Fired ZANU PF MP vents anger on Facebook

The ZANU PF MP for Guruve South, Edward Chindori-Chininga, who was expelled three weeks ago from the Constitutional Parliamentary Committee (COPAC), turned to social networking site Facebook on Sunday to vent his anger.


Chindori-Chininga was sacked for allegedly leaking the ZANU PF position paper on the constitution to the two co-chairpersons from the MDC-T and MDC-N, Douglas Mwonzora and Edward Mkhosi. But writing on his facebook page the MP blasted Didymus Mutasa, the ZANU PF secretary for administration for persecuting him “in public and on national television” for something he claims he did not do.

Chindori-Chininga claimed his expulsion from COPAC was done without following ZANU PF’s constitution, disciplinary procedures and parliamentary rules ‘since COPAC is a parliamentary select committee.” He said: “ZANU PF is not owned by an individual,” and that he was “a member and shareholder in it” alongside the people of Guruve and Mashonaland Central who voted for him.

“These are the people who put me in Parliament for the past 15 years. It is them who will decide to retain me or drop me depending on my performance in the elected job they gave me to do,” Chindori-Chininga said.

The former Mines Minister claims he is being ‘punished’ for something else. “Is this really a COPAC issue or could my work as Chairman on parliamentary oversight on Mines and Energy be causing me to be punished? In Shona they say kurova imbwa wakaviga mupini (beating a dog while hiding the stick) hoping I get the message.” He did not elaborate on why or who might be punishing him.

There was to be some sarcastic consolation for Chindori Chininga from MDC-T National Executive member Charlton Hwende, who went onto the MP’s facebook wall and wrote:

“We will pray for you in the same manner we have prayed for thousands of victims of ZANU PF’s brutality. It is clear that this issue has nothing to do with Copac we all know the person who supplied us with the document and we are actually encouraged by the comments you made encouraging inclusivity in the copac process. They say joining ZANU PF kukwira bere ukada kuburuka robva rakudya- joining ZANU PF is like riding a hyena, when you want to get off it will eat you.”

On Friday both Mwonzora and Mkhosi claimed the document was actually leaked to them by Paul Mangwana, the ZANU PF co-chair of the constitution making committee. A heated debate on the matter resulted in a near fist fight between Mangwana and Chindori-Chininga. – SW Radio Africa News

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