Zanu Pf suspends two councillors
ZANU PF Midlands province has suspended two councilors in Gweru over unspecified reasons following the suspension of four senior party members for alleged misconduct and affiliation to G40 faction.
The National Disciplinary Committee gave the directive to Midlands Provincial Committee that Trendemous Musara from Ward 13 and Tiripai Chipondeni from Ward 2 should desist from all party activities until further notice.
This decision reflects the two suspended councillors, would be reduced to ordinary card-carrying members and will not be eligible to participate in the primary elections or any other election during the time of their suspension as stipulated by party constitution.
Midlands Provincial Chairman Cde Godwill Shiri confirmed the developments that, the party provincial executive committee and the provincial coordinating council (PCC) has suspended six party members.
“We have suspended Cde Tafanana Zhou because he was found guilty of working in isolation, associating with G40 and participating in the meeting that led to the unconstitutional suspension of other party members,” he said.
“He is a second offender and, therefore, he will be suspended for three years. Tsitsi Zhou also appeared before the disciplinary committee and was also found guilty for proposing to have other party members unconstitutionally dismissed. She has been slapped with a two-year suspension. Chiratidzo Mabuwa, who was facing the same allegations has been slapped with a three-year suspension because she is a repeat offender.
“Fred Moyo also got a three-year suspension for his involvement in the G40 machinations and is also a repeat offender. Francis Nhema, who was running parallel structures in Shurugwi, has been suspended for three years. Councillors Tremendous Musara and Chiripai Chipondeni have been suspended for two years.”
In an interview with one of the suspended councilors, Chipondeni said that there has been no official communication from top party structures regarding their suspension.
“I just read it like that but it does not mean anything to me because Zanu Pf has its own channel of communication guided by the constitution. So the Herald article which you are referring to is just a rumor to me,” he said.
Cllr Chipondeni added that, since Zanu Pf is a big political party it should uphold professionalism when it comes to dealing with sensitive issues.
“I expect professionalism from a big institution like Zanu Pf which will be fulfilled by a proper channel of communication,” he added.