Source: Zanu-PF Byo drama continues – Sunday News Jun 11, 2017
THERE was drama in Bulawayo last week after suspended Zanu-PF provincial women’s league chair Cde Eva Bitu and the organ’s transport secretary Cde Nokuthula Sibanda stormed out of a disciplinary hearing meeting arguing that the committee was improperly constituted.
Our Harare Bureau understands that Cdes Bitu and Sibanda protested against the involvement of the provincial women’s league political commissar Cde Margaret Moyo Zvipore in the disciplinary hearing proceedings.
Cde Zvipore was suspended by Cde Bitu on 9 May 2017 for allegedly taking orders from former women’s league deputy secretary Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo. She is yet to be cleared of the charges but to Cdes Bitu and Sibanda’s surprise she was part of the disciplinary hearing committee.
Cdes Bitu, Sibanda, Douglas “Bin Laden” Gangaidzo (Deputy Provincial Commissar), and Constance Ndlovu (Women’s League Deputy Provincial Secretary for Security) were suspended last month for allegedly siding with Cde Moyo.
The suspended provincial women’s league chair was also accused of calling for a Provincial Co-ordinating Committee (PCC) without authority from the main wing’s chair Cde Dennis Ndlovu.
“Bitu and Sibanda walked out of the hearing session at Davies Hall (Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial headquarters) because Zvipore was part of the committee yet she is under suspension. Zvipore is also junior to Bitu and she can’t conduct hearing on her boss,” said a Zanu-PF official.
The disciplinary committee chair and Zanu-PF Bulawayo deputy chair Cde Simon Khabo then notified Cdes Bitu and Sibanda that his committee would write a report indicating that a hearing was done. Cde Bitu is said to have questioned why Zanu-PF central committee members Cdes Killion Sibanda and Godfrey Malaba were interfering in women’s league affairs. Contacted for comment Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial chair Cde Dennis Ndlovu said he was yet to receive a report of the hearing meeting.
“I haven’t been updated on what transpired, so I can’t say much now,” he said.
Despite her suspension Cde Bitu has been holding meetings, for instance, a provincial women’s league executive meeting which was held on Tuesday last week where 32 out of 40 members attended.
Those who did not attend are the suspended officials — Cdes Zvipore (commissar), Tariro Zhou (security), Rose Stinta (gender and culture), Sibonginkosi Maphosa (administration), Junior Ndlovu (education) and Revai Kawusiyo (deputy information secretary).
Cde Bitu also held two inter-district meetings between Wednesday and Thursday last week, defying her suspension by the PCC.
As the political drama escalates, women’s league national executive member Cde Rossy Phiri, who is also facing the axe over alleged links with Cde Sandi-Moyo, said she was threatened with death by Cde Bitu’s driver Mr Davies Ndlovu.
She has since reported the matter to the police under case number IR:3547/17.
Cde Bitu declined to comment yesterday.