Freeman Razemba Senior Reporter
THE Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central provincial executive committee and the Women’s League yesterday passed a vote of no confidence in provincial chairperson Cde Luke Mushore and the league’s provincial chairwoman Cde Dorothy Mashonganyika.The two were accused of fanning factionalism and planning to topple President Mugabe, with Cde Mushore becoming the ninth Zanu-PF provincial chair to face the chop.
A total of 29 provincial executive members out of 48 signed the vote of no confidence in Cde Mushore at the party’s provincial headquarters in Bindura.
The provincial women’s league saw 22 members out of 40 voting for the ouster of Cde Mashonganyika.
Other Zanu-PF provincial chairpersons deposed in recent weeks were Cdes Ray Kaukonde (Mashonaland East), Temba Mliswa (Mashonaland West), Callisto Gwanetsa (Masvingo), Jason Machaya (Midlands), Amos Midzi (Harare), Andrew Langa (Matabeleland South), Professor Callistus Ndlovu (Bulawayo) and John Mvundura (Manicaland).
The Mashonaland Central provincial committee members replaced Cde Mushore with Cde Wonder Mashange, while the Women’s League committee replaced Cde Mashonganyika with her deputy Cde Mercy Jonga.
Cde Mashange was last week appointed the acting secretary for administration following a vote of no confidence passed in Cde Joseph Mapiki.
The provincial executive appointed Cde Batsirai Musona as the acting secretary for administration following the elevation of Cde Mashange.
Another vote of no confidence was passed in Bindura North legislator and provincial committee member Cde Kenneth Musanhi over the same allegations.
Cde Mashange, who read the statement on behalf of the executive members, accused Cde Mushore of bringing the party into disrepute by being aligned to a faction.
He said they no longer had confidence in the leadership of Cde Mushore.
“We do so freely without any form of coercion or undue influence in accordance with provisions of Chapter 4, Article 29, and Section 251 of the Zanu-PF party Constitution which states that, “A motion of no confidence shall be passed by a simple majority of all members of the appropriate organ”, which in this case is the provincial executive council,” he said.
Cde Mashange said Cde Mushore was in breach of the party’s Constitution and that he was no longer fit and deserving to lead the party.
“He was part and parcel of a secret meeting held at Cde Musanhi’s private offices in Bindura on the eve of the First Lady’s (Dr Grace Mugabe) Meet the People Rally which was opposing the candidature and planning against the success of the First Lady Dr G. Mugabe’s Meet the People Rally on the 15th of October 2014,” he said.
“The meeting went on to task (ousted provincial vice chairperson) Cde (Sydney) Chidamba to organise and allocated him two buses to ferry rowdy supporters from Chiweshe who were to be led by one Dugmore Chimukoko to disrupt, antagonise and boo the First Lady, but the plan was foiled by alert State Security agents who detained one of the hired buses from Hermain Gmeiner High School.”
Cde Mashange said since December last year, Cde Mushore had been attending factional meetings which were being held in secrey in Bindura and Harare.
“The meetings were meant to remove His Excellency Cde R.G. Mugabe from his position as the party’s First Secretary and President at the party’s Congress to be held in December 2014,” he said.
“These meetings which he attended were being held to further the interests of a certain faction which is eyeing the Presidency and contrary to the mandate and expectancy of the people who voted him for the provincial chairmanship.
“In Bindura, the meetings were being held at Cdes (Nicholas) Goche and Musanhi’s residences, while in Harare they were being held at Cdes Goche and (Ray) Kaukonde’s private offices.”
Cde Mushore was also accused of failing to respect the supreme law of the party and failure to defend and uphold the rules and regulations of the party in the province, as the provincial head of the party.
“Now, therefore, having considered all the above allegations against Cde Mushore and taking into consideration their seriousness at this decisive moment of our revolution we found him in breach of the Zanu-PF party’s constitution. We, therefore, pass a vote of no confidence in the leadership of Cde Luke Mushore.”
Cde Mashonganyika also faced the same allegations of fanning factionalism and undermining the authority of President Mugabe and Amai Mugabe.
Cde Musanhi was accused of funding factionalism and divisions in the province, providing venues at Valley Farm Services and his residence for factional meetings and undermining the authority of President Mugabe.
Last week, the party’s provincial executive passed a vote of no confidence in vice chairperson Cde Sydney Chidamba and Cde Mapiki over the same allegations.
Addressing hundreds of supporters after the vote of no confidence, Cde Mashange urged the provincial leadership to always stand guided by the party’s constitution in their day to day duties.