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Paradza to appear before disciplinary committee

Augustine Mukaro

ZANU PF’s Makonde MP Kindness Paradza is on Monday expected to appear before the party’s national disciplinary committee on allegations of undermining party and governme

nt policies.

The committee led by John Nkomo will also probe Paradza’s alleged disrespect for the party leadership and the president, insubordination, gross indiscipline and fanning disunity among cadres in the district and province.

Other members of the committee are Security minister Nicholas Goche, Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa and politburo member Angeline Masuku.

Paradza, publisher of the Tribune Newspapers whose licence was suspended three months ago, has already been found guilty by the Mashonaland West province disciplinary team. The team recommended his expulsion from the party. The decision of the provincial team is however subject to review by the national disciplinary body.

The charges of undermining party and government policies stem from an alleged trip to London to solicit funding for his publishing company.

The disrespect charges arose after Paradza criticised Mashonaland West provincial chairman Philip Chiyangwa and Zanu PF deputy secretary for information and publicity Jonathan Moyo.

The hearing comes at a time when Paradza and members of the Women’s League in Mashonaland West wrote to President Robert Mugabe protesting against the provincial leadership. Paradza is seeking Mugabe’s intervention against top politburo members ganging up to wrestle the Makonde constituency from him.

The Women’s League is complaining against the local leadership imposing their own candidates without elections.

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