Tongai Muzenda defies ban

HARARE - Tongai Muzenda, the first son of the late Vice President Simon Muzenda, has vowed that he will defy a congress ban imposed on him.

Muzenda, one of the members of the Masvingo Zanu PF provincial executive committee hit with a vote of no confidence, said no one can bar him from a party formed by his father.

The late vice president Simon Muzenda, a close ally of President Robert Mugabe who served in government since independence, died after a long illness in 2003.

Mugabe’s deputy for 23 years, first as deputy prime minister and later as vice president when the country adopted the executive presidency system in 1987, was one of the veteran leader’s most loyal aides.

Tongai is the eldest son of Simon and Maud Muzenda. His  sister Tsitsi is also a legislator for the Midlands.

The deputy minister of Labour and  Public Service and legislator for Gutu West, told the Daily News that the vote of no confidence against him was unconstitutional, adding he was yet to be served with a letter of suspension.

“I cannot be barred from congress over flimsy reasons,” he fumed.

“Zanu PF was formed by  my father together with president Robert Mugabe. So how I can I rebel against my father?

“The people who tried to suspend me, they don’t know what they are doing. Reports that I am against VaMugabe are false because he is my father too.”

He said Mugabe “has  confidence in me and this why he appointed me a deputy minister and he understands that there is no truth in these stories  that I am  against his leadership.”

“What had happened is a sad development in the party where some people are just spreading falsehoods against  each other,” he said.

He said that the politburo had not endorsed his suspension, meaning that he was still a member.

Muzenda was suspended together with Paul Chimedza,  the  deputy minister of Health and Child Care.

However, the politburo on Tuesday  night overturned the  suspension of Masvingo provincial leadership, resulting in the reinstatement of the suspended executive.

Comments (6)

Unobvawashay kutisaka zvirikumbofamba sei

Churchill Muzimbo - 5 December 2014

After being done by the parents, we are now being done by the children, the grand children. Kusvikira rini vakomana tichingo svirwa sooo! This party of morons!

Nduna - 5 December 2014

@nduna pls respect other poeple on this forum. it si clear that this type of language should not be used not only on this forum. pls check the guidelines for this online discussion.

taurai - 5 December 2014

Tongai Muzenda should have listened to what Jabulani SIBANDA clearly stated. "POLITICAL POWER IS NOT SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED" !! We know that your father said that ZPF shall rule Zimbabwe until Madongi/Mbongoro grow horns. He meant it as a joke but you took it literally. Everyone (including card carrying ZPF members) knows that the glue that keeps this evil party together is CORRUPTION. Now that the country's economy has collapsed there is very little to be looted by ZPF Chefs hence the in-fighting. If you go hunting with 10 hungry dogs (apologies to animal lovers) and they catch a hare a fierce fight will break out over the tine animal and we call this "DOG EAT DOG" fight. That is Zanu PF for you. Even though Gushungo told one of his Ministers that he was in the wrong bhasikiti to povo there is no difference between the two or three of them. You can put lipstick on a pig but it remains a PIG. LORD we thank you for this "GOD GIVEN SPLIT" in ZPF. May it last for ever.

003Tico - 5 December 2014

Tongai is not the eldest son of Muzenda. It doesnt follow that if his "father" Muzenda was loyal to some people he is also loyal to the same people.

Truth - 6 December 2014

your father dd nothing for masvingo ,one wonders why was he even vice president

dee - 6 December 2014

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