Cletus Mushanawani – News Editor
ZANU-PF in Manicaland has endorsed the sacking of national political commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere and also passed a vote of no confidence on chairman, Dr Samuel Undenge.
The ruling party first held its tension filled provincial executive committee meeting at the Manicaland Provincial Administrator’s boardroom on Friday where the house unanimously agreed that Cde Kasukuwere should be relieved of his duties. The decision was also unanimously endorsed in the drama filled provincial co-ordination committee meeting later held at Mutare Polytechnic.
All the wings of the party endorsed the resolution, with provincial war veterans chairman. Dr Undenge who had a torrid time in chairing the PCC meeting as he was at times booed especially by the militant youth league read the Manicaland resolution to have Cde Kasukuwere relieved of his duties.
“At its meeting on April 21, 2017, the Manicaland PCC passed a resolution that the political commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere must be relieved off his post because he was undermining the President Cde Robert Mugabe. He was creating parallel structures, fanning factionalism and defending who are fighting President Mugabe as well as protecting fired people like Cdes Sandi Moyo and Sarah Mahoka,” said Dr Undenge.
The meeting unanimously endorsed the resolution, but more drama was to unfold as the youths led by provincial chairman, Cde Mubuso Chinguno, said they had lost confidence in Dr Undenge for failing to reign in his wife and Women’s League’s national secretary for administration, Cde Letina Undenge.
Women’s League’s provincial vice-chairperson, Cde Betty Benge, said Cde Undenge was giving them a torrid time as she was firing and imposing people in the provincial executive.
“Cde Undenge is using her position as the national secretary for administration to cause chaos here. We are no longer doing anything as a league here in Manicaland as she is the one who is now calling and chairing meetings. As Manicaland, we are calling on our mother and leader, Dr Amai Mugabe to reign in Cde Undenge. Cde Undenge has done a lot of damage here in Manicaland,” she said.
In response, Cde Undenge denied ever firing people or imposing people into positions.
“I was not involved in the firing of people as this was done by Cde Sandi Moyo….” she said, but could not finish her speech as she was booed and ordered to sit down.
A petition was signed by all the wings and at the time of going to Press, 42 members had signed the petition.
Addressing the media, vice-chairman, Cde Joseph Mujati, said: “Our problems seem to be emanating mostly from the provincial leadership. Youths have recommended a voice of confidence in the chairman. Women have also voiced their opinion and have lost confidence in the chairman. What has happened is that the provincial executive committee then set down and came up with a petition in support of Mashonaland Central against Cde Kasukuwere. A vote of no confidence was also passed against the provincial chairman, Cde Undenge.”
The motion was also supported by the women and youth leagues.