TOP Zanu PF officials have dismissed the recent suspension of the party’s three provincial chairpersons by national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere as a nullity, saying the move was both “illegal, secessionist and meant to prop up sinister campaigns” by the shadowy G40 faction.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
The highly-placed sources said Kasukuwere had no authority to suspend any member of the governing party.
“He has six functions in line with the party constitution and these are clearly spelt out in chapter of one article nine section 50 of the constitution. In view of the constitution, his recent move of suspending the three chairpersons can only be viewed from a G40 position,” the source who declined to be named said.
The source added Kasukuwere’s duties were only confined to co-ordinating party programmes, maintaining programme and membership registers, formulating and implementing strategy, chairing political and policy committee of central committee, organising, supervising party elections and administering party ideological schools.
“He is abusing his position to prop up G40 because it is important to note the provisions of the constitution state clearly that a member of the party at any level suspected of an offence should be liable to disciplinary action by the appropriate organ. This means if the member is at district level the matter should be acted upon at district level,” the source said.
But Kasukuwere yesterday laughed off allegations that the indefinite suspension of Ezra Chadzamira (Masvingo), Joel Biggie Matiza (Mashonaland East) and Kizito Chivamba (Midlands) on charges of indiscipline and disrespect of party leadership were illegal.
The appointment of Midlands administration secretary Tapiwa Matangaidze to take over from Chivamba has also been met with scorn.
“This shows you the G40 element in this move because we are guided by the one step up approach in the party. In the absence of the chairman, the vice-chairman takes over and in the case of Midlands province, (Daniel) Mackenzie was supposed to act,” another source said.
Midlands provincial spokesperson Conelious Mupereri said the provincial leadership had chosen to let the party process take its course.
“We stand guided by the party and we will wait for due process to take place and we are sure that the truth of the matter will be revealed in due course,” Mupereri said.