A prominent Bulawayo businessman, who is facing court charges of undermining President Robert Mugabe, was thrown out of the just-ended 11th Zanu PF conference in Mutare after the party’s provincial executive reportedly included him on their business delegation list.
It turned out that the decision to include the businessman, Gareth Fury, on the delegation list was not unanimous.
Fury, a majority shareholder of Fisher Motors, was arrested two months ago and appeared in court for allegedly saying “Mugabe should go to hell” following a clash with co-director, Nkululeko Tshuma, believed to be a Zanu PF activist.
Fury is out on bail for the offence. Yesterday, Fury denied visiting Mutare for the conference but said some of his workers did attend the Zanu PF gathering.
“I did not go. It was some of my workers. There were a few problems at the start but they managed to attend,” Fury said.
“I did not enter in any kind of deal with anyone. How will they make my case disappear? The case is still pending and I am going to court in January.”
However, Zanu PF insiders told NewsDay that Fury, along with three of his employees, were listed by the Bulawayo province as part of the city’s business delegation.
The move to include Fury in the delegation was reportedly blocked
by Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial activist Rose Phiri, during accreditation at the Mutare polytechnic college.
“The three had already been accreditated and were waiting for cards to access the conference venue when they were spotted by Phiri. Upon seeing the three, Phiri quickly alerted security details about their presence,” said the source.
“The security details quickly moved in on the three demanding to know how they were invited to the conference. They were whisked away and were never seen again during the course of the conference.”
The sources said Fury was said to have entered into a secret deal with Zanu PF provincial chairman, Isaac Dakamela and party stalwart Josphat Tshuma who allegedly promised ensure his case disappeared and provide protection from yet to be established threats.
But Dakamela last week laughed off the allegations indicating they were fabrications from party members opposed to his leadership.
“That is mere politics coming from the province. How can we provide protection to someone over a case that is already in the courts? What other threat is he under that could we possibly protects him from,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from Tshuma and Fury yesterday were fruitless as they were not reachable.
Zanu PF Bulawayo province has been rocked by divisions stemming from a number of issues ranging from unilateral suspension of provincial executive members.
The party’s national commissar Webster Shamu recently stepped in to resolve the long running feud threatening to split the former ruling party.
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