Zanu PF plots more purges more purges

HARARE - The brutal purges of perceived allies of former Vice President Joice Mujuru are continuing unabated, with Zanu PF’s Harare province moving to recommend that 25 officials — including a Cabinet minister, three MPs and a senator — be expelled from the ruling party forthwith.

The pending and countrywide purges were exclusively reported on by the Daily News earlier this week, with the planned Harare expulsions being the first official announcements of many to be made in the other provinces, in the next few weeks.

In the Harare recommendations made available to the media yesterday, the provincial coordinating committee (PCC) called on the politburo to expel, or minimally to suspend the officials from the ruling party for at least five years.

Some of the bigwigs that the province wants purged for conduct allegedly constituting “acts of disloyalty and treachery” include Amos Midzi, Noah Mangondo, Tendayi Savanhu, Boniface Karoro, Christopher Chigumba, Angeline Matambanadzo, Prince Shinya, Torongo Torongo, Tongai Nheta, Brian Hwenjere, Andrew Tiriboyi, Munyaradzi Mugomeza, Olivia Mususa and Tendai Dewa.

The province argues that the decision is consistent with the party’s constitution which provides that “a member or office holder on whom a vote of no confidence has been passed by an appropriate organ shall be expelled from the party from the date on which the vote of no confidence was passed, if the vote of no confidence is on the grounds of disloyalty or treachery”.

The province has also recommended the suspension of Edith Kagoro, Tsitsi Jadagu (Chitungwiza Senator), Idah Mashonganyika, Albertina Bwititi, Varaidzo Mupunga, Miriam Chikukwa (Harare provincial minister), Eva Chaneta, Susan Chuma and Clyde Mutero for the alleged “acts of gross misconduct”.

“The PCC henceforth recommends that consistent with Article 10 section 82 of the party’s constitution, the above recommendations be promptly submitted to the national disciplinary committee for final consideration by the politburo,” read part of the recommendation.

Addressing party supporters at the party’s provincial headquarters in Harare yesterday, Zanu PF provincial chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa said the party was still being haunted by Mujuru’s ghost.

“Comrades, we have a problem in the party, but Zanu PF is a difficult party that you cannot plot against.

“If you try it like what Mujuru and company were doing, you will realise that you are plotting against yourself,” he said.

Singling out former Harare youth league chairman Jim Kunaka, whom he accused of hobnobbing with deposed former Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa, Masimirembwa warned party officials caught in such situations that they risked being expelled.

“We know he (Kunaka) even accompanied Mliswa to file his nomination papers. We are watching you and I can tell you today you will be suspended and expelled from the party,” he said.

Shadreck Mashayamombe, the province’s political commissar, also came under fire from some party supporters who demanded that his name be included on the list of those facing the axe. But Masimirembwa told the Zanu PF officials not to include him for now.

The supporters continuously heckled Masimirembwa demanding that he also deals with the Harare South legislator.

Ratidzo Mukarati, the party’s provincial women’s league boss, was the most vocal at the highly-charged meeting, claiming that Mangondo was allegedly working with Lloyd Makuwe to prop up Mujuru, using funds allegedly obtained from Botswana.

“Mujuru’s money has destroyed the province, and we will not hesitate to name and shame those behind it. They are also getting money from Telecel to destabilise this province,” Mukarati said.

The latest intention to purge more party officials come as disgruntled party stalwarts and veterans of the country’s liberation struggle have broken ranks with Mugabe.

Led by former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, the bigwigs are resisting their disputed expulsion from the ruling party, claiming that they are the original Zanu PF.

Meanwhile, Masimirembwa informed the party supporters that primary elections for the June 10 by-elections for six constituencies in Harare will be held today.

He warned losing candidates against refusing to rally behind the winners, saying they also risked being expelled from the party if they did so.


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