The Affirmative Action Group (AAG) founding president Phillip Chiyangwa yesterday appointed the organisation’s founding secretary-general Tendai Savanhu to investigate the allegations raised by provincial executives over the manner in which the group was being run.
Six provincial executives passed a vote of no-confidence on the Supa Mandiwanzira-led national executive over its alleged failure to adhere to the empowerment’s group founding principles.
Chiyangwa, who was asked by the provincial executives to take over control of the group, said he wanted a thorough investigation of the matter to establish the circumstances that led to the vote of no-confidence.
“The investigations will be completed in two weeks. Whatever happened, I want to know what exactly took place. I want the exact truth of what happened,” he said. The AAG’s provinces — Harare, Mashonaland West and East, and Masvingo — met on October 12 and resolved that the AAG’s National Executive Council step down immediately and requested Chiyangwa to appoint a new executive.
The latest development, however, appears a deviation from Chiyangwa’s position on Monday when he said: “Supa did a good job. We don’t want someone to stay in office in perpetuity. Somebody must come and serve the people and pass on the baton,” Chiyangwa said.
Mandiwanzira said: “I am no longer the president of AAG therefore I can no longer speak about issues at AAG. I no longer have any grounds to comment on issues to do with AGG.”
Savanhu told NewsDay yesterday he was yet to put together the investigating committee.
“We are yet to establish the committee. We are still studying the allegations that led to the vote of no-confidence passed by the provincial chairpersons. We also want to see whether or not there is need for us to appoint an investigating team,” he said. “At the moment we are still gathering information and soon, we will have a meeting with the provincial chairpersons and after that, we can come up with a team to look into the matter,” he added.