Intra-party plot to oust Zanu (PF) MP

via Intra-party plot to oust Zanu (PF) MP | The Zimbabwean 10 September 2014 by Brenna Matendere

Top Zanu (PF) officials aligned to justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa have launched spirited campaigns to push for the removal of MP Masango ‘Blackman’ Matambanadzo at the coming December congress. They want to replace him with gold baron and businessman Vongai Mupereri. The officials say Matambanadzo is furthering the interests of the VP Joice Mujuru camp in the city.

Mupereri hit the headlines in 2012 for grabbing ownership of Sherwood Block, which had experienced a gold rush with pure nuggets of the mineral being picked from the fields. He had reportedly got backing from Mnangagwa.

Sources at Zanu (PF) Kwekwe district offices told The Zimbabwean that recent incidents in which Matambanadzo clashed with public party officials like Gokwe-Kana MP Owen ‘Mudha’ Ncube, were set up to present him as a violent person in order to push the agenda for his ousting.

The plot is also understood to involve the state media, which has been quick to publish pieces denigrating the MP.

The sources also revealed that, in the run-up to the party primary elections, the officials had tried to provoke Matambanadzo in public so that he would hit back and then get arrested.

“At one time, the wife of Mnangagwa, Auxilia, openly slapped Matambanadzo expecting him to hit back, but he kept his cool. Now the campaign to do away with him at the coming congress has intensified but the plot may not succeed because he commands support from the VP Joice Mujuru camp,” said the source.

A couple of weeks ago Zanu (PF) central committee member for Kwekwe, Douglas Tapfuma, told journalists that the district had resolved to recall Matambanadzo from parliament because they could no longer work with him. Tapfuma, an ally of Mnangagwa, accused the MP of being generally violent, basing his argument on the altercation with Ncube.

Rugare Gumbo, the Zanu (PF) spokesperson said that altthough the party’s constitution allowed bodies like the provincial executive to recommend suspension or expulsion of members at congress, it was unlikely that Matambanadzo would be fired at the coming congress.

“Those who want Matambanadzo out may not succeed unless they have incriminating evidence of his conduct,” he said.


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    Mukanya 8 years ago

    Rugare Gumbo uno gara kupi?

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago


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    Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo 8 years ago

    Rugare Gumbo unobva Mberengwa pedo neMataga Growth Point.

    Rugare Gumbo comes from Mberengwa, near Mataga Growth Point, just to the south west of Zvishavane. Interestingly, Emmerson Munangagwa comes from Mapanzure just to the north of Zvishavane town.

    The two are both Zvishavane boys!

    MaKaranga are not united. hence this Zezuru hegemony we are suffering today because of Simon Muzenda versus Eddison Zvobgo!

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    Shenanigans 8 years ago

    But then BLACKMAN is a son of the soil and not an armchair bambazonkie skellum.Go after them Blackman;these r not Kwe-Kwe boys but imposters

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    Let dog eat dog. The ” night of the long knives ” cometh.

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    gorongoza 8 years ago

    Ngazvipondane. Ngozi dzavo dzamuka manje!

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    Ngwena is well known for roasting people in their houses or disappearing them. Ask Chebundo who was lucky to survive the roasting. I dont understand his claim to Kwekwe. If he was claiming Mazvihwa, Zvishavane or Mataga I would at least understand coz that his home area. Tribalism has no place in Zimbabwe or anywhere. Only the weak and evil use that card

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      Shenanigans 8 years ago

      Nothing to do with the ecology or people but the GOLD of which Kwe-Kwe is famed for and where deals abound.Mtaga EMERALDS r a thing of the past and the DIAMONDS security at Murowa efficient so Kwe-Kwe is the natural selectiont.

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    Tapfuma u better shut yo mouth coz u no nothing abt politics.unongoziva zvekumitisa young gals nxaa leave blackman alone