Yesterday’s Zanu PF politburo meeting failed to finalise on pending disciplinary cases of its members across the country as had been expected, with the party’s decision-making body tasking national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to further investigate squabbles in the Midlands province.
The politburo was expected to deal with the suspensions of provincial chairmen as well as votes of no confidence passed on other officials, but said they would only finalise on the issue in the body’s next meeting.
“The secretary for legal affairs comrade (Patrick) Chinamasa on behalf of the chairman of the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) Vice President (Phelekezela) Mphoko, presented the committee’s report. Hearings on Louis Mathuthu and Sibongile Sibanda have still to be completed,” Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said last night.
“The case of Pupurai Togarepi is also being handled according to provisions of our constitution as he is an appointee of the president in the politburo. The issue of the three suspended chairmen is still before the NDC, these are, of course, Joel Biggie Matiza (Mashonaland East), Ezra Chidzamira (Masvingo) and Kizito Chivamba (Midlands), the matter we hope will be concluded soon and we should give you finality at the next politburo meeting.”
Zanu PF factional wars have torn the party apart, as the race to succeed Mugabe heats up.
In the run-up to yesterday’s politburo meeting, well-placed Zanu PF sources had told the Daily News that hardliners within the Generation 40 (G40) group — a party faction rabidly opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding President Robert Mugabe — were pushing for the confirmation of the suspension and expulsion of all of the beleaguered VP’s allies who were under the cosh in the party.
However, Khaya Moyo said last night that some of the cases were going to be sent back to the provincial disciplinary committees before they are deliberated by the NDC.
“In Manicaland, we had three cases where Munacho Mutezo, Zvouya and Mavuto. Their cases have been referred back to the provincial disciplinary committee before they are fully considered by the national disciplinary committee for deliberation by the politburo,” Khaya Moyo said.
“Votes of no confidence; all the seven in Mashonaland East province who are affected by this still have their cases to be concluded by the NDC through complete hearings,
. . . must be done, every case must be heard.
“The same applies to Bulawayo province; the nine affected still have their cases to be concluded by the NDC after complete hearings have been done.”