Zim ruling party sacks President Mugabe
Harare – Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party on Sunday sacked President Robert Mugabe as its leader and demanded his immediate resignation as Head of State and Government, five days after the army “stepped” into government affairs to weed out “criminals” surrounding him whom it accused of committing crimes that threatened national security.
In his place, a special session of the party’s Central Committee appointed former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who President Mugabe had sacked last week, as interim leader pending ratification by the Zanu PF extra-ordinary congress scheduled for next month.
The Central Committee, which is the highest decision-making body of the party outside congress, also sacked his wife, Grace, who was head of ZANU-PF’s women’s wing for promoting hate speech, divisiveness and assuming roles and powers not delegated to her office.
“(The Central Committee resolved) that comrade R.G Mugabe be and is hereby recalled from the position of President and First Secretary of ZANU-PF forthwith,” secretary for legal affairs Patrick Chinamasa said while reading out resolutions after a special meeting.
“Further the resolution is that Comrade R.G Mugabe should resign forthwith from his position as President and Head of State and Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and if resignation has not been tendered by midday tomorrow the 20th of November 2017 the Zanu PF chief whip (in Parliament, Lovemore Matuke) is ordered to institute proceedings for the recall of the President in terms of section 97 of the constitution of Zimbabwe.”
Chinamasa added; “Comrade E.D Mnangagwa be and is hereby appointed as interim President and first secretary of ZANU-PF pending ratification by the extra-ordinary congress scheduled for the 12th to the 17th December 2017.
“(We resolved) that E.D Mnangagwa be the party’s nominee to be appointed to fill the vacancy of state President in terms of part four paragraph 14 sub paragraph five of the sixth schedule of the constitution of Zimbabwe amendment number 20.”
Chinamasa said the meeting had also nominated Mnangagwa as the party’s Presidential candidate in next year’s election.
The appointment marks an extraordinary come-back for the former Vice President, whose sacking triggered the army’s intervention due to the instability it had caused.
It primes Mnangagwa to become Zimbabwe’s second post-independence leader and end President Mugabe’s 37 year rein.
Mnangagwa’s sacking, the second of a Vice President in four years, had been widely seen as an attempt by President Mugabe to clear the path for his wife to succeed him.
He is now due to be confirmed as substantive ZANU-PF leader and state President at the party’s congress next month.
But, President Mugabe has so far reportedly resisted calls to quit, insisting on serving out his term, which ends mid next year.
The special meeting also resolved to dismiss from the party Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko for being divisive, protecting criminals, preaching hate speech and behaving in a manner inconsistent with the office and decorum of the office of Vice President.
Other big wigs that were dismissed include national political commissar Savior Kasukuwere, secretary for science and technology, Jonathan Moyo, secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo, Patrick Zhuwawo and Letinna Undenge.
Secretary for youth Kudzanai Chipanga, Foreign Minister Walter Mzembi, Paul Chimedza, Makhosini Hlongwane, Anastacia Ndhlovu, Mandi Chimene, Dr Samuel Undenge and Sarah Mahoka were also expelled.
Others suffering the same fate were Tongai Kasukuwere, Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Sandi Moyo and youth political commissar Innocent Hamandishe and Shadrick Mashayamombe.
“There were recommendations that were made by the Provincial Co-ordinating Committees suspending and expelling members from the party, the resolution is that these suspensions and expulsions be and are hereby nullified, further that all members of the Central Committee who were elected at the 2014 congress and who were subsequently suspended or expelled from the party on the basis of fictitious or fabricated allegations by the G40 cabal for the protection of criminals be and are hereby re-instated,” Chinamasa said.
“Further resolution is that members from the lower organs of the party, the Provincial, District and Branch who were suspended and expelled from the party subsequent to the 2014 congress be and are hereby re-instated forthwith to the positions they held.”
– New Ziana