- Published: 09 December 2014
- Written by Staff Reporter
President Robert Mugabe has reportedly fired his deputy, Vice President Joice Mujuru and eleven cabinet ministers who include Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire and his deputy Munacho Mutezo.
This comes as Mugabe is this afternoon expected to sack Mujuru in a major Cabinet reshuffle that will claim at least half a dozen other ministers who failed to secure central committee positions in the part ahead of the party congress last week.
Mavhaire who is senator for Masvingo province and Mutezo, MP for Chimanimani West been under fire for not only supporting out-of-favour Mujuru but they also stand accused of abusing thousands of dollars and resources from Zesa, a parastatal they are in charge of.
It has been alleged that Zesa resources were used to finance activities of the faction led by Mujuru.
Sources say Didymus Mutasa (Presidential Affairs), Nicholas Goche (Labour), Francis Nhema (Youth and Empowerment) and Sylvester Nguni (Minister of Sate) have also been sacked. Other sources claim as many as 11 ministers face the boot.
It is also reported that Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, the Minister of State for Masvingo and Sydney Sekeramayi the Minister of Defence are believed to be some of the 11 ministers who have just been sacked.
The 90-year-old Mugabe denounced Mujuru, until just a few months ago his presumed successor, as leader of a “treacherous cabal” bent on removing him from power.
The reshuffle is widely seen as a continuation of the purging of Mujuru allies from key positions. Mugabe has accused Mujuru and her PF allies of plotting to assassinate him, an allegation which Mujuru strongly refuted in a statement issued Monday night.
President Mugabe who ironically revealed over the weekend during the just ended Zanu PF congress that even at home, his wife, Dr Grace Mugabe, tells her what to do and he obeys, also promised to fire several ministers whom he accused of engaging in 'corruption'.
"Those accused of corruption if there is evidence will be charged. With the knowledge we have if you were a minister or civil servant you are fired. Give us evidence.... they will go. We are happy you are not fools and cannot be bought. You are not blind. You kept quiet even when you knew but the First Lady removed the lid on these issues. All secrets came into the open. Their crimes will fill a lot of books if they are to be written," said Mugabe.
NEW OPERATION MURAMBATSVINA
Last week My Zimbabwe news reported that apart from Mujuru being thrown out, an Operation Murambatsvina-like purge would soon be extended to government institutions, among them, the Central Intelligence Organisation where deputy director general Daniel Tonde Nhepera is expected to be booted out. Nhepera allegedly worked closely with Mujuru and they reportedly come from the same rural areas. More changes are also envisaged in the CIO.
Permanent secretaries, some of them who were deployed from the President's Office, but worked closely with Mujuru would be thrown out. Some of the permanent secretaries were accused of undermining the ministers they were working under to advance Mujuru's cause.
Heads would also roll in the Public Service Commission where its head Mariyiwanda Nzuwa was linked to the Mujuru faction. Several parastatal heads will also be fired, the sources said.
A shakeup is also expected at the Zimbabwe Republic Police.