Suspended Zanu PF Matabeleland North provincial chairman Zenzo Ncube is reportedly still holding on to a party vehicle a month after the provincial coordinating committee passed a vote of no confidence on him.
The provincial executive has reportedly told party members that in the event they bump into Ncube, they should confiscate the car (a military green Toyota Hilux double cab) keys.
Ncube who was suspended from his post on allegations of dereliction of duty however argued that only politburo members Obert Mpofu, Jacob Mudenda and central committee members Jonathan Moyo and Fati Mpofu wanted him out because he was “poor”.
Acting Zanu PF provincial chairman Zwelitsha Masuku confirmed the issue but denied party members had been instructed to intercept Ncube and confiscate the car.
“He is still holding on to the vehicle. A letter was written to him to surrender the vehicle within seven days. However, the seven days have long elapsed but he has not handed over the vehicle,” said Masuku.
“The secretary for administration will decide on the course of action to take on Ncube’s continued disregard of the party’s directive. No one has been told to intercept Ncube and grab the car keys as it is not our party policy to act in that way.”
Efforts to get a comment from Ncube yesterday were fruitless but party insiders sympathetic to the former chairman said he was still holding on to the vehicle because he felt his sacking was unprocedural.
“He feels that his suspension had nothing to do with carrying out party duties but because some people wanted him out of the chairmanship. He has also vowed to attend the party conference in Mutare as he feels he is still a legitimate member of the party,” said the party official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
However, Masuku said it would not be possible for Ncube to attend the conference as he was not accredited with the province.
“I do not think it will be possible for him to attend because he has not been seen when other party members were getting accredited in Lupane,” said Masuku.
According to the party’s constitution, the Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) is supposed to meet once every three months but sources said the last meeting held in Matabeleland North was an extraordinary meeting in February.
The sources also said Ncube had not taken any initiative to convene a meeting to endorse President Robert Mugabe for next year’s elections.
He said in the months he was supposed to hold PCC meetings, he was engaged in the constitution-making exercise.
Ncube said the agenda of kicking him off his position was mooted in June this year when the four summoned him to Mpofu’s York House offices in Bulawayo and ordered him to resign.
He said out of a total of 200 people who attended the meeting, only 38 passed a vote of no confidence in him while the rest abstained from voting.