Where most fired Zanu(PF) officials choose to keep quiet and wait to bouncing back later former Masvingo Provincial State minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti Chuma has dragged President Robert Mugabe and Zanu PF to court challenging his expulsion from the party.
In the High Court application filed on Monday, the Mwenezi East Zanu PF legislator accused Mugabe and his party of blatantly abusing his rights.
He told the court the politburo met on May 21, and resolved to expel him from Zanu PF, a decision that was announced by the party spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo.
He wants the court to review Zanu PF’s decision to expel him, adding that his constitutional rights had been breached.
“The decision to expel me, taken by the second respondent (Zanu PF) in a meeting chaired by first respondent (Mugabe), is null and void,” Bhasikiti argued.
He said he was not subjected to due process warranting an expulsion.
“I was not charged of any offence before any disciplinary hearing, I have not given my side of the story… I do not even know why I was expelled,” Bhasikiti said.
He told the court he had a right to be heard, which right he said has been abused.
“In short it is my respectful contention that the respondents’ action is unlawful in that my right to be heard, as guaranteed by the common law, Constitution and the Administrative Justice Act (Chapter 10:28) has been infringed,” Bhasikiti argued.
He accused all the politburo members who handled his case of being grossly biased.
He said the politburo does not have the power to reach such a conclusion, which he said was contrary to the Zanu PF constitution.
Bhasikiti argued that a national disciplinary committee should have been set to hear his case.
“I have not been given any opportunity, reasonable or otherwise of making any representations. I have not been provided with any reasons for the action taken against me,” he said.
He added that since August last year, the party was on an onslaught against all party members perceived to be aligned to former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s faction, adding that he had been included in that category.
“As a result of this, I have been attacked and fired from government. The responsible persons in the politburo, in particular persons like Patrick Chinamasa and others, have been at the forefront of attacking those like myself labelled to be part of the ‘Gamatox’ faction,” he said.