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Mahoka, Moyo expelled: Zanu-PF Women’s League takes aim at Kasukuwere

First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe at the Women’s League meeting in Harare yesterday

First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe at the Women’s League meeting in Harare yesterday

Tendai Mugabe, Harare Bureau
THE Zanu-PF Women’s League yesterday resolved at its national executive meeting to expel its two senior members Cdes Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo (deputy secretary) and Sarah Mahoka (secretary for finance).

The two are accused of undermining the First Lady, who is secretary for Women’s Affairs, corruption, insubordination and fanning factionalism with Cde Mahoka facing further charges of denigrating Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Presidential spokesman Mr George Charamba.

Sources who attended the meeting said the duo’s case will be referred to the disciplinary committee of the party and if confirmed, will then be ratified by the Politburo, according to party procedure, rules and regulations.

The sources said the Women’s League national executive meeting at the party’s headquarters also recommended that national commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere be put to his defence on a number of charges, among them trying to block last week’s nationwide demonstrations against Cdes Moyo and Mahoka.

Cde Kasukuwere then accused another party cadre Cde Jimayi Muduvuri of leaking information to our Harare Bureau to the effect that he was against the Women’s League programmes.

The Women’s League, one of the party’s three arms, yesterday called Cde Kasukuwere to order, saying he was not a member of the wing.

“The Women’s League resolved that Cdes Moyo and Mahoka should be expelled,” said the source. “That has to be endorsed by the Politburo, but a position has already been taken.

“Also on notice is Cde Kasukuwere whom the wing felt is fanning factionalism and is also accused of attempting to stop our demonstrations last week.”

Zanu-PF secretary for Women’s Affairs and First Lady Dr Grace Mugabe, told the wing’s members at the beginning of the meeting that they wanted to investigate all charges being levelled against Cdes Moyo and Mahoka, after which they would make recommendations to the Politburo.

“We are to analyse what has been happening this past week up to the weekend,” Dr Mugabe said. “It is about the Women’s League deputy Cde Sandi Moyo  and finance secretary Sarah Mahoka.

“So we are still looking to see if the charges against them are true or not. So that is why we are meeting here today.

“But we as the Women’s League executive can’t make a decision on whether what happened is true or not, but we will write down what we think will please the majority. After this we will then send our report to the Politburo as per procedure.

“We follow procedure so that we show them what the women from all the provinces agreed on. Women came in their numbers to show that they are not happy with the way the top 10 in the Women’s League national executive are working.

“So we are here to see if what was written is true and whether are we agreeing with it.

“We then write the points and then we send to our leaders and tell them that this is what the women have said and they are not happy about it. So the decision will be taken from there. There is disciplinary committee that will then decide.”

Before the wing’s secretary for information and publicity Cde Thokozile Mathuthu gave her Press statement after the meeting, journalists were allowed to enter the conference room.

Some of the Women’s League members were shouting and clapping their hands saying: “These (Cde Sandi Moyo and Cde Mahoka) we fired them, we now  want (Cde) Kasukuwere.”

Another member shouted: “Don’t say that, there are media people here”, to which another voice shouted from the floor: “But is it a lie?”

In her statement on the outcome of the meeting, Cde Mathuthu said: “Last week members of the Zanu-PF Women’s League staged a nationwide demonstration against Cde Eunice Sandi Moyo, deputy secretary for Women’s Affairs and Cde Sarah Mahoka, secretary for finance, over various allegations of impropriety and conduct unbecoming of persons in such high profile positions.

“On Monday 27 March, 2017, the wing’s top leadership referred to as the Top 10 met to deliberate on these demonstrations against the pair. The provincial chairpersons submitted petitions from their respective areas highlighting grievances they were raising against Cdes Sandi Moyo and Mahoka.

“Today, Tuesday 28 March, 2017, the Women’s League national executive also met here at Harare party headquarters as a follow up to the Monday meeting by the top 10.

“Again, chairpersons of the Women’s League presented petitions from their respective provinces against the two executive members, which were discussed at length.

“Following those deliberations, it suffices at this stage to say that due processes regarding the resolution of disciplinary cases of this nature will be followed through according to the rules and guidelines of our revolutionary party.

“The nation will be advised about the fate of the two Cdes in the fullness of time. The nation will be appraised of the outcome after we conclude the requirements of our Zanu-PF party constitution. No action has been taken against them yet, as we are still to conclude the requirements of our Zanu-PF constitution.”

Asked on claims by Cde Kasukuwere that the Women’s League was hijacked, Cde Mathuthu said: “I am sorry Cde Kasukuwere is not part of the national executive of the Women’s League.”

Speeding kombi kills Grade 5 pupil at zebra crossing

Natasha tshuma

Natasha tshuma

Nqobile Tshili/Eliah Saushoma, Chronicle Reporters
A GRADE Five pupil died on the spot while a man was critically injured after they were hit by a speeding commuter omnibus  while crossing a road in Bulawayo yesterday.

The speeding kombi hit Natasha Tshuma, a pupil at Gampu Primary School and Mr Bongani Sibanda — a conductor with a kombi from which the pupil had just disembarked from — at a zebra crossing at  the Rio turn-off in Matshobana suburb.

Mr Sibanda, who was helping Natasha to cross the road, was rushed to Mpilo Central Hospital with serious injuries.

The accident occurred at about 7AM while Natasha was on her way to school from Pelandaba suburb.

Natasha’s grandfather Mr Ephraim Sibanda said he was devastated by his granddaughter’s “painful death.”

“The devil came in the morning. My granddaughter was taken in a painful way,” said Mr Sibanda.

He said Natasha started commuting to school on Monday as she usually stayed with him in Matshobana suburb, about 150 metres from her school.

“Her mother was staying in South Africa and when she came over the weekend, she requested that Natasha visits her and we allowed the visit. So yesterday (Monday) she came to school from Pelandaba suburb,” he said.

Mr Sibanda said they thought it was good for the child to stay with her mother.

“Today (yesterday) was supposed to be her second day but tragedy struck as she was hit by a car while trying to cross the road being assisted by a conductor. She died on the spot,” he said.

Mr Sibanda said one of his daughters saw Natasha’s body lying on the road while on her way to school and she rushed home to inform the family
He said his wife collapsed when she heard her granddaughter had died in a car accident.

“When I got there, scores of people were already gathered. Her body was covered with a blanket. My granddaughter was gone,” said Mr Sibanda.

Mr Enock Bako, the driver of the kombi from which Natasha disembarked, said: “I had asked Bongani to accompany the child at the zebra crossing when the two were hit on the inner lane. The kombi was speeding and it suddenly hit Bongani on the arm and ribs while the child was dragged for about five metres towards where I had parked my kombi.”

When a Chronicle news crew arrived at the scene, a sombre atmosphere had engulfed the area with teachers and some residents bursting into tears as police took away Natasha’s body.

Acting Bulawayo Provincial Education Director Mrs Ollicah Fikelephi Kaira said the Ministry was mourning with the family as it was difficult to lose a child.

Bulawayo police spokesperson Inspector Precious Simango said the speeding driver has been arrested and would appear in court soon.

She appealed to drivers to exercise caution on the roads.


JUST IN: Grade Five pupil dies after being hit by car, conductor critically injured

road death

Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Correspondent

A Grade Five pupil died on the spot while a conductor was critically injured after they were hit by a car while crossing a road in Bulawayo Tuesday morning.

The Gampu Primary School pupil was hit by the vehicle while being assisted to cross a road by a conductor of a kombi she had just disembarked from.

More details to follow

Bumper harvest to spur Agric sector growth

Dr Made

Dr Made

Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter—
The agricultural sector is expected to grow by 12 percent this year buoyed by a bumper harvest expected this season, with early projections showing the country could produce over 2,8 million tonnes of cereals and other food crops. This was said by the Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development, Dr Joseph Made while addressing students attending the Joint Command and Staff Course Number 30 at the Staff College in Harare yesterday.

“Cereal production is expected to surpass 2,5 million tonnes and agriculture is projected to grow by 12 percent in 2017 being spurred by mostly tobacco, cotton, sugarcane, cereals, dairy and beef,” said Minister Made.

“Other food crops (groundnuts, sunflower, sugar beans, round nuts, soya beans, sweet potatoes, cowpeas and rice) are expected to surpass 350 000 tonnes,” he said.

He said as a result of the Command Agriculture initiative, total area under maize had increased by 52 percent from 1 161 997 hectares in 2015/2016 to 1 770 389 in 2016/2017.

Dr Made said $137 million had been mobilised for the purchase of grain by the Grain Marketing Board.

“To date $137 million has been raised out of which $34 million has already been deposited into the GMB Strategic Grain Reserve account with the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. The Agricultural Marketing Authority is also mobilising $85 million towards grain payment,” Dr Made said.

He said Government was looking at expanding the Command Agriculture initiative to cover livestock and other crops like wheat, soya beans, cotton, beef and dairy.

“Government should immediately establish a Command Agriculture Revolving Fund. In case the private sector decides to invest elsewhere in future, we do not want the programme to remain exposed without support,” he said.

Dr Made added that Government would also establish a National Mechanisation and Irrigation Development Authority to spearhead mechanisation and irrigation development.

“The National Mechanisation and Irrigation Authority would be charged with both short and medium term strategy that includes development of the current irrigation potential of 500 000ha, and under mechanisation, purchase 50 000 tractors, combine harvesters and others requirements for both livestock and cropping projects,” he said.

Dr Made also said specific agricultural and agro-processing zones would be established for value addition of produce.

Government introduced Command Agriculture this farming season which saw the State assisting farmers with inputs like seed, fertiliser and fuel.

The farmers were given a five tonne per hectare target.

The Presidential Inputs Support Scheme saw more farmers getting resources in a development expected to significantly boost production.

6 dead after plane crash

Part of the plane wreckage

Part of the plane wreckage

From Cletus Mushanawani in Vumba
Six people, four of them directors of Beira-headquartered Green Motor Services (GMS) who included a Zimbabwean, were killed in a plane crash in Vumba yesterday morning.

The eight-seater plane crashed in the Vumba Mountains around 8AM on the Zimbabwean side, while it was headed for Mutare where the deceased were due for a board meeting of the goods clearing firm.

Witnesses attributed the crash to bad weather, as it was misty in the area by the time of the accident.

The four GMS directors, Adelino DeJesus Mesquita (managing director), Isaac Noor (finance director), Antonio Jeorge Ucucho (legal advisor) and a Zimbabwean, Banele Sibanda (finance and accounts manager), together with crew members, Captain Rui Fonseca Tereira Dos Santos, who was being assisted by his son, Adelino De-Lopus Dos Santos, were aboard the Mozambican registered Air Transport Company plane, Islander BN-2A-300, Registration Number C9-AOV, when it went down.

Police chief national spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba, referred our Harare Bureau to Air Force of Zimbabwe for a comment yesterday night.

Efforts to get a comment from the Air Force of Zimbabwe proved fruitless at the time of going to Press.

GMS Mutare Dry Port general manager, Mr Lawrence Takawira, who also attended the crash scene in Vumba, said the four were due to attend a board meeting at the Mutare-based company.

GMS runs the Mutare Dry Port, which is involved in the clearing of goods from the Port of Beira in Mozambique.

“We were waiting for the four at Mutare Aerodrome from about 8am together with officials from Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and the Department of Immigration,” said Mr Takawira. “When the plane delayed in arriving, we phoned our Beira office and we were told by the managing director’s secretary that the four had delayed in leaving Beira because of the bad weather.

“We were advised that they would arrive at around 9am, but up to 11am they had not arrived. Someone phoned to inform us that there was a plane crash in the Vumba Mountains.

“After verification, we discovered that it was the plane carrying our senior executives. We rushed to the scene and it was confirmed that they were the people aboard that plane. Their death is a sad loss to both Zimbabwe and Mozambique.”

When our Mutare Bureau arrived at the scene around 1pm, the wreckage of the plane and human body parts were strewn all over the place near the summit of the nearly 1 911 metres high mountain where the plane crashed.

Scores of people from both Mozambique and Zimbabwe had scaled up the mountain to catch a glimpse of the wreckage.

The six bodies were later placed in body bags thrown to the scene by an Air Force of Zimbabwe helicopter, which had a torrid time airlifting the bodies.

The bodies were eventually airlifted after several attempts and were said to have been transported to Mutare Provincial Hospital for postmortem.

Moyo, Mahoka ouster approved

Cde Eunice Moyo

Cde Eunice Moyo

Lloyd Gumbo, Harare Bureau
The Zanu-PF Women’s League top leaders reportedly endorsed the ouster of senior members Cdes Eunice Sandi-Moyo and Sarah Mahoka yesterday, with the national executive meeting of the organ expected to confirm the decision today.

The wing’s top 10 met in Harare yesterday, but Cdes Sandi-Moyo (Deputy Secretary for Women’s Affairs) and Mahoka (Secretary for Finance) did not attend the meeting.

There were indications that secretary for External Relations in the Women’s League, Cde Tabeth Kanengoni-Malinga was also absent.

While efforts to get comment from Women’s League secretary for information and publicity, Cde Thokozile Mathuthu were fruitless, it is understood that the leadership did not object to the calls by lower structures of the organ for the duo to be removed.

It was also not clear if the duo would be suspended or expelled from Zanu-PF.

Last week saw Women’s League members from the grassroots staging demonstrations against Cdes Sandi-Moyo and Mahoka in all the country’s 10 provinces over a litany of allegations, principally undermining the chairperson of the wing and First Lady, Dr Grace Mugabe.

Sources said the top leadership yesterday deliberated on the demonstrations and accepted the concerns raised by party women.

“But it was agreed that the final decision would be made by the national executive when it meets in Harare tomorrow (today),” said a source. “The (Women’s League) national executive is the one that must come up with the final say when it comes to disciplinary issues concerning the league.”

The Women’s League national executive is made up of top 40 members of the wing, with 20 heads and 20 deputies.

It is understood that Women’s League provincial chairpersons were likely to present petitions from their respective provinces soon to the national executive.

During last Wednesday’s demonstrations, the organ’s lower structures presented petitions to the Women’s League provincial chairpersons for onward submission to the organ’s national executive.

The provincial chairpersons and members of the Youth League also joined members of the Women’s League and their provincial chairpersons in Bulawayo on Friday and reaffirmed calls for the duo’s ouster.

Charges against Cdes Moyo and Mahoka are that they were working against Dr Mugabe and President Mugabe. Cde Mahoka also stands accused of denigrating Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba early last year.

Apart from undermining the First Lady’s authority, Cdes Mahoka and Moyo stand accused of embezzling funds sourced from local prophets, business people and corporates using Dr Mugabe’s name without her knowledge.

Some of the placards were inscribed: “Sandi and Mahoka handlers bhasopo!”, “Stealing Sisters bring back the money”, “Musangano hauputswe nenhiyo dzeGamatox”, “Sandi, the mother of tribalism”, “No to Sandi and Sarah parallel structures” and “We will cleanse the party of all Sandists.”

Cde Moyo has already said she was not moved by the protests, but conceded that if the wing wanted her out, it was free to do so. She claimed the demonstration were being sponsored by people who wanted to create a wedge between her and the First Family.

Asked why she did not attend yesterday’s meeting, Cde Sandi Moyo said: “Am I reporting to you now? No, I don’t report to you! I don’t talk to you about these things.”

Cde Mahoka was not answering her phone yesterday.

Plane crashes and kills six including four company directors

Part of the plane wreckage

Part of the plane wreckage

Six people among them four Green Motors Services (GMS) directors died in a plane crash at Vumba Mountain this morning.

The four directors were on their way from Beira to attend a board meeting in Mutare.

Investigations to establish the cause of the accident are underway but preliminary investigations attribute the crash to bad weather.

The wreckage of the eight seater plane and body parts of the victims were strewn all over the place near the mountain peak.

5 Bosso fans die in crash. . . Driver loses control at ‘Danger’, rams into tree

bosso fans crash2

Whinsley Masara, Chronicle reporter
FIVE people, two of them police officers, believed to be Highlanders’ Football Club supporters, died while five others were critically injured in an accident along the Bulawayo-Gwanda Road on Saturday night.

The accident occurred at around 8PM at the 20km peg, just before the meandering escarpment popularly referred to as “Danger” when the driver of a Toyota Gaia they were travelling in lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a tree.

The nine passengers and driver were coming from Barbourfields Stadium where Highlanders had taken on Caps United in the final of the ZNA Commander Charities’ Shield.

Bosso lost the match 2-3 after a penalty shootout following a 0-0 stalemate in regulation time.

The injured victims are admitted to United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH).

National police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Paul Nyathi confirmed the accident.

“I can confirm the death of five people who were involved in a car accident at the 20km peg along Bulawayo-Gwanda Road near the danger point. The driver lost control of the car and it veered off the road before it hit a tree. Two people died on the spot while two others died upon admission to hospital. The other one who was in the intensive care unit died today (yesterday),” said Nyathi.

He said they were travelling in a black Toyota Gaia and there were 10 people on board.

Chief Supt Nyathi appealed to motorists to be cautious.

A source said the crew was coming from a soccer match at Barbourfields Stadium.

“They were travelling in a black Toyota Gaia driven by Constable Nation Mpofu (33), who sustained bruises all over the body and is said to be in a stable condition,” he said.

He said the vehicle belongs to one Edmore Chinungwa (43) of Spitzkop North in Gwanda.

Two of the deceased persons are yet to be identified.

“Those identified are Const Edmore Mupinga (27)  stationed at ZRP Gwanda camps, Sgt Carl Mhaka (33) stationed at Gwanda Rural and Kholwani Ncube (27), a civilian.

In September last year, six Bosso supporters died while two others were seriously injured when a pick-up truck they were travelling in veered off the road and hit a tree along Falcon Road in Esigodini.


$14.5 million availed for storm damaged road repairs

Minister Joram Gumbo

Minister Joram Gumbo

Munyaradzi Musiiwa, Midlands Correspondent
THE Government has released $14.5 million for the repair of infrastructure like roads and clinics damaged by tropical storm Dineo induced rains.

In an interview after touring Mberengwa, Transport and Infrastructure Development Deputy Minister Engineer Michael Madanha said the Government had come up with an action plan for the repair of damaged infrastructure.

The plan would be implemented in three phases.

Under the first phase, the Government is targeting rehabilitating damaged roads, bridges and other infrastructure and treasury has availed $14.5 million.

Eng Madanha said the repairing of roads, clinics and bridges would be completed by end of April.

“As the Government we’ve come up with an action plan for infrastructural rehabilitation which has got three phases. We’ve the first phase which we call the emergence phase where we’re going to repair roads, clinics and bridges destroyed by heavy rains.

“This also involves road sealing, filling of potholes and reconstruction of washed away bridge approaches. $14.5 million has been availed by the Government for this phase. We’re looking forward to completing the rehabilitation in April. Of this amount, Midlands Province, which is among the provinces that were most affected, was allocated $2.5 million,” he said.

Eng Madanha said his ministry together with Ministries of Finance and Local Government, Public Works and National Housing were mobilising resources for the rehabilitation of infrastructure in general which will precede the emergence phase.  He said the country required  more than $100 million for the rehabilitation of infrastructure.

“The second phase will include protective work where we will be protecting the roads and the bridges from future damage. The last phase will involve the complete road rehabilitation. We’ve a committee made up of, the Ministries of Finance and Local Government, Public Works and National Housing, which was set up to mobilise resources and our target is $100 million,” said Eng Madanha.

Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Dr Joram Gumbo, recently said his ministry had set up a committee, which is working on sourcing funds to repair all roads which are in a bad state.

“We’re now getting some money which is being mobilised through UNDP and other agencies; and through the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, working together with the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC),” said Dr Gumbo. “We’ve given ourselves a timetable to say there are some areas that need urgent attention, like washed away bridges and some roads which are not passable. We need to work on those roads within 30 days and others within 130 and 180 days and at most to have completed those roads within six months.”

He said the situation was worse in rural areas.

“We are addressing that situation right now and the damage caused by tropical storm Dineo will be a blessing in disguise for places like Binga. Ordinarily, we would not have been able to get funds to quickly move, assist or rehabilitate those roads,” he said

Moyo, mahoka ouster louder: Zanu-PF 10 provinces bosses descend on Byo

Minister Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo

Minister Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo

Nduduzo Tshuma, Political Editor
ZANU-PF women’s league chairpersons from the country’s 10 provinces converged in Bulawayo yesterday to reaffirm calls for the sacking of national executive members Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo and Sarah Mahoka following demonstrations in their respective areas.

The chairpersons in a demonstration attended by hundreds of party supporters at the Davies Hall provincial party headquarters, took turns to denounce Cde Moyo the women’s league deputy secretary and secretary for finance Cde Mahoka over allegations of undermining First lady and secretary for the organ Dr Grace Mugabe. They also accused the pair of corruption, insubordination and fanning factionalism.

The demonstrators were joined by members of the party’s youth league, war veterans and war collaborators who all called for the expulsion of Cdes Moyo and Mahoka.

The women’s league chairpersons said Cde Moyo and Mahoka should be relieved of their positions as they were working against Dr Mugabe and President Mugabe.

Yesterday’s demonstrations followed similar protests across the country’s 10 provinces during which cadres demanded the sacking of the two officials.

Cde Mahoka also stands accused of denigrating Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Presidential spokesperson Mr George Charamba.

Mashonaland East provincial women’s league chairperson Cde Charity Manyeruke said all those opposed to the First lady were opposed to the women.

“We are here standing for Mashonaland East, the entire province, the First lady is our mother and those against our mother must go. All those engaged in corruption and factionalism must go and we say Cdes Mahoka and Sandi must go,” said Cde Manyeruke.

Mashonaland Central provincial women’s league chairperson Cde Mercy Jonga said they were reaffirming the calls they made in their respective provinces on Wednesday.

“We initially conducted the demonstrations in our provinces but today we are all here to reaffirm our calls. These people are dividing our party and we are here to confirm that we are fully behind the First lady and say who ever crosses paths with Amai Mugabe also crosses our path,” she said.

Mashonaland West provincial women’s league chairperson Cde Angelina Muchemenyi said Cdes Moyo and Mahoka were causing a lot of problems in the women’s league.

“God is there, these two were causing a lot of problems, dividing people, imposing people in positions, insulting our First lady and Vice Presidents. These people are very dangerous to the party but we say to them beware the ides of March,” she said.

“We are here to expose their evil and corruption and we say it all ends today.”

Harare provincial women’s league chairperson Cde Joyce Kasinamunda said they wanted to see the removal of all “practitioners” of corruption.

“We support Dr Mugabe and don’t want to see anyone creating problems for her. If you wrong Dr Mugabe, you wrong us the women. What we are doing here is preparing for elections in 2018 and want to root out all those not toeing the party line,” she said.

“We don’t want people who receive money on behalf of the league and pocket those monies for their personal use.”

Matabeleland North provincial women’s league chairperson Cde Medeline Bhebhe who described Cdes Moyo and Mahoka as S&S (Sandi and Sarah), cited the Bible scripture that calls for the respect of elders so that they live longer.

“Why are you insulting the First Lady? Why are you disrespecting President Mugabe? We support the First Lady to lead us because we want to benefit from the projects that she has initiated in all parts of the country from irrigation, poultry and many empowerment initiatives,” said Cde Bhebhe.

“Mahoka took away our T-Shirts meant to be distributed to our youths in Matabeleland North. We want to thank Dr Obert Mpofu for assisting us with transport on the day of the demonstrations in Lupane, when we were facing transport challenges, he came in and assisted.”

Manicaland provincial women’s league chairperson Cde Estelle Muyambo said, “We are here to say that we won’t stand and do nothing when our mother is being disrespected. We have seen it fit for Cdes Moyo and Mahoka to go.

“We won’t have imposition of people, divisions and people fanning factionalism, we refuse. We have children who died in the liberation war and some were left in the bush yet we have people who want to play around with this country engaging in corruption.”

Masvingo provincial women’s league chairperson Cde Veronica Makonese said, “We are here to reaffirm our position. There are people who are disrespecting the First Lady, there are people engaging in factionalism.

“You have no room anymore in the party. Let this be a lesson, Dr Mugabe is not going anywhere.”

Midlands provincial secretary for administration Cde Lydia Mataga standing in for her chairperson said they were not happy with the conduct of Cdes Moyo and Mahoka.

“We will not allow any machinations against our mother, we will support her to lead us from Zambezi to Limpopo,” she said.

Matabeleland South provincial women’s league chairperson Cde Sister Moyo-Bhebhe said while Cde Moyo hailed from their province, they did not want anything to do with her.

“We chased her from Matabeleland South because she was not working well with others and Bulawayo embraced her and we said good riddance. Now that she is being chased away, I want to say that in Matabeleland South, we don’t want to see her,” she said.

Bulawayo provincial women’s league chairperson Cde Eva Bitu said attempts had been made by sympathisers of Cdes Sandi and Mahoka to block people from coming to the demonstrations.

“Some even said Bitu will be beaten up at Davies Hall but you can’t touch me because I move in the truth. They failed,” she said.

In a solidarity speech, War Collaborators secretary for information and publicity, Cde Joyce Ndlovu said because of Cde Moyo’s interference in the province, structures had crumbled with the organ making as many as 27 co-options.

A representative for war veterans said it was high time that Cdes Moyo and Mahoka were removed from the party as they were causing untold damage.

A member of the national youth executive Cde Elizabeth Masuku said they were sent by national youth secretary Cde Kudzanai Chipanga to show solidarity with the women’s league in their demonstration.

“Our boss, Cde Chipanga sent us here to come and show solidarity because where the First Lady is involved, the youth league is also involved,” she said.

One of the members who resigned from the Bulawayo provincial youth executive, Cde Delight Ngwenya said Cdes Mahoka and Moyo were trying to “capture” the women’s league as Cde Moyo had done with Bulawayo province.

Cde Ngwenya accused Cde Moyo of frustrating cadres out of the party and replacing them with her “henchmen” through co-options.

He accused Cde Moyo of trying to rope in Cde Chipanga to support her factional interests when the youth secretary visited Bulawayo in the wake of resignations by members of the provincial youth executive.

Zanu PF women’s league national executive member Cde Judith Ncube said through their intransigencies, Cdes Moyo and Mahoka had stepped on a slippery rock and their fall was inevitable.

“If a kitchen has dust, you sweep it and retain order so that there is fresh air. If you don’t follow the rules of the party, you fall,” she said.

Meanwhile, as the demonstrations were going on at Davies Hall, Cde Moyo was attending a pastor’s convention at a local church in the city.

On Wednesday, the placard-waving women handed over petitions to provincial leaders for onward submission to the First Lady and the party’s leadership.

They demanded that Cdes Mahoka and Moyo’s handlers, whom they said were well-known, be fired or demoted.
Some Zanu-PF bigwigs allegedly spent the better part of Wednesday making covert manoeuvres to block the protests.
Apart from undermining the First Lady’s authority, Cdes Mahoka and Moyo stand accused of embezzling funds sourced from local prophets, business people and corporates using Dr Mugabe’s name without her knowledge.
The Women’s League wants Cde Mahoka fired for her untoward behaviour during a rally at Zanu-PF headquarters last year where she likened Zanu-PF Second Secretary and VP Mnangagwa to a duck for his silence on the Zanu-PF succession matrix.
At the same rally, the Hurungwe East legislator challenged President Mugabe to state if he had authorised his spokesperson Mr Charamba to give an interview to ZiFM radio. Both incidents, the women said, showed “a high degree of insubordination”.

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