SEVERAL Bulawayo Zanu PF youth league members aspiring for national executive posts were on Saturday reportedly disqualified for not meeting the party’s stringent requirements.
Zanu PF’s election directorate chaired by national chairperson Simon Khaya Moyo is scheduled to sit in Harare today to sift through all CVs from the 10 provinces as the party steps up preparations for the national youth conference set for August 7 to 10 ahead of the main elective congress in December.
The politburo, Zanu PF’s highest decision-making body outside of congress, released rules and regulations for elections that were heavily criticised by party members.
Among the regulations, those wishing to stand for elections in the youth league “must be 35 years of age or below on the day of elections; must have served in the national executive of the youth league before; must have served as a provincial executive member for five years or more; must not have been subject to criminal conviction or insolvency; must not have been found guilty and convicted by the party disciplinary proceedings during the past five years”.
Party insiders said Bulawayo provincial chairperson Calistus Ndlovu and other politburo members presided over the meeting.
“Bulawayo’s Zanu PF provincial co-ordinating committee sat on Saturday at Davis Hall to receive CVs for aspiring candidates.
“CVs for three incumbents, Mpehlabayo Malinga, Khumbulani Mlilo and Anna Mukhuhlwa were accepted, but several were thrown out. Of the prominent members, Fundisani Dewa, Faith Siwela and Sizimisele Dube’s CVs were rejected. Moyo’s CV was rejected as he was said to be having several court cases while the other two have not served as provincial executive members for five years,” said a member of the Zanu PF youth league whose CV sailed through.
Dewa (31) was recently in court for allegedly embezzling $6 500 from his Denmark-based girlfriend meant for the purchase of a vehicle and for also stealing her laptop worth $800.
However, a current executive member said a top politburo member in Mashonaland Central yesterday used his influence to push for a CV of an ally who does not meet a single criterion.
“A senior politburo member and minister bulldozed a CV of someone who does not meet single criteria.
“Our colleagues there said the minister (name supplied) made sure that a certain member’s CV was received, but he is disqualified by the most basic requirement.
“He has not served in the national executive and has criminal records, including attempted rape. He is also way above 35 years,” said a youth league member.
Documents seen by Southern Eye indicate that in 1999, the named official was dragged to court and subsequently convicted of several cases, including attempted rape and assault.
“This is sad because the regulations are very clear on who qualifies, but top party members are glaringly arm-twisting the processes. We hope the national elections directorate disqualifies him,” added the insider.