Msipa resigns as Zeppdra patron

HARARE - Cephas Msipa has announced he is stepping down as patron of the Zimbabwe Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees Association (Zeppdra) saying he no longer had the mental or physical strength to carry out the job.

The retired and hugely-respected Zanu PF elder, 84, said he had noticed that his strength had deteriorated over recent months and has had to recognise his incapacity to adequately fulfil the role entrusted to him as patron of Zeppdra, which represents over 15 000 liberation war collaborators.

In a letter to War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa, Msipa said he had been overwhelmed by the challenges facing the association, currently divided between two bitterly-opposed rival camps.

He leaves the office vacant until a successor is chosen.

“I hope you are aware that I have been patron of Zeppdra since its inception. There are a number of problems which you may have to look at as you can see from the attached letter,” Msipa said in his letter to Mutsvangwa.

The long-serving ex-Zanu PF politburo member complained that the warring association’s leadership, pointedly former chairman Victor Kuretu, did not respect him.

Kuretu and his deposed executive is locked in a leadership wrangle with a rival group led by interim secretary-general Percy Kuzvinzwa.

“Cde Kuretu ignored my recommendation under point seven of my letter and went ahead to hold elections which were hurriedly done after 12 years,” Msipa complained.

“Despite your busy schedule, I recommend that you meet the two groups and solve these problems besetting Zeppdra. As patron, I rely on moral suasion which is not enough. In any case, I am too old to be running around to solve these problems.”

The power struggles in Zeppdra can be traced back to 2013 after the association passed a vote of no confidence on the Kuretu-led executive amid allegations of incompetence, corruption and insubordination.

An ad hoc committee led by Francis Kunaka was set up to run the affairs of the association for three months pending congress.

The no confidence vote was passed in the presence Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo, who was national chairman at the time.

The December 1, 2013 no confidence vote, according to minutes seen by the Daily News, was unanimously endorsed by over 200 members drawn from across the country.

The Kuzvinzwa interim executive has also written to Mutsvangwa discrediting Kuretu and his is executive as incompetent and for abusing the association’s Progressive Insurance funeral policy fund.

“Zeppdra’s position is that we want congress as soon as yesterday but first and foremost, we want you to appoint an independent board to run the association until the congress is held,” Kuzvinzwa wrote on August 25, 2015.

He said Zeppdra had not held a congress, audited its books, while the trust fund and the Insurance fund had not been audited since 2009.


Comments (9)

Thank you Cde Msipa for showing others the way forward

carson macate - 3 September 2015

'incompetence & corruption' that is a trade mark for zanu through and through.

Galore 123 - 3 September 2015

musipa has shown all that clinging is not right

farai chauke - 3 September 2015

Zimbabwe Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees Association. Can someone help me understand the objective of this association. Of what benefit is it to an individual member exactly, if it is not just for the office bearers only? This organisation will, without a doubt, die out as it certainly does not gain new membership. It seems to me as if such an association should have been formed immediately after the war then it should have been wound up a few years later after every member had been satisfied with how it served them.

Mistadete - 3 September 2015

Too late

cmoyo - 3 September 2015

Chiding away is no solution. Have been patron ever since its formation. A failure. How did it get divided. Weak if not very weak

liberty shungu - 4 September 2015

@Mistadete - "This organisation will, without a doubt, die out as it certainly does not gain new membership." They wil find new ways being the desperate Zanu PF they are. You will see - "Zimbabwe Ex-Political Prisoners, Detainees and Restrictees' Children's Childen Association (Zeppdrcca)". It w'ont end i tell you. Im sick of it.

Gurinhwa - 4 September 2015

Enough with OLD people mhani. I will never listen to anyone above 55 years talking politics. These people vava kutsvaga kwekufira. Honestly we can not entrust our future in these dead wood. They should just shut up

Jabu - 4 September 2015

I am surprised to hear that Mr. Kuzvinzwa is a member of this organisation when he was a member of the UANC during the liberation struggle!! He was quite senior in the UANC hierarchy in Kambuzuma. I am truly surprised!!

Petros Magomazi - 5 September 2015

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