Pamela Shumba and Nqobile Tshili, Chronicle Reporters
Zanu-PF politburo member Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo has given the party’s Bulawayo provincial executive a five-day ultimatum to institute disciplinary action against youth leaders accused of insulting President Mugabe through social media platforms.
Cde Moyo, who is also the Minister of State for Bulawayo Provincial Affairs, was speaking yesterday following an explosive Provincial Coordinating Committee meeting where a motion was also moved to suspend central committee member Cde Anna Moyo.
The central committee member is alleged to have teamed up with youths who organised a demonstration last Thursday denouncing the party’s provincial leadership.
The protesters allegedly called for the firing of the party’s provincial chairperson Cde Dennis Ndlovu and provincial youth chairperson Cde Anna Mokgohloa saying they were imposed on the people.
Cde Moyo, who is the party’s deputy secretary for Women’s League said some members of the Youth League in the province were facing allegations of insulting party leaders on social media and rebelling against provincial leaders.
She said Bulawayo provincial youth secretary for finance David Muhambi has since been suspended allegedly for insulting President Mugabe on social media while Mabutho Moyo, the Luveve district youth commissar and Munashe Mututsa, the provincial deputy secretary for education were allegedly rebelling against the party’s provincial leaders.
“We are not going to accept this in the province. You should move with speed to take action against these individuals or risk being suspended yourselves,” said Cde Moyo.
She said the province should act within the next five days.
Muhambi allegedly sent messages to other youths on social media prior to President Mugabe’s birthday bash on February 25, saying he would not lead a fund-raising team for the birthday party.
He allegedly told the provincial youth leadership that he could not spearhead a fundraising exercise “for a 93 year old” while youths were starving.
Cde Moyo said Muhambi is alleged to have excused himself from fundraising activities saying he was going out of the country up to March but shocked the party’s leadership when he was seen with President Mugabe’s children during the bash in Matobo.
She said she did not understand where youths like Mabutho were getting the courage to insult the party’s leadership.
The Politburo member said the mentioned youths threatened the provincial executive and said they were untouchable.
Cde Moyo said the rebellious youths could be getting their orders from some senior party officials who she said risked being exposed.
She dismissed allegations by the youths who demonstrated last Thursday that fuel coupons meant for the President’s birthday bash were stolen.