Midlands defies Saviour Kasukuwere
ZANU-PF’S Midlands provincial executive has refused to recognise party commissar Saviour Kasukuwere’s appointee, Tapiwa Matangaidze, as the acting chairperson.
The executive maintains that Matangaidze’s election was not procedural.
Such is the chaos that last week, Gokwe police almost scuttled a ZANU-PF meeting, saying Kasukuwere had suspended all meetings in the province indefinitely.
The meeting, however, proceeded in the absence of Matangaidze, a move that exposed the existence of serious divisions in the ruling party structures in the province.
The meeting was attended by over 50 provincial executive members believed to be aligned to under fire Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Speaking to the Financial Gazette, ZANU-PF’s provincial spokesperson, Cornelius Mupereri, said Kasukuwere erred when he appointed Matangaidze as the acting chairperson, hence the executive’s decision to sideline him along with Makhosini Hlongwane.
“The provincial executive has 50 members, but the two want to call themselves an executive. We will not have that in the Midlands,” fumed Mupereri.
He confirmed that the police failed to stop the Gokwe meeting, adding that more meetings would continue in the province.
“They (police) wanted to disrupt the meeting, but there was no communication to that effect. Fortunately, we will hold other meetings in Gweru, Shurugwi and Chirumhanzu,” said Mupereri.
Mupereri said Matangaidze was not qualified to be the acting chairperson since there is a substantive vice chairperson, Daniel Mackenzie.
“Matangaidze has never been the leader of the party. His appointment did not follow correct procedures because we have a vice chairman. The party commissar is in error,” he said.
Midlands has been a political hotbed ever since the appointment of Mnangagwa as Vice President. A faction known as Generation 40 or G40 has been seeking to wrest the province from Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste through votes of no confidence to all the members aligned to the Vice President.
Ironically, Matangaidze and Hlo-ngwane, who are believed to be G40 sympathisers, were also suspended early this year, turning the party’s provincial affairs into a circus.
“When we saw that the two were problematic, we suspended them,” said Mupereri.
He rubbished rumours that the party was heading for an imminent split, arguing that Matangaidze and Hlongwane had been disowned by party structures.
“Matangaidze was given a vote of no confidence, so we will not listen to what he says. It is a pipe dream to ever think that the party will split. How can two people determine the fate of our party?” said Mupereri.
Matangaidze had earlier also passed votes of no confidence on Mupereri, July Moyo, Victor Matemadanda, Owen Mudha Ncube, Goodwill Shiri, Clarisse Mutambisi and Justice Mayor Wadyajena.
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