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Zanu PF bars Tekere from leadership

Clemence Manyukwe

ZANU PF has barred controversial politician Edgar Tekere (69) from seeking any leadership position for the next five years after readmitting him t

o the party.

In a letter to Tekere, the ruling party’s national chairman John Nkomo said the party was admitting him on two conditions — that he remains an ordinary card carrying member until 2011, when he will be 74, and observes party rules.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Tekere said: “Naturally, I do not like it but I am not commenting now. I will elaborate later.”

Nkomo’s letter to Tekere dated April 7 says: “You will not exercise your right to be elected to any office in the party for a period of five years. You will be required to uphold all the duties of a member listed in Article 3, Section 18 of the amended Zanu PF constitution.”

Last year the party snubbed Tekere by omitting him from a list of candidates who wanted to participate in the senate elections despite having made known his wish to contest on its ticket.

A former Zanu PF secretary-general and cabinet minister, Tekere was expelled from the ruling party in October 1988 after differing with President Robert Mugabe and other party members whom he repeatedly attacked in public accusing them of corruption, among other issues.

He went on to form the Zimbabwe Unity Movement that participated in the 1990 election and lost.

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