the party nor that of many of its activists.
Though the party's chief propagandist, Rugare Gumbo, could also stand on a platform and say, no stone would be left unturned in uprooting factionalism, it is clear that he is also speaking on behalf of a faction - the one that has already won by virtue of being supported by the President of Zanu (PF) in disbanding the DCCs.
More interesting quotations from Mutasa: “We hear that there are some people who are harassing commuters and commuter operators in the name of the party. Cde Midzi if you tell me that you don’t know that group, I will tell you that you are lying. Instead, I want to know what is not ending it.”
Though the independent media had always reported that the violent gang Chipangano, which is accused of murder and violence in Harare, is sponsored by Harare Provincial Chairman Amos Midzi, and losing candidate Tendai Savanhu, this is the first time it has confirmed in a Zanu (PF) meeting.
And even more interesting is the fact that not all Zanu (PF) bosses are happy about Chipangano terrorising commuter bus operators, or could it be that the youth militia has been used to attack the interests of one faction against the other.
Either way it seems that the centre can no longer hold. What with the party's Political Commissar also anointing the village terrorist Jabulani Sibanda as the genuine War Veterans Association chairman.
This coming out of the blue, suggests that someone else is cooking up a militia to challenge Sibanda's war veterans. Sibanda has also been heard to say that his association would deal ruthlessly with promoters of factionalism. It looks like they are not taking it lying down. Things could just heat up a bit.