Charumbira vows to resist plot to expel him

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Magura Charumbira

CONTROVERSIAL Zanu PF Bulawayo district chairperson Magura Charumbira has vowed to resist attempts by the ruling party’s youth league to expel him over alleged unruly behaviour and violence.

By NQOBANI NDLOVU

A defiant Charumbira declared on Tuesday that he would not leave the party despite a recent resolution to expel him alongside Children of Zimbabwe War Veterans’ Association leader Munyaradzi Shoko and youth league provincial finance secretary Davis Muhambi.

Addressing vendors and Zanu PF activists at a local hotel, Charumbira said: “I am not going anywhere. I would like to tell all those who purport to have suspended me that I am not going anywhere. I am still in control of the district. I am not going to be pushed out.”

Charumbira, who openly declared his allegiance to under-fire Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste faction, hogged the limelight in August after releasing an audio recording where he attacked Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko accusing him of being sympathetic to the rival G40 faction.

In May this year, he was allegedly stabbed on the head and face during intra-party clashes at Davies Hall as the factions fought over control of the party offices.

Charumbira’s faction was also accusing the party’s provincial executive of siding with then under-fire political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

Zanu PF Bulawayo is the only province that did not pass a vote of no-confidence against Kasukuwere.

Charumbira was once arrested in 2014 for allegedly extorting money paid as rentals for a building in the city belonging to an Indian national after the police set a trap on him when he had gone to collect the money.