Mugabe Blocks Shamu’s Wife For Senior Party Position

Party insiders told Radio VOP here that President Mugabe was concerned about divisions in his home province which has failed to hold elections to elect a substantive chairman.

“It was embrassing for national Commissar Shamu when he was asked about allegations that there were individuals trying to impose their women in party positions,’’ said a close provincial coordinating committee member.

Webster Shamu’s wife, Constance, has been vying for the Mashonaland West provincial women league chairperson position in elections that have been postponed thrice.

Shamu could not be reached for comment as his mobile was unreachable.

President Mugabe bemoaned the practice of imposing candidates at the just ended party conference held in Bulawayo.

Party sources also said President Mugabe was not happy with the way businessman Philip Chiyangwa, believed to be his nephew, was ‘’readmitted’’  into the party.

Mugabe blocked Chiyangwa into contesting the chairmanship post of the province.

Mashonaland West is divided with a faction led by Local Government minister Ignatious Chombo blocking the re-election of chairman John Mafa as he is linked to Emmerson Mngagwa faction that has support of national chairman, Simon Khaya-Moyo and Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa. Khaya Moyo and Mutasa are believed to be positioning themselves as vice presidents in the post Mugabe era.

Mutasa has since denied the allegations saying he is a national leader. There was no immediate comments from Chombo and Khaya-Moyo at the time of writing.