For the first time since its inception and destructive internal contradictions within ZANU-PF, the UK branch has fired two of its executive members.
The secretary for administration for the district and former People’s Voice columnist Bernard Bwoni was brought before the disciplinary committee headed by vice chairman Cde Masimba Tawengwa but tendered his resignation from Zanu PF instead of going through the hearing.
Mr Bwoni was being charged with hijacking the Zanu Pf-UK Facebook page which has over 40 000 followers and using it to propagate a pro-G40 cabal agenda.
He has since been banned from contributing to The People’s Voice as he has allegedly now joined the National Patriotic Front (NPF).
Next to go was Kudzi Mukandi who was secretary for administration of the women’s league. Ms Mukandi received a unanimous vote of no confidence from the district’s women’s league executive for a range of offences which included treachery and trying to destroy the most vibrant external structure of the party from within.
She was accused of going around lobbying for members of the executive to resign from the party as well as vowing to destroy the party. A copy of the letter sent to her has been seen by this reporter.
She is also accused of making trips to Harare in which she held meetings with former members of the deposed G40 led women’s league such as Grace Mugabe, Letitia Undenge among others. Her leadership in the UK gave her opportunities to provide them with minutes of these unauthorised meetings but she completely refused. She is alleged to have been part of the G40 parallel structure that had been set up by the cabal to undermine Cde Nick Mangwana’s leadership.
This reporter spoke to Zanu Pf-UK vice-chairman Cde Masimba Tawengwa who said, “On receiving her suspension letter written by the district’s Women’s League chairperson Cde Glorianne Francis, Ms Kudzi Mukandi wrote a letter whose sum was a rant against our chairman making personal attacks to him and his family accusing him of being G40. These preposterous accusations against Cde Mangwana are contemptible and laughable.
“Zanu PF UK branch does not do factionalism and has never done factions,” he said.
“Cde Mangwana acted as the international face of the November Operation Restore Legacy.
He is a major sponsor of President Mnangagwa’s supporters. His support for the President is never in doubt as he has written dozens of articles castigating Jonathan Moyo over the years for his hatred of the President. So for anyone to make those suggestions they need their head examined”
If there was any doubt as to Ms Mukandi’s intention to destroy Zanu Pf-UK her scurrilous ccusations were seen by many as vindication of the charges against her.
Asked to comment, Cde Mangwana said that they are still investigating a few more members’ alleged association with the National Patriotic Front as they believe that this outfit poses a serious national security threat because of its hate filled intent to destroy Zanu Pf as well as make Zimbabwe ungovernable.
Below we publish the full letter sent by Cde Glorianne Francis to Ms Mukandi
Dear Comrade Kudzi Mukandi
I regret to inform you that following consultation, the women’s league executive have agreed that it has been difficult to find a consistent working relationship with you which has put a strain on the executive and as a result, The Zanu PF UK Women’s League Executive has passed a vote of no confidence on the following grounds and breaches of the constitution:
Article 28(266)(b):-Gross Misconduct
-Failure to Not follow Party protocol by facilitating meetings without the authority or knowledge of the leadership and not providing minutes of what was discussed in such meetings in Harare.
-Failure to perform constitutional duties even when reminded or encouraged to do so such as not writing minutes of Women’s League Executive Meetings, congress attendances etc even when reminded, directed or requested to do so.
-Failure to account for material given at Congress fourteen months ago for wider distribution to women’s League.
Article 28(266)(c):-Disloyalty or Treachery
-Tried to destroy the party from within by lobbying executive members to resign from the Executive and spreading malicious rumours as well as encouraging negative labels about certain members. This demoralised a lot of Party members some of whom eventually left their positions.
-Sympathising with the G40 Cabal
-Misrepresenting party positions to the public in Zimbabwe, by saying the party in the UK had passed resolutions against having the President’s portrait on any party thus bringing putting the party into disrepute and putting the party members at loggerheads with the leadership.
Please be advised that in terms of Article 28(267)(c), a member who has a Vote of No
Confidence passed against them for Disloyalty or Treachery will be expelled from the party
for a period of 5 years. We will therefore advise the Chairman of Zanu PF-UK to apply this provision of the constitution.
The constitution obligates us to inform the National Disciplinary Committee in Harare to confirm this decision which was unanimous. We will therefore now provide them with relevant information. This letter also serves as your suspension letter from the party until the National Disciplinary Committee has confirmed your expulsion in terms of section 268 of the Party Constitution.
You will now be removed from all Party Communication channels. You are also directed to surrender to the writer any party material and documents in your custody.
We wish to thank you and wish you all the best in the future.
Zanu PF UK
Women’s League Chairperson
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