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HARARE – Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo says the vote of no confidence passed on Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa on Thursday was out of order as the politburo had since halted all suspensions until congress in December.
Gumbo told the Zimbabwe Today yesterday that while the party had not received any formal communication on the purported vote of no confidence, the politburo’s position still stands.
Last month, the party’s highest decision-making body outside congress, reversed the suspension of youth chairpersons from Harare, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central provinces after alleging that they were being victimised by their superiors.
Godwin Gomwe, the Harare provincial chairperson, Mashonaland West’s Vengai Musengi and Godfrey Tsenengamu of Mashonaland Central had their suspensions lifted by the Zanu PF politburo.
However, in a case of open defiance, Mliswa’s rivals in the province who for long have been accused of plotting his ouster, on Thursday signed a vote of no confidence petition.
And Gumbo did not take the development lightly saying: “The position arrived at by the politburo to halt all suspensions until congress still stands because we have not met again to reverse it.
“Concerning what is said to have transpired in Mashonaland West, we have not yet received formal communication on the circumstances but that still does not reverse the position of the politburo.”
As the strife in the party’s Mashonaland West structures continues unabated, the vote of no confidence also targeted Kindness Paradza, the provincial secretary for administration.
The petition, which was reportedly signed by 27 out of the 50 members, will be forwarded to the party’s national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo.
Paradza has since rubbished the purported vote of no confidence as a coup attempt that is at variance with the party’s constitution.
“We will call for a proper meeting to deliberate on issues affecting the province because their meeting was a dubious and ridiculous one called by desperate people who want to usurp power,” said Paradza.
Ziyambi Ziyambi, who is Mliswa’s deputy has since installed himself as the interim chairperson.
The Daily News has uncovered shocking details that a minister and member of the Zanu PF politburo who is desperate to see Mliswa out reportedly splashed $300 on each of those who signed the petition.
The petitioners also flouted the party’s constitution which says that only the party chairperson can chair such meetings.
A press conference to announce Mliswa’s supposed suspension was strangely held at a police station in Chinhoyi yet under the country’s laws police are supposed to be apolitical.