Zanu PF splits as Mutasa digs in

HARARE - Two Zanu PF formations are now effectively in existence after former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa revealed yesterday that he had formally written to Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda to advise him that the Zanu PF led by President Robert Mugabe was illegal and as such had no mandate to fire him or anyone else from the party.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, Mutasa insisted that no one within Mugabe’s Zanu PF could expel him from the “real Zanu PF”, adding that the purported Zanu PF politburo that met last week and came up with the disputed decision to expel him and his nephew Temba Mliswa from the party was illegal.

As a result, he said, he and many other affected party officials were going nowhere, and he remained the legitimate Zanu PF secretary for administration.

Mutasa’s assertions came after Mugabe’s Zanu PF finally wrote to Parliament this week, informing the august House of their decision to expel the former close confidante of Mugabe from their political formation.

“I have since informed the Speaker of the position that we cannot be expelled from Zanu PF by anyone. The present politburo is illegal and until the matter is decided in the courts, we cannot be expelled from Parliament,” the no-nonsense veteran politician charged.

Questioned how he and the rest of the group of disaffected party stalwarts could rely on a court case that they still had to file, Mutasa said he had informed the Speaker of the impending court action, adding that this would be in court “very, very soon”.

Although he would not say yesterday, it is believed that the group of liberation war pioneers who are taking Zanu PF to court could not file their petition at the High Court on Monday as previously indicated because there had apparently been “a sudden influx” of other people who wanted to sign affidavits supporting their cause.

But Ignatius Chombo, the Mugabe Zanu PF secretary for administration, wrote letters to Mudenda this week notifying the Speaker of his formation’s decision to expel Mutasa and Mliswa.

Mudenda confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that his office had received these official notifications.

“I am not in the office today as I am in Bulawayo, but I understand that the letters are now in my office and I am going to attend to them on Monday,” he said.

Mutasa is the incumbent MP for Headlands, while Mliswa represents Hurungwe West and is also a former chairman of Zanu PF’s Mashonaland West province.

On his part, Mliswa has continued to attend Parliament, including chairing the Parliamentary portfolio committee on Sports and Education last week, when he argued then that he had not yet received official notification of his dismissal from the ruling party.

Mliswa has also said that he is prepared to contest any by-election in his constituency as an independent candidate, while Mutasa defiantly says that he will stand as a candidate of the “real Zanu PF” in any by election in his Headlands constituency.

Mutasa, a close confidante of Mugabe since the days of the days of the liberation struggle, wrote to the 15-nation Southern African Development Community last year advising them that his purported removal as the ruling party’s secretary for administration was unconstitutional.

This was after he and scores of other senior party bigwigs, including former vice president Joice Mujuru and former party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, were brutally purged before, during and after the party’s damp squib “elective” congress that was held in Harare in December last year.

Mutasa also dismissed contemptuously the recommendation by the Zanu PF politburo last week that he must be expelled, saying that the only Zanu PF that he knew and recognised was the one that existed prior to the “criminal congress” held late last year.

Soon after the politburo had supposedly axed him, Mutasa released a scathing statement emphasising that his purported expulsion was “null and void and a serious breach of our party constitution and indeed the Constitution of Zimbabwe”.

“Over and above this, this disciplinary committee (which allegedly looked into his case) is improperly constituted anyway given that, the (party’s disputed December) congress and the first secretary of the party unlawfully breached the party constitution by failing to elect the party national chairperson who is the only one who can chair such a meeting,” he added.

Amid this ongoing acrimony, many Zanu PF members fear that Mugabe, who turned 91 last week, has abdicated his powers to his much younger wife, Grace, whose return from her two-month sojourn in the Far East two weeks ago marked the demise of not only Mutasa and Mliswa, but also former Masvingo regional minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti who was fired on Thursday last week.

And with the ranks of disaffected party members swelling by the day,  Gumbo told the Daily News last week that Mugabe and party hawks should brace themselves not only for the impending court challenge, but also for “other programmes aimed at restoring legitimacy” to Zanu PF.

Comments (30)

Hokoyo zvatosvorana gozho nachin'ai

Jambo - 27 February 2015

the last kicks of a dying horse

wind - 27 February 2015

tsvangirai anongo ziva zvemichato chete. iyezvino ari kunetsvana na mai tsvangis according to the herald. ndiye mumwe wo asingabatsiri panhau dze politics. chaanoziva michato kwete kwete.

zvirozviyedzwa - 27 February 2015

Let them tear each other apart, they are a bunch of fools...the whole lot and do not take any one of them seriously. Pamberi neMDC-T pasi neZANU so said Mugabe

Garikayi - 27 February 2015

Ko anoziva zvekukwira masecretary ndiani? achiponda wake mukadzi.

Donato - 27 February 2015

Who in there right mind still believes in anything the Herald says. That paper is not worth anything except for using in the toilet!

Bingo Wokwa Gutu - 27 February 2015

Wal, lets wait and see

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Ronaldo - 27 February 2015

Zanu pf led by mugabe was defeated at 2008 national polls. Mutasa was in that zanu pf that he claims to be legitimate. One month no results. Mutasa go to hell. One more ill advise move by mutasa he will be lucky not to be thrown in remand. There is a new attorney general in town appointed mostly to speed up purging of mutasa and company. Zanu pf is busy dying a natural death.

X-MAN IV - 27 February 2015

Can Mutasa and Gumbo tell the nation how they rigged the elections in 2008 because they were part of the system and they should know all the tricks.

Bm - 27 February 2015

So now we have zanu Mutasa and zanu Mugabe zanu DM and zanu RGM come Mutasa rova donkey ne waya !!!!! kKKKKKKKK haaa!!!!

Diibulaanyika - 27 February 2015

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Jobs Zimbabwe - 27 February 2015

Dailynews can you explain how ZPF has split when Mutasa was expelled. Who else belongs to the other ZPF other than Mutasa?

Retina Mavhunga - 28 February 2015

ZPF will split into a thousand shard unless they begin to repent. It is called God's judgment!

Righteous Justice - 28 February 2015

Zanu-PF failed to adjust from a liberation movement to an administration organisation. Hence the use of brute force where negotiation is applicable. A mafia mob group evolved from the real Zanu-PF whose godfather is RG Mugabe. Of late Grace, behind the scene, is now in charge. All in Zanu-PF know it and jokingly call it the cult. All are in Zanu-PF for Mafia protection and spoils. The pay back is what Va-Mutasa and company are going through now. There is no democracy in the Zanu-PF mob. If one is commanded to jump, you do as instructed and only ask, "how high?". To be sincere, Va-Mutasa will never correct Zanu-PF into true democracy. There is too much to lose for RG Mugabe and his missus. In true democracy, RG Mugabe would have been voted out at 6th congress. Maybe this the beginning of true democracy in Zimbabwe. At what cost could this be achieved? Watch this space. There will be trouble!

Mbareboy - 28 February 2015

Siyanai ne Zanu PF yedu

DK - 28 February 2015

We now have ZANU PF - Robert - Grace supported by some gay gangsters and ZANU PF - Mutasa - Gumbo supported by disgruntled cadres. We are a laughing stock of Africa.

Garikayi - 1 March 2015

Yaah. Nyaya iya yazokora mutho vabiyangu. Show them what you are made of Mr. Gamatox. Kkkkkkkkkkk.

Qumqethugecuqethu - 2 March 2015

I just want to think really where would Zimbabwe be if the 2008 election was not stolen. i am just imagining.

maita - 2 March 2015

i foresee a lot things being reversed after Mugabe's death and i strongly feel that Grace will be betrayed. so far all those disgruntled members of the party are just playing low, but once Bob is gone they will all raise their heads up and begin where they left it, they are the majority after all.

Shona - 2 March 2015

Zimbabwean politics is becoming a joke daily.if u read herald zvimwe daily zvimwe so idi riripi.

gomba - 4 March 2015


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