Zanu PF women petition Mugabe over Chiyangwa

Conrad Dube/Ndamu Sandu

ZANU PF women from Mashonaland West Pro-vince last week petitioned President Robert Mugabe to probe senior party officials over allegations of vote buying and irregularities in the ru

nning of the province.


The women have sent a petition to the Zanu PF Women’s League leadership and to Mugabe’s office complaining about the conduct of the senior party officials.


Former Women’s League chairperson in the province, Chipo Chakweza, last Wednesday confirmed that a petition had been handed in.


The women accuse provincial chairman Phillip Chiyangwa and his executive of paying members to influence the election of certain women to represent the province on the central committee.


The money, according to the petition, was released on June 19 to influence the election of central committee members.


The women said Chiyangwa’s team wanted to fast-track Bybit Tsomondo to represent Mashonaland West on the central committee. The women contend that Tsomondo had only been on the provincial executive for a year.


The women last week presented the petition to the national Women’s League who assured them that the cases would be investigated.


The national executive also showed the women a circular written to provinces that only cadres who have served for at least five years at provincial level would be considered for national posts.


An official in the Women’s League confirmed last week that Mashonaland West women handed over their petition to the national executive.


She said they met Muchinguri, national secretary for women’s affairs Thenjiwe Lesabe, secretary for administration Tsitsi Muzenda, and Matabeleland South governor Angeline Masuku who is also a politburo member.


Muchinguri last week would neither confirm nor deny receipt of the petition saying she did not talk to the press. Muchinguri is the party’s deputy secretary for women’s affairs.


The women, drawn from Chinhoyi, Makonde, Chegutu, Mhondoro and Norton, expressed their discontent with the leadership of Chiyangwa, politburo member Edna Madzongwe, deputy provincial chairman John Mafa and Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo in the province.


Meanwhile, the Zanu PF Womens Congress kicked off yesterday.