Former Zanu-PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and at least one other senior official made last-minute overtures to President Mugabe in a bid to land a seat in the 300-member Central Committee.
Mutasa, whose curriculum vitae was rejected by the Zanu-PF Manicaland provincial executive — was plotting to unseat President Mugabe, resulting in his candidature being turned down.
It is understood he wanted Mugabe to pick him among the 10 Central Committee Presidential appointees.
He was yesterday confirmed as a Central Committee member. Mugabe yesterday disclosed that Mutasa telephoned him from South Africa where the Presidential Affairs Minister said he was being treated for an undisclosed ailment.
Mugabe said Mutasa explained that he missed the congress due to the illness.
The minister said his condition had improved but his wife also fell sick and he wanted to take her to India for specialist treatment, added Mugabe.