BULAWAYO — ZANU-PF Senator Angeline Masuku has dismissed suggestions that her attendance of a war veterans meeting held here a fortnight ago was part of a plot to undermine President Robert Mugabe, as political agitation escalates within the ruling party.
Masuku and 18 other ZANU-PF officials were suspended by the party’s provincial leadership over the weekend for their participation in the war veterans’ meeting addressed by former war veterans leader, Jabulani Sibanda and recently fired war veterans’ minister, Christopher Mutsvangwa.
Some ZANU-PF functionaries have described the veterans who attended the meeting as “rogues”.
The meeting fuelled speculation that the Zimbabwe People First party, led by Joice Mujuru, which Sibanda is a member of, could be reaching out to the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) members. ZNLWVA is undergoing cataclysmic tensions following the suspension of Mutsvangwa from ZANU-PF and his firing from his ministerial post.
The attendance by Masuku of the controversial war veterans meeting drew the ire of Eunice Sandi-Moyo, the Minister of State for Bulawayo Metropolitan, who is also the ZANU-PF Women’s League deputy secretary.
The suspensions, part of many others that have ravaged the party since 2014, are likely to further weaken the ruling party’s standing in a province that it has struggled to win from the opposition for over a decade.
Dennis Ndlovu, the ZANU-PF provincial chairman, said no one was exempt from the disciplinary processes and Masuku, the party’s representative in the upper house, would not be treated with kid’s gloves.
The disciplinary processes are due to be held this week with the accused expected to be given an opportunity to defend themselves.
Masuku this week opened up to the Financial Gazette saying she simply attended the war veterans meeting following an invitation by the war veterans chairman in Bulawayo.
“Who was there, who said what and to whom and all else is not something for me to worry myself about,” she said.
She also dismissed suggestions that she was a dark horse in the race to land the post of vice president should a resolution proposed by the ZANU-PF Women’s League at last year’s annual party conference for a female vice president be adopted.
Masuku said the most senior woman across the political divide deserving to be appointed the female vice president from among former PF-ZAPU cadres was former freedom fighter, Jane Ngwenya.
“If we are to look across the country for a fitting candidate, we can only look at Ngwenya who is the most senior political figure among the women,” she said.
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