DEFENCE minister Sydney Sekeramayi’s fate and that of other Zanu PF central committee members from Mashonaland East province will be decided today after their election was rejected at the just-ended party congress over allegations that they were working in cahoots with beleaguered Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
President Robert Mugabe ordered the review, and possible re-election, of the province’s central committee members after interjections were heard during their presentation at the just-ended Zanu PF 6th National People’s Congress.
Some accused the central committee members of being Mujuru and ousted provincial chairman Ray Kaukonde allies.
“The provincial co-ordinating committee is set to meet tomorrow (today) in Marondera to look into the central committee members issue as directed by the President,” a central committee member from the province said yesterday.
“We are not sure who will come to preside over the meeting from the central committee as currently there is no politburo.”
Across the provinces, all individuals perceived to be in Mujuru’s camp either lost the central committee elections or were barred from contesting after votes of no confidence were passed on them.
Most of them were accused of working as a cabal that wanted to oust Mugabe at the just-ended congress or assassinate him in order to install Mujuru as the President’s replacement.
However, to date, no one has been officially charged on treason or conspiracy to murder charges.
The only confirmed members of the powerful Chinese-style political bureau (politburo) to date were Mugabe and his wife Grace, who was elected Secretary for Women’s Affairs.
Mugabe was expected to appoint the other 24 politburo members after meeting the reconstituted central committee tomorrow or Thursday.
It was also expected that he would appoint his deputies and party chairman, who were the other members of the presidium.
Zanu PF at its congress amended its constitution to allow Mugabe to appoint his two deputies, national chairman, secretary for administration and the other politburo secretaries.
Political pundits believe former diplomat Phelekezela Mphoko and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa or Senate president Ednah Madzongwe could land the Vice-President posts, while Speaker of the House of Assembly Jacob Mudenda could become party chairman and outgoing Women’s Affairs secretary Oppah Muchinguri was reportedly sure to land the position of secretary for administration.