Mnangagwa Siege Persists As Three Allies Are Booted Out

By Staff Reporter

Harare, February 14, 2016 – THE siege on Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s camp continued on Saturday when three party allies were stripped of their provincial leadership posts for alleged “disobedience and inciting insolence”.

Zanu-PF political commissar Saviour Kusukuwere announced the suspension of provincial chairpersons, Kizito Chivamba (Midlands), Ezra Chadzamira (Masvingo) and Joel Biggie Matiza (Mashonaland East).

The three are said to be under investigation.

“We have suspended Chivamba because he was no longer coming for meetings,” Kasukuwere told a Zanu-PF Matabeleland North provincial co-ordinating committee meeting in Lupane.

“Secondly, he blocked members of the Women’s League from coming to Harare to welcome the President. He also went to the Press, making statements that undermine (the party) leadership,” 

“The same with Matiza in Mashonaland East … He was harassing women there and we have said to him ‘enough’. He came for the meeting, but made sure there was pressure on women not to attend that meeting.

“In Masvingo, Ezra Chadzamira had the same problems, and we have told him to step aside. We can’t have insolence in the party; such arrogance and disrespect for leadership.”

To add salt to injury, Kasukuwere replaced Chivamba with Shurugwi North MP Tapiwa Matangaidze, who is still bitter with Chivamba who allowed the alleged bungling an internal probe in which the former, together with two other party legislators, alleged victimisation by Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena and two others.

Matangaidze is party provincial secretary for administration.

Mashonaland East deputy chair Bernard Makokove, will in the meanwhile, replace Matiza.

Matiza is yet another less fortunate party politician who replaced ousted party politician Ray Kaukonde in the Zanu PF stronghold before fortunes took a knock when he was first  stripped of his provincial governorship job and now provincial chairmanship.

When Kasukuwere announced the suspensions on Saturday, he was being accompanied by Zanu-PF politburo members Jonathan Moyo and Patrick Zhuwawo, who, just like him, are prominent Generation 40 front men.

G40 is a party faction comprising younger Zanu PF politicians rooting for the First Lady Grace Mugabe to take over from her husband President Robert Mugabe, who turns 92 in a week’s time.

Kasukuwere, who is local government minister, has not stopped from flexing his muscles since appointment into the influential job.

During his Matabeleland North, the increasingly influential Zanu PF politician said his party will not hesitate to deal with party elements plotting against President Mugabe.

 “We know there are people who wear clothes with President Mugabe’s picture and sing his praises in the afternoon, but turn against him at night. They caucus at night, telling each other that the President must leave office. You think we don’t see you?

“You make our President your legitimate target and think that we will just stand there and watch? That won’t happen … If you want to destroy yourself in Zanu-PF, go against a man called RGM. If you want to be finished, plot against him.

“We know some people go to a house in Kwekwe where they are told all sorts of things and think that we don’t know. You must know that whatever you say in the cover of darkness, we will always know about it. If you are called for a private (meeting), refuse. Hold formal meetings such as this one where there are minutes which can be referred to in future.”

VP Mnangagwa, once seen as President Mugabe’s preferred successor, has taken a few blows in the recent past with party allies being suspended and sometimes arrested on various offences.

War veterans national chairperson Chris Mutsvangwa, wife Monica and two others were Friday ousted in a vote of no confidence by members for allegedly disrespecting President Mugabe.

 

Prosecutor General Johannes Tomana was also arrested last month after he allegedly tried to protect some men accused of attempting to bomb the first family’s dairy project.