Chindori-Chininga was involved in a car accident 5 km along the Mazowe-Centenary road on Friday and is currently receiving treatment at a private hospital in Harare. He sustained broken ribs, a fractured right arm and serious injuries to his legs, collarbone and back.
The petition started circulating soon after Chindori-Chininga was fired from the Parliamentary Constitution Select Committee (Copac) in October last year and was crafted by youth leaders from Guruve, including Zanu PF national youth treasurer Obert Mutasa, who is vying for the Guruve South parliamentary seat held by Chininga.
Provincial youth league secretary for finance Takawira Maluku and provincial youth league secretary for legal affairs Macklas Gangarahwe are also among those pushing for Chindori-Chininga’s ouster from the party and were among the first to sign the petition.
The party’s Mashonaland Central chairperson Dickson Mafios has confirmed seeing a copy of the petition but bemoaned that his province was wary of people “cooking up stories” to disqualify strong contenders in the coming elections.
Mafios said: “Yes, the petition was written by the youth but they cannot try to suspend a senior member of the party through a petition. They are not a disciplinary structure for the province. They will have to recommend the matter to the District Coordinating Committee (DCC) which then forwards it to the Provincial Coordinating Committee, which will determine whether he has a case to answer, and if it determines that he does, it will endorse and institute a disciplinary hearing. But the youth have to formalise it first.”
He added: “What we have to be careful about is that some of the people might be electioneering and they may cook up the bulk of the case to give a chance to those interested in that seat. Remember elections are around the corner.”
Petition instigator Mutasa would not answer any questions.
According to the petition, Chindori-Chininga stands accused of de-campaigning President Robert Mugabe in the run-up to the 2008 elections.
“The league started having problems with (Chindori)-Chininga in 2008 during the run-up to the harmonised elections held on the 29th of March. (Chindori)-Chininga was suspected of pasting posters of Simba Makoni of Mavambo political party. He did so on his own, mostly during the night, where his posters were put up together with Makoni’s. As if that was not enough, (Chindori)-Chininga did not only fail to campaign for the president, but actually de-campaigned him whenever he addressed his rallies. He exclusively urged party members to vote for Zanu PF candidates for the posts of councillor, MP and senator whilst urging them to make their decision on the presidential candidates. In some points he said: ‘We want new blood ma comrades,’” reads the petition.
This is the youth league’s second attempt to oust Chindori-Chininga after their initial attempt in 2008 hit a brick wall.
The youths also alleged that Chindori-Chininga was one of the five Zanu PF legislators suspected of voting for MDC-T chairman Lovemore Moyo for the Speaker’s post in the House of Assembly.
Moyo won with 105 votes against Zanu PF chairman Simon Khaya Moyo’s 93.
The youths also accused Chindori-Chininga of disrespecting secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa on his Facebook page after he was fired from Copac for allegedly leaking Zanu PF’s preliminary draft constitution framework to MDC-T officials. Another accusation levelled against him is that he almost beat up Copac co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana at a meeting in early October.
“We are also worried by his continuous use of independent media to attack the party’s leadership,” the petition read.