Walter Nyamukondiwa in Chinhoyi—
Ousted Zanu-PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson Cde Temba Mliswa yesterday caused a furore at a provincial co-ordinating committee meeting when he insisted that suspended members should be allowed to attend the meeting. He also disrupted the meeting after interjecting when a member made the “Pasi ne Gamatox” slogan, asking why people he appointed to the provincial executive were making the slogan.
“When thieves go to steal and one of them is caught can they say they are not thieves because they were not caught?” said Cde Mliswa.
He said if he was a “Gamatox” then the entire Mashonaland West executive should be dissolved because he appointed them.
National political commissar Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, who was at the meeting, then asked Cde Mliswa if he still wanted to remain part of the “Gamatox” gang which planned to topple President Mugabe using extra-judicial measures like assassination.
Cde Mliswa did not respond to the question.
He went on to make several injections as acting chairman Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi was addressing the meeting. He objected to the ejection of suspended youth commissar Cde Jackson Chizanga who was ousted through a vote of no confidence.
“Cde PC (political commissar Cde Kasukuwere),” said Cde Mliswa, “these people’s suspensions were not taken before the Politburo and confirmed. So, they cannot be ejected from the PCC.”
But Cde Kasukuwere instructed all those with pending cases to go out as their cases were being finalised.
He said other suspended members like Cde Webster Shamu were quiet as they had decided to let party processes take their course.
“They have accepted to be disciplined by the party while their issues are being looked into,” said Cde Kasukuwere.
He said members should not defile the party and its illustrious history.
Cde Kasukuwere chided Cde Mliswa saying the party would not brook discord and indiscipline within its ranks and those bent on destabilising it were free to form their own.
“We cannot have people disturbing the progress of the party because they have ulterior motives,” he said. “You can go ahead and form your own party instead of trying to cause confusion.”
Cde Kasukuwere said the party had to take corrective measures as energy was being expended on building personal political castles on imagined power at the expense of the party and the people.
He said people should not be led astray by the likes of former secretary for Administration Cde Didymus Mutasa, who reportedly wants to form his own party.
“To those who are said to be planning to form their party like Cde Mutasa they should go ahead, but I cannot follow him . . . going where?” said Cde Kasukuwere. “To go for diesel here in Chinhoyi. We don’t want it. People should not be led astray.”
Cde Kasukuwere said Zanu-PF was a mean political machine which had survived defections from people like Edgar Tekere, Margret Dongo, Simba Makoni and Dumiso Dabengwa who formed their own political parties.