Mugabe warns Mutasa

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday warned Zanu PF members against taking internal party grievances to court, a top official said.

Simon Khaya Moyo, Zanu PF spokesperson, told a news conference last night after a Zanu PF politburo meeting that the nonagenarian had opened the meeting with a very clear message that every member of the politburo must be thoroughly familiar with the provisions of the ruling party constitution.

“The party is supreme and no one should consider himself or herself above the party,” Moyo said. “The party is supreme because it has its own principles, it has rules and practices which are not subject to High Courts as some people falsely believe. If you are a party member or a party cadre, there are structures in the party which you must use in order to get your concerns addressed and not through High Courts and whatever legal instruments outside the party.”

Mugabe’s warning is the latest attempt to curtail Didymus Mutasa’s access to judicial review ahead of his key legal challenge against the trampling of intra-party democracy. Earlier last weekend, Patrick Chinamasa, Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs, told lick-spittle State media that the ruling party can not allow an internal dispute to be transmitted to the public courts of law.

This comes as the former Presidential Affairs minister is ratcheting up attempts to have his expulsion from Zanu PF as administration secretary at the damp squib congress held in December declared null and void by the High Court.

Chinamasa claimed no court of law has jurisdiction to decide party programmes, but legal experts said it was patently false that political parties’ proceedings are not subject to judicial review.

Moyo told reporters yesterday that Mutasa’s disciplinary hearing has not taken place because some members of the disciplinary committee are out of the country.

“You know a committee was set to look into the matter and from my understanding the committee has not met, mainly because some of the members are out of the country and some are travelling on government business,” Moyo said. “But we hope next week they will eventually meet and come with a recommendation to the politburo.” Moyo said.

Mugabe has set up a six-member disciplinary committee chaired by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to internally deal with Mutasa’s alleged misdemeanours.

The other members of the committee are Chinamasa; Savior Kasukuwere, political commissar; Kembo Mohadi, secretary for security; and Mugabe’s wife Grace, chairperson of the Women’s League and Pupurai Togarepi of the Youth League.

Moyo said the secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo presented a report on the restructuring of the party’s administrative structures at the headquarters.

The Zanu PF spokesperson also said the party’s national political commissar, Kasukuwere, gave a detailed report on the ongoing restructuring process.

“The secretary of the commissariat gave a detailed report following his visit to the entire ten provinces to acquaint himself with the structures of the party, but of course the focus was on the issue of restructuring of the party right from the cell upwards.

“This work is underway,” he said.

Comments (8)

I think that if RGm were half awake he would read that the whole of Zimbabwe is warning him and his destructive ZPF. Wake up and smell the proverbial coffee. You are NOT wanted!

Freedom4Zim - 12 February 2015

President Mugabe should not intimidate Zimbabwean citizens from seeking remedy through the courts of law. Thats bulying. He should read and understand the constitution of zimbabwe.

Edzai - 12 February 2015

If everything was done constitutionally then they would not be any court cases to talk about. Mugabe always does what suits him at that moment. He is the one who has acted above the party and its constitution

pride - 12 February 2015

Hey do not restructure the PARTY please restructure the roads. SIMPLE!

charles charingeno - 12 February 2015

Cde President,be informed that laws are made by people and they are many ways of expressing disgust at those laws if they exist in Zanu pf.The message is just simple and clear people are saying give another new face the seat like what the world over is doing.You are not indispensable and invincible.Zim is for Zimbabweans and not a certain group of misguided Zanu Pf unwanted weeds.Longlive Gammatox.a hardcore Zanu Pf cadre

carson macate - 12 February 2015

Mugabe shot himself in the foot by blatantly rigging the party elections he is painfully aware of it and is trying to bamboozle Mutasa into thinking Zanu PF's disciplinary kangaroo court is now the Supreme Court whose judgement cannot be questioned by no other court. He did that with Tsvangirai and the idiot believed it; we have to now see if Mutasa too is one such idiot. Do not hold your breath – Mutasa is an idiot, we know that already, it is now just a question of whether he is as big an idiot as Tsvangirai

Wilbert Mukori - 12 February 2015

I respect anyone (despite his past) who stands head on against the Human Devil Mugabe & his Human demons party members. Mutasa is a devil out of the devils den seeking to discipline the Mother of Devils & company. So lets Hope he wins, salvation is on his way. On the Other Note I didnt know that Zanu is above the law. Shame on you all. Bob is going out without dignity out of style & with one Respect. You know deep down in your Hearts!!!

springboard - 12 February 2015

tsvangirai is above mdc mugabe is above zanu its all the same no difference.

zvirozviyedzwa - 13 February 2015

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