Just 4 days after ZANU PF leader President Robert Mugabe called for tolerance and for his party members to desist from “wantonly passing votes of no confidence against other party carders“, the Mashonaland West provincial executive have gone against his recommendations and passed a vote of no confidence in the Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees – Christopher Mutsvangwa. He is also the leader of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association.
Found guilty of gross misconduct, disloyalty and treachery following his utterances in the media where he was quoted as saying: “We will always respect the institution of marriage and he (Cde Saviour Kasukuwere) is confused and conflating the institution of marriage and that of the State” a recommendations has been made to expel Mutsvangwa, less than a week after his wife, Monica, was booted out the party.
Monica’s offense? She was alleged to be indisciplined and party supporters in Manicaland felt they could no longer work with her as she “did not want to follow the procedures of the party“.
Chris Mutsvangwa, the Member of Parliament for Norton, when asked to comment on the issue stated that “The President spoke about the issue of votes of no confidence at the party’s Central Committee meeting and when he was opening the conference in Victoria Falls.
“As an appointee of the President, I will neither qualify nor subtract what my President has said. You better ask those who have issues with what the President has said.”
Mashonaland West deputy provincial chair Keith Guzah said: “We find Cde Chris Mutsvangwa’s utterances about ‘conflating the institution of marriage and that of the State’ to be exactly the same in meaning and import as the outrageous ‘bedroom coup’ remarks that got Jabulani Sibanda expelled from the party.”
Mutsvangwa, together with war veterans, also called for decisions made at the ZANU PF Congress in 2014 to be implemented, as a year later, very little actions has been taken. This was judged to be a display of gross indiscipline, as his comments were directly opposed to a Politburo decision taken in its meeting of 25 November 2015, and was tantamount to challenging the authority of the President and First Secretary of the party.
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