ZANU-PF has barred journalists from the independent media from covering their congress, which is fast degenerating into an open rebellion against Robert Mugabe, writes Tichaona Sibanda for SW Radio Africa.

On Wednesday a politburo meeting at the congress was disrupted due to a bomb threat, while disgruntled party members openly sent SMS messages and distributed documents critical of Mugabe and the party leadership.

SW Radio Africa's Harare correspondent Simon Muchemwa, who failed to get accreditation to cover the event, told us there are ZANU PF members who want fresh nominations for the post of leadership, instead of rubber stamping Mugabe for the next 5 years.

ZANU PF has blocked journalists it can’t control from covering events. Zimbabwe Independent journalists, Faith Zaba and Wongai Zhangazha, were on Thursday also barred from covering proceedings.

The news editor of the weekly paper, Constantine Chimakure, told media advocacy group MISA-Zimbabwe that their journalists were barred by security details at the Harare International Conference Centre. Chimakure said the two journalists were simply told they were not welcome at the venue of the congress.

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