The AAG which has openly supported President Robert Mugabe’s government and its policies has been divided over the appointment of Rushwaya who was fired from the helm of ZIFA on corruption charges concerning match fixing in CHAN games in Asia.
AAG executive director, Davison Gomo, said the entire executive decided to step down following the controversial appointment by Mugabe’s nephew.
“We collectively and unanimously as the national executive committe of the Affirmative Action Group (AAG) announce our resignation from the AAG with immediate effect. All of us as a block,” Gomo said.
“There are fundamental reasons why this is the case. We believe that there is a very serious area of difference in policy. The founders of the AAG believe that they have perpetual power to control the organisation. They believe that they have executive authority in spite of an executive authority running the organisation. With effect from tonight we are inviting the founder members of the AAG to feel very free to appoint a new executive to appoint all of us.”
“If an organisation is privately and individually owned, the owner has a right to decide as he pleases. Mr Chiyangwa has made it very clear that he owns this organisation and he must do it he pleases. I think it in his interest to run AAG as he wants,” Gomo said.
The AAG executive committee which resigned include Themba Mliswa, lawyer Farai Mtamangira, Tafadzwa Musarara and Chamu Chiwanza.
Sources in the AAG said Chiyangwa and the executive team which resigned clashed on the ‘deals’ that have been clinched by the AAG in grabbing foreign owned companies under the Indeginisation laws that takes over 51 percent of shares.
The AAG is run by the so-called young Turks in Zanu (PF). Former presidents include Chiyangwa and Saviour Kasukuwere, the minister of Youth and Indigenisation.