The leadership wrangles besetting the black economic empowerment lobby, the Affirmative Action Group (AAG), took another turn on Sunday with journalist-cum-businessman Supa Mandiwanzira stepping down from the leadership of the militant group.
Four senior national executive members also resigned, throwing the economic empowerment group into disarray.
Mandiwanzira, Tafadzwa Musarara (secretary-general), Elfas Mashaba (treasurer-general), Farai Mutangamira (legal advisor) and a Mrs Masuku (second vice-president) said the decision was motivated by the desire “to stay away from petty leadership squabbles”.
They said Temba Mliswa, the AAG vice-president, was, with immediate effect, in charge of the organisation.
In a statement, the five said they would not continue serving at the highest level of the institution “that certain individuals continue to think it is a personal political pet project”.
“We have left AAG and Temba Mliswa is now the new president of the AAG with immediate effect. We wish the organisation very well and Mr Mliswa all the best in his newly-found position,” the statement said.
They said they would continue pursuing the black economic empowerment agenda from a different platform and they would be making further announcements in due course.
“Mliswa remains in the AAG executive with Davison Gomo and Chamu Chiwanza,” the statement said.
Mliswa was not immediately available for comment.
In a letter to the AAG founding members, members from four provinces said they were unhappy with the leadership of the national executive. They accused the Mandiwanzira-led executive of “not interacting with the grassroots” membership.
But, Mandiwanzira denied the accusations saying: “ I just hope that those who are desperate to take over the reins, have the genuine interest of mass empowerment and not just their individual lot.”
In April, Mandiwanzira’s executive resigned en-massé amid reports of deadly feuds between its founding president Phillip Chiyangwa and the former, but later bounced back after mending relations.