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Zimbabwe's Ex Vice President Expelled From Ruling Party


ZANU PF has expelled former Vice President Joice Mujuru on allegations of undermining the party leadership and for continuing to fan divisions within the party.

Party spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed the development.

Mujuru lost her job as vice president of the party and the country after she was accused by First Lady Grace of plotting to dethrone President Mugabe.

The decision to fire Mujuru followed a politburo meeting which saw the return of President Mugabe’s wife after weeks of absence due to an unknown health problem.

Mujuru joins former spokesman Rugare Gumbo, former secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, former war veterans’ leader, Jabulani Sibanda and former Mashonaland West Provincial chair, Temba Mliswa, who have all been booted out of the party.

Gumbo and Mutasa were fired when Grace returned from the Far East a few months ago.

Khaya Moyo told journalists after the seven hour politburo indaba that Mujuru was found “unworthy to be a member of the ruling party”.

He said the decision to expel Mujuru was reached after the disciplinary committee, which is chaired by vice president Phelekezela Mphoko and has Grace among its members, had presented a detailed report on the former VP.

Khaya Moyo said legal affairs secretary Patrick Chinamasa presented a report which had 10 allegations against Mujuru and the former VP was eventually found “guilty of plotting to assassinate the president, and of promoting factionalism within the party.”

“She was also found guilty of orchestrating the Bhora Musango strategy in the 2008 elections which resulted in the party performing badly in the elections.

“She promoted divisions within the party that led to it ungovernable,” Khaya Moyo said.

He said Mujuru was also accused of corruption and of criminally abusing office, both accusations which made her unfit to remain a member of the party.

“She was found guilty of colluding and providing leadership to the party’s enemies and being part of the regime change team. She has been working with the country’s enemies therefore making it impossible to be a member of the revolutionary party,” Khaya Moyo said.

He added: “The politburo felt that she was behaving in a manner which undermined the leadership of the party led by President Robert Mugabe”.

The politburo further upheld all votes of no confidence passed on senior members in the build-up to the December congress as well as the ruling that they should not hold office in the next two years.

Statement from Simon Khaya Moyo

THE Politburo today resolved to expel Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru from Zanu

PF after receiving a detailed report from the National Disciplinary

Committee chaired by Vice President Mphoko. The Secretary for Legal Affairs

Cde Patrick Chinamasa did of course present the report.

This follows submissions from various structures of the party particularly the Women’s League, the Youth League, the war veterans and war collaborators.

The grounds for Joice Mujuru’s expulsion from Zanu PF include but not limited to the following

1) Plotting to unconstitutionally remove the President and First Secretary of the party from office

2) Orchestrating the *bhora musango* campaign to the detriment of the party’s interests

3) Orchestrating factionalism in the party thereby causing acrimonious divisions

4) Abusing party structures to create a competing centre of national power

5) Engaging in behaviour unbecoming of a vice president and second secretary of the party.

6) Systematically collaborating and colluding with the enemy in a manner that undermines the party and risked bringing it into disrepute.

7) Engaging in activities that smirk of corruption

8) Engaging in criminal abuse of office

9) Impugning, maligning and undermining the party and the President1.

10) Providing leadership to the regime change agenda and Fifth Column politics within Zanu PF.

The Politburo felt that she lacked the quality of strong moral principles, honesty and decency and therefore ceases to be a member of Zanu PF from today.

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