Mutare — ZANU-PF Politburo has suspended acting Manicaland provincial chairperson, Dorothy Mabika with immediate effect until the finalisation of her court cases. Mabika was elevated to the position of acting chairperson following the suspension of Mike Madiro earlier this year.
Mabika, together with Madiro are facing stock theft charges involving 10 beasts that were intended to be slaughtered for the 21st February Movement hosted by Manicaland in 2012.
The two, who were granted $150 bail by Mutare provincial magistrate, Mrs Lucie-Anne Mungwari, are expected back in the dock on May 20 for continuation of trial.
Mabika is facing another stock theft charge involving six cows she received in 2011 from a Chipinge farmer, Dawid Hercules Jourbert, on behalf of Zanu-PF which she allegedly stole.
In a letter of suspension, dated May 4, 2013, Zanu-PF national secretary for administration, Cde Didymus Mutasa, wrote: "Kindly be advised that the Zanu-PF Politburo sitting at its 266th Ordinary Session on 03 May, 2013, resolved to suspend you with immediate effect from carrying out any duties or activities in the name of the party in your capacity as the acting provincial chairperson and substantive vice-chairperson of Manicaland.
"This is in light of the current court proceedings against you. By this copy of this letter, therefore, you are hereby suspended with immediate effect without prejudice to any due processes that may ensue in line with the constitution of the party."
In an interview after a special provincial co-ordinating committee held at Marymount Teachers' College, Zanu-PF national secretary for commissariat, Cde Webster Shamu, also confirmed Mabika's suspension and the subsequent appointment of Zimbabwe's Ambassador to Cuba, Cde John Mvundura as the chairperson.
He will be deputised by Retired Lieutenant-General Mike Nyambuya.
"The purpose of this special provincial co-ordination committee meeting was to give the people of Manicaland feedback on Politburo's deliberations on problems rocking Manicaland.
"Politburo agreed that Ambassador John Mvundura will be the chairman of the province with immediate effect and will be deputised by Rt Lt-Gen Nyambuya. In appointing the two cadres, it was agreed that the party should have mature people who understand the founding principles of Zanu-PF.
We want leaders who unite people because Zanu-PF is a party of yesterday, today and the future. We want people with strategies that rejuvenate the party into leadership positions. We are not doing it for the forthcoming harmonised elections only, but for the future of the party," said Cde Shamu.
He said the meeting also looked at the preparedness of the party in the province and everyone was in agreement that unity of purpose would see the party prevailing over opposition parties.
"There is a general feeling among people in Manicaland that they are not benefitting from the abundant resources in the province and the meeting agreed that these resources should benefit locals first. Just like in other provinces like Mashonaland West and Midlands where people are reaping the benefits of community share trusts, the same should happen here in Manicaland," explained Cde Shamu.
The majority of the people of Manicaland should benefit from their own resources.
"We are happy to note that people are now realising that Zanu-PF is the only party that can transform their lives for the better. MDC-T is now in charge of most local authorities, but corruption is now so rampant. They are not implementing any new programmes, save for looting resources.
"Zanu-PF crafted most of the policies which are being used everywhere and this alone shows how MDCs are bankrupt in terms of policies," he said.
Cde Shamu said problems besetting the re-opening of Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant should be resolved in the immediate future to save the continuous brain drain into neighbouring countries.
"The country is losing a lot of resources in importing fuel, yet we have a fuel blending planting lying idle. We should utilise readily available resources and we call for the urgent address of all grey areas delaying the re-opening of this plant. We should feel for the hundreds of people who were employed by Chisumbanje Ethanol Plant as well as their families," said Cde Shamu.