Legislator battles to avoid Parly recall


Kwekwe Central Constituency MP Masango “Blackman” Matambanadzo, who is increasingly looking like an outcast in Zanu PF, is fighting to save his parliamentary seat.


Matambanadzo was suspended from the ruling party for five years and is living under a cloud of uncertainty after the party’s Midlands provincial executice recommended to the politburo that he should be recalled from the august House.

The legislator last week appealed to the politburo seeking to be spared the axe.

In his appeal, Matambanadzo alleges that the disciplinary committee which handled his case was improperly constituted, had no right to preside over the matter and it fabricated evidence just to secure a judgment against him.

“The committee was improperly constituted in that it was supposed to be chaired by the vice-chairperson and not the acting chairperson (Kizito Chivamba) as provided in section 77 of the party’s constitution,” part of the appeal reads.

“The committee had no power to hear the matter as appellant is answerable to the branch in that he does not hold a position in the province.”

Chivamba is currently both acting provincial chairman and vice-chairman following the ouster of Jason Machaya from the chairman’s post on allegations of fanning factionalism and failing to convene regular party meetings.

Matambanadzo further alleges that he was not even given a chance to defend himself as the committee convened a kangaroo court and convicted him in absentia.

“Appellant’s right to a fair hearing was breached as he was denied a chance to present a defence or to be heard or notified of the hearing,” he submitted.

Matambanadzo was last year found guilty of disrespecting the Zanu PF leadership after he allegedly beat up the party’s provincial secretary for security Owen Ncube, although he has denied the charges.