Mphoko nightmare over Zanu PF appeals

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Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko

THE majority of Zanu PF members who were either suspended or expelled from the factionalism riddled party since December 2014 stand a good chance of being re-admitted as due process was not followed in their purges, Zimbabwe Independent has heard.

By Elias Mambo

This comes on the backdrop of President Robert Mugabe’s order that a National Disciplinary Appeals Committee chaired by Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko should review all appeals.

Initially, the unprocedural expulsions targeted former vice-president Joice Mujuru and her backers, but later Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allies at the instigation of the G40 faction which has coalesced around First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Most of the people were purged following votes-of-no-confidence which in many cases were passed by the wrong organs of the party, while the required two thirds majority was not met.

According to the Zanu PF constitution Chapter 4, Article 28 subsection 265: “A motion of no confidence shall be by a simple majority of at least two-thirds of all members of the appropriate organ.”

Subsection 266 states that: “A motion of no confidence must specify and detail the reasons thereof which reasons shall fall into any one of the following categories, namely: incompetence and/or dereliction of duty, gross misconduct and disloyalty or treachery.”

Several party bigwigs, among them Mujuru and former politburo members Didymus Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo, Webster Shamu, Nicholas Goche, Tendai Savanhu, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Dzikamai Mavhaire and Olivia Muchena, were expelled.

Following the purges targeting Mujuru’s backers, Zanu PF also suspended several party officials linked to Mnangagwa, including war veterans minister and leader Christopher Mutsvangwa and his wife Monica.

This week, Mphoko, who chaired the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) which approved the purges, distanced the NDC from the unconstitutional and illegal votes of no confidence.

“The NDC took its cue from provinces and not vice versa,” he was quoted.

“There is a mistake that has happened. People are saying the disciplinary committee fired people, no, there is nothing like that.”

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