Mkhululi Ncube, Chronicle Reporter
ZANU-PF has said any disciplinary measures being taken against members without following the party’s Constitution must come to an end with immediate effect.
In a statement yesterday, the party’s Secretary for Information and Publicity, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, said unprocedural disciplinary proceedings were previously used by the G40 cabal to destabilise the party.
He said any action that is taken against members must be done in line with party regulations.
“The party notes with concern that disciplinary processes are being raised against party members without following proper procedures as set out in the party Constitution.
“Most recently, votes of no confidence were moved against some officials of the party National Youth Executive and there are reports of similar actions being initiated in some provinces. These developments have greater potential of fomenting disunity in the party and should stop forthwith,” said Cde Khaya Moyo.
He said the party has laid down rules on how a vote of no confidence is passed.
“Previously, disunity forces under the G40 cabal used votes of no confidence to purge party members perceived to be against their destabilisation agenda. Summary dismissal of party officials through votes of no confidence should only be occasioned in extra ordinary circumstances and can only be passed upon the following grounds: gross incompetence and/or dereliction of duty, gross, misconduct, disloyalty and treachery,” Cde Khaya-Moyo said.
He said all members must be given a fair hearing on allegations that they would be facing.
“Essentially, a motion of no confidence should comply with procedures set out under Article 28 of the general provision section 265-266 of the party’s constitution. The motion must specify the reason of vote of no confidence and must be such that the accused member can easily glean the exact basis of the motion,” said Cde Khaya-Moyo.
He said all party members must abide by the party’s Constitution when conducting party business.
“All disciplinary process must follow normal procedures as set out under Article 10 section 79 of the party constitution relating to disciplinary action, which allows accused parties to be subjected to a fair hearing. Membership rights are sacrosanct hence they should always unreservedly be observed.
“The principles of natural justice must be the underlying factor,” Cde Khaya-Moyo said.