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Zanu PF gags officials

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Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, who is on a whirlwind tour of the country to pacify party members following the scrapping of district co-ordinating committees (DCCs), yesterday declined to answer questions pertaining to the matter while addressing senior party officials in Lupane. He said their concerns could only be addressed by the central committee.

Mutasa described his meeting as a straitjacket and ordered party members who included members of the disbanded DCCs that he would not entertain any questions related to the issue.

We were in the Midlands (on Monday) and people were asking questions that were supposed to be answered by the central committee, he said.

The provincial leadership from now on should do the work of the DCCs. You should go to the cells and branches and start building the party.

Zanu PF sources said the embargo had left them with several unanswered questions as Mutasa and his entourage, which included national commissar Webster Shamu, war veterans
chairman Jabulani Sibanda and party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, refused to take questions from the floor. Matabeleland North Zanu PF provincial spokesperson Jonathan Mathuthu later told journalists they would abide by their party superiors decision.

If the leadership has decided that the DCCs go, then it is our responsibility to follow orders, he said.

Sources said Mutasa had been subjected to a barrage of questions from Midlands DCC members who questioned the motive behind the decision. The sources said most of the questions came from DCC members aligned to Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwas camp.

Mangangagwa yesterday said he did not attend the alleged stormy meeting held in Gweru on Monday because he was out of the country.

The disbanded DCC structures had reportedly given Mnangagwa an upper hand against his rival Vice-President Joice Mujuru in the race to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

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