Lloyd Gumbo Senior Reporter
zanu-pf yesterday expelled three more officials, including a former Government minister, in a move which also saw two officials being suspended for five years and four others for two years for indiscipline.
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Former Minister of State in former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Office Mr Sylvester Nguni, who was serving a three-year suspension, was expelled by the Central Committee.
Mr Nguni is the National Assembly member for Mhondoro-Mubaira and his expulsion from the party is expected to trigger a recall from the Legislature.
He was also a Central Committee member for Mashonaland West Province.
zanu-pf spokesperson Cde Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed the development after a Central Committee meeting in Harare yesterday.
“Also expelled is Christwell Mutematsaka who was a Central Committee member from Mashonaland Central and Batsirai Musona, who was also the provincial secretary for security in Mashonaland Central Province,” he said.
“There are also members who were suspended for five years and these are: Godfrey Tsenengamu, the former provincial chairperson for the Youth League in Mashonaland Central, Paul Rwodzi, who was the provincial secretary for administration in the Youth League in the same province.
“The others were suspended for two years and these are Chiratidzo Mukarati, who was the Harare provincial chairlady, Godwills Masimirembwa, former Harare provincial chairperson, Happiness Nyakuedzwa, who was the provincial chairperson of the Women’s League for Manicaland and Danny Musukuma, former Harare provincial secretary for Legal Affairs.”
The expulsion and suspension of the cadres follows a similar fate that befell Dr Mujuru and other former senior officials such as Messrs Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo.
The action was taken after it was discovered that there was a group within the party operating under the Mujuru cabal which was angling to remove President Mugabe through dubious means.
Cde Khaya Moyo said the Central Committee confirmed the positions of acting chairpersons and substantive ones.
Bulawayo is chaired by Cde Dennis Ndlovu, Harare – Cde Charles Tawengwa, Manicaland – Cde Samuel Undenge, Mashonaland Central – Cde Dickson Mafios, Mashonaland East – Cde Biggie Matiza, Mashonaland West – Cde Ephraim Chengeta and Masvingo – Cde Ezra Chidzamira.
Cde Rabelani Choeni chairs Matabeleland South, while Cde Kizito Chivamba chairs Midlands and Cde Richard Moyo (Matabeleland North).
Cde Khaya Moyo said there were resolutions made by all the provinces that would be presented at the party’s 15th Annual National People’s Conference in Victoria Falls.
“All the provinces supported the President and First Secretary of the Party as the sole candidate for the position of President and First Secretary of the party and the country at the 2018 elections and beyond,” he said.
“This was the position from all the provinces. It was unanimous. The Women’s League has gone further through resolutions that were read by the National Political Commissar (Cde Saviour Kasukuwere) that they continue to support the First Lady as secretary for the Women’s League for the current term and beyond.
“They also resolved that there was need for gender parity where they want the Zanu-PF Constitution to be aligned with the national Constitution where it says there must be 50-50 representation in all positions.
“The women also resolved that they want the party Constitution to be amended and reinstate the previous position that one of the Vice Presidents must be a woman.”