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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  • 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.

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      I am not aware of your dynasty insinuation in our party. We are Zimbabwe Republic . Our constitution does not allow governing dynasties. Anyone can only be appointed as per the decision by he/she who appoints in positions so provided constitutionally. BUT, BUT, BUT in the case of our President position , that is via being elected in the party and by the nation at State level. Anyone who is a Zimbabwean citizen can be elected subject to all constitutional requirements. Who said our national constitution is going to be amended to accommodate your unfounded speculations, in the Zimbabwe of Republic? Being an appointed VP does not constitutionally entrench one to be the next State President,without being elected in my learned view.

      • zimbotry

        You really are not living in the real world……Is it ok to you for instance that the First Lady may become VP with her history of violent behavior, multiple farm ownership and dubious money dealings??????

  • 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

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      My interest is in having our party united and win elections as I alluded in my initial posting. The current dynamics are not special to me compared to many before in our party history. Suffice to say I have no locus standi to give a judgmental view . The concerned dramatis personae know better than some of us politically sitting on terraces.

  • 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.

  • 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?

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Its because of the sanctions.I repeat. I repeat!

      • zimbotry

        Please explain how your mythical sanctions could effect Mega deals by Russians and Chinese

  • Emancipated

    You definitely right Prof, some one once said ZANU PF party members are like baboons. When they are alone they fight one another to death, however if an external enemy comes around unity is forged without a fuss and defense is maximized. When it comes to power retention and wining elections using all tactics available the party is a machine, you cant take away that. However putting aside the sanction mantra for a second, ZANU PF has destroyed our future mate. The leadership has no direction. Populist policies without proper implementation. All the gains that were achieved soon after independence have been lost. You always practice “self serving bias” to the best of your ability i.e diverting your failures to external factors and attributing the little good things that you do to internal factors. We want focus to be on bread and butter issues not dynamics that wont change the majority of Zimbabwean’s lives for the better. FOOL ME ONCE, SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME TWICE SHAME ON ME!!

    • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

      Nothing “baboonish“ about ZANU PF . Why do you choose to ignore other factors such as economic sanctions in respect of our economic nadir?

  • CDE Chakadenga

    The list of members that have been recommended for dismissal shows the gravity of the situation which ZANU PF finds itself in. Yes its true that these members are pro-Mnangagwa its not a crime the same as the likes of Jono et al who are pro-Jezebel, I see the wheels falling of here comrades. ZANU PF has been destroyed from within and all this thanks to Jono and Jezebel. But for the future of Zimbabwe needs new blood so we wait to see

  • Mapfupa evakauraiwa

    Gire atotonga ka uyuu ndizvo here zvazvakaita kuti a juniour member unodzinga VP yoooo zanu yaora Jonathan Moyo once said if you want to destroy ZANU PF join it and destroy it from within

  • Tavaka Zhou

    Then after this all our problems solved:
    1. Medicine in hospitals is full to the brim
    2. Electricity readily available.
    3. Zinwa supplying clean water to all municipalities.
    4. Zupco, NRZ, Air Zimbabwe, PetroZim all back running efficiently.
    5. All pot holes gone from all roads, all gravel roads are tarred now.
    6. Zimbabwe dollar readily available and useful in all banks at rate 1Z$:1US$
    7. Industries running full throttle and shops full of goods from Olivine, Liver Brothers etc
    8. 2,2 million jobs created including as gardeners or house girls.
    9. All vendors now gainfully employed with employment down to 2%.
    10. Everyone has a house through Garikayi/Hlalani Kuhle
    People really amaze me, education without wisdom is very dangerous, from here is back to square one.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Corruption in not a party issue , but a government issue. We have even seen corruption in municipalities controlled by MDC councilors. Dont forget that even in the private sector ,where I had a career for nearly three decades, corruption is there also. In most cases it is the private sector that dances corruption music with our public sector. So you need to have a holistic attack on corruption not your fixation against ZANU PF chete , chete. When Tsvangirai was abusing donor funds in his lecherous activities, was that not corruption? It there across the political divide. Yes, we are agreed that corruption must go for us to have a better environment for both government and private sector businesses

    • Gary WekuZviyambe

      You miss the point. ZANU-PF is the party running our government and should be fighting corruption, whether committed by MDC or whoever. The issue is not about who commits corruption; it is about our national leadership fighting it the core. Our current national leadership (ZANU-PF) is more concerned with internal power battles than creating a better life for Zimbabwean citizens. Our President arranges Youth Interface rallies but says absolutely nothing about challenges facing the youth.

      • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

        You missed my point. Corruption must be fought not only by government officials by all Zimbabweans ,within and without government , across the political divide. Its not true that nothing has been said about youths at the rallies. You are just picking on your factional nonsense hoping to reap political capital in frustration.

    • zimbotry

      ZanuPF as Government should be leading the fight and the Leaders leading by example. They are doing the opposite

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Ah, you are entitled your perception. Facts will tell against your perception in due course.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Procedures are subject to the constitution.

    • zimbotry

      They were once. No longer. Its all about one family and a few cronies now

  • NaJesu

    …i tried to follow closely on the list of members recommended for “expulsion” , hey, hameno, seemingly almost everyone has become an enemy, threat, … to the state, so scary bantu hahaha, asi chii nhai.

  • nameless

    are these not the same provinces that voted for the booting out of Kasuwere, why would their voices be heard today than then when Kasukuwere was given a vote of no convidence. ** the provinces are just there to rubber stamp his word..which is the law..and he does not regard the constitution of the Party.

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    We are agreed that corruption must go.But my point is that its not a ZANU PF policy to support corruption. This is why I gave the example of MDC controlled councils being also corrupt. It is the individual officials not the party itself. I argue! If a crime is committed the individual is arrested ,not the party. You stooges of the West want to paint the party for political reasons. Stop it!

  • Cde Mzvinavhu(Prof)

    Elections are topical because they are near and a means of giving people their democratic right to chose their government. Other issues equally important. So there is nothing amiss talking and planning about winning elections next year. Are you saying all the talk about political alliances by the opposition are not important, because in your foolish view , elections are not relevant because we also have our pressing national issues. Please dont show your stupidity.