ZimPF pro­vin­cial chair de­moted

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Wal­ter Mswazie Masvingo Cor­re­spon­dent

THE Zim­babwe Peo­ple First (ZimPF) lead­er­ship in Masvingo prov­ince has with im­me­di­ate ef­fect de­moted its chair­man, Re­tired Colonel Claudius Makova and re­placed him with Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity (GZU ) lec­turer Dr Wil­liam Zivenge cit­ing lack of com­mit­ment by the for­mer army boss.

Rtd Col Makova’s de­mo­tion came as a sur­prise within the for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Joice Mu­ju­ruled party as he was re­garded as one of the found­ing fa­thers and its van­guard in the prov­ince. The de­mo­tion also came in the wake of re­ports of jostling for po­si­tions in the party ahead of a na­tional congress slated for later this year.

ZimPF pro­vin­cial spokesper­son Re­tired Colonel Kudzai Mbudzi con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment say­ing the move is meant to strengthen the party as the po­lit­i­cal out­fit is look­ing for en­er­getic and com­mit­ted in­di­vid­u­als in lead­er­ship po­si­tions.

“We had a meet­ing re­cently here where the in­terim ex­ec­u­tive was elected and Rtd Col Makova was re­placed by Dr Zivenge who is GZU’s School of Cul­ture and Her­itage Stud­ies dean, as chair­man. Rtd Col Makova once hinted on re­tire­ment. We want en­er­getic and com­mit­ted peo­ple to lead,” said Rtd Col Mbudzi in a tele­phone in­ter­view. He said ZimPF party had work­ing com­mit­tees in which mem­bers had dif­fer­ent roles that in­clude mo­bil­i­sa­tion, fi­nance, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion but they had de­cided to reg­u­larise their struc­tures.

“We had op­er­at­ing com­mit­tees be­fore we de­cided to reg­u­larise them into an in­terim pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive and Rtd Col Makova was voted out. In any elec­tion mem­bers will be voted in and out. That is not a de­mo­tion but rather a pro­mo­tion be­cause he will be part of the coun­cil of el­ders in the party although he is the only one hold­ing such a post now,” Rtd Col Mbudzi said.

He said for­mer Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial mem­ber Mr Dzika­mai Mavhaire re­tained his po­si­tion as the na­tional mo­biliser in the party ad­ding that war vet­er­ans came up with an in­terim ex­ec­u­tive while the women and youths were in the process of elect­ing their own.

Rtd Col Makova was ex­pelled from Zanu-PF to­gether with for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent, Dr Mu­juru, for­mer Zanu-PF spokesper­son Mr Ru­gare Gumbo, ex-sec­re­tary for Ad­min­is­tra­tion Mr Didy­mus Mu­tasa, Mr Mavhaire and for­mer Masvingo Min­is­ter of State for Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Mr Ku­dak­washe Bhasik­iti. — @wal­terbm­swazie.

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