Chimedza dares sus­pended of­fi­cials

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Masvingo & South-West News - Syd­ney Mubaiwa in ZAKA

MIN­IS­TER of State for Masvingo Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs Dr Paul Chimedza has warned two sus­pended Zaka rul­ing party leg­is­la­tors to stop con­duct­ing busi­ness on be­half of ZANU-PF and con­sider form­ing their own po­lit­i­cal party if they are un­happy with the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party’s de­ci­sion.

Zaka North ZANU-PF leg­is­la­tor Cde Rob­son Mavhenyengwa and his Zaka Cen­tral coun­ter­part Cde Paradzai Chakona were among a cast of nearly 30 se­nior party of­fi­cials from Masvingo who were served with pro­hi­bi­tion or­ders to stop con­duct­ing party busi­ness over their al­leged links to for­mer Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa.

The ex-VP was axed from both Gov­ern­ment and the party for un­der­min­ing Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe.

The two leg­is­la­tors are set to ap­pear be­fore the party’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

Ad­dress­ing a ZANU-PF in­ter-district meet­ing in Zaka over the week­end, Dr Chimedza lamented the scourge of fac­tion­al­ism in the rul­ing party in Masvingo that was in­sti­gated by of­fi­cials loyal to Mr Mnan­gagwa.

“We have one cen­tre of power in ZANU-PF in Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe. Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe said any­one against the one cen­tre of power prin­ci­ple is free to leave the party. Those who are op­posed to the Pres­i­dent should form their own po­lit­i­cal par­ties and we will meet them in the 2018 har­monised elec­tions,” Dr Chimedza said.

He said al­lies of Mr Mnan­gagwa will not con­test in the forth­com­ing elec­tions to choose Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers ahead of the Ex­tra­or­di­nary Congress set for De­cem­ber.

“Ac­cord­ing to the party‘s con­sti­tu­tion, a mem­ber who has a pend­ing is­sue can­not con­test for any po­si­tion in the party un­til their is­sue is re­solved. As such, we are not ex­pect­ing those we rec­om­mended for ex­pul­sion to par­tic­i­pate in these elec­tions,” he said.

He urged party mem­bers to re­main stead­fast and abide by ZANU-PF prin­ci­ples, adding that the party should be on the look­out for el­e­ments bent on in­fil­trat­ing and de­stroy­ing the rev­o­lu­tion­ary party.

“So I say to you, have in mind the need for us to be strong and not be cowed by few peo­ple who may want to de­stroy the party’s ide­olo­gies,” he said.

In his ad­dress at the same meet­ing, ZANU-PF act­ing Masvingo pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Cde Amasa Nen­jana said the Con­sti­tu­tion of Zim­babwe al­lowed each and ev­ery cit­i­zen free­dom to form his or her own po­lit­i­cal party.

“We were very much an­noyed by some rogue party mem­bers who went to Bulawayo last week (Pres­i­den­tial Youth In­ter­face Rally) to in­sult the First Fam­ily. If you are not happy to move in this train of Team ZANU-PF, go out and form your own par­ties.”

“We will not re­main quiet and we can­not con­tinue to tol­er­ate these di­vi­sive peo­ple in our party,” Cde Nen­jana said.

He warned those elected into the Cen­tral Com­mit­tee to re­main res­o­lute and fol­low party prin­ci­ples.

“To those who are elected as Cen­tral Com­mit­tee mem­bers, please re­main res­o­lute and abide by the party’s rules, prin­ci­ples and reg­u­la­tions. We do not want any La­coste mem­ber to move on board with us. We want gen­uine party mem­bers to at­tend the forth­com­ing Ex­tra­or­di­nary ZANU- PF Congress.”

The meet­ing was at­tended by the Deputy Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion Devel­op­ment (Crop­ping), Cde Davis Mara­pira, Masvingo pro­vin­cial Women’s League chair Cde Veron­ica Makonese, Chiredzi East MP and party pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion Cde Dan­ford Masiya and pro­vin­cial po­lit­i­cal com­misar Cde Jeppy Ja­boon, among oth­ers.

Dr Chimedza

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