Harare – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Gabriel Mugabe has been summarily dismissed from his party position as first secretary and leader of his Zanu PF party, while his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, fired just over 11 days ago has been reinstated.
This came after the most authoritative body in the party, the central committee convened a meeting at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare today.
A total of 200 members out of the possible 300 attended the meeting. A total of 150 + 1 members was required to pass the quorum on any resolution.
In what was probably a huge irony, the meeting was chaired by the current minister of home affairs, Obert Mpofu, who is better known for once proclaiming that he was “Mugabe’s ever obedient son”.
Mpofu began the meeting by acknowledging the important role played by Mugabe, but aimed at swipe at his wife Grace and allies whom he claimed had taken advantage of the President’s frailty.
After the chairman’s opening remarks, members of the press were asked to leave entirely, effectively meaning Mugabe’s fate, and possibly history, would be discussed and sealed behind closed doors.
All ten provinces resolved to recall President Mugabe from his position as first secretary of the party, while expulsions were recommended for Grace Mugabe and her allies Saviour Kasukuwere, Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao and Ignatius Chombo
The Central Committee eventually resolved to expel and ban for life Grace Mugabe and her allies aforementioned. Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko was also fired from the party.
President Mugabe was not expelled from the party; however, he is now an ordinary card-carrying member, bringing an end his near 5-decade rule of Zanu.
- Maynard Manyowa