Factionalism and intraparty conflicts threatening the survival of political parties. A case of ZANU PF
This research analyzes how factionalism is threatening the survival of political parties in Zimbabwe paying attention to ZANU PF as the ruling party. The research used qualitative research and purposive sampling ,with questionnaires and interviews that were targeting ZANU PF senior officials ,party members, political activists, former ZANU PF members, political science students as well as MDC officials for objective data about how factionalism is threatening the survival of ZANU PF. Descriptive research used by the researcher to analyze the data gathered has found out that in as much as factionalism and intraparty conflicts in ZANU PF has shown a democratization process through the formation of ZPF ,still the party is suffering the heavy blow of factionalism that is threatening and weakening the muscles that has been joining the party. Other research findings are that there is gradual demise of the party, loss of trust, suspicion, insecurity, intolerance and these are leading to multi parties. Thus ZANU PF is recommended to educate its politicians, address conflicts at their early stages, dismiss divisive slogans and have a clear succession policy so as to stop factionalism that is threatening the survival of it as a political party.