Ziyambi faces vote of no confidence

HARARE - Mashonaland West acting Zanu PF provincial chairman Ziyambi Ziyambi was facing ouster yesterday after the local executive moved to pass a vote of no confidence in him.

While the deputy Home Affairs minister was unreachable for comment, the Daily News on Sunday heard that the local executive had gathered signatures in support of the vote needed to convoke the special session and submitted them by end of day.

This will be the latest vote of no confidence of the many taken in the post-congress Zanu PF.

It is a dramatic turn for Ziyambi, who hastily-organised a provincial executive committee meeting at Chinhoyi University Hotel in October last year that ousted Temba Mliswa as provincial chairman.

Mliswa rose rapidly within Zanu PF, becoming arguably the youngest provincial chairman in 2012.

However, his political stock declined rapidly, beginning in September 2014, when Mliswa became the first victim of the votes of no confidence passed in the majority of the party’s provincial chairmen for hobnobbing with Joice Mujuru, then President Robert Mugabe’s second-in-command.

Former provincial chairman Phillip Chiyangwa is being earmarked to step in as acting Mash West Zanu PF provincial chairman after Ziyambi’s ouster.

The resolution, backed by most of the 50 executive members, accuses Ziyambi of treachery, dishonesty, insubordination, promoting factionalism and being hell-bent on working against first lady Grace Mugabe.

He recently came under fire from First Lady Grace Mugabe for trying to block her trip to Kadoma to launch a housing project.

Ziyambi faces allegations of sabotaging the Kadoma event attended by the first lady and the two vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko by allegedly discouraging people not to attend the event.

Ziyambi is also alleged to be opposing the Zanu PF Women’s League’s choice for chairlady Mai Vambe, preferring one Tsogolani.

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