Mutasa probe could be façade of due process

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Zanu PF fired its former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and his nephew Temba Mliswa, paving the way for by-elections in their constituencies.

FORMER Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa appears to have no chance before a probe committee which has President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace and party political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, among three other cheer leaders, cherry-picked to hear his case.

The politburo, the Zanu PF supreme decision-making body outside congress, has opted to appoint a disciplinary committee to hear Mutasa’s case after he cast aspersions on Mugabe’s leadership skills and declaring the party’s last congress an illegal nullity.

Mutasa has accused Grace of spreading the “hate-gospel” in the run-up to the congress while Kasukuwere is known to belong to a camp which ousted former Vice-President Joice Mujuru said to be linked to Mutasa.

To all intents and purposes, since his unflattering remarks about Mugabe, Mutasa has been seen as a dead man walking for daring to challenge Mugabe, who on his part has used hate-language to hit back against former bosom buddy, calling him a “braying ass”.

For Mutasa to expect to survive the guillotine would be political naïvette. It would require a political miracle unless Mutasa is the proverbial cat with several lives. Manicaland, Mutasa’s home province, has already long written his political obituary.

Questions, however, abound how he has survived to leave another day when others before him such as former party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and war veterans’ leader Jabulani Sibanda were summarily dismissed from Zanu PF without the convening of a kangaroo court.

Critics point out Mutasa penned a hard-hitting and damaging lengthy letter which he copied to Sadc and according to overzealous party faithfuls, this warrants instant dismissal as it had the effect of embarrassing Mugabe ahead of the African Union summit.

There are claims Mutasa has been spared the axe albeit temporarily probably because he knows a lot of sensitive secrets of the First Family and the party while others argue it is proper for Zanu PF to institute a probe team since Mutasa complained that due process was being ignored in the party.

It is very likely Zanu PF is probably presenting a façade of due process to minimise concerns among those allied to Mujuru in order to prevent a totally disintegration of the party.

It is worrying that the economy has been suspended for petty party issues. Alas for ZimAsset!