Wran­gle grounds ZimPF op­er­a­tions

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

OP­ER­A­TIONS of Dr Joice Mu­juru’s Zim­babwe Peo­ple First (ZimPF) in Masvingo are al­most grounded as the wran­gle over the re­cent de­mo­tion from the pro­vin­cial chair­per­son­ship of Re­tired Colonel Claudius Makova in­ten­si­fies.

On Tues­day the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive sent a team of four mem­bers for a cri­sis meet­ing with the pro­vi­sional ex­ec­u­tive to ad­dress the dis­pute.

Rtd Col Makova was re­cently “el­e­vated” to the coun­cil of el­ders in the party but he feels that the pro­mo­tion is ef­fec­tively a de­mo­tion.

He was re­placed by Dr Wil­liam Zivenge after be­ing ac­cused of lack of com­mit­ment, a de­ci­sion which has been op­posed by the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive.

The other ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers are for­mer MDC-T MP Mr Jef­frey Chi­tando who is the new pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity, Mr Oliver Chirume (sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion), Mr Moses Mare (sec­re­tary for labour), Mr Ernest Mu­da­vanhu (sec­re­tary for mass mo­bil­i­sa­tion) and Mr Tichaona Sit­hole (sec­re­tary for busi­ness and eco­nomic plan­ning).

Rtd Col Makova has vowed to stay put and de­clared that he is still in charge.

“I am not aware of the so-called elec­tions held at Dzika­mai Mavhaire’s house in Masvingo which de­moted me from the pro­vin­cial chair­man­ship.

“I am still the pro­vin­cial chair­man of ZimPF,” said Rtd Col Makova.

Mr Chi­tando tried to play down the cri­sis in the be­lea­guered party but ad­mit­ted that Rtd Col Makova was re­fus­ing to ac­cept his de­mo­tion.

“It is true that we have a new ex­ec­u­tive led by Dr Zivenge now after Rtd Col Makova was pro­moted into the coun­cil of el­ders.

Rtd Col Makova is, how­ever, re­fus­ing to ac­cept his new role and we are seized with the mat­ter as I speak,” said Mr Chi­tando.

ZimPF na­tional spokesper­son Mr Jeal­ous Mawarire pro­fessed ig­no­rance of the new de­vel­op­ments and said there have not been any changes in Masvingo.

“As far as we know there are no lead­er­ship changes in Masvingo.

“We have sent a team of four se­nior of­fi­cials there in Masvingo to re­solve the dis­pute,” said Mr Mawarire — @ wal­terbm­swazie2.

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