Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Services Tracy Mutinhiri has reportedly appealed against her suspension last week from Zanu PF for allegedly bringing the party into disrepute, according to a document making rounds in Zanu PF corridors.
The document — purportedly written by Mutinhiri dated August 15 2011 and addressed to Zanu PF national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo — reads in part: “I have never denounced Zanu PF at any fora.
I have done my developmental programmes in my constituency in peace. I have conducted myself with dignity and honour and have never brought the party into disrepute or ridicule.”
Mutinhiri reportedly went on: “I am known for being a person who likes to work with others in harmony and strongly believe in team work and team spirit to achieve intended goals. It would appear this has been unfortunately misconstrued by my fellow compatriots in Zanu PF as to be working against the Party.”
She denied allegations of failing to discharge her duties.
Mutinhiri said Marondera West constituency was won during a by-election because of her hard work.
She complained that ever since she became MP for Marondera West, the party’s district coordinating committee never invited her to their meetings.
Mutinhiri said she felt strongly that her suspension was based on petty allegations levelled against her without substantive evidence.
“All people who came to testify were coerced and to some extent out of fear of being harmed, but still their evidence was not authentic,” she alleged.
The deputy minister said she was cleared of any wrongdoing at a hearing on August 5, as all allegations did not warrant any hearing and their evidence had no substance.
The disciplinary committee had barred her from holding party positions and appointments for the next five years after finding her guilty of contravening Article 3 Section 18(1) and (5) and Article 29 Section 248 and 249 of Zanu PF constitution.
She went further to explain that although she was removed from her post of national political commissar for Zanu PF Women’s League, she never complained.