Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
zanu-pf yesterday suspended 39 more senior officials, including former national political commissar Cde Webster Shamu and expelled Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru’s former personal assistant in Government, Cde Sylvester Nguni.
Cdes Shamu and Nguni will be out in the cold for three years, while the other party officials were suspended for two years each.
The latest suspensions bring to 141 the number of zanu-pf officials who have been suspended for their involvement in clandestine activities to illegally remove President Mugabe in support of Dr Mujuru.
Apart from Dr Mujuru, 11 other senior party officials have been expelled for their roles.
zanu-pf secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo announced the suspensions after the 287th Ordinary Session of the Politburo in Harare yesterday.
In Bulawayo, members who were suspended for two years are Cdes Callistus Ndlovu, Christopher Dube, Elifasi Mashabe, Charles Chiponda, Nicholas Mhlanga, Canaan Ncube, Bertha Moyo, Methusela Ndlovu, Quiet Moyo, Bheki Dube, Calvin Musuta and Noma Mokoena.
In addition to Cdes Shamu and Nguni from Mashonaland West Province, other members suspended for two years are Cdes Kindness Paradza, Joshua Chakona, Adrian Musiiwa, Stephen Karenga, Constance Shamu, Jackson Chizanga, Dominic Muza, Mernard
Waneke and Talent Muduvuri.
Those suspendend for two years from Matabeleland South are Cdes Andrew Langa, Jabulani Phetshu Sibanda, Jeremiah Langa, Moffat Sithole, Ollen Ncube, Morris Muhambi, Lungisani Nleya, Malaki Nkomo, Alice Dube, Clara Langa, Greater Ncube, Vongai Mpofu, Alma Mkwebu, Ndabayabo Ndlovu, Tafirenyika Seremani and Moses Langa.
Cde Khaya Moyo reiterated that those suspended remained party members, although they would not be allowed to hold any leadership position in the specified period.
“Suspensions don’t mean that you are expelled from the party, suspensions mean you remain a member of the party, but hold no leadership position for the period given,” he said.
Cde Khaya Moyo said the Politburo emphasised the need for discipline and unity and for party members to concentrate on the implementation of the Zim-Asset economic blueprint.
“The Politburo emphasised the need to concentrate on party unity and the need to expend our energy on the implementation of our economic blueprint, Zim-Asset,” he said.
“The message by our First Lady which she spoke in her capacity as Secretary for the Women’s League, that we must unite and stop gossiping about each other, in other words that there should be no witchhunts and that we must concentrate on building the party and initiate policies that move the country forward and not backwards, was met with a thunderous applause from all Politburo members.”
Cde Khaya Moyo said he hoped all party members would heed the First Lady’s message and work for the improvement of people’s lives and successful implementation of party programmes.
He said party Secretary for Legal Affairs and Finance and Economic Development Minister, Cde Patrick Chinamasa, had briefed the Politburo on measures being implemented by to turn around the economy.
“The Secretary for Legal Affairs Cde Patrick Chinamasa, in his capacity as Minister of Finance, briefed the Politburo on the measures being taken to sustain recovery projects and these include implementation of the Zim-Asset matrix, demonetisation of the old currency (the Zimbabwe dollar) and efforts to enhance liquidity and investment, including ease of doing business,” he said.
Cde Khaya Moyo said the relevant economic ministries would provide further details on the matters raised by Cde Chinamasa.
He said national political commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, gave a progress report on the ongoing party restructuring exercise.
“Cde Kasukuwere gave a progress report on the restructuring exercise which is taking place and also the campaigns which are currently going on in affected wards and party membership cards which are being issued concurrently,” Cde Khaya Moyo said.
He said the party was confident of winning overwhelmingly in the 16 by-elections to be held in different parts of the country on Wednesday next week.