Edward Chindori-Chininga, MP for Guruve South, expelled from Copac amid accusations he leaked documents to the MDC-T, has declared Zanu PF is not owned by a single individual but by the people.
He made the comments on his Facebook page yesterday while reacting to statements by Didymus Mutasa, the Zanu PF secretary for administration, who told the national broadcaster the expulsion of Chindori-Chininga from Copac should serve as a lesson to all party members that “indiscipline” would not be tolerated in the party.
A seemingly angry Chindori-Chininga said: “Zanu PF is not owned by an individual. I am a member and shareholder in it with people behind me. Those people from Guruve and Mashonaland Central who are shareholders and members of Zanu PF are the ones who put me in the national low ranks of Zanu PF.
“These are the people who put me in Parliament for the past 15 years. It is them who will decide to retain me or drop me depending on my performance on the elected job they gave me to do.”
He urged young Zimbabweans to “build and strengthen the party, Zanu PF, give it a new-generation vision and focus, strengthen its governance structures and take over the leadership role with the intent to provide governance that will encourage investment, national infrastructure development, agricultural financial support and empowerment, mining, tourism development and support of all social services”.
He challenged his expulsion from Copac saying it was illegal because due process was not followed and was in total disregard for parliamentary procedures and the Zanu PF constitution.
He said he was being treated unfairly and that Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa was “persecuting me in public on national television for something I did not do”.
He was expelled after he had engaged in a heated debate which almost degenerated into a fistfight with Copac co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana (Zanu PF). Mangwana is believed to have suspected Chindori-Chininga of leaking the document to MDC-T, resulting in serious conflict between the two.
But Chindori-Chininga denied the accusations: “Now that the truth is coming out, who is going to go on national television to tell the nation that Honourable Chindori-Chininga is not a sell –out? I did not leak a Zanu PF document to the MDC-T nor to MDC.”
Chindori-Chininga has since written to Mutasa protesting against his expulsion, but the latter was quoted on ZTV saying the meeting he held with the dismissed official was final.
Chindori-Chininga was a member of Zanu PF’s select committee and chair of the stakeholders committee.