Midlands official defies Kasukuwere order

Minister Kasukuwere

Minister Kasukuwere

Bulawayo Bureau
SUSPENDED Zanu-PF Midlands deputy provincial chairperson, Cde Daniel McKenzie Ncube yesterday convened a meeting in Kwekwe, defying an order by the party commissar to halt all provincial meetings and party programmes.

On Wednesday, the party’s national political commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, suspended all party meetings and programmes in the Midlands citing unprecedented levels of indiscipline by party members.

Cde Kasukuwere gave a stern warning to alleged divisive elements creating parallel structures saying those found in the wrong would be dealt with accordingly.

In a letter addressed to Zanu-PF Secretary for Education in the Politburo, Dr Jorum Gumbo and copied to Secretary for Administration Dr Ignatius Chombo and the acting Midlands provincial chairperson Cde Tapiwanashe Matangaidze dated March 22, Cde Kasukuwere said meetings would only commence after order had been restored in the province.

However, Cde Ncube called a meeting that was held at Kwekwe Sports Club and attended by party members who were said to be representing the Main Wing, Youth Wing and Women’s League.

The guest of honour at the meeting was the secretary-general of the Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans’ Association, Cde Victor Matemadanda, who used the platform to attack the police whom he accused of failing to protect the interests of the people.

“We have sellouts that were integrated into the police force and now they are not discharging their duty well,” he said.

Cde Matemadanda also attacked Cde Kasukuwere for suspending party meetings in the province and alleged that the ban was the work of people with an agenda to destroy Zanu-PF from within.

He said war veterans and the Midlands province were fully behind President Mugabe and his family.

“One can’t love the President and despise his family. We are fully behind him since he is the centre of power. It is unfortunate that we have people who have access to the First Family and lie about us and say we don’t want him and Cde Grace Mugabe. Even in a family, one can’t love his father and despise his mother. It doesn’t work like that,” Cde Matemadanda said.

He said President Mugabe was going to rule the country as long as he was alive.

Last week, Cde Matemadanda was accused by a Gokwe war veteran Cde Stephen Moyo of assaulting him.

Cde Moyo alleged that he was attacked for allegedly rallying behind the First Lady.

Midlands provincial spokesperson Cde Cornelius Mupereri said they were not defying any order since they only learnt about the suspension of party meetings and programmes in the Press.

He said they were only doing outreach programmes to increase the number of supporters in the province.

“We learnt about the suspension from the Press.

“This means that we are not going to hold any more meetings as we wait for the party to give us a direction to take. We are fully behind the party and won’t go sideways,” he said.

Cde Kasukuwere was not immediately reachable last night.

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  • karombe

    g40 just wants zanu pf and government to themselves. paukama hwavo. just check who is up there now.

  • karombe

    political commissar basa renyu nderekubatanidza vanhu kuti musangano utsige kwete zvenyu zvokutoratidza kuti muri mu faction ye g40

  • Joshua ka-Nyongolo Nkomo

    This current commissar is busy tearing the party apart in the false guise of defending the president yet there is not even a single threat for the president from anyone or any quarters, G40 is thriving on creating threats to the president and then accentuate those threats to appear real in order they hound out the party members who are not usable in their bid to gain control of the party.
    If the party gets into their, G40, hands i am reliably informed they will change policies and direction of the party and do away with its rich history. They only want to control and then begin pursuing and implementing policies alien to ZANU-PF’s standpoint. They want to reverse all its gains and fast turn it into a liberal one like MMD of Zambia. They are not ZANU-PF in any way but are opportunists whose chance to the top is only achievable with the ticket of ZANU-PF and fortunately for them, on the guise of defending the president against created enemies.
    Their mission is almost accomplished, come 2018 that one is a war veteran would be a useless statement to them since they are busy positioning people of zero liberation background on key positions.