ZIMBABWE National Liberation War Veterans’ Association chairman, Christopher Mutsvangwa and 13 former youth leaders have been expelled from Zanu PF on charges of indiscipline.
Addressing journalists in the capital yesterday after a day-long politburo meeting, Zanu PF secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo, said the politburo had expelled a top party official, but declined to name him, saying the individual had not yet been informed.
“One member was dismissed because his behaviour had actually become worse after his suspension,” Chombo said.
But party insiders told NewsDay that the axe had fallen on the Norton MP, with the party accusing him of being loud-mouthed and defiant.
“The politburo also took time to discuss the disciplinary appeals and review committee. All the appeals against expulsion from the party by the 13 youths were unsuccessful,” Chombo said.
“This means the politburo has fully endorsed the decision of the appeals committee. This was due to the severity of their cases.”
Zanu PF has since 2014 suspended and fired several party members accusing them of working with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru in an alleged plot to oust President Robert Mugabe.
Meanwhile, Chombo said Zanu PF was not moved by yesterday’s mass stayaway and threatened a ruthless clampdown on organisers of the demonstrations.
“The party has it on good authority that violent demonstrations witnessed in Beitbridge were sponsored by some MDC-T elements and other opposition parties in protesting against Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016,” he said.
Government insists the ban is meant to shore up local industry, although it has drawn the ire of many, who say it is unnecessary and choking informal traders.
“We are also aware that persons from across the bridge joined in protesting against the statutory instrument because they were also beneficiaries,” Chombo continued. “In Harare, the demonstrations were led by leaders of vendors’ organisations and some shadowy groups that call themselves by a variety of names and we know that they are being sponsored by the Western embassies and some failed parties.”
“State security organisations are working around the clock to put the situation under control and those found on the wrong side of the law will be severely dealt with. They are being seriously warned to desist from this unwanted behaviour.
“Zanu PF is quite steadfast and is focused on what we need to do and we cannot be shaken by these activities, not at all.”
Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere said the party was sound and would soon deploy politburo members to apprise provincial executive members of Zanu PF’s strategies and direction, with Mugabe set to launch a series of rallies, starting with Mashonaland Central province tomorrow.