Cde Mutasa, smarting from his failure to make it into the Zanu-PF Central Committee which ruled him out of appointment to the Politburo, has been making unprecedented moves among them requesting Sadc chaired by President Mugabe to nullify the recently held and highly subscribed 6th National People’s Congress.
He was making these frantic efforts while he was away.
Sources told our Harare Bureau that Cde Mutasa was seen at his home in Rusape with some Zanu-PF provincial members aligned to him paying homage at his house on Christmas Eve.
“Some of his allies who went to see him are provincial members from his constituency among them Cdes Tedious Choka, Christine Murembeve who also doubles up as his constituency secretary.
“Also present was Colonel (Rtd) Topira Mutasa, his nephew.
“They went to see him at his house at Number 2 Mbuya Nehanda Drive around 3pm. What shocked Cde Mutasa was to find that his house was no longer guarded by the Police Protection Unit, a priviledge he had enjoyed for a long time,” said a source.
Another source said Cde Mutasa wanted to maintain a low profile fearing that he could face a backlash from Zanu-PF followers if they see him in public places.
“He didn’t want most people to know that he’s back. He just wanted it to be a secret. He has no plans to be seen in public places yet. I won’t be surprised if he boycotts even Parliament when sitting resumes,” said the source.
Efforts to get a comment from Cde Mutasa were fruitless as his mobile phone went unanswered.
Manicaland provincial chairperson Cde Samuel Undenge earlier this week said the province wanted him expelled for his continued denigration of the revolutionary party and its First Secretary and leader President Mugabe.
The call came following reports attributed to Cde Mutasa in which he allegedly accused the party leadership of being undemocratic.
Cde Undenge said there were sentiments in the province that Cde Mutasa should be censured as his utterances did not show remorse.
Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Cde Mandi Chimene said there was consensus in the province that Cde Mutasa be expelled.
Cde Chimene said Cde Mutasa should be expelled despite the directive from Zanu-PF national political commissar, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, for provinces to stop further suspensions of party executives.
The former Zanu-PF secretary for administration is said to have roped in MDC-T and a Western-funded international NGO to subvert the will of the people so that he could be restored to his former positions in the party and the government.
Cde Mutasa is said to have used his contacts in MDC-T to get the issue of his failure to land a Central Committee seat and dismissal from government tabled at a meeting of the Socialist International Council, which met in Geneva, Switzerland, from December 12-13.
The Socialist International Council meeting was convened to discuss high levels of insecurity and threats to world peace.
Zanu-PF is not a member of the Socialist International Council though the MPLA of Angola, Frelimo of Mozambique, Swapo of Namibia, ANC (South Africa), and Chama Cha Mapinduzi (Tanzania) are members along with the MDC, the Botswana Democratic Party and Patriotic Front of Zambia which are listed as consultative parties.
While in India, Cde Mutasa reportedly phoned secretaries-general of sister liberation movements in southern Africa to make the similar claims he had made to South African President Jacob Zuma, whom he lobbied, saying former VP Joice Mujuru, several ministers and himself had been unjustly ejected from Zanu-PF and government.
In an interview with the Independent newspaper of South Africa, Cde Mutasa urged President Zuma to alert other regional governments about Zanu-PF’s congress where he and Cde Mujuru, among other officials, were ejected.
He claimed that their sacking was unprocedural and undemocratic.
Ironically, Cde Mujuru who lost not only her party and government positions but also her parliamentary seat, has since accepted her fate and congratulated the leadership elected at congress.