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The Zanu-PF Matabeleland North provincial executive committee has passed a vote of no confidence in the Speaker of Parliament  Jacob Mudenda, the Minister of Small to Medium Enterprises and Cooperative Development Sithembiso Nyoni, central committee member-elect Fati Mpofu and Tsvata Mguni.

Announcing the development, Matabeleland North secretary for administration  Clifford Mguni said the vote of no confidence is with immediate effect.

He said the four have been fanning factionalism and engaging in acts of misconduct.

Meanwhile, the Zanu-PF Harare province women's league executive has reaffirmed its vote of no confidence in ousted vice chairperson Miriam Chikukwa who was reinstated by the Politburo. Chikukwa's ouster has to do with allegations of fanning factionalism.

Members of the province's women's league executive passed the vote of no confidence in Chikukwa on Friday for her role in the President's assassination attempt. Chikukwa had been appointed acting chairperson after a vote of no confidence was passed on Angeline Matambanadzo earlier this month.

The axe also fell on political commissar Susan Chuma, committee member Constance Dembeko, national executive members Albertina Bwititi and Eva Chaneta. Chikukwa is on record denying the allegations but the province's women's league is not convinced. Hungwe is the acting Zanu-PF Harare province women's league chairperson.

Meanwhile, Zanu-PF Bulawayo provincial chairperson Professor Callistus Ndlovu was yesterday kicked out of office for the second time in as many weeks after a vote of no confidence was passed on him for undermining President Mugabe and denigrating First Lady Grace Mugabe. The vote of no confidence came a day after the provincial youth and women's wings gave Prof Ndlovu an ultimatum to vacate office by end of business yesterday or face unspecified action.

Prof Ndlovu's ouster coincided with a move by the Zanu-PF Women's League to boot out five national executive members namely secretary for legal affairs and women's rights Abigail Damasane, secretary for commissariat Dr Olivia Muchena, secretary for information and publicity Nyasha Chikwinya, secretary for indigenisation Albertina Bwititi, and secretary for education Elizabeth Shongedza.

The five were accused of abuse of power, fanning factionalism and working with expelled provincial chairpersons and a faction that wanted to unseat President Mugabe.

They were also found to have supported rowdy youths who disturbed the First Lady's meet the people rally series and tarnishing the image of the wing.

In a report on state broadcaster ZBCtv outgoing secretary of the women's league Oppah Muchinguri said she would forward the names of the ousted leaders to the politburo.

Prof Ndlovu appears to have been left in the cold after provincial secretary for administration Elifasi Mashaba read yesterday's petition flanked by secretary for the commissariat Canaan Ncube and youth wing chairperson Khumbulani Mpofu.

Cdes Ndlovu, Mashaba and Ncube were among the top six provincial executives on whom a vote of no confidence was passed on November 16.

Mashaba said Prof Ndlovu had with effect from yesterday ceased being chairperson after 35 members of the provincial executive council had signed a petition passing a vote of no confidence on the chairperson.

He said Prof Ndlovu faced a number of allegations including undermining President Mugabe by pursuing factional politics and denigrating and insulting the First Lady in articles published in the local media in response to issues that she raised at her Bulawayo rally.

"He has undermined the Unity Accord by falsely claiming in public that it has expired and by making inflammatory statements about the post of Vice President without consulting the Provincial Coordinating Committee," Mashaba said.

"He has promoted tribalism by publicly declaring that 'the party's city centre district will not conduct elections because it is made up of mainly Shona speaking people.' He has gone further to say at a PCC meeting that the city centre district behaves as if they are a Mashonaland district in exile."

The petition accused Prof Ndlovu of saying that if Joe Chiyangwa wins the city centre district chairperson's post, he would resign. Chiyangwa won elections held early this month.

Prof Ndlovu denounced party members who held a demonstration in support of President Mugabe when the head of state was in the city for the National University of Science and Technology graduation.

He allegedly threatened to hunt down and deal with the demonstrators who carried placards castigating expelled war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda and suspended party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo arguing that they had insulted national leaders.

Prof Ndlovu was accused of interference in the affairs of the party's youth wing by sponsoring a failed petition against the wing's leadership on charges that they mobilised youths for the First Lady's rallies without his permission.

After the failed bid, a vote of no confidence was passed on six members of the youth executive and the petition claims that Prof Ndlovu then insulted Mpofu saying he would not recognise the move.

Prof Ndlovu was accused of interfering in the youth league elections by trying to impose candidates which were later rejected by the Politburo. The provincial executive was unhappy that Prof Ndlovu has, all along not pronounced the province on endorsing President Mugabe and the First Lady ahead of next week's congress.

The former chairman yesterday declined to comment on the matter saying the action was in violation of the message delivered by Politburo members Dr Sydney Sekeramayi and Dr Obert Mpofu last Sunday to retain him and five members of his executive.

The latest vote of no confidence on Prof Ndlovu brings to nine the number of provincial chairpersons sacked over allegations of fanning factionalism and seeking to oust President Mugabe.

Only Matabeleland North provincial chairperson Richard Moyo has survived the purge.

Meanwhile, Citizens of Bulawayo- a group made up of residents who support the candidature of the President and the First Lady- will today hold a march in support of President Mugabe against coup plotters.

Chief organiser to march William Nyathi called on Zanu-PF members and the rest of society to gather at the Main Post Office at 9am this morning.





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