Mutsekwa fights on

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Giles Mutsekwa, co-minister of home affairs, is fighting for his political life amid reports some top officials within his MDC party are plotting to push him out his Dangamvura-Chikanga constituency.

Mutsekwa has been excluded from a key restructuring programme of districts in his constituency, a move that may play against him at the party’s primary elections.

The exercise is aimed at filling vacant positions in MDC-T structures in the districts.

District officials are the ones that vote at primary elections.

The MDC is expected to call for primary elections once the dates for a general poll have been announced.

Elections to choose a new government are likely to be held after the expiry of the life span of the current government of national unity next February.

The MDC’s national executive, at the incitement of Mutsekwa’s political foes in Manicaland, has barred Mutsekwa and two other party activists, Prosper Mutseyami and Jack Saunyama, from taking part in the crucial restructuring exercise.

Elias Mudzuri, the MDC’s national organising secretary, wrote to the party’s provincial leadership directing them to stop Mutsekwa and the two other activists from taking part in the restructuring exercise.

“May the following people (Hon Prosper Mutseyami, Hon Giles Mutsekwa and Mr Jack Roberts) recuse themselves from the current gap-filling exercise taking place in Manicaland Province. Mudzuri said in his letter:

“This decision was taken after they were identified as complicity in the last exercise conducted by members of the national organising team.

“Further communication will be made available to you after the completion of this exercise.

“ I hope you find this communication in order.”

The letter, dated April 15 2010, was addressed to Patrick Chitaka, the MDC provincial chairman for Manicaland.

Chitaka confirmed the developments saying the matter had now been resolved.

Mutsekwa played down the issue telling NewsDay the issues were not worth commenting on or writing about.

“It’s not an issue anymore,” said the tough-talking Mutsekwa.

Mutsekwa said he did not see or feel any threat.

“It depends on who you speak to. If you speak to those who do not wish me well you will get that kind of information, but if you speak to the majority of the people they will tell you I am a hardworking MP,” he said.