Zim’s ruling Zanu-PF party expels top official in purge

2015-02-19 14:34
File: AP

File: AP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Harare- Zimbabwe's ruling party has expelled a former top official and ally of President Robert Mugabe, the party announced late on Wednesday, in an apparent purge targeting allies of ex-deputy president Joice Mujuru.

Didymus Mutasa, a former secretary for administration in Mugabe's Zanu-PF and one-time speaker of parliament, was accused along with Mujuru of plotting to oust the 90-year-old leader.

He was sacked by the party's supreme decision-making body, the politburo.

Zanu-PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said the party's disciplinary panel had treated Mutasa's case as "unique and extraordinary" and established that the official "has continued to be unrepentant and has continued to issue statements which are unhelpful to him".

The party also expelled outspoken legislator Themba Mliswa "on an array of charges ranging from insubordination, denigrating national party leaders, extortionist behaviour".

The two join scores of Zanu-PF officials - including party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, commissar Webster Shamu and war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda - fired last year after being accused of siding with Mujuru.

Last year Mugabe also fired nine cabinet ministers and six deputy ministers aligned to the former deputy president Mujuru.

Once seen as favourite to step into Mugabe's shoes, Mujuru came under attack in 2014 - notably from the increasingly powerful first lady Grace.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  rugare gumbo  |  joice mujuru  |  robert mugabe  |  simon khaya moyo  |  didymus mutasa  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.