Zanu PF Bulawayo provincial chairperson Isaac Dakamela is reportedly under probe for allegedly squandering $6 000 meant for office rentals and over his links to Indian and white businesspeople.
According to party sources, Dakamela was allegedly quizzed by his superiors at a provincial coordinating committee (PCC) meeting at Davies Hall on July 31.
Contacted for comment, Dakamela declined to discuss the issue saying it was an internal matter.
The meeting was reportedly attended by Matabeleland South governor Angeline Masuku, former Information and Publicity minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, Zimbabwe Defence Industries boss Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube and Zanu PF central committee member Godfrey Malaba.
The cash was reportedly given to Dakamela by the party’s late finance secretary David Karimanzira just before he died in March to pay rentals at the council-owned Davies Hall. This came at a time council was mulling to evict the former ruling party over outstanding bills.
Sources told NewsDay this week party bigwigs drew daggers against Dakamela at the tension-filled meeting, but he managed to survive as the case was deferred to another PCC meeting scheduled after the Heroes’ Day holiday.
It could not be established yesterday whether the date for the crucial indaba had been set.
Zanu PF politburo and central committee members are reported to have also put Dakamela’s head on the guillotine for his alleged links with the Indian and white businesspeople.
Of late, Zanu PF youths have been targeting unoccupied buildings owned by people of Indian descent, but Dakamela has been named as shielding them off.
Last year, the Zanu PF provincial chairman was briefly suspended on corruption allegations after it was alleged that he abused groceries donated towards President Robert Mugabe’s birthday bash.
Dakamela was reinstated to avoid further rifts in the faction-ridden party provincial structures.
“If he fails to account for the money he was given by Karimanzira, we will not hesitate to fire him, but he has to refund the party first before he goes.
“Dakamela’s relations with white businesspeople worsened the situation because it’s clear that he wants to scuttle the indigenisation programme,” said a senior Zanu PF official recently.