Zanu PF drags Mutsvangwa, wife for disciplinary hearing

War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and his wife Monica were on Wednesday hauled before a Zanu PF disciplinary hearing facing a plethora of allegations ranging from fanning factionalism and disrespecting the First Family, among other charges.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

The hearing was conducted at Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko’s Zanu PF headquarters offices.

Mutsvangwa yesterday confirmed that he appeared before the party’s disciplinary committee chaired by Mphoko in the company of a lawyer he refused to name.

CHRISTOPHER MUTSVANGWA War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa

“They wanted to charge me with treachery, saying I made comments that are rebellious to the party leadership,” he said.

“But after explaining to the committee and interrogating some of the members of the committee especially Cde (Saviour) Kasukuwere whom I told that what was alleged to have been said by me, was a response to his statement and I never attacked the First Family at all.”

Mutsvangwa added: “After consideration of what I said, it was agreed that I had no case to answer and the committee agreed that charges be dropped. It is only (Patrick) Chinamasa who tried to push that matter, but he lost it on a vote. This is because Kasukuwere denied ever saying what was alleged to have been said by him, that which I was responding to. So it was difficult to carry on with a hearing under such circumstances.”

The War Veterans minister said he went with a lawyer given the charges that were being levelled against him.

“When we enquired who the complainant in the matter was, we were told that it was based on a newspaper article which has no basis, the charges could not stand the test,” he said.

According to the charge sheet gleaned by NewsDay, Mutsvangwa was accused of coveting the commissariat post, yet there was no vacancy for it, in contravention of a November 25 Zanu PF politburo convention. On the accusations of bringing disrepute to the First Family, Mutsvangwa is accused of telling Kasukuwere not to conflate the institution of marriage with the State.

“What is self-evident is that Mutsvangwa’s utterances deliberately and mischievously intended to insult the First Family, with the consequence of undermining the authority of the President and bringing the party into disrepute. This is gross indiscipline,” the charge sheet read. “We find Cde Chris Mutsvangwa’s statements about conflating the institution of marriage with that of the State to be exactly the same in their meaning and import as the outrageous ‘bedroom coup’ remarks that got Jabulani Sibanda expelled from the party.

“Cde Chris Mutsvangwa’s shockingly and widely publicised statements should, therefore, attract the same judicial review in terms of the party constitution and he must suffer the same consequences as did Jabulani Sibanda.”

The disciplinary committee recommended that Mustvangwa be found guilty of gross misconduct and disloyalty or treachery.

To appear next was Mutsvangwa’s wife Monica, who was suspended from being the women’s league spokesperson after she was accused of insubordination when she openly threw her weight behind under-fire allies of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa in Manicaland — apparently against First Lady Grace Mugabe’s wishes.

She was booted out together with the league’s secretary for administration, Esphenah Nhari, also on charges of undermining the First Family.

According to insiders, Monica’s hearing could not kick off as she had not been furnished with charges, hence they postponed the matter. But it was not the same for Nhari who, according to insiders, faces a five-year suspension as she was found guilty of undermining the First Family.

The Zanu PF disciplinary committee comprises of Mphoko (chair), Pupurai Togarepi (youth), Grace Mugabe (women), Kasukuwere (commissariat) and Chinamasa (legal).
Kasukuwere refused to comment on the matter while Chinamasa’s phone was unavailable.

13 Responses to Zanu PF drags Mutsvangwa, wife for disciplinary hearing

  1. Tendai Chaminuka February 19, 2016 at 8:38 am #

    Nezuro chaiye makapembera matora chigaro chaJabu nokuti anga ati Power is not sexually transmitted.Ko nhasi bongozozo renyu riri kubva papi.Jabu deserves a doctorate.The problem with us Zimbos is that we are not principled.We are so obsessed with power that we sometimes fail to support what is right.

  2. vivian v siziba February 19, 2016 at 9:56 am #

    Tendai is correct.The other thing Zimbos attach more importance to individual whims than the institutional needs.Won’t get anywhere with this type of senseless and undemocratic behaviour.

  3. Keith bodwell February 19, 2016 at 10:30 am #

    Zvobayana, chakadyiwa chopfuka

  4. emmerson matongo February 19, 2016 at 10:44 am #

    The composition of the disciplinary committee should be revisited as ,the first lady ,VP Mphoko , Tyson are also in a faction.

    • TITUS February 19, 2016 at 1:22 pm #

      Matongo unovona zviri pachena. Sei ivo vasingazvivoni. zvinoda kurabwa izvi. Kana mumusha medu, kana maMatongo hamuna zvakadaro

  5. itai tione February 19, 2016 at 10:56 am #

    its funny when one looks at the chairing committee. Grace of all the people, the victim cannot be the judge please hakuna zvakadaro. anozotonga kutii manje

  6. major February 19, 2016 at 12:12 pm #

    that which used to be Garmatox is now “Team lacoste”

  7. Eugene Matikiti February 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm #

    I thought Chinamasa was not involved in such things. Someone praised him for having statyed away from factions. But it seems he was keen for Mutsvangwa to be in trouble.

  8. nola February 19, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    maone

  9. Ron February 19, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    Serves him right!! What goes around comes around.

  10. Chaluvha February 19, 2016 at 4:05 pm #

    Cry my beloved party . Indiscipline is becoming the order of the day . Chaos is reigning everywhere and anyone can say whatever , to whoever at any place . This was unheard of in the ZANU PF that we know . This is not the party that l joined in 1989 from the village at a tender age of 15 years . The ZANU PF l know was full of respect for vakuru . The ZANU PF l know was full of love and respect for one another . If if people would differ in opinion , l remember they would agree to disagree in closet . I remember during Primary Elections in 1990 , Cde Munangatire and Cde Swithan Mombeshora (all late now ) had differences on the composition of some Party organs ( Cell and branches) at Trelawney who were to vote in the primaries . For 3 hours two camps were in heated debate and making counter accusations against each other on the authenticity of each camp . When the presiding officer came , the late Cde John Nkomo and as soon as he disembarked from his car everyone present kept quiet . We would hear people saying , “ngatinyarareyi Shefu vauya ” , ”teererayi Sheffu ” and in no time where there was disharmony we ended up hugging and joking. Order would prevail . Looking at whats happening now , its a shame to us all ZANU PF supporters . What is it imi vakuru vemusangano . Marasa gwara ratakadzidziswa . This not the party that l know . Cde John Nkomo the peace maker could be turning in his grave when he sees such animosity prevailing in our party . Lets go to the basics !!!

  11. Biggie Taapatsi February 19, 2016 at 5:30 pm #

    As noted by Emmerson matongo, Titus and Itai Tione, I think Zanu-PF needs to reconstitute the NDC because the current one cannot be neutral, by an stretch of imagination

  12. chief nemangwe February 19, 2016 at 8:46 pm #

    dog eat dog

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