Fist fight MPs set for hearing

HARARE - The Zanu PF Midlands provincial executive will soon conduct a disciplinary hearing for two of its legislators Masango Matambanadzo and Owen Ncube over a fist fight that occurred between them a fortnight ago.

Jaison Machaya, the Zanu PF chairperson for Midlands Province told the Daily News yesterday that his executive would be summoning the two for a disciplinary hearing.

Machaya said Matambanadzo and Ncube who are MPs for Kwekwe Central and Gokwe  respectively had since been asked to write reports on what transpired since no formal complaint has been received yet.

“We shall be calling them for disciplinary hearing after the holding of our Women and Youth conferences,” said Machaya who is also the resident minister for Midlands Province. 

The reports are to be submitted to the provincial leadership before the hearing. 

“It is one of the important matters we shall attend to as a province and deliberate on it by conducting a disciplinary hearing,” said Machaya.

Matambanadzo and Ncube exchanged blows in public at Amaveni Shopping Centre in Kwekwe over allegations that Ncube was instructing youths to perform acts of arson against Matambanadzo.

He also accused Ncube of de-campaigning him when addressing meetings in his constituency.

Both MPs are popular by their nicknames.  Matambadzo is referred as “Blackman” and Ncube as “Mudha.”

When contacted for comment, Matambanadzo confirmed that he had written a letter to the provincial leadership explain the fracas.

“I submitted my report, but I am not allowed to comment on the issue. I refer you to the provincial chairman to talk about that,” said Matambanadzo.

Ncube refused to speak to the Daily News.

“I don’t want to talk to your newspaper about that incident” was all he said before switching off his phone.

Meanwhile, Machaya said the Midlands Women Provincial leadership chaired by Ellen Shirichena had also joined the stampede to endorse Grace Mugabe to take over as the party’s Women’s League Secretary in the politburo.

“As a province, we support the decision that was made by the other Women League’s Chairperson to have Amai Grace Mugabe as their leader. As a province, we stand by that decision, as it was   made by the women” said Machaya.

Zanu PF Women’s League which is set for an elective conference from 20-22 August endorsed the appointment of Grace Mugabe as its secretary last week.

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