Ministers savage Midlands verdict

HARARE - The outcome of the Zanu PF Midlands provincial hearings into allegations of harassment of ministers by party officials linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s faction have been described as “shamelessly partisan”.

This was said by the three ministers at the heart of the matter — Makhosini Hlongwane, Tapiwa Matangaidze and Annastancia Ndhlovu — in a joint statement they released yesterday in response to the verdict of the hearings in which Gokwe Nembudziya MP Justice Wadyajena, provincial youth leader Edmore Samambwa and Gokwe-Kana MP Owen Mudha Ncube were acquitted of the harassment claims.

The three ministers, initially seen as close to Mnangagwa, are now linked to the party faction known as the Generation 40 (G40), which is said to be rabidly opposed to the embattled VP succeeding President Robert Mugabe.

In their statement, they contended that the Daniel Mackenzie Ncube-chaired disciplinary committee had in fact lied to the nation that it had conducted disciplinary hearings into the matter. The trio said the process had been “heavily flawed as no prohibition orders were issued against the accused persons as required by the Zanu PF constitution”.

They also allege that the committee was deliberately stuffed with officials loyal to Mackenzie Ncube and Zanu PF deputy secretary for administration July Moyo, who they accuse of being behind their alleged “persecution”.

“If the committee has concluded the hearings can it tell the nation, instead of engaging in cheap propaganda, where it carried out its investigations. Did it go to Mberengwa, Mataga for example?

“Did they talk to witnesses who were in Victoria Falls during the pre-budget meeting for example? Did they speak to minister A Ndhlovu? In short, did they conduct an inquiry to establish the facts and where did they do so?” they charged.

They also produced a recording of the meeting’s proceedings in which they were called by the committee to “an information gathering platform” where the committee chairperson told them “we are going to invite you to submit your evidence and bring your witnesses”.

The ministers allege that Ncube revealed, at party meetings held on January 20 and 21 in Kwekwe and Gokwe South respectively, that he and his co-accused were “untouchable”, as they had the committee chairperson on their side.

“Clearly, the accused must answer for their sins, including the claim that our appointments were G40-motivated. We therefore dismiss this charade with the contempt it deserves, and we have proceeded to launch an appeal with the national disciplinary committee,” they said.

Comments (13)

how come there are no quotes directly from individual ministers. this article is inept and lacks substance

jaison tan - 26 January 2016

Ko garwe varivengei kudaro?

machakachaka - 26 January 2016

Makhosini Hlongwane you are very dull. Remember you were merely a news reader at ZBC. Do you think you can play politics with the likes of Munangagwa?? Poor thinking indeed. Know that this is your last term as minister and MP in ZANU government. They will do what they know best to have you rejected in Mberengwa. Infact, you face and aptitude is not one of a politician. Look at the wadyajenas of this world. Yu have kissed bye bye to politics

Danai Pazvagozha - 26 January 2016

Makosini and thugs regressing to childhood defenses.ndokurervera kuna baba. Shame

Phillip Kucherera - 26 January 2016

Makhosini is not grateful because for him to be a Minister today is due to ED. How can bite the hand that feeds you? History will judge you harshly for betraying someone who has made you what you are. The likes of Jonso & Kasukuwere should just shut up because ED fought for this country and has a proud legacy unlike them who bask in the glory of other eminent politicians.

Chief Charumbira - 26 January 2016

Ngazvidashurane!!! Point of correction Chief, Munangagwa did not fight for this country. He was at school during the struggle whilst others were fighting. He did his high school and proceeded to the University of Zambia where he learnt with several other guys who are working for parastatals in Zimbabwe as we speak. Munangagwa only joined Zanu PF as a private secretary for Mr Mugabe towards the end of the struggle(1978), and spend days at Hotels in Lusaka with his boss before the cease fire was agreed in 1979. Have you ever seen a signle picture of him during the struggle? We seen pictures from primary and high school history books showing the likes of Josiah Tongogara, Josiah Tungamirai, Solomon Mujuru, Joyce Mujuru etc. Yake hapana so he is on equal footing nana Jonathan Moyo and Kasukuwere

murehwa - 26 January 2016

Murehwa haikona kunyepera vanhu iwe read the struggle for zimbabwe ..donot demonstrate your ignorance on social media or did you get a 'U' in ZIM history read wena

Taura zvine musoro - 26 January 2016

Murehwa kufana Grace udofo hwopedzisira wapiwa fake PHD. Go to Ngwena's profile and see the photos if thats what u need as evidence Zidofo rakafira history

Shiri - 26 January 2016

That person murehwa is lying.ask us macomrades tokuudzai.mnangagwa was I the thick of war in moza.most legal matters n strategy of the war was ,negotiating wth frelimo was his job.thr was cde zvobgo bt he was usualy a visitor from countries.ngwena lived wth us in moza.

viola gwena - 26 January 2016

Hlogwane yo days r numbered,yes ask cde shava .yu complaining on the vedict?shame.ko police,they thru yo stupid bullet story,out.why.surely mckenzie is not that influencial,to tell police what to do.dont play child games navakuru.

viola gwena - 26 January 2016

makosini you are too young to play dirt game with pple of midlands. they know you. you are not educated enough to be a minister, you are not a zanu pf mp. u only came for election to use us. you not in zanu pf structures and i dont think you have the part card

mkarang weMBERENGWA - 28 January 2016

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