There was drama in Masvingo last night after a clique of G40 aligned Provincial Executive Committee members led by the newly appointed foreign Affairs minister Walter Mzembi tried to smuggle and adopt a resolution passed by another province; Mashonaland West, for Masvingo province.
Mashonaland West province passed a resolution requesting that the President, Robert Mugabe, convene a special and extra-ordinary congress in the December this year, to ‘deal with Vice Emmerson Mnangagwa, purge any members deemed to be loyal to him, as well as seek to have Grace Mugabe elevated to the position of Vice President, either as a replacement for Mnangagwa, or as a third deputy.
The Masvingo PEC which sat yesterday instead passed a resolution requesting the President to convene an extra ordinary congress whose agenda “should be to endorse the president as the presidential election candidate and party president only”.
According to insiders who attended the meeting, this did not go down well with Minister Mzembi, who after arriving late, and well after the meeting had ended requested that a party official to edit the resolution to match the Mash West resolution word for word.
The official refused to honour Mzembi’s wishes, stating that such would be illegal, and draw the ire of all officials from the PEC.
An official from the PEC who spoke to Khuluma Afrika’s correspondent said that the province would reject all underhand tactics from G40 and would only pass resolution consistent with the wises of the grassroot structures.
“Masvingo stands firm and unshaken by those who want to use the extra ordinary congress to score cheap factional points. We will not willingly participate in a bid to ruin the party for power’s sake.”
The gazetted resolution from the province is in stark contrast to that offered by Mash West province, effectively meaning Mzembi’s attempts failed.