Mutsvangwa faces Parly axe

via Mutsvangwa faces Parly axe – NewsDay Zimbabwe March 16, 2016

ZANU PF Mashonaland West provincial executive is reportedly burning the midnight oil to have Norton legislator Christopher Mutsvangwa recalled from Parliament over a number of allegations, among them his association with former war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda.


Party provincial chairman Ephraim Chengeta told NewsDay yesterday that the provincial executive would soon meet to seal Mutsvangwa’s fate.

“We will sit down as the provincial executive to discuss what is happening. From that discussion, we will come out with a recommendation. His suspension says he should remain as MP, but we will have to sit down considering what is happening now,” Chengeta said.

“We will check on the meetings alleged to have taken place between him (Mutsvangwa) and Jabulani Sibanda. We have a schedule for the meeting, but no particular date has been set so far, but it will be soon. After gathering evidence, all the provincial members will be mandated to come up with a resolution. It will not be for me alone, but for the entire provincial executive.”

Mutsvangwa succeeded Sibanda, who was axed as war veterans’ chairman in 2014.

Mutsvangwa was later appointed War Veterans’ minister, but served for just over a year before he was kicked out of Cabinet recently. He described his tenure in government as the most unproductive time of his life, before convening a meeting with Sibanda, who has turned into a sharp critic of Mugabe.

Mutsvangwa yesterday referred all questions to Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo.

“This is a party issue. Go to the party spokesperson, he will assist you on that,” he said.

Khaya-Moyo’s phone was not reachable. Mutsvangwa’s relations with the Mashonaland West executive turned frosty last year after the province booted him out of its ranks.