Troubled Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare and Marondera East legislator, Tracy Mutinhiri, faces the boot from Zanu PF after the provincial leadership resolved to drag her before a disciplinary committee for allegedly flirting with the MDC-T.
The decision to take action came after Zanu PF political commissar Webster Shamu met the party’s heavyweights over the weekend where he impressed on them to follow proper procedures in dealing with Mutinhiri.
D-day is yet to be set.
She is, however, expected to retain her farm, which was invaded by war veterans early this month accusing her of “selling out”.
Zanu PF Mashonaland East chairman Ray Kaukonde confirmed the development and said the matter would be dealt with in a transparent manner.
“The province sat and we are now waiting for responses from her constituency to ascertain whether taking her before a disciplinary committee is necessary. And whatever comes out (from the constituency deliberations), we will respect because we are a democratic party,” said Kaukonde.
“Regarding the farm, we are not going to interfere with it because the offer letter is from the Ministry of Lands. We are not involved.”
Mutinhiri’s woes have been mounting in recent months resulting in some people in Mashonaland East calling for her expulsion from Zanu PF.
She is suspected of voting for MDC-T candidate Lovemore Moyo for Speaker of the House of Assembly in March while some of her detractors allege she has been publicly declaring her desire to cross floors. She has also been accused of being sympathetic to MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mutinhiri is, however, on record saying the allegations against her were false.
She has accused State Security minister Sydney Sekeramayi of trying to elbow her out of her constituency and replace her with Zanu PF’s provincial secretary for security Lawrence Katsiru.
Information gathered by NewsDay indicates Mutinhiri has since written to Kaukonde regarding her predicament.
Party fails to lure youths
Meanwhile, war veterans in the province believe party stalwarts are misinforming the Presidium about the goings-on in constituencies there resulting in Zanu PF losing ground.
The ex-freedom fighters expressed their disappointment and called for the Presidium to go on the ground to get accurate facts on the state of affairs in the country.
Party members also said it was difficult to rein in errant members of the party in government because it was now increasingly being viewed as superior to the party unlike in South Africa, where the African National Congress can recall leaders who do not perform to expectations in the government.
The development comes at a time when the party is experiencing problems luring youths because of lack of motivation.
New recruits were said to have joined the party primarily for self-enrichment and not because they had the party at heart