THE Zanu PF Manicaland Women’s League provincial has reportedly passed a vote-of no-confidence on provincial chairlady Happiness Nyakuedzwa accusing her of fanning factionalism and disrespecting the First Lady Grace Mugabe.
By Everson Mushava
A provincial executive member who spoke to NewsDay on condition of anonymity said Nyakuedzwa was axed over the weekend after over 25 of the executive’s 40 members signed the petition to boot her out of the party’s structures.
Part of the petition read: “Cde Nyakuendzwa is taking long, if not refusing to recognise the women’s league leader, the secretary of Women Affairs Dr Grace Mugabe thereby resorting to report to the former Women’s League secretary (Oppah Muchinguri) thereby breaching party protocol and procedures since the constitution clearly states the provincial women’s league is answerable to the national women’s league,” part of the petition read.
The members signed the petition despite efforts by Muchinguri last Friday to discourage members against signing it.
“The petition will now be forwarded to the women and main wings, which will then send forward it to the (Zanu PF national) disciplinary committee for determination,” the official said.
However, Nyakuedzwa yesterday professed ignorance over the matter.
“It is news to me. If there are issues against party members, the party has a way of dealing with them,” Nyakuedzwa said.
On allegations that she still reports to Muchinguri, Nyakuedzwa said: “It’s not true. I will not comment on that.”
Muchinguri’s mobile phone went unanswered yesterday.
“Nyakuedzwa is accused of disrespecting the First Lady. In a briefing before the Chimanimani rally, she disobeyed an order by the First Lady to sit when she wanted to defend herself on the allegations leveled against her by (Provincial Affairs minister Mandi) Chimene,” the source said.
According to the source, Grace was almost losing her temper after telling her several times to sit down and she refused “persisting in wanting to absolve herself from Chimene’s allegations.”
The petition stated that the provincial chairlady was accused of using her husband, Albert, to set parallel structures in Makoni district where she plans to contest in the 2018 general elections.
At the Rushinga rally, Nyakuedzwa was allegedly stopped by Sarah Mahoka, Mabel Chinomona and Tabeth Kanengoni from making a slogan on behalf of her province.