Mash Cen­tral back­tracks on ap­point­ments res­o­lu­tion

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THE Zanu-PF Mashona­land Cen­tral pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship yes­ter­day back­tracked on its con­fer­ence res­o­lu­tion which sought to strip Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe of his pow­ers as the ap­point­ing author­ity in the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party.

Un­der pres­sure from pro­vin­cial and ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers for smug­gling in the con­tro­ver­sial res­o­lu­tion, Zanu-PF na­tional com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere and Mashona­land Cen­tral act­ing chair­per­son Cde Dick­son Mafios called for an ex­tra­or­di­nary pro­vin­cial co­or­di­nat­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing and claimed the res­o­lu­tion was for the 2019 congress.

This is de­spite the fact that Cde Mafios spent the whole of last week de­fend­ing the res­o­lu­tion that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe should not ap­point his deputies, but must have them elected by party mem­bers.

Cdes Ka­sukuwere and Mafios are broth­ers and the pair was ac­cused of con­coct­ing the res­o­lu­tion.

Asked about the out­come of yes­ter­day’s cri­sis meet­ing, Cde Mafios — who was fac­ing a vote of no con­fi­dence — said: “I am no longer obliged to talk to you, talk to Cde Ka­sukuwere.”

Cde Ka­sukuwere’s mo­bile phone unan­swered.

Sources that at­tended the meet­ing said so tense was the meet­ing that Cde Ka­sukuwere had to call for a sep­a­rate meet­ing with Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers who were breath­ing fire over the “Mafios res­o­lu­tion.”

“First to speak was Cde Mafios who said the res­o­lu­tion was not for now but for 2019 and any nor­mal per­son will see the at­tempt to cover up be­cause the pro­vin­cial in­ter-district con­fer­ence went we held two weeks ago was for us to come up with res­o­lu­tions for the forth­com­ing Masvingo con­fer­ence next month, not 2019 congress,” said a source.

“He said be­cause he was un­der at­tack and fac­ing a vote of no con­fi­dence, it was proper for Cde Ka­sukuwere to speak. Cde Ka­sukuwere’s first move was to drive away the ZBCtv news crew that was present be­fore say­ing the res­o­lu­tion on ap­point­ments was not yet ap­proved by the prov­ince, but only found it­self to the me­dia. He failed to con­vince any­one and peo­ple con­tin­ued breath­ing fire and he had to call for a sep­a­rate meet­ing with Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers who told him openly that they were aware of their tricks.”

Sources said af­ter meet­ing the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers, Cde Ka­sukuwere came back “a changed man” as he con­tin­ued his meet­ing with pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers.

“He was just try­ing to cover up,” said an­other source.

“In­stead of ze­ro­ing in on the con­tro­ver­sial res­o­lu­tion, Cde Ka­sukuwere made each district to stand up and gen­er­ally asked whether or not they had writ­ten res­o­lu­tions. This prompted Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­ber Cde Martin Mavhangira to stand up and ask him to con­cen­trate on the hot cake rather than ask­ing gen­eral ques­tions and he started be­ing mean to Cde Mavhangira. From there he skirted the is­sue and di­verted to the is­sue of il­le­gal gold pan­ners.”

Sources said Cde Ka­sukuwere only called the TV crew when he wanted to at­tack our Harare Bureau’s re­portage on the con­tro­ver­sial res­o­lu­tion.

Pro­vin­cial and district mem­bers who granted in­ter­views to the me­dia ex­pos­ing the shenani­gans re­port­edly re­ceived a bar­rack­ing from Cde Ka­sukuwere.

A Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­ber who pre­ferred anonymity said: “The party lead­er­ship has to be alert to th­ese broth­ers’ ma­noeu­vres. It is clear they were test­ing the wa­ters only to face re­sis­tance from the peo­ple. As a prov­ince we had dumped (Cde) Mafios be­fore he was taken from the bin by (Cde) Ka­sukuwere.”

Be­fore the som­er­sault, Cde Mafios last week said the one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple was not “ben­e­fit­ing” any­one.

The con­cept was in­tro­duced by amend­ing the Zanu-PF con­sti­tu­tion in 2014 as a way of stem­ming fac­tion­al­ism that had reared its ugly ahead of a congress held that year.

They pur­ported the res­o­lu­tion only popped up when fi­nal res­o­lu­tions were be­ing read out, a clear in­di­ca­tion that it was smug­gled in by se­nior mem­bers.

Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere

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