Mugabe ‘mutilates’ Zanu PF constitution

ZANU PF leader President Robert Mugabe and his political hirelings have been mutilating the party’s constitution to oust Vice-President Joice Mujuru and decimate her allies ahead of next week’s congress, Zanu PF insiders have said.

Elias Mambo

Ousted chairpersons and other party bigwigs say Zanu PF has not been following proper constitutional procedures in votes of no confidence which have seen eight provincial chairpersons, Youth and Women’s League executives, senior politburo and central committee members being booted out as the purges to wipe out those aligned to the Mujuru faction intensify. Bulwayo chairman Callistus Ndlovu has since been re-instated, but his tenure remains precarious.

Matabeleland North chairman Richard Moyo survived as he is aligned to the faction led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Ousted fiery Mashonaland West chairperson Temba Mliswa told the Zimbabwe Independent this week the constitution was “butchered” with reckless abandon for narrow political agendas.

“The party constitution was ‘butchered’ left, right and centre with the politburo and the national disciplinary committee allowing such unconstitutional processes to go on.”

Mliswa also said the party constitution is very clear, according to the general provision Article 29(251), on who has the power to pass a vote of no confidence on office bearers.

“A motion of no confidence shall be by a simple majority of all members of the appropriate organ,” reads the constitution which Mliswa says was violated because war veterans, youths and office bearers who do not constitute the provincial executive were illegally used to boot out some officials.

Mugabe has also allowed the youth league, women assembly and war veterans to dictate who gets selected in the powerful central committee through flawed elections.

Ousted Masvingo provincial chairperson Callisto Gwanetsa said questions over the manner chairpersons were booted out need to be directed to the party’s national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo, who also chairs the party’s disciplinary committee, but had questions.

“Those questions need to be referred to the national chairperson because he is the national disciplinary action chairperson as well,” Gwanetsa said.

“What does the constitution say about who is supposed to give a vote of no confidence on the provincial chairperson or any office bearer within the party structures?” he asked.

Another former chairperson who requested anonymity said the provincial executive, which consists of only 50 people, is the one which has the power to pass a vote of no confidence in a chairperson.

“If we follow the constitution, then the only vote of no confidence that can stand is the Midlands one where chairperson Jason Machaya was ousted,” the Zanu PF official said. “Machaya chaired that meeting where a vote of no confidence was passed on him and 44 members endorsed the motion out of the 50 who attended.”

Last Sunday, in a move replicated in other provinces against Mujuru allies, youths aligned to Mnangagwa pounced on politburo bigwig Nicholas Goche demanding he be cleared of treason allegations before attending any party meetings.

Goche and other senior Mujuru allies like Rugare Gumbo, Dzikamai Mavhaire, Lazarus Dokora, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Francis Nhema, Webster Shamu, Sylvester Nguni, David Butau, Flora Buka, Walter Mzembi, Tendai Savanhu, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti and Didymus Mutasa, among others, have been removed in a merciless bloodbath before congress.

Eight provincial chairpersons were also removed amid allegations of fanning factionalism, corruption, attempts to topple the party leadership and a plot to assassinate Mugabe.

Mujuru also lost her central committee post after her district of origin, Mt Darwin, rejected her CV citing allegations of her plot to assassinate Mugabe.

Senior officials say the party’s proposed constitutional amendments are also being done unprocedurally as steps to be followed when amending the party constitution have been ignored.

The constitution states that “the power to amend the constitution shall vest in the central committee subject to ratification by congress”.

“Any member of the party supported by 50 other members may propose or move an amendment to the constitution and shall be required to submit such proposed amendment to the district co-ordinating committee which shall, on receipt of the said proposed amendment, forward the same to the provincial executive council,” reads the constitution.

It also says: “Any proposed amendments shall be submitted to the secretary for administration at least three months before the date of the meeting of the central committee at which the amendment is to be considered. A two-thirds majority of delegates of central committee present and voting shall be required for the adoption of the proposed amendment to the constitution.”

Ousted officials say this process was not followed.

In 2004, Mujuru was sensationally catapulted to the vice-presidency through the back door courtesy of a controversial constitutional amendment by Mugabe and his backers.

Commenting on the events of 2004, former Zanu PF MP Pearson Mbalekwa said that “the story of Tsholotsho episode has been told albeit by the beneficiaries of a political party that is fraught with hate, fear and a tyrannical leadership”.

“The actual coup against the constitution was not by the so-called Tsholotsho conspirators, but by the politburo that sat at Zanu PF headquarters on November 18, 2004, to undermine the party constitution,” wrote Mbalekwa in the Independent on September 15, 2006. “The constitution was illegally amended to accommodate the preferred candidate of the political mandarins of Zanu PF (Mujuru) when it had become clear that Mnangagwa was heading for a clear victory if the party procedure was followed to elect a new vice-president during the next congress which was due in December 2004.”

13 Responses to Mugabe ‘mutilates’ Zanu PF constitution

  1. Wezhira Wezhara November 28, 2014 at 9:24 am #

    1st the votes of no confidence stand because whilst war vets and youths demonstrated the ones who voted were members of the provincial executives and they constituted the majority of the quorum…….2nd these zanu insiders only see the violations in the constitution when it is against the zezuru faction of Mujuru and not in 2004 why???? Even the disbanding of DCC’s by politburo was supposed to be done by central committee or congress but somehow these insiders never noticed bcoz it benefited mai Mujuru….now they Have suddenly remembered the party constitution dusted it off and reaquainted themselves with its provisions to salvage their situation? no….The precedents they set in 2004,2009,2012 can be deemed legal precedence that normalised the role of the politburo to amend the constitution……whats good for the goose must be good for the gander….the rules are not there only to be applied when Mai Mujuru is victim and disregarded when Mnangagwa or Jonathan Moyo is the victim…..they made their bed they must lie in it

    • Ziso November 28, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      @Wezhira, wareva zvomene!

    • chikara November 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm #

      wezhira sando kwauri

    • manyuwa November 30, 2014 at 9:06 am #

      Vanhu varikushandiswa namugabe nagrace democracy yaanotaura ndeip kana munhu akati mugabe ngaachibva otonzi anga achida kupandukira president nxaa he will die soon and grace ndopaachaona kuti makandiwa haasi Jesu

  2. ana boys November 28, 2014 at 10:22 am #

    Zanu yawora

  3. sheps November 28, 2014 at 11:11 am #

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  4. kangai reward November 28, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    Weshira Zharara wataura. Why cant mai mujuru complain that she was appointed procedurally? now they realize that things are not ok. No No. Zanu pf has been like that and will continue until mudhara ati ndaenda. no one in zanu must complain. these people butchered mdc supporters in 2008, waitonzi unoda short or long sleeved shirt here. wogurwa rwoko or chanza, vanga varipi vana mai mujuru vamakuita ma hero kudai nhasi. batai munhu, rova nechepapa, kuponda musoro

  5. bambo November 28, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    So these constitutional butcherings are being at the whims and pleasure of the Dear Leader. Considering his age, this could be his last major such machination and Ngwena may end up smiling all the way to the Chigaro ChaMambo chinoera.

    • Quickie Nakira Mukatikati November 30, 2014 at 8:31 am #

      So there would be no other candidates contesting, obviously framed with treason, members of other parties maimed and killed. Ngwena yako iyi igarwe chairo rakadya vakawanda riri mudziva reCIO. Zigagwe raidya vakawanda riri murwizi rweDefence. Ngwena yaka tihwina kusvika DRC kwakabiwa madiamonds. Hei wena hapana tsukukuviri ichatonga Zimbabwe. Takabva neko, zvituta zviri inept and corrupt kwete, kumhunga hakuna pwa. Tinodzidza riyona. Another 35 years nemarema anorwura rute bodo. Muroyi kana afa musha unogadzirwa kuti shavi rekuroya risasvike pavana. Mbava nematsotsi eZANU PF will test their own medicine tichigura misoro seISIS, tonyepedzera for convenience kuti mutemo wava Sharia. Hokoyo neSharia!!!

  6. bambo November 28, 2014 at 1:27 pm #

    So these constitutional butcherings are being done at the whims and pleasure of the Dear Leader. Considering his age, this could be his last major such machination and Ngwena may end up smiling all the way to the Chigaro ChaMambo chinoera.

    • Quickie Nakira Mukatikati November 30, 2014 at 8:42 am #

      Chikara tinochipondera mudziva macho. Aripo takamutadza ane”gona” tiri kurishaya kwaraka vigwa. Tikariwona toputsa vanhu kunobata mawoko. Kana zvechivanhu zvaramba aiwa makore awanda Mwari achatonga, next 2 years maxi.

  7. Chenjerai Makudo November 28, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    The grim reality of law is uncovered when we study why laws are made, and by who? Jack & Jill, Tom, Harry, Dick & Tom think the laws are made to protect the people. And indeed they should, but that is not the reality. Laws (Constitutions) are made to cover those in the lead, politically and economically; and provide them with a means of authority and legitimacy to command their desires whilst humping everyone else into subservience under their feet.

    The National Constitution has been overridden countless times, and the saddest thing is that the wisdom to change those bits-and-pieces therein comes at the eleventh hour of fruition of what is desired…hunting a deer that has already been captured.

    There is nothing wrong in changing the Constitutions/rules, they are never meant to be cast in stone anyway. People must manage the Constitution/Law/Rules and not the reverse. The trouble is that the amendments are improperly done; done in a way that says “You are all morons, no one will realise what I/We have done,or; if there is any who deciphers it, then I/we are not bothered either”

    A case in point is down-playing Mnangagwa after he had won elections to be VP; and, if true, using Zanu PF yobs to count in the Vote-of-No-Confidence in a body-creature to which the yobs are not part of.

    And, the real circus is seeing those that have once ululated at the travesties, or have been beneficiaries of such conduct crying foul when the same is done; the only difference being that this time they are at the receiving end.

  8. manyuwa November 30, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    The Clerk of Parliament was orderd to retire because he was over 65yrs old what about Mugabe 90? he hasnt reached the retirement age kkkk power is sweet for sure Gadaffi ruled for 42yrs enjoying power but what was the end result I thought mugabe is intelligent but he has proved that he is foolish and selfish but i can see it coming he will leave ofice the hard way mark my words.Mugabe used to be respected by all zimbabweans but now look at it anyone can openly say he must go people have the courage to go to the state house demanding his resignation , i can see it coming he will fall from hero to zero

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