Zanu PF Harare provincial chair battle hots up

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Former CMED board chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa

HARARE South MP Shadreck Mashayamombe is set to lock horns with Mt Pleasant MP Jason Passade for the post of Zanu PF Harare provincial chairmanship in the party’s ongoing restructuring exercise expected to be completed by Friday.

by Everson Mushava

Mashayamombe is currently the Zanu PF Harare province political commissar, while Passade is the deputy secretary for indigenisation.

Charles Tawengwa is the acting provincial chairperson after Godwills Masimirembwa was booted out in June by his provincial executive on allegations that he was fanning factionalism.

Masimirembwa was also accused of disrespecting the party’s top leadership after he reportedly misled Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko that Mavis Gumbo would represent the party in the Harare East by-elections when, in fact, Terence Mukupe had won.

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Masimirembwa had sprung to the Harare province top post after the sacking of the late Amos Midzi, who was accused of conniving with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru to oust President Robert Mugabe.

Mashayamombe yesterday said he would contest for the post as soon as the party opened up the floor and was optimistic of victory.

“I am confident of winning,” he said.

Passade also said he was waiting for a directive from the party and would contest as soon as the green light was given by the politburo.

“I was in the race before I lost to Midzi. I got 3 500 votes while Midzi polled 5 000 votes. The people who voted for me are still there and I am sure I will win. I am tried and tested. Mashayamombe is only 31 years old, he still belongs to the youth,” Passade said.

Passade lost to Midzi in 2013 in tightly-contested polls that were marred by factional accusations.

Midzi reportedly belonged to the Mujuru faction that swept eight provinces out of 10.

“We have to follow instructions from the leadership. I will campaign as soon as the post is declared open for contestation,” Passade said.

Other members reportedly eyeing provincial executive positions are Highfield West MP Psychology Maziwisa and Harare East MP Terence Mukupe.

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