Felex Share Senior Reporter
Zanu-PF yesterday described as “the highest form of absurdity” announcements by the party’s expelled former secretary for Administration Mr Didymus Mutasa that he will contest a by-election in Headlands on the revolutionary party’s ticket.Mr Mutasa is the MP for Headlands and there are moves by Zanu-PF to disown him by writing to Speaker of Parliament Cde Jacob Mudenda, a situation that will result in the seat being declared vacant, paving way for a by-election.
Zanu-PF spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said in a statement that the private media trying to resuscitate Mr Mutasa were “whistling in the graveyard.”
Mr Mutasa — who was fired from Zanu-PF last week on array of charges which included undermining the party and its leadership — was quoted in a daily paper yesterday as saying he still regarded himself a bona fide party member and would contest any by-election in his constituency under the party’s banner.
“Yes, I shall contest. I do not want to let my members down,” he said.
“I will contest as the original Zanu-PF candidate.”
Cde Khaya Moyo said Mr Mutasa remained an expelled member and would not contest the elections on a Zanu-PF ticket. He said being a former leader in the party, Mr Mutasa knew the party rules and regulations well.
“The statement by Cde Didymus Mutasa in today’s (yesterday) Newsday which he states that he would stand as a Zanu-PF candidate come by-elections in Headlands, Manicaland province, is the highest form of absurdity,” he said.
“Cde Mutasa has been a member of Zanu-PF for a very long time until his expulsion a few days ago. He knows the rules and regulations of the party and the reasons for his expulsion.”
He added: “Cde Mutasa remains expelled from Zanu-PF and can never, therefore, represent the party in any by elections or election for that matter.”
Cde Khaya Moyo castigated some media houses for peddling falsehoods.
He said: “Other independent papers who continue to peddle falsehoods hoping to promote a lost cause are free to continue whistling in the graveyard.
“Our focus is to accelerate implementation of Zim-Asset and not to cultivate demonic dreams.”
Mr Mutasa was part of the cabal led by former Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru, accused of plotting to unconstitutionally remove President Mugabe from power.
This culminated in him losing his Central Committee seat in the run up to the Sixth Zanu-PF National People’s Congress last December before automatically becoming ineligible to be in the Politburo.
He has also threatened to take the party to the courts, arguing that the Congress was illegitimate in a bid to be reinstated to his former position.
Instead of repenting, Mr Mutasa went to issue statements in the private media attacking President Mugabe and the party.