Mutasa wades into Zanu PF's ructions

HARARE - Former Zanu PF secretary for administration and for decades a close confidante of President Robert Mugabe, Didymus Mutasa, says the increasingly frail nonagenarian must restore democracy within the warring ruling party by ditching its archaic one-centre of power principle if he is to redeem his and the former liberation movement’s damaged image.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Mutasa — now an elder at new kid on the political block, the Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) — also rubbished claims that by telephoning Mugabe recently, this meant that he intended to go back to Zanu PF or get favours from his former boss.

Mutasa’s comments also came as a Zanu PF faction consisting of the party’s Young Turks and going by the moniker Generation 40 (G40) — which is rabidly opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe — is similarly proposing that the party of liberation dumps its one-centre of power principle and pave way for the election of its two deputies; in a move that is widely seen as targeting the Midlands godfather.

In addition, the G40 also wants Zanu PF to re-insert the contentious clause in its constitution which allows for a woman to take one of the party’s two VP posts, as was the case before the former liberation movement’s sham December 2014 congress when former Vice President Joice Mujuru, who occupied one of these positions, was brutally purged from the party.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Mutasa said Mugabe needed to heed the calls by the G40 and abandon the one-centre of power principle, adding that this was not only undemocratic but also “satanic”.

“I will never return to Zanu PF because I am a founder of a democratic party (ZPF). So, those who are saying that I will return should continue saying and writing their nonsense.

“If they remove their one-centre of power nonsense, then we can maybe accommodate them in our party (ZPF). After all, we are former Zanu PF stalwarts,” Mutasa said.

“But what you hear about the so-called one-centre of power was never what Zanu PF stood for. Its founding fathers are probably turning in their graves. We used to go for democratic elections in Smith’s Rhodesia but now they are no longer doing so in Mugabe’s Zimbabwe. This one-centre of power wants to return us to the feudal system,” he thundered derisively further.

Mutasa, who once served as State security minister, was sacked from Zanu PF in the run up to the party’s hotly-disputed 2014 congress, together with Mujuru and other senior officials on untested allegations of plotting to topple and kill Mugabe.

The sham congress gave Mugabe unfettered powers which made him its sole appointing authority, doing away with the original system which subjected his deputies and others senior officials to elections.

Current VPs Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko were appointed by Mugabe soon after the damp squib 2014 congress.

Last week, Mashonaland Central province, a stronghold of embattled national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, who is also said to be one of the kingpins of the G40, announced that it was pushing Zanu PF to re-introduce the divisive debate about the need for a woman to become one of Zanu PF’s two vice presidents.

The call for a woman deputy and Zanu PF’s VPs to be elected as the ruling party meets at its crucial annual conference in Masvingo next month, was made by Kasukuwere’s brother, Dickson Mafios.

“The president was elected by the people and should be the one centre of power, not the VPs. They have no mandate from the people. It is a resolution that we are standing with and a resolution that we shall take forward at the conference, and we are not talking about one VP but both of them.

“If there is a faction that wants a certain VP, then it is free to vote for him. The fact that Mujuru was expelled from the party doesn’t matter, we want a woman. The women are free to choose whoever they want. We are not campaigning for anyone. This is about implementing the policies of the party,” Mafios said.

However, Mashonaland Central has since claimed that its controversial resolutions were only meant to be implemented in 2019, and not next month, after attracting fierce criticism from Mnangagwa’s allies.Mutasa wades into  Zanu PF ructions

Comments (6)

Laws can be changed to suit g40 and non zanu pple but dont yu ever forget that in 2004 Ngwena was voted by 7 provinces to be vp.It took the whole President and gen mujuru to veto this vote of confidence in ngwna.So appointing ngwena as vp was a belated exersize that shuld have been done in 2004.Ngwena won free n square.The likes of Dydimus mutasa cried for a change of the law to appoint a junior woman Joice ,who was unknown then as a senior person.She was a little minister of water.Mutasa the chameleon now wishes he were in zanu so he culd cry again for a change back to voting.Oh man oh man, old man ,grow up plse some more.What is it axactly yu want.elected or appointed?Its ngwena s time china,look no further than him.Whether by appointment or by votes ,its ngwena.God kept him ashore for this time.When all yu skunks were chased out by Gire ,she was unknowingly paving the way for the chosen one,Ngwena.

viola gwena - 29 November 2016

Chosen by who?

mj - 29 November 2016

Comrades is ZANU PF a party for everyone or it is just for a few individual families. I am shocked to learn that Mafios is brother to Kasukuwere. Previously Tongai Kusukuwere was being elevated to be the National Youth Chairman. Is this fair in a country of over 14 million people only few family members are holding all key positions in the party. It therefore means most people are just following a few families' ideologies. When are we going to have people from other regions or families participating in national issues of the country.

Xlalala - 29 November 2016

Oh please get over yourself Mutasa. For 34 yrs you were happy to serve in Bobs cabinet without any elections. Bob has never faced an election in zanu and each time there is an opportunity to do that you lot used to just endorse him and created a centre of power which is unaccountable. In the last congress ED Lacoste made the amendments for more centralised powers just like Zvobgo before him in the hope that when he takes over he can rule unchallenged and unopposed. All leaders should bring themselves for election, monopolies are inherently bad because they destroy competition and therefore choice.

Galore - 29 November 2016

Haahahahahah face to face with reality CDE Mutasa. Your words that you spewed in 2008 when people were calling for the release of election results are still fresh in our minds. Its game on Sekuru leave with it why the bitterness kkkkkkkkkkkkkk

Mthwakazi - 30 November 2016

mutasa has a point though when he was still in zanu he was undemocratic and cruel like his former friend mnangagwa.remember he was chased when he was trying to bring democracy at party level.

mkm - 3 December 2016

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