Zanu PF to discipline brawling MPs

via Zanu PF to discipline brawling MPs 15 July 2014 by Staff Reporter

THE two Zanu PF legislators who were involved in a public fight will face a disciplinary hearing for party and putting it into disrepute, national spokesperson Rugare Gumbo has said.

Kwekwe Central MP, Masango Matambanadzo was involved in a public brawl with Owen Ncube (Gokwe-Kana) at Kwekwe’s Amaveni Shopping Centre over allegations of fanning violence in the Midlands City.

Matambanadzo claimed that Ncube, long considered Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s enforcer in the Midlands province, uses party meetings to denounce him because he comes from Mashonaland West, one of Vice President Joice Mujuru’s support bases.

Mnangagwa and Mujuru are said to be battling to replace President Robert Mugabe who turned 90 this year.

“We are going to get full details from the provincial chairman (Jason Machaya) which will be handed over to the national chairman (Simon Khaya Moyo) and to secretary for administration (Didymus Mutasa),” said Gumbo.

“Then from there, the politburo will decide if they are found guilty because the party has disciplinary measures in every disciplinary matter.”

Matambanadzo blamed the fight on factionalism in Zanu PF ahead of the party’s congress later this year.

“The problem with these people is that they say I should not be an MP in the Midlands since I am from Mashonaland West,” Matambanadzo was quoted as to have said.

He also accused Ncube of wanting to take charge of Kwekwe while his constituency was 200km away in Gokwe South.

Ncube however, denied the misunderstanding degenerated into blows.

“We did not fight with Cde Matambanadzo. I never had an altercation with him.”

Midlands ZRP chief, Assistant Commissioner Musarashana Mabunda, said they were waiting for full details of the fight.

“When we have full details, we will hand them over to police national spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba,” he said.