Traditional leaders who spoke during a meeting with heads of security at an army barrack in Mutare said Mutasa was responsible for ZANU(PF),s downfall in Manicaland Province. Mutasa one of President Robert Mugabe,s trusted right hand men was present during the meeting held at Three Brigade last week.
The chiefs told the meeting that Mutasa,s leadership style was responsible for the party,s declining fortunes and has contributed to its bad performance in previous elections.The meeting was called to map out strategies for elections likely to
be held next year.
The traditional leaders said the MDC-T swept all the seats in the
province during the last poll largely because of Mutasa’s poor
“I think we are all aware that ZANU(PF) used to be very strong in Manicaland but look at what is happening now,” said Headman Chingosho, from Chief Chipunza’s area in Rusape.
“The leadership of the party is
contributing towards its demise. Among the contributors is Mutasa.This politician has a habit of handpicking candidates which has demoralized the electorate,” said the chief. The angry traditional leaders also accussed Mutasa of misleading the President about the situation in the province.
“ Our President’s name has been abused by people who want to further their political ambitions and this should come to an end,” added Headman Chingosho.
Another traditional leader, Acting Chief Musikavanhu echoed similar sentiments.He said there were some people who behaved as if they owned the party.That kind of attitude has frustrated many party faithfulls.
Chief Chiduku also took a swipe at Mugabe,s trusted disciple in Manicaland saying the powerful politician had usurped their powers and was throwing his weight all
The commander of 3 Brigade, Brigadier- General Douglas Nyikayaramba who was present at the meeting said the issues raised by traditional leaders should be taken seriously.Also present were representatives from the secret service, the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).