Hurungwe protests Chiyangwa’s election

Hurungwe, one of the largest districts in Mashonaland West covering five constituencies, has written to national commissar Webster Shamu protesting against Chiyangwa’s election.

Sources in Mashonaland West told the Zimbabwe Independent this week that according to a gentleman’s agreement in the province, top provincial posts were supposed to be spread across the six districts. Four of the six positions went to Chegutu and Zvimba.

Chairperson John Mafa and secretary-general Tapera Table are from Chegutu, while the political commissar, Joseph Chirongoma and secretary for security Christopher Shumba are from Zvimba.  Chiyangwa is from Makonde and the treasurer, John Chakona, is from Kadoma.

Hurungwe DCC members are arguing the vice-chairperson’s position should have remained with them.

“The vice-chairperson’s position should not have gone to Makonde but should have remained in Hurungwe,” one said.

“The top six positions are shared among the six provinces so that there is a balance of power in the province. Because this did not happen, we are going to write to the national commissar and copy the letter to the national chairperson and secretary for administration protesting against the elections.“We, the people of Hurungwe, have refused to accept the results.”

However, sources in the provincial executive blame Hurungwe for giving away that post to Makonde because Chiyangwa was nominated by a Hurungwe DCC member, Clever Zinyemba, who was elected secretary for transport and welfare.

“It’s true that there is a gentleman’s agreement that the top six provinces should be spread across the six districts,” said one provincial executive member. “But in this case Hurungwe sold itself out. One of their own, Zinyemba, stood up at the meeting and nominated Chiyangwa.”

“Instead of protesting against Chiyangwa’s election, they should ask Zinyemba why he chose a person from Makonde.”

Chiyangwa beat acting chairperson Reuben Marumahoko. Chiyangwa was cleared last month to stand for any position in the party after his suspension in 2004 following espionage allegations on which he was eventually cleared by the courts.

Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa wrote to Chiyangwa advising him of his re-admission to the party. However, in November last year President Robert Mugabe blocked his bid to contest the chairmanship of Mashonaland West province.

After spirited efforts by Zanu PF politburo members in early November to fast-track his re-admission, Mugabe put his foot downarguing he should be re-admitted as an ordinary member of the party.

During his trial, Chiyangwa’s lawyers argued that allegations of espionage against him had failed in the courts.

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