Lovemore Mataire Senior Reporter
Zanu-PF youths in Mt Darwin West parliamentary constituency have disowned former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru and appealed to the party’s leadership to advise Parliament to immediately call for a by-election in the area.
The youths disclosed this after the burial of Cde Enias Changachirere, a prominent community leader in Mt Darwin West last week.
Dr Mujuru has ceased to be legislator for Mt Darwin West according to the law.
Section 129 (1) (c) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe Amendment (No. 20) Act of 2013 that deals with the tenure of seat of a Member of Parliament, stipulates that, “the seat of a Member of Parliament shall become vacant upon the Member becoming President or Vice-President.’’
This means Dr Mujuru has, for the past 15 months, been going to Parliament as Vice President, not as Member of Parliament since Vice Presidents are not MPs.
Provincial youth secretary for indigenisation Cde Caleb Kariba, said youths in Mt Darwin West were fed up with Dr Mujuru whom he described as treacherous and unfit to continue holding public office.
“At first people were not sure, but when President Mugabe and the provincial leadership highlighted the fact that Mai Mujuru was plotting to unseat President Mugabe, it became very difficult for anyone to identify with her. Besides, even at constituency level, she has failed to institute real development,” said Cde Kariba.
He said as the ward councillor for Pfuura District, he had written numerous letters to Dr Mujuru to assist in the setting up of a school as children walked nine kilometres to the nearest school but she had not been helpful.
Cde Kariba said Dr Mujuru was challenged by Cde Kennedy Banda in the last parliamentary election who only pulled out at the last minute out of respect.
He said the act of challenging her clearly demonstrated that people were not happy with her performance as a legislator and time was already out for her.
Youth chairman for Marirangwe District in Mt Darwin West Cde Mobile Kamucheka, said the youths have already briefed the leadership on the need to have a new legislator in the area.
“Her weaknesses now outweigh any good she may have done. People in this constituency are saying that she must go and for sure she will go. If an election is held today she won’t win because she has discredited herself as someone who cannot be trusted,” said Cde Kamucheka.
The call by the youths comes in the wake of a meeting by the Zanu-PF Mashonaland Central co-ordinating committee, which recommended that nine MPs who were accused of working with the former Vice President be recalled.
Mashonaland Central zanu-pf chairperson Cde Dickson Mafios, said the nine were facing serious allegations of fanning factionalism and working together with Cde Mujuru to unseat President Mugabe.
These are Cdes Nicholas Goche (Shamva North), Walter Kanhanga (Guruve North), David Butau (Mbire), Chriswell Mutemasaka (Guruve South), Edgar Chidavaenzi (Mazowe North), Kenneth Musanhu (Bindura North), Christopher Chitindi (Muzarabani South), Elizabeth Shongedza and Alice Chimbudzi (Mashonaland Central Senator).