Mugabe Blocks Chiyangwa’s Election Bid

A senior Zanu-PF member confirmed to Radio VOP the heavy involvement of Didymus Minister Mutasa in the admission of Chiyangwa back into the liberation party.

Party insiders confirmed that President Robert Mugabe challenged why some senior party members were quick to have Chiyangwa readmitted back into the party.

“We were surprised to hear that question as Didymus Mutasa, the Secretary for Administration of Zanu-PF had written to the province to have him readmitted” said an insider.

Mutasa unknowingly danced to the tune of a camp led by Local Government Minister, Ignatius Chombo that fast-tracked Chiyangwa into Makonde district coordinating committee to position him into party provincial leadership, confirmed a party senior member who refused to be named.

He added that it was later resolved that he may be admitted into the party but as an ordinary member.

Speaking after the Politburo meeting at the Zanu-PF headquarters in Harare on Wednesday, party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said Chiyangwa bounces back into the party as an ordinary member.

“On the Chiyangwa issue we have agreed that he comes back as an ordinary member until such a time he is cleared. The Politburo has made a decision (that he would not contest any party position),” he said.

However, rumors continue making rounds in Zanu-PF circles that Chombo is playing behind the scenes to support the former Chinhoyi legislator’s candidature for the vacant provincial chairmanship post.

“The camp led by Chombo supported Chiyangwa and has since put forward Walter Chidhakwa to contest the seat an idea  shot down by Mugabe  saying Zanu-PF is not Zvimba clan as all hail from his home area and are relatives” added another source also speaking on condition that he is not named.

Among those cleared are former chairman John Mafa who will is the acting provincial chairperson and   Reuben Marumahoko.

Mafa and Marumahoko are reported to belong to another faction not aligned to Chombo’s camp in election due to be held this month.

Yotamu Yotamu is among those who have submitted resumes for the chairperson position.

Chiyangwa is accused of sponsoring youths from Kariba, Karoi and Hurungwe to campaign for him in September during the provincial district conference where elections were postponed.

The Zanu-PF Politburo, the supreme decision-making body outside congress, also cleared deposed provincial chairman Mafa to stand for any position in the provincial structure, according to Gumbo.

Mutasa denied that he had a link to fast track Chiyangwa but admitted he wrote to have him considered back into the party.

“He is a party member and we understood his plea to be admitted back into the party. Just accept that” said Mutasa in a brief response. Chombo could not be reached for comment at the time of writing