Cracks emerge in Zanu-PF Mash Cen­tral

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe Harare Bureau

CRACKS have started emerg­ing in the Zanu-PF lead­er­ship struc­tures in Mashona­land Cen­tral over the con­tro­ver­sial res­o­lu­tion that seeks to chal­lenge the party’s one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple that empowers the party Pres­i­dent and First Sec­re­tary to ap­point his deputies.

Cde Mafios, who is act­ing chair­man of Mashona­land Cen­tral prov­ince, re­port­edly smug­gled the res­o­lu­tion (now known as Mafioso) into the fi­nal bas­ket of the pro­vin­cial res­o­lu­tions ahead of the Zanu-PF an­nual Na­tional Peo­ple’s Con­fer­ence to be held in Masvingo next month.

Some mem­bers of the prov­ince have since dis­owned the cen­tre of power res­o­lu­tion.

How­ever, pro­vin­cial mem­bers who ex­posed Cde Mafios’ plans were now re­ported to be tar­gets for a vote of no con­fi­dence, which is al­legedly being en­gi­neered by na­tional com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere. Cde Ka­sukuwere is brother to Cde Mafios. Sens­ing the plot, which was sup­posed to be ef­fected start­ing yes­ter­day, the pro­vin­cial mem­bers have de­cided to pre-empt the plan by re­sign­ing from the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive.

The of­fence that the pro­vin­cial mem­bers com­mit­ted was to talk about Cde Mafios’ res­o­lu­tion to our Harare Bureau.

First to drop the gaunt­let was Cde Shantel Mbereko, who is the deputy sec­re­tary for ed­u­ca­tion.

She ten­dered her res­ig­na­tion from her pro­vin­cial po­si­tion at the party’s pro­vin­cial of­fices in Bin­dura yes­ter­day morn­ing be­fore the pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing that was con­vened at the same venue later in the day.

In her res­ig­na­tion let­ter that was copied to Cde Ka­sukuwere and sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Ig­natius Chombo, Cde Mbereko said she took the ac­tion as a re­sult of “in­tense pres­sure” from Cde Ka­sukuwere.

Cde Mbereko said other party mem­bers told her that her life and that of her fam­ily was now in danger.

“The pres­sure re­sulted in me re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous calls from peo­ple ad­vis­ing me to watch out for my life and that of my fam­ily and hence (I) de­cided to quit and re­main a party card holder,” reads part of her let­ter.

“The rea­son is I re­sponded to a call from some­one who I did not know was from the Herald. But the main is­sue is I hon­estly ex­plained that the res­o­lu­tion to have Vice Pres­i­dents voted for did not come from the Women’s League, but was smug­gled in as it was against the amended party con­sti­tu­tion, which gave all pow­ers to the Pres­i­dent.

“The sec­ond rea­son is that the na­tional com­mis­sar Cde Ka­sukuwere is vic­tim­is­ing (me) — in fact he did that in the co­or­di­na­tion (meet­ing) held on Sun­day and even be­fore, his in­ten­tion being to grab the (Kit­siy­a­tota) min­ing pro­ject I and other women own.

“He even openly stated it in the meet­ing that the mine should be taken away from us by force and made a pro­vin­cial pro­ject.”

Cde Mbereko said Cde Ka­sukuwere was not telling the truth us­ing the name of the party as he wanted to grab the mine for per­sonal ben­e­fit.

She de­clared that she would fight to the bit­ter end to ex­pose the evil works by Cde Ka­sukuwere un­der the name of the party in Mashona­land Cen­tral.

Cde Mbereko claimed that Cde Ka­sukuwere at one point in­sti­gated her ar­rest with the help of for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Joice Mu­juru over the Kit­siy­a­tota Mine is­sue.

“This time, I am go­ing to fight to the bit­ter end any at­tempts to take over our blocks by cor­rupt means and abus­ing ranks and po­si­tions,” she said.

“I am pre­pared for a le­gal bat­tle and I am al­ready on my way to the high­est of­fice to di­vulge such cor­rupt ac­tiv­i­ties in Mashona­land Cen­tral. I have al­ready started com­pil­ing all the ac­tiv­i­ties.”

Cde Mbereko said Cde Ka­sukuwere was a na­tional fig­ure and it was mind bog­gling as to why he was ob­sessed with is­sues hap­pen­ing at pro­vin­cial level.

She chal­lenged why she was the only one being cen­sored yet Cde Mafios was the first to speak to our Harare Bureau over the mat­ter.

“(Cde) Dick­son Mafios was the first to re­spond to the Herald re­porter when he stated: “One cen­tre of power is not ben­e­fit­ing any­one and its un­demo­cratic.

“The na­tional po­lit­i­cal com­mis­sar pre­tends to be blind and deaf to that and de­cided to zero in on me, clearly show­ing that he had come to clear his brother by rid­ing over us and my­self in par­tic­u­lar.”

A pro­vin­cial ex­ec­u­tive meet­ing that was meant to pass a vote of no con­fi­dence on Cde Mbereko yes­ter­day turned out to be a farce af­ter she pre-empted it by her res­ig­na­tion. Cde Mafios de­nied that they had a meet­ing yes­ter­day. “I don’t know about that meet­ing,” he curtly said. Ef­forts to get a com­ment from Cde Ka­sukuwere were fruit­less as his mo­bile phone went unan­swered.

A pro­vin­cial mem­ber who at­tended the meet­ing said: “It be­came dif­fi­cult to pass a vote of no con­fi­dence on the other com­rades af­ter Cde Mbereko pre-emp­tied the plan. It was later re­solved that the mat­ter of peo­ple who spoke to the me­dia over that res­o­lu­tion will be dealt with next year.”

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