Phet­shu quits Zanu-PF

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Nduduzo Tshuma Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor

FOR­MER Mata­bele­land South war vet­er­ans’ chair­man and Zanu-PF pro­vin­cial mem­ber Mr Jab­u­lani Phet­shu has re­signed from the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party.

Mr Phet­shu sub­mit­ted his res­ig­na­tion let­ter at the party’s In­siza District of­fice last week for on­ward trans­mis­sion to the pro­vin­cial of­fices in Gwanda.

Con­tacted yes­ter­day, Mr Phet­shu said he was not yet pre­pared to dis­cuss the mat­ter.

“I don’t have time to talk about that, I want to rest now but when the time comes that I must come out and say some­thing, I will talk about it. For now I can nei­ther con­firm nor deny that I have re­signed from the party,” he said.

How­ever, Zanu-PF Mata­bele­land South pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Cde Rapelani Choene said he had heard about the res­ig­na­tion.

“I heard from the In­siza District of­fice that they have a let­ter where Phet­shu is re­sign­ing from both the party and the war vet­er­ans as­so­ci­a­tion. How­ever, I can’t com­ment on the mat­ter now un­til my of­fice re­ceives that let­ter and I read it my­self,” he said.

Mr Phet­shu was sus­pended by Mata­bele­land South prov­ince ahead of the Zanu-PF congress in 2015 over a num­ber of al­le­ga­tions.

He was sus­pended along with for­mer Mata­bele­land South chair­per­son Cde An­drew Langa and a num­ber of party of­fi­cials over al­le­ga­tions of work­ing with a ca­bal linked to axed Vice Pres­i­dent Dr Joice Mu­juru.

Dr Mu­juru and some se­nior party mem­bers, in­clud­ing Mr Didy­mus Mu­tasa and Mr Ru­gare Gumbo, were ex­pelled from the party for al­legedly plot­ting to top­ple Pres­i­dent Mugabe.

Mr Phet­shu was among a group of war vet­er­ans who con­vinced for­mer na­tional war vet­er­ans chair­man Mr Jab­u­lani Sibanda, an­other ally of Dr Mu­juru, to con­test the party’s chair­per­son post at the 2014 congress.

At the time, Mr Phet­shu ar­gued that no one among the se­nior party lead­ers from PF Zapu at the time had in­di­cated in­ter­est in the post, paving way for the then war veteran’s leader to take up the post.

Ad­dress­ing the Bu­l­awayo Press Club last Fri­day, Zanu-PF Polit­buro mem­ber Pro­fes­sor Jonathan Moyo said the plot by Dr Mu­juru to take over from Pres­i­dent Mugabe shrunk the Gov­ern­ment pol­icy space.

He said in­stead of su­per­vis­ing suc­cess, Dr Mu­juru was su­per­vis­ing fail­ure in a bid to suc­ceed Pres­i­dent Mugabe.

“What we can now con­fi­dently de­scribe as the Mu­juru fac­tor emerged and caused pre-oc­cu­pa­tion. This was the first ma­jor at­tack that shrunk the pol­icy space be­cause clearly the Mu­juru fac­tor had a dif­fer­ent agenda of grab­bing power,” said Prof Moyo.

“The peo­ple as­so­ci­ated with that ca­bal were not pre­oc­cu­pied with pol­icy im­ple­men­ta­tion, they were pre­oc­cu­pied with power grab­bing and it is very dan­ger­ous the day af­ter an elec­tion to be pre­oc­cu­pied with grab­bing power. It quickly builds in­er­tia in the sys­tem es­pe­cially where you can cre­ate im­pres­sions that have trap­pings of be­liev­abil­ity.”

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