Ex-Zanu PF youth leader challenges expulsion


FORMER Zanu PF Midlands youth chairman, Edmore Samambwa has challenged his expulsion from the governing party, arguing it was unconstitutional.


Samambwa, in his appeal against the Zanu PF politburo decision to expel him, said he was not told of the charges he was facing.

“The procedures of the party on disciplinary issues are clear, I should have been afforded a chance to defend myself before an organ that I am part of, in this case I should have appeared before the Midlands provincial disciplinary committee, as set out in the party constitution to answer to the charges that allegedly led to my dismissal,” he said in a letter addressed to the party’s central committee.

Samambwa said he was surprised and shocked to learn from a ZBC news bulletin that he had been expelled from Zanu PF.

“The only charges I am aware of are those that were levelled against me by (acting provincial chairman), Tapiwa Matangaidze, provincial commissar Makhosini Hlongwane and executive member, Anastancia Ndlovu, which I was cleared of by the disciplinary committee,” he said.

Samambwa, believed to be a close ally of embattled Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, played a key role in the ouster of former Vice-President Joice Mujuru from Zanu PF in 2014.

Zanu PF Midlands provincial spokesperson Cornelius Mupereri yesterday confirmed Samambwa had appealed to the central committee.

“We are aware that he has lodged an appeal with the central committee, although I cannot discuss the merits of the appeal with the Press,” he said.

But, Zanu PF national spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo said he was not aware of the former youth leader’s appeal.

“Until appeals are brought to the politburo, I would not know if anyone has appealed and at the moment nothing has been brought to us by the (party’s) national disciplinary committee,” he said.


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