There were wild celebrations in Kadoma and
Chegutu on Monday night as the word spread around that the controversial Mashonaland West Provincial Affairs minister, Webster Shamu has been fired.
Zanu PF supporters took to the streets chanting revolutionary songs in support of the decision, alleging that Shamu was fueling divisions and in fighting within the party.
In Kadoma about 50 party supporters were seen moving around the city hooting their cars, while in Chegutu a local parliamentary candidate was spotted buying beer to supporters in celebration of the sacking of Shamu.
Kadoma News interviewed several people in the province , where it discovered that there were mixed feelings over the sacking of Cde Shamu.
“We are happy and content over Mnangagwa’s decision to sack Cde Shamu. He was a man that had no heart for the people. He was a selfish and cruel man who deserved nothing but the guillotine. He destroyed people lives and many families. He is known for taking people’s land and giving it back to the whites,” said Mr Anthony Chigoriwa of Chegutu.
Kadoma resident, Tafadwa Njere expressed Cde Shamu as a bootlicker and undependable leader in the Mashonaland west province.
“We never wanted the President to appoint that man, since he was never a leader. Everyone knows that he was nothing but a bootlicker and CIO supporter. He funded and supported their operations in harassing the public. The only thing he did in this province was to close down the Total service station after a senior CIO boss died an accident. We all knew that the President’s office had a hand in the matter and nothing was done about it. He must go,” he said.
A Zanu-PF supporter, Catherine Chigato said Cde Shamu helped people in the community and demanded respect to be re-appointed to his post.
However, MDC-T Mashonaland West Provincial spokesperson, Blessing Mandava told the media that, MDC was ready to engage dialogue with President Mnangagwa in the removal of Cde Shamu.
“We were ready to engage with President Mnangagwa over the removal of Cde Shamu since he was sowing seeds of division and violence in the province. We are happy he had to fire him before this got out of hand. His appointment was never based on merit but loyalty which is not a surprise to this nation. He was never welcome in this province even before the new political dispensation,” he said.
It is alleged that Cde Shamu abused his powers to arrest political opponents such as Vengai Musengi.
The Principal director in the Information, Media and Broadcasting Services ministry, Regis Chikowore, confirmed that Minister Shamu has been fired with immediate effect.
Chikowore said President Emmerson Mnangagwa had exercised his powers in terms of Section 108 (1)(a) as read with Section 340(1)(f) of the Constitution.
Last month emotions ran high during the Zanu-PF Mashonaland West Provincial Coordinating Committee (PCC) meeting in Chinhoyi, with Cde Shamu being accused of attempts to destabilise the party.
Cde Shamu did not attend the volatile meeting, where members sought explanations on how the Commissariat Department confirmed some individuals deemed ineligible to participate in the intra-party in the just ended primary elections.
He is also accused of allegedly interfering with electoral processes during Zanu PF’s just-ended primary elections at Chegutu East constituency where he was battling it out with Julius Murombedzi and Vengai Musengi who were one of them was tipped to win to represent the party in this forthcoming harmonised elections.
However, Cde Musengi filed a complaint alleging that a vehicle belonging to Cde Webster Shamu was found in possession of ballot papers marked in his favour at Uhuru-Nakazi Polling Station.
Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi said if the allegations were true, Cde Shamu could be disqualified.
“No one has been disqualified as per rumours. However, if the ballot boxes were found in a candidate’s car, that person stands to be disqualified,” he said.
However, Webster Shamu was reportedly said to destabilising party structures through vote-buying as his aides were distributing food stuffs and $20 at the polling stations.
It is alleged that, Cde Shamu also threatened voters at gunpoint in some centres, including Chanakira polling station.
Cde Musengi further alleged that Chegutu East has 28 750 people in Zanu-PF structures, yet only 6 384 voted.