Zanu PF heavyweights lose

HARARE - More than a dozen ministers in President Robert Mugabe’s cabinet have their political careers hanging by the thread after losing bids to be nominated into Zanu PF’s powerful central committee in elections held in provinces yesterday.

Yesterday, ministers Francis Nhema, Flora Bhuka, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Walter Mzembi and Dzikamai Mavhaire lost in provincial central committee elections.

Their loss is part of a blitzkrieg against perceived vice president Joice Mujuru loyalists by a faction locked in a battle with her to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

Mujuru is accused, in untested allegations, of plotting to assassinate Mugabe among a raft of accusations which include abuse of office and corruption.

Zanu PF holds its elective congress next week which, based on the current blitz against key party officials, would be a dead rubber, according to analysts.

Yesterday’s central committee nomination polls further drove Mujuru towards the end of her political career as her pillars in the race to succeed Mugabe continue to fall by the wayside.

On Sunday, Labour and Social Welfare minister Nicholas Goche was barred from submitting his CV while on Monday secretary for administration and Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa lost in the central committee nomination polls.

Mujuru herself refused to submit her CV owing to the anarchy in the party.

The central committee is the principal organ of the Zanu PF congress and consists of 230 members drawn from the party’s country 10 provinces.

Mugabe has the prerogative of appointing an additional 10 members under the proportional representation system.

The central committee acts on behalf of congress when it is not in session and among other things; implements all policies, resolutions, directives, decisions, and programmes enunciated by congress.

In between congress the Politburo acts as the decision-making body as well as the secretariat of the central committee.

While the losing party heavyweights were unavailable for comment, Nhema said the voting was above board and he accepted the outcome.

“The process was okay and I am now a card carrying member. This is what happens in politics. But I remain a card carrying member who is an MP,” Nhema said.

Mavhaire, who had survived a plot to block him from contesting the elections over trumped up charges of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe, was beaten by businessman and Masvingo Urban MP, Daniel Shumba.

The Harare businessman will be joined in the party’s powerful organ by Masvingo Central legislator, Edmund Mhere and Clemence Makwarimba who were unopposed while Xavier Magweva completes Masvingo district representation.

In Harare, it was the same story of Mujuru’s allies facing tough times.

Noah Mangondo was blocked by youths from contesting for a central committee seat under the Zone 4 district.

Politburo deputy secretary for Finance Charles Tavengwa also bit the dust as he lost his central committee seat under the Highfield district.

In Zone 6, where deputy Lands minister Tendai Savanhu and Minister of State for Harare Metropolitan Province Miriam Chikukwa were seeking to retain their central committee posts, elections were deferred to today after chaos erupted over the Electoral College.

In Manicaland, there were dramatic events which saw the province recalling two nominees who had sailed through in Monday’s elections.

The provincial coordination committee struck down the election of Freddy Kanzama and John Chirimambowa into the central committee.

Neria Maenda the party’s provincial administrator was suspended with the Zimunya-Marange district coordinator recalled pending investigations.

Morton Malianga and Alice Chitima were nominated to replace Kanzama and Chirimambowa, respectively.

The meeting was dominated by rowdy youths who led the charge to have both Chirimambowa and Kanzama’s election results quashed.

In Mutasa, no elections were held after Zanu PF cadres refused to vote as their preferred candidates were not on the list.

MP Irene Zindi and former Energy minister, Mike Nyambuya,whose candidatures were opposed could face the same fate as Chirimambowa and Kanzama.

Comments (2)

sometimes good thing come with a lot of pain. we wait to see what good comes out of this fight.

zvirozviyedzwa - 26 November 2014

What heavy weights are yu toking about,heavyweights who have been in power for the past 20 to 34 years doing nothing, they must go and pave way for some other people,Zanu PF does not belong to anyone

pakaipa - 27 November 2014

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