ZANU-PF expels Mutasa, Mliswa

ZANU-PF expels Mutasa, Mliswa

didymus mutasa newZANU-PF former secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, and his mercurial nephew, Hurungwe West legislator, Temba Mliswa, were yesterday expelled from the ruling party following recommendations by their respective provinces.
The decision was made at an extraordinary Politburo meeting at the ZANU-PF national headquarters in Harare.
The two’s respective provinces of Manicaland and Mashonaland West wrote to the Politburo to have them expelled from the party.
Mliswa’s province recommended that he be expelled on account that he was causing disturbances by disrupting a series of party meetings.
According to the party constitution, their expulsions automatically render their National Assembly seats vacant implying that by-elections will have to be conducted there.
Mutasa was MP for Headlands.
The by-elections will run concurrently with the one in Mudzi South because its MP, top lawyer Jonathan Samkange, who had been expelled from the party after contesting the seat as an independent candidate, was re-admitted into the party at yesterday’s meeting.
ZANU-PF spokesperson, Simon Khaya-Moyo, announced the expulsions in his briefing to journalists during the course of the Politburo last night.
Khaya-Moyo said the decision to expel the duo came after deliberations by the disciplinary committee set to look into the cases three weeks ago.
Although the two were not summoned to answer their cases, Mutasa had already indicated that he would boycott any hearing if some of its members did not recuse themselves.
“After a detailed disciplinary committee report which highlighted his disparaging remarks; rubbishing the congress as null and void and also writing to Southern African Development Community leaders appealing to have the congress declared illegal; the Politburo treated the case as unique and extraordinary and realised that Mutasa has continued to be unrepented; making comments that are not healthy to the party and to himself.
“The Politburo therefore has expelled Mutasa from the party which renders his Headlands constituency automatically vacant. Parliamentary processes will take place and we will have a by-election there,” Khaya Moyo said.
“(Temba) Mliswa has also been expelled from the party for his continued interferences, extortionist behaviour and continuing to interrupt party meetings in Mashonaland West province. His constituency has also become vacant,” he said.
The axe has been hanging over Mutasa’s head since late last year when he was fingered as part of a cabal allegedly fronted by fired vice president, Joice Mujuru which reportedly plotted to remove President Robert Mugabe from power by unconstitutional means while Mliswa, who is former Mashonaland West provincial chairman, has been accused of belonging to the Mujuru cabal.
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