Bribery scam rocks Zanu PF

HARARE - In a dramatic twist to the worsening Zanu PF succession war, some officials in Mashonaland West are being offered cash to precipitate the fall of outspoken provincial chairman Temba Mliswa.

This comes as the infighting in the troubled party reaches fever pitch ahead of the ruling party’s elective congress scheduled for early December, and with President Robert Mugabe expected to preside over a stormy politburo meeting tomorrow.

The meeting, which was initially re-scheduled for today, was postponed again as Mugabe is officiating at the Harare Institute of Technology (HIT) graduation ceremony today.

The cash-for-support scandal in Mashonaland West comes after Mugabe and his wife Grace have also publicly alluded to the fact that dirty money is exchanging hands in the escalating Zanu PF succession war.

The Daily News yesterday saw affidavits of Zanu PF officials in Mashonaland West confessing to having been offered $600 bribes to sign a petition to oust Mliswa.

Francis Mukwangwariva, a Member of Parliament for Zvimba East and the provincial secretary for economic affairs, who is believed to be a member of the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction, has been fingered in the bribery saga where he allegedly offered the party’s structures cash in a bid to show Mliswa the door.

Farai Chiyangwa of Plot 08, Witchens Farm, in Banket, swore in his affidavit, handed to the police that on October 15 he was allegedly approached by Mukwangwariva, who was supposedly working on the orders of a minister and politburo member (name withheld) to pass a vote of no confidence in Mliswa.

Chiyangwa is a provincial member.

“On Wednesday 15 October 2014, I was approached by Cde Francis Mukwangwariva who offered me $600 to sign a petition calling for a vote of no confidence to be passed against Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson, Cde Temba Mliswa,” read part of the affidavit.

The shocking revelations have exposed the desperation running deep within Zanu PF in the battle to succeed Mugabe.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Mukwangwariva said: “I cannot comment on that. Let’s wait and see how you will publish the story”.

While Chiyangwa’s affidavit could be a microcosm of the shenanigans that took place behind the scenes in the foiled plot to topple Mliswa a few weeks ago, it is thus feared that thousands of dollars could have been splashed about in order to convince the 28 district officials who took part in Mliswa’s failed ouster.

In the meantime, two of the provincial officials who signed the vote of no confidence document are now backtracking.

“The circumstances surrounding the incident (no confidence vote) are a misrepresentation as we were led to believe that the blank sheet that we signed was attached to correspondence requesting audience with Cde Mliswa in order to air certain grievances that had arisen,” wrote Simbarashe Ziyambi and Nyarubero Misheck, in a letter dated October 17.

“We further deny any involvement in calling for a vote of no confidence against Cde Mliswa as a meeting to discuss and declare such a position has never been convened and accordingly we hereby withdraw our signatures from the alleged vote of no confidence document.”

According to the affidavits, many who participated in the vote of no confidence had allegedly been offered large sums of cash.

“Upon my questioning of the rationale behind the orchestration of such a document, I was not offered a satisfactory response and was instead urged to just accept the proposition as had other people,” Chiyangwa said.

A fortnight ago, Mliswa, who has branded some politburo members “gay gangsters”, was ostensibly voted out by 28 out of 48 provincial executive members, but he was subsequently given a resounding vote of confidence by hundreds of district chairpersons last Saturday.

Mliswa, a nephew of Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, is linked to vice president Joice Mujuru’s faction, which is battling a rival faction of hardliners allegedly led by Mnangagwa to succeed the 90-year-old Mugabe.

Comments (12)

Much as Mliswa played much of a clown as chairman of the last Mash-west meeting, conventional wisdom is on his side. We have a Mugabe relative being violant on him days before a Mugabe wife unleashes an onslought on inner-party rivals while Zhuwawo is busy insulting them Msipas etc. The presidents epsilon-radius is littered with unpresidential dirt.

selele - 23 October 2014

Hog wash from this paper again, Mliswa is no longer the provincial chairman, you never stop day dreaming, form the days of tsvangira,i baba jukwa, etc always exposing your poor and idiotic analysis of reality on the ground.

reason - 23 October 2014

We ain't seen no nothing yet. Accidents, bribery, accusations and counter accusations. Ende tichaonerera.

Tichaonerera - 23 October 2014

So that people know..... that young legislator called Justice Mayor Wadyajena is Mnangagwa`s secret key. I used to see Mnangagwa visit lot at Wadyajena`s office at Fidelity Life Tower along Raleigh road. Mayor Wadyajena is the one who handles all of Mnangagwa`s corrupt dealings. We all know that all his monies actually belong to Mnangagwa. Please Zanu pf investigate this. That is why this Mayor wadyajena is so arrogant.

Kwedu - 23 October 2014

Manje @reason arwadziwa zvakaipa. Zvinopisa tsitsi. Shame Reason.

Kt - 23 October 2014

If one were to ask all these people in ZANU PF from both factional sides why they are fighting, they will tell you with a straight face they are fighting for the love of people's interests and the nation's progress. But because we are not as daft as they think we are, we would be enjoying the spectacle as they destroy and tear each other apart,but alas, this whole debacle is pulling the whole country backwards with us as by standers. They are all a greedy lot fighting over the spoils to be enjoyed when one is in political office. Just the other day Tendai Biti informed us of how despite being the former finance minister, he is broke. It's all for the love of money, looting and corruption.

Dr Know - 23 October 2014

reason ibharanzi or he is singing for his supper kikikikikikiki

Harare - 23 October 2014

Never think that they will be anything that makes sense from the so called politburo . All those who are going to attend that meeting are going to listen to their inkosi Mugabe insulting them even more than what his wife did .Ngu Mugabe lafazi bake.

Diibulaanyika - 23 October 2014

I like that analysis Mugabe nemadzimai ake at politburo Grace ndivo vahosi kkkkkkkk

hezvoka - 24 October 2014

And after all this then what. And Also Why Now after 15 years of MDC Life

BC - 24 October 2014

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