Mutsvangwa, wife get Zanu PF boot

HARARE - As accurately reported by the Daily News over the past few weeks, more Zanu PF bigwigs linked to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, including former war veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa and his wife Monica, have been booted out of the ruling party.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News last night, after the party’s politburo announced the latest carnage to hit Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa’s faction), said it was “all over bar the shouting” for the beleaguered camp in its wilting quests to get the Midlands godfather to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

In addition to suspending the garrulous Mutsvangwa and his wife from the party for three years, the former liberation movement also summarily expelled from within its ranks 14 youth leaders — including Godfrey Gomwe, Godfrey Tsenengamu, Vengai Musengi and Edmore Samambwa.

“It’s all over bar the shouting. Team Lacoste is now dead and buried,” a senior party official linked to Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) group said.

Addressing the media just after the politburo had met and dealt with scores of disciplinary cases that had been brought before it by the party’s national disciplinary committee, spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo revealed that more than 20 officials had been banished from the former liberation movement.

“All in all, nine cases were presented and extensively discussed by the politburo. Three people were suspended for three years.

“I will start with Mashonaland West where Chris Mutsvangwa (pictured) has been suspended and therefore must not hold any position in the party for the same period, but remains a member of the party and a Member of Parliament.

“In Midlands, Espinah Nhari also lost her position in the women’s league. She was secretary for administration and also has been suspended for three years.

“Monica Mutsvangwa lost her position in the women’s league and is suspended for three years. We also have Rosewita Chinyaure, I’m not sure of her province, who has been expelled from the party. Another one expelled is Taurai Pasirayi,” Khaya Moyo said.

While Mnangagwa did not attend the meeting to witness the brutal demolition job on his support base first hand, as he was said to be out of the country, his protégé, Mutsvangwa — who has been a member of the politburo — immediately left the meeting in disgust after his suspension was announced.

“Seven provincial youth chairmen were expelled from the party for gross  indiscipline and misconduct and these are Godfrey Tsenengamu (Mashonaland Central), Godwin Gomwe (Harare province), Vengai Musengi (Mashonaland West), Khumbulani Mpofu (Bulawayo), Edmore Samambwa (Midlands), Tamuka Nyoni (Matabeleland North) and Washington Nkomo (Matabeleland South).

“Another seven youth leaders representing associations aligned to Zanu PF  have also been expelled from the party for indiscipline and misconduct and these are Tonderai Chidawa (Zicosu), Norest Makururu (Youth in mining organisation), Collen Machingura (youth in farming), Memory Masengu (youth against sanctions), Absalom Mabuse (youth service graduates association), Gabriel Togarepi (Ziliwaco Trust) and Innocent Mhlanga (children of war veterans,” he added.

The politburo, Khaya Moyo said, also received a report to the effect that the NDC was still considering the cases of suspended provincial chairpersons, Joel Biggie Matiza (Mashonaland East), Kizito Chivamba (Midlands) and Ezra Chadzamira (Masvingo).

“You are aware that there are three provincial chairpersons who are on suspension and we expected a report for them. But the national disciplinary committee told us that it is still to conclude the matter.

“Four people were given severe reprimands and these are Tendai Makunde (Murewa North MP), Felix Mhona (Chikomba Central), Washington Musvaire (Maramba Pfungwe) and G Katsande,” Khaya Moyo went further.

Mutsvangwa’s political fortunes nose-dived late last year after his home province of Mashonaland West expelled him, as the ruling party’s factional and succession wars continued to worsen.

His suspension at the time came just after his wife Monica was also banished from the brawling party’s women’s league, with the power couple standing accused of being close allies of the VP.

Among a litany of charges against them were those relating to them allegedly insulting the first family after Mutsvangwa said the party’s national political commissar, Savior Kasukuwere, was guilty of disrespecting “the institution of marriage and that of the State” — in apparent reference to Kasukuwere’s alleged close political association with powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe.

In the meantime, the political careers of the party’s three suspended provincial leaders for Midlands, Masvingo and Mashonaland East — who are all linked to Mnangagwa — are hanging in the balance

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News last week that it was “a matter of time and not one of if” the three bigwigs — Chivamba, Chadzamira and Matiza — would be booted out of the former liberation movement.

“These comrades simply have to go as they have been the source of too many problems in their respective provinces, which the party can no longer tolerate. It’s enough frankly,” one of the sources said.

Among the litany of charges that are being flung their way are those related to their alleged “continuing undermining” of Mugabe and Grace, as well as claims that they are fanning factionalism in the governing party.

At the heart of the bloodletting and Zanu PF’s worsening factional wars is the unresolved question of Mugabe’s succession — where the major players are the faction loyal to Mnangagwa and the G40.

Recently, an angry Mugabe also publicly shellacked Mutsvangwa after he called an unsanctioned meeting of ex-combatants in Harare.

Party insiders also said yesterday that both Musvangwa and his wife would lose their ministerial positions.

Comments (25)

Its high time Chris and those booted out should go underground to campaign for Ngwena. As long as they remain MPs, they have nothing to loose, This drama is as a result of this lady and typist from Mufakose. To us who support our own Crocodile, we are not moved nor peplexed at all. It was coming cz we are divided cz of this typist who has loose morals from Mufakose.. Rather we would go underground to campaign for our own man.....Ngwena to take over. Bob us too too and too old to make such decisions. Its the wife who is calling the shoots. Pasi neG40. Why is that all those from the G40 are not being victimised.......ZANU PF yasara mbava nasekuru vavo......Its high time we play the accident games now. Watch this space cdes.....muchamama chete muzita raJesu. We are tired of Grace......tichaona kuti kahure aka kachaenda kupi kana kamurume kake hell with a Typist from CCOSA ......Aiwawo taneta...... Ini mwana wemurozvi.......munoti dii ko......

Clemence Tashaya - 4 March 2016

no tears for mutsvangwa especially considering what he said about his fellow cde mai mujuru. zvaiwana ngwarati kudya ivete.

zvirozviyedzwa - 4 March 2016

We the Locaste team......we stand by our mission and we shall never be fazed by such nonsense from the Typist from CCOSA that backyard college along Zamora Machel ave opposite Jameson hotel...... Voersteek Grace..... See whether we care.....uchanogara kuMufakose iwe kana kamudhara this space........

Clemence Tashaya - 4 March 2016

Zvakanaka ngwarati

Inini - 4 March 2016

He remains a member of the mafia party and member of parliament. The discipline is not as severe as those who participated in the Tsholotsho declaration. As an MP he can remain in post as a Minister drawing a salary & allowances with more time and less responsibilities to plot for Lacoste, this is all these bobojanis care about making money. Next elective congress is 2019 so for now they think they have clipped his wings for Mugabe to serve his full term to 2018. But then Bob is still the mafia's candidate for 2018 so he will still have to deal with Mutsvangwa in 2019.

Black Diamond - 4 March 2016

I see that all those Zanoid Daily News haters, who try so hard to discredit the paper have nothing to say now. Daily News, you are the only enduring hope for us Zimbabweans, and with you we shall overcome. Nomakanjani!

Khumalo - 4 March 2016

Yes dailynews can celebrate of course,yu against yoself and for yo us mutsvangwa is our chairman.he remains our minister.I dnt know which class he is fired from,which entity ?we dismiss the chairman,nt polutburo.who gave them that power?its nt central commetee,its nt warvets,then if not these 2 ,the suspension is a farce,a fake.our meeting will goahead chaired by mtsvangwa.sorry.

viola gwena - 4 March 2016

The continous purging of people in ZanuPF vindicates those who accuse the party for rigging elections in 2013. Mugabe and his wife know a lot about how the election was manipulated in ZanuPF's favour. The majority of those in parliament cannot say with confidence how they won. The results shocked both the so called 'winners' and ' losers'.The only people who know this secret are Mugabe, his wife, Mnangagwa and top security commanders, The majority of ZanuPF MPs are still in the dark as of what really led them into parliament. This is why the first lady is now kicking them out of the party. She is seeing them as a bunch of ungrateful people who should always bootlick her as a way of saying 'thank you' for the generosity his husband has shown. He paid millions of dollars to Nikuv in order for people to march into parliament because they had lost to MDC-T. It is possible for Mugabe to play the same card. The old man is very unelectable hence cheating is his winning card.He is not afraid of the disasterous effects of his actions. Although Amai Mujuru claims that many ZanuPF MPs are members of her party, they would never resign to cause an early election before 2018.If they are truly sympathising with the toilling masses of Zimbabwe let us seeing them doing the honourable thing of resigning emasse so as to cause an election before 2018. Let us see joining MDC-T in their demands for all reforms that have to do with conducting a free and fair elections. If the majority of the MPs are members of ZPF then our prayers have been answers we should start seeing some positive changes. It clearly means the parliament of Zimbabwe is now controlled by the opposition, what an Xmas gift before December!!!!

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 4 March 2016

Regardless of who comes out on top, Team Lacoste, Mujuru, G40, it matters not. Those who have contributed to this mess we now find ourselves in have to all realize and with absolute certainty too that ZANU PF is finished, kaput, end of story. No magic wand, no Nikuv from Israel, no Jacob Zuma or Thabo Mbeki is going to put ZANU PF back in power? This country is fast heading towards civil war and it appears that there is no stopping it now. Journalists need to investigate some of the reports about some of the divisions within the military, Police and Intelligence services right now, stories that have so far been suppressed. All we can now do is pray for our country as this are getting seriously out of control.

Perekedza Mbuya - 4 March 2016

Mugabe does not care much about 2018 . What if he wants someone from the opposition to win.? .This will work well for his family and that will solve the succession issue in ZANU pf. We are wrong to think Mugabe will need the war vets and Ngwena come 2018. If he looses then his legacy is restored and his family will be safe for the next 5 years. The new leader will also carry all the reforms agreed and move Zimbabwe into a democratic state. Who gains if this happens ? It's Mugabe and the people of Zimbabwe plus his family will not worry much about security for the next 5 years. This is the plan. Mugabe will be defeated in 2018 and that will solve all the problems in his party plus he will restore his legacy and Zimbabwe will also regain it's status through implementing all the reforms which the hard liners in his party are opposed to. But before he let go he is going to decapitate all those who notorious for cuasing problems in the country. One by one we shall see them gone before 2018 . Come 2019 ZANU pf will choose a new leader and Mugabe will endorse it. That is checkmate to Team Lacoste!!!

Be Warned - 4 March 2016

the best these MPs can do for the people of Zimbabwe is to resign emasse and force an election, . 2018 is too far.

Mhandu P - 4 March 2016

the party will be stronger after ridding itself of such malcontents like mutsvangwa,i commend the NDC for such a wise move,the firstlady cannot be denigrated by people who think the presidency is acquired on tribal ticket,as i have previously stressed power based on appointment must not be confused with real power,he who appoints also disappoints

truth - 4 March 2016

Lacoste is an evil man, he has blood on his hands, as do all the muppets in ZANU PF. Let them eat each other, the world will be a better place.

mukwerekwere - 4 March 2016

Is lacoste still the VP?. Last time a politiburo was moved foward because grace was out of the country.

X-MAN IV - 4 March 2016

Mutsvangwa should have seen this coming. He was getting over ambitious. Very soon he will be booted out of cabinet as he cannot hold any position in Zanu PF and also he will lose his position as war veterans leader. Expulsion from Zanu is better than suspension. When suspended they are watching every step you make waiting to pounce whereas when you are expelled you can just join another party but nobody will like the likes of Mutsvangwa who were naive in the first place to think they were part of the Mugabe family. All those NDC hearings were stage managed because the results were already known and at the politburo meeting they just announced them the Zanu way. I hope this is a lesson to other wannabee Mutsvangwas.

Inyika - 4 March 2016

Inyika and others. you fail to realise this was a win for Mutsvangwa. Mugabe wanted control of the war vets he failed . he can keep his ministerial post . but he lost the war vets. Mutsvangwa 1 mugabe / Mandi chimene/Grace /G40 0

Grace Jones - 5 March 2016

@Grace Jones, in case you didn't know Mutvsangwa has been replaced by Dube already. I don't know why you thought he would hold on to the ministerial post when he cannot hold a position within Zanu.

Inyika - 5 March 2016

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