THE Zanu PF leadership has condemned Kwekwe Central MP Masango Matambanadzo for allegedly attacking Gokwe–Kana MP Owen Ncube last weekend.
Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Kwekwe offices on Wednesday, central committee member Douglas Tapfuma said the Kwekwe district leadership had completed investigations into the alleged fistfight between the two MPs and concluded that there was no such fight.
“We held investigations to establish what happened on Sunday in Amaveni and established that there was no fight between the two MPs, but it was a case of one MP attacking the other in an unprovoked situation. Matambanadzo attacked Ncube,” said Tapfuma.
Tapfuma condemned Matambanadzo and hinted that the party would take disciplinary action against him for attacking his senior in public.
“As party leadership, we don’t consider their positions in the government, but in the party. In this case, Matambanadzo is a cell member while Ncube is a member of the Midlands provincial executive,” he said.
“That he could attack a senior party member is disrespect of the party’s constitution and hierarchy. As leadership, we condemn his actions in the strongest terms.”
Matambanadzo, who alleged that he was under attack from Ncube and other members of the party leadership because he was not from the Midlands, was also censured for that statement.
“The problem with these people is that they say I should not be an MP in the Midlands since I am from Mashonaland West,” he said.
Tapfuma said this statement was blatantly false and had no place in Zanu PF politics, especially in the Midlands, which was cosmopolitan.
“We voted for him to be our candidate knowing fully well that he was from Mashonaland East. Before that he held a senior position as Kwekwe district coordinating committee vice-chair with everyone’s knowledge that he was not from the Midlands,” he said.