More heads to roll over Kereke

Zanu (PF) says it is determined to crack the whip and discipline more Masvingo officials to get rid of sympathisers of Bikita West legislator Munyaradzi Kereke, party insiders have said.

Munyaradzi Kereke.
Munyaradzi Kereke.

Already, the axe has fallen on two senior officials – provincial chairman Lovemore Matuke and secretary Edmund Mhere – for giving Kereke the permission to contest in Bikita against the party’s preferred candidate. The two were suspended from the party, while Kereke was expelled.

Insiders told The Zimbabwean that several other Zanu (PF) leaders in the Masvingo provincial executive were in line for punishment before the end of October.

The move might lead to a completely new team of leaders in the executive committee.

“Nearly all people, save for a few, will be chopped because they defied the party directive not to support Kereke,” said the source. “We have submitted the names of all those within the executive who supported Kereke and it is now up to the party to deal with them. The suspension of Matuke and Mhere has opened a can of worms as party supporters are now coming into the open chronicling the part played by each individual.”

Zanu (PF) spokesman Rugare Gumbo said the party had launched an investigation with the aim of dealing with all those who played a part in defying the party directive.

“We are going to sort out the bad apples from the good, and this means all who supported Kereke will sink with him,” said Gumbo.

Kereke, a former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe employee, ran into trouble when he defied an order to withdraw from the election race and pave the way for another former RBZ employee Elias Musakwa. Kereke went on to win the election without the party’s blessing.

Attempts are being made to force him out of parliament on the grounds that he misled the electorate by claiming Zanu (PF) support – a charge he denies.

He has since lodged a complaint with the Constitutional Court, arguing that he ceased to be a party member on the day he was dismissed from Zanu (PF) a few weeks before the election.

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