Mphoko faces angry cadres

ZANU PF has effectively thrown Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko into the deep end as he will during looming appeals come face to face with angry party cadres who say they were unlawfully suspended or expelled.

By Staff Writer.

Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko
Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko

Some of the people who have appealed against their suspensions include war veterans chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa, his wife Monica and former Women’s League national secretary for administration Esphinah Nhari, key allies of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mphoko is a key member of the G40 faction, which has coalesced around First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Some of the aggrieved ruling party officials say they will confront and ask the vice-president, who chaired Zanu PF’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) before being appointed to chair the National Disciplinary Appeals Committee (NDAC), why he suspended them without following due process.

“My appeal was submitted and I will ask Mphoko is why I was suspended for saying pasi neG40,” said Women’s League national secretary for administration Esphinah Nhari.

“He presided over my case and suspended me. This time I will meet him in person because I have to defend myself unlike when he just gave summary verdicts without the accused ever being called for hearings.”

Mphoko will also preside over the cases of expelled former Zanu PF youth provincial chairpersons, including Godfrey Gomwe (Harare), Godfrey Tsenengamu (Mashonaland Central), Vengai Musengi (Mashonaland West), Khumbulani Mpofu (Bulawayo), Edmore Samambwa (Midlands), Tamuka Nyoni (Matabeleland North) and Washington Nkomo (Matabeland South).

“We have since submitted our appeals as the Youth League national members and we have a lot of unanswered questions. We hope this move will help Zanu PF reunite and move forward,” said Tsenengamu.

“The whole process was flawed, unprocedural and unconstitutional. We were not given the opportunity to defend ourselves.

“In our case the judge was also the jury. It was driven by a vendetta by national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere. He had issues to settle with us and he abused the opportunity of being both a member of the politburo and the NDC. There is no justification for that. Kasukuwere misled the disciplinary committee and the politburo.”

Mpofu, Samambwa, Nyoni and Nkomo were still Youth League provincial chairpersons when they were expelled, while Gomwe, Tsenengamu and Musengi were ousted through votes-of-no-confidence in their provinces last year.

Another Zanu PF official said it was not helpful that Mphoko was being asked to right the wrongs he committed.

“In such a situation, if Mphoko is intelligent enough he will recuse himself from the appeals and assign his deputy to preside over them because he was part of the NDC which unlawfully proposed to the politburo that people should be suspended and expelled without any charges,” said the official.

Former Zanu PF bigwigs who have appealed their removals include former ministers Nicholas Goche (Transport), Webster Shamu (Information and Communication), Paul Chimedza (health deputy minister) and Francis Nhema (indigenisation). They were removed for supporting former vice-president Joice Mujuru’s camp.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed that appeals have flooded the party’s provincial offices. He said the appeals committee was appointed at the Zanu PF politburo meeting in Harare yesterday.

“We expect the team to be set up in our politburo meeting. I am not sure of the number of appeals, but the information I have received is that a lot of people submitted their appeals in various provinces,” he said.