HARARE – Suspended Masvingo Zanu PF members are seeking their reinstatement, arguing they will win their case as they are facing the same charges with party political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, who is now off the hook.
Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, deputy provincial chairperson Amasa Nenjana, who was suspended more than two months ago on factionalism allegations together with provincial political commissar Jappy Jaboon, said the province’s party bigwigs must lift the suspensions.
Zanu PF has two distinct factions: G40, which reportedly enjoys the support of First Lady Grace Mugabe and the Lacoste one, which is sympathetic to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Fierce factional fights in the volatile Masvingo province led to Jaboon and Nenjana’s suspensions by the provincial executive.
But the two insist the meeting which resolved to fire them was unconstitutional.
Nenjana was fired without charge and replaced by Ailess Baloyi, who now doubles as the secretary for administration.
Jevas Masosota was appointed acting provincial commissar to replace Jaboon, who is Bikita South MP.
Both Baloyi and Masosota are from Chiredzi.
“They don’t want to listen to national leadership. They laid charges which were similar to political commissar… Kasukuwere, but as the first lady said, these are false and cooked up charges. Now, as for me, I remain as the provincial vice chairperson of the party. Baloyi is the chairperson of their group and I am the vice chairperson of the party,” Nenjana told the Daily News yesterday.
“We are going to elections and some people are busy destroying the party, they created false charges against commissar Kasukuwere and the party discovered that their allegations were false. This is high time the party unites and they must know that our suspensions are now null and void.”
Recently, Kasukuwere, who has been facing a slew of charges — including setting up parallel structures to topple President Robert Mugabe — was exonerated by Grace at a youth interface rally in Chinhoyi, Mashonaland West province.
In the past months, he was subjected to fierce criticism, including demonstrations from the party’s provinces, with party members calling for his ejection or resignation.
The all-powerful first lady said that the same trick that was used to push out her former deputy in the women’s league, Eunice Sandi Moyo and treasurer Sarah Mahoka, was being used against Kasukuwere.
“After the issue of Sandi and Mahoka, people used that to victimise Kasukuwere, they thought that if the president allowed his wife to remove Mahoka and (Sandi) Moyo, they will do the same. They mobilised people to demonstrate against Kasukuwere claiming he wanted to remove the president.
“This is not true, do you think Kasukuwere and his brothers can remove Mugabe — they are only three, do you think that is possible? Toda kutaurirana chokwadi, chokwadi ngachichibuda izvozvi iko kamukomana ikaka, nyangwe une zidumbu hako simuka iwe muri vaviri imimi kubvisa mudhara ane zimhomho rakadai iri, chokwadi ngachibude izvozvi (Kasukuwere is very small he cannot remove Mugabe even though he has a big belly, he is still a young man).
After Moyo and Mahoka’s expulsion, there were similar countrywide demonstrations against Kasukuwere, with his enemies demanding his head on a platter.
However, Kasukuwere accused the rival Team Lacoste faction of having hijacked a purely women’s league event to perpetrate its agenda.
In the end, nine out of 10 provinces passed votes of no confidence against him and a probe team led by National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda was dispatched to investigate the allegations that the Mt Darwin legislator had set up parallel structures.