9/10 provinces back ED sacking

 former Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa

former Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa

Herald Reporters—
NINE of Zanu-PF’s 10 provinces have endorsed the sacking of former Vice President Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa as the axe hangs over his allies accused of fanning factionalism in aid of his ambition to succeed President Mugabe. President Mugabe on Monday fired Cde Mnangagwa with immediate effect for, among other things, disloyalty, disrespect, deceit and unreliability.

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 Announcing the decision at a press briefing in Harare, the Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, said Cde Mnangagwa’s discharge of duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities.

Yesterday, Matabeleland South, North and Harare held provincial coordinating committee meetings and joined other provinces in endorsing the firing of Cde Mnangagwa and the proposed elevation of First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe to the position of VP.

The provinces joined Bulawayo, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo and Manicaland who have made similar calls while Midlands province is expected to hold its PCC meeting today.

Harare recommended the expulsion of Politburo members, namely Cdes Cleveria Chizema and Omega Hungwe and Harare East National Assembly representative Cde Terrence Mukupe while 22 others were recommended for suspension as they stand accused of being part of Cde Mnangagwa’s faction and working to undermine President Mugabe.

In his address to the PCC Zanu-PF Harare province, chairman Cde Charles Tawengwa castigated people who were working against the President and the First Lady. “A lot of things have been happening in the party in the past few days. Some had started creating their own centres of power contrary to our party’s principle that the President is the only centre of power in the party. Some even booed the First Lady in Bulawayo which is a sign of indiscipline and to us that is unacceptable to us because we are here to protect the party, the President, the First Lady and the First Family and our country,” Cde Tawengwa said.

He reiterated their loyalty to the President adding he was their sole candidate for the Presidency in the 2018 harmonised elections. In Matabeleland South recommendations were also made for the axing 15 members including State Security Minister Cde Kembo Mohadi and Home Affairs Deputy Minister Cde Obedingwa Mguni over allegations of colluding with Cde Mnangagwa.

The recommendations were supported by the provincial Women’s League and Youth League. Other members facing the axe include provincial chairman Cde Rabelani Choeni, Central Committee members Cdes Reni Kibi and Thambudzani Mohadi , Matabeleland South provincial war veterans’ chairman Cde Section Ncube and former Matabeleland South Provincial Affairs Minister Abednico Ncube.

Also in the firing line are Cdes Never Khanye, William Dhewa, Elizabeth Moyo, Japhet Dube, Mthandazo Sibanda, Cecilia Ndubiwa, Qajiwe Mpande and Sifinini Rona Moyo. Speaking during the meeting, Zanu-PF Matabeleland South provincial vice chairman Cde Soul Mahalima Ncube said the expulsion of the 15 party members was necessary to ensure order and unity within the party.

“The President has dismissed Mnangagwa from being Vice President and as a province we have to do something about his sympathisers who are among us. Therefore, we would like to recommend the expulsion of these 15 members who were working with him.

“As Mat South we endorse and are fully behind His Excellency’s decision to fire Mnangagwa, whom I can’t address as Comrade anymore. We are also in full support of the amendment of the constitution to accommodate a female Vice President. We also recommend the elevation of First Lady Dr Amai Mugabe to the position of Vice President,” said Cde Ncube.

He said Cde Mnangagwa’s sympathisers within the province were blocking party development projects. He said once they were expelled from the party, it would be possible for the province to develop. Cde Ncube said the province was not concerned with the President’s age but his high level of intelligence and wisdom which could be seen through his great leadership.

“As we forge ahead, the party needs unity and the dismissal of Mnangagwa and his sympathisers will ensure this happens. We have recommended that only 15 get expelled but I know that there are others that we didn’t mention.

“If your name wasn’t mentioned here yet you know what you are doing I would urge you to take this as a warning. Make sure that you correct your ways because we won’t hesitate to dismiss people that want to divide our party,” he said.

Cde Ncube said former VP Mnangagwa and his sympathisers had shown great disrespect by mobilising a crowd to boo the First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe during the Youth Interface Rally in Bulawayo last Saturday. He said the province did not condone such behaviour.

Matabeleland South provincial Zanu-PF Women’s League chairperson Cde Sister Moyo and Youth League provincial vice chairman Mr Lizwe Moyo also declared their full support for the recommendations. In Matabeleland North, the province welcomed the dismissal of Cde Mnangagwa and called for Dr Mugabe’s elevation to the position of Vice President. Party provincial chairman Cde Richard Moyo hailed the province for staying away from factional politics.

“I want to thank you from Politburo members, Central Committee members, National Consultative Assembly members, provincial executive committee in the province, women and youths. You don’t embarrass us as Matabeleland North. You don’t involve yourself in matters that you don’t understand. Stay put, you will be rewarded for your commitment to the party,” said Cde Moyo.

He said the province had resolved that: “Cde Robert Gabriel Mugabe will remain the sole candidate for the 2018 general elections.

“We also reiterate that there is only one centre of power. The province is also in agreement with the removal of ED Mnangagwa from the position of Vice President of the party and Government because of gross indiscipline, disloyalty and insubordination to the President of the State and party.

“The province also resolved that the party implement the resolution that was passed at the Victoria Falls National People’s Conference and in Masvingo that one of the Vice Presidents be a woman. Further, the province resolved that the position be occupied by Secretary for Women’s Affairs Dr Amai Grace Mugabe.”

Midlands province will hold a meeting today amid reports that some party youths had already started efforts to repossess party vehicles from Cde Mnangagwa’s loyalists including Mbizo legislator Cde Usheunesu Mpereri. Party provincial chairman Cde Daniel Mackenzie Ncube yesterday confirmed the incident calling for calm in the province.

“There has been tension with calls from every end with people saying let’s fire this one because he belongs to this or that faction but we have called for a PCC meeting to deliberate on the matter. “I have reiterated that let’s bury our differences and work as a party. This is my constant appeal,” he said.

Cde Ncube said there were clandestine meetings taking place in the province with people plotting against each other, a development which he said sent the wrong signal to the party’s highest decision-making body.

“We are heading for crucial times and I have said this again and again, let’s bury our differences and if our PCC meeting tomorow succeeds, these are some of the issues we want to discuss while preaching unity, unity and unity. This is what the President has taught us. Let us not deviate,” he said.

In Masvingo, the provincial co-ordinating committee recommended the expulsion of national secretary for production and labour Cde Josaya Hungwe, deputy secretary for legal affairs Cde Paul Mangwana, deputy secretary for security Cde Lovemore Matuke and Central Committee member Cde Clemence Makwarimba.

The meeting also called for the ouster of the Zanu-PF provincial chairman Cde Ezra Chadzamira for leading the onslaught to undermine President Mugabe in the province. Manicaland province recommended the expulsion of 38 members allegedly linked to Cde Mnangagwa’s faction, among them three Politburo members,) namely Cdes Oppah Muchinguri, Patrick Chinamasa and Chris Mushohwe.

Other notable members recommended for expulsion include Cdes Mike Madiro, Joshua Sacco, Moses Gutu, Winnie Mlambo, Joseph Mujati, Christopher Chingosho, Alice Chitima, Oliver Mandipaka, Gorden Chikwanda, Timothy Mapungwana, Monica Mutsvangwa, Ellen Gwaradzimba, Tasin Dube, Hubert Nyanhongo and Judith Mawire.

Mashonaland West recommended the expulsion of Politburo member Cde Prisca Mupfumira and Zvimba West National Assembly member Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi. The Mashonaland East province recommended that Cde Joel Biggie Matiza and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly Marbel Chinomona be fired for fanning factionalism in the province while 12 members are to be investigated for links with Cde Mnangagwa.

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  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    ZANU PF leadership is expected to handle its internal dynamics in a away that will ensure the party remains viable to lead its members and supporters to win in the 2018 elections. Any internal cleansing or purging must be in the interest of uniting our revolutionary party. Some of us at the party cell level are following events with interest and hope for the positive. Those opposed to our party must not fool themselves to think our party dynamics are fatal. Revolutionary parties are by nature dynamic when certain issues call for necessary changes. The hallmark of a strong revolutionary party culture is its ability to manage its internal dynamics in a non fatal manner. As history of our party will tell us , the party has experienced several dynamics since its formation and survived , to the chagrin of our enemies. We continue to pray ,this time around ,that our party history will positively repeat itself. Meanwhile ZANU PF future is not informed by speculations arising from many so called analysts who try to pontificate over our party dynamics, basing their naive views on what they gather from social media negative and satanic neo-colonial forces . Amen.

    • Gary WekuZviyambe

      If only your ‘revolutionary” party were this focused in dealing with corruption, ours would be a wonderful country!

    • zimbotry

      So creating a family dynasty is “dynamic”politics????? Promoting the First Lady, which is what this is all about, will damage the party greatly.

    • Vhomoto

      Now you start again. Just be categoric on your view on the sacking of Garwe. So in your opinion all said of garwe is true to warrant, as per your narrative, cleansing

    • Soda

      What about the current cash crisis, the Chinese and Russian mega deals, ZIMASSET and not forgetting the 2 million jobs you promised the mass?

    • Widzo

      Shuwa namatai zvitadzo zvenyu zvinozadza gonyet

    • muchovi washoko

      Well said comrade, if only for the sake of having said something

      • mandevu

        if only for the sake of having said something. That just about sums up Zanu PF

    • ndux

      hope you realize that from around the start of the 21st century the opposition have gained significant ground in terms of support base, just take a look at the August house and senate (more opposition legislators now thou the numbers spike up and down) and those numbers will probably increase. that alone means your assessment is more ilusional than factual. Overall it means there are things that can be done better in management of part dynamics otherwise the shrinking would not stop

    • kabija

      You dare not comment on the procedure! A close look at tawengwa’s speech tells everyone and sundry that the mugabes are above the country and the party! Can zanu pf correct itself any time soon?

    • ndaneta takaedza

      Nothing revolutionary about zanu pf anymore.

    • Yoyo

      If there is anything you are so proud to talk about is the election. What’s there for you ZANU to do?Its sad that you are limited to election winning instead of broadening your scope beyond the mantra of elections.Elections serve as a means to choose the leaders who will work to improve the quality of human life.Elections in your view are a means to assume power, and purge all those that differ in their approach to human service.Its pathetic.The fact that you are a Proff with a narrow view of life is a testimony of valueless Doctorates given to undeserving pseudo academics , who love the the title, but with no capacity to to prove capability of a Rhodesian Form 2

    • mandevu

      I think this one is different. The family and not the party, is setting itself up for survival. Owning the airline, buying property in friendly country’s and getting funds set up quietly and discreetly in Dubai and Singapore should be a real concern to members of this so-called revolutionary party

  • eliah

    what goes around comes around and for those calling for ed sack will soon be at the receiving end one day ,and if you ask the former vp he will bear testimony to this after spearheading mai mujuru ouster.

  • gudo

    realistically this is no longer the revolutionary party we used to know,in as much i support zanu pf iam against the creation of the mugabe dynast. This country does not belong to the mugabe family and close relatives no and no.

  • Tatenda

    Finally Cde Mzvinavhu is awake, I was worried he might have prematurely departed planet earth, hope to read his comments when Grace Mugabe is in power

  • James Dada

    Handei tione!! This may be the beginning of the end of ZANU PF!!.I hope all these party members mentioned to be associated with Lacoste will come up with great ideas and form an opposition party that will sink ZANU PF. Its high time ZANU PF should go extinct. They played their role and we do appreciate that but there is always time to go and this is the right time. Zvakwana!!

  • Nyoni

    So it really depends on who you are. I remember at some point almost all the provinces recommended for the expulsion of someone else but that never happened. Not that I care. We wait to see. Popcorn out!!

  • Tina

    All this to avoid internal democracy?. Fire everyone who does not want amai to be Vice President. It was supposed to be put to a vote at congress . If E.D or whoever else wants to be President should have put their names. Then people vote who ever wins , wins and people would stand by that person. This firing and endorsing business weakens the party. Its not consitent with the founding principal of party which its core founding values were to fight undemocratic processes . The firing of E.D is not the end. A lot more people in Zanu pf harbour ambitions, which is normal the firing goes on. When the Lord finally takes the president the party will be weak as all viable candidates will have been eliminated.

  • Mungandidii

    Once upon a time, there was a great and powerful king. He destroyed all his enemies and there was peace in his kingdom. But he became restless because there was noone to destroy and turned his attention to destroy his friends and loyal subjects…

  • Chitambo

    The die is cast. We already have a new President(ess) or is it Queen (this is a dynasty after all.) The rest is now just window dressing. It is over bar the shouting.

  • Cde Cde Cde

    The provinces joined Bulawayo, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West, Masvingo and Manicaland who have made similar calls while Midlands province is expected to hold its PCC meeting today. who is expecting and who is pushing the province

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Your problem is that you believe all you read in the media against ZANU PF. If you know of a case why note just say , so and so committed that crime instead of accusing the party ,ZANU PF . If I commit adultery,just say Mzvina sinned .Dont say ZANU PF sinned. That is my point. If Tsvangirai fornicated ,that is not the whole MDCT sinning,please ,you idiots.

  • ndaneta takaedza

    The name is associated with the revolution yet the contents are far from it. What history has the proposed V.P has? now that is a fact, Kasukuwere, Jonah, Chipanga name them…

  • Cde Samanyanga Dotito

    Are you saying all who were appointed VPs were economically sinless? Dont just try to propel your Lacoste factional interests. Did the outgoing VP occupy only one farm?

  • ndaneta takaedza

    Tell us how ZANU PF has fought corruption since 1980 other than the Sandura Commission set up after the Willowgate scandal. Does it mean that all the Government Ministers and state agents CEOs are clean? You should be very careful what you protect sometimes even if you are a loyalist to a thieving company it is good to agree that apa takanganisa. Even the President himself warns his loyalists like Kasukuwere vachiti tirikunzwa kuti murikudai though he knows how to protect loyalists not to send them to prison. China our so called friend does not tolerate public funds embezzlement it is punishable by execution or a lesser punishment of life imprisonment, I pray for a day when tempering with tax payers’ monies would implore the owner to resign before an investigation even start…

    • JAMES GUNIKE

      Hanzi ” Does it mean that all the Government Ministers and state agents CEOs are clean?” And when the President acts against corruption by firing these kingpins starting with Joice Mujuru, many Zimbaweans like you start wailing more than the affected culprits. Hanzi heeehe akararwa hondo saka vari kumudzingirei. NONSENSE!

  • succuba

    Which economic sanctions (fakey)?

    Why are you so afraid of debate?

  • succuba

    The constitution is not worth the paper its printed on.

  • succuba

    kikikiki…. such a liar and fake.

  • succuba

    (fakey) doesn’t answer difficult questions soda… kikikiiki

  • mandevu

    yes but Zanu PF is the government of the day. They are responsible as the country’s government. They are accountable for everything that happens at both central and local government. You Zanu PF supporters have developed this “us and them” mentality which is an unhealthy view of the real world

  • mandevu

    announce your running for president

  • mandevu

    more words meaning nothing