First Lady and associates had usurped power from Mugabe: ZANU-PF Central Committee
Harare – President Robert Mugabe’s rule had been made untenable by his wife, Grace, and her close associates who had taken advantage of his advanced age to usurp power and loot national resources, the ruling ZANU-PF party’s special Central Committee meeting heard on Sunday.
The special meeting was held in the wake of dramatic events which started five days ago after the army stepped into government affairs to purge “criminals” around President Mugabe whom it accused of jeopardising national security.
The army stepped in citing grave security concerns following months of rampant infighting in the ruling party over President Mugabe’s succession which had led to unprecedented dismissals of party members, including two vice presidents, one just last week.
The expulsions were widely seen as an attempt by President Mugabe to prime his wife to succeed him.
And, emboldened by his loosening grip on power after the military intervention, the Central Committee met on Sunday to decide the fate of President Mugabe, 93.
The special Central Committee meeting was attended by at least 201 out of 300 members to rubberstamp recommendations by 10 provincial branches to recall President Robert Mugabe from his position both in the party and government.
At least 151 members are required to constitute a quorum for the meeting to proceed and for any decisions made during the meeting to be binding.
ZANU-PF Secretary for Finance Obert Mpofu was nominated to chair the special meeting as all members who constitute the ZANU-PF presidium were absent, with some, including the secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo, reportedly in army custody.
Mpofu said the Central Committee was meeting to conclude the process of the transfer of power from President Mugabe to a new leader
“In the last five years his wife and close associates have taken advantage of his frail condition to usurp power and loot national resources,” Mpofu said in his opening remarks.
“Our people, colleagues, are demanding from us gathered here to show leadership and give effect to their demands of recalling the President and first secretary of ZANU-PF Comrade R.G Mugabe from his position in the party and government.”
He added; “There is no doubt that we meet here today with a heavy heart, we have all worked closely with the outgoing President R.G Mugabe who has given us solid leadership that leaves behind many landmark achievements.”
Mpofu applauded the army for taking a bold move in defence of the constitution and the people of Zimbabwe.
– New Ziana.