KASUKUWERE CANNOT SUSPEND WADYAJENA :MIDLANDS | The Zanu-PF Midlands provincial executive council has resolved to retain two of its provincial members, who were suspended last week on allegations of misconduct cited as denigrating party members and inciting tribal hatred.
The two are vice chairperson for Midlands Province Cde Goodwill Shiri and Midlands youth league secretary for administration Cde Justice Mayor Wadyajena.
The duo are part of the quartet, who include Masvingo provincial chairman Cde Ezra Chadzamira and Masvingo youth commissar Cde Brian Munyoro, who were suspended by party National Political Commissar (NPC) Cde Saviour Kasukuwere last week Cde Kasukuwere on Friday evening confirmed the suspensions to our Bulawayo Bureau and called on party members to be disciplined.
“The letters of prohibition were sent to Cde Shiri from Midlands, Honourable Cde Wadyajena from Midlands, Cde Chadzamira from Masvingo and Cde Munyoro from Masvingo,” he said.
“We have written to them in terms of the constitution that they are going to be prohibited from doing any work in the party until the matter has been handled at the national disciplinary committee.” But the Midlands PEC meeting at the Zanu-PF Conference Centre in Gweru resolved to go against the suspensions by retaining Cdes Shiri and Wadyajena.
Addressing the media after the PEC, Zanu-PF Midlands provincial spokesperson Cde Cornelius Mupereri said proper procedures were not followed when the members were served with prohibition orders.
“We saw some information on social media that our comrades had been suspended and eventually Cde Shiri having been sent by the party to Bulawayo to represent the chairman was handed a prohibition order from the NPC, As a province, we sat down, we had a lot of issues to discuss, which include the preparations for the provincial inter-district conference, the BVR issues, then we discussed the prohibition orders.” he said.
“The National Commissar has no mandate to write a prohibition order to any member, especially if you were to check in the party constitution, article 10 Section 70 articulates how disciplinary matters are supposed to be handled, and secondly the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) according to the constitution doesn’t have a prerogative to give a prohibition order.”
Cde Mupereri said according to the party constitution, only organs such as the district and branch could lay charges against a member before a disciplinary committee is set to address the matter. Even the period of prohibition order is stipulated, the NDC is a referral committee, it cannot originate disciplinary issues, they have to originate from the organs and so as a province we have resolved that we write to the Secretary for Administration, who is the repository of the party documents and which is constitutional,” he said.
“The NPC according to the constitution, there is no way he is supposed to write or suspend any member of the party. So, we have written to the Secretary for Administration having felt as a province that procedurally the prohibition orders are flawed, firstly from the source, the composition and even the way they have been transmitted to the province.
We feel as a province that this should have been from the Secretary for Administration.
We have resolved that for now up until the matter has been addressed, we will retain Cde Shiri and Cde Wadyajena as our provincial members.
There are issues to be addressed because they are saying there are members who wrote to NDC, we asked amongst ourselves and nobody is a complainant.
If we have complainants then we take up the matter and the members are disciplined.”