HARARE - Zanu PF Harare province yesterday booted out Godwills Masimirembwa as chairman on allegations of disrespecting the party leadership and sowing division.
Provincial vice chairman Robert Kahanana, who is now the interim boss, told Zanu PF members at the 4th Street provincial offices in Harare that the party’s provincial executive council had passed a vote of no confidence in Masimirembwa.
“In December 2014 in the run up to the congress, the provincial executive council (Pec) met and appointed Masimirembwa chairman,” Kahanana said.
“The same Pec sat today and passed a vote of no confidence in Masimirembwa in terms of Section 251 read with Section 82 of the constitution of Zanu PF.
“We, the members of the council, have noted with concern the divisive and factional elements perpetuated by Masimirembwa.”
Masimirembwa stands accused of disrespecting President Robert Mugabe and lying to Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo on the Harare East debacle where the party fielded two Zanu PF candidates in a by-election.
“Cde Masimirembwa failed to respect the leadership of the party and President Mugabe,” he said.
“He lied to VP Mphoko and secretary for administration Chombo in his bid to impose Mavis Gumbo in Harare East against a winning candidate. Cde Masimirembwa refused to take a directive from the politburo ordering the reinstatement of (Harare Provincial Affairs minister) Miriam Chikukwa.
“He employed a divisive role in his meet-the-people tour. As Harare province, we have thus taken a decision to remove Masimirembwa.”
Masimirembwa’s removal comes hard on heels of the dismissal of incarcerated former Zanu PF Harare provincial youth leader Godwin Gomwe.
Edson Takataka, the new youth leader for Harare, said a vote of no confidence was passed on Gomwe for disrespecting party leaders.
The fall-out between Saviour Kasukuwere on one side, and Masimirembwa and Gomwe, came about over the Harare East issue, where the Water minister was backing Terence Mukupe and his rivals were rooting for Gumbo to represent the party in a by-election held yesterday.