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Zapu youth leader suspended

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ZAPU national youth representative in the national executive council, Mqondisi Moyo, has been suspended for gross insubordination and summoned to appear before the party disciplinary committee next Monday.

Report by Khanyile Mlotshwa  Staff Reporter

Moyo, whose suspension comes hardly a month after the expulsion of Zapu Bulawayo provincial chairperson Ray Ncube, yesterday told NewsDay that he would not attend the hearing.

He described the party disciplinary committee as “a kitchen cabinet”, adding the committee had already resolved to expel him.

According to the letter of suspension, dated October 19, 2012 and signed by chairperson of the disciplinary committee Macelegwane Khabo, Moyo faces charges of gross insubordination.

“. . . For refusing to carry out lawful instructions contrary to article 8 paragraph 3.9 of the party constitution, page 18 in that following a series of damaging statements to NewsDay attributed to you, the president of the party expressly ordered you not to communicate with the Press under your name or under the guise of a source within the party, but you persisted,” the letter read in part.

In the letter, Khabo said the disciplinary hearing would be held on October 29 between 2pm and 4pm.

“I am not going to attend that hearing,” Moyo said.

“This (suspension) is a blessing in disguise because the leadership of the party doesn’t like the truth. I knew of the suspension before I received their letter, chiefly because (Zapu secretary for legal affairs Stephen) Nkiwane had vowed that he would expel me and Ncube from the party. I also heard from some other sources that they had seen the letter before it was delivered to me. The whole thing is being stage-managed. This (hearing) is just a formality. It is a kitchen cabinet hearing anyway.”

Bulawayo Zapu youth spokesperson Mbonisi Gumbo condemned the suspension and described it as “dictatorship”.

“As the youth, we don’t approve of the suspension letter and are likely to take action against the party elders. If what they (leaders) are doing is not dictatorship, then we don’t know what dictatorship is,” Gumbo said.

Early this month, Zapu expelled Ncube from its ranks, accusing him of conspiring to “create and indeed, succeeding in forming a parallel party”.

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