First Lady Grace Mugabe is believed to have personally booted Mashonaland West Chairman Ziyambi Ziyambi.
ZANU PF provincial executive members in Mashonaland West Province yesterday passed a vote-of-no-confidence on acting provincial chairman Ziyambi Ziyambi accusing him of being dishonest and failing to prepare the groundwork for election of a substantive committee.
Ziyambi was booted out after 27 out of 50 provincial executive members who included MPs, central committee and politburo members voted against him. The decision was sealed during a meeting held at the party's provincial offices in Chinhoyi.
Party sources said Ziyambi was being removed in favour of flamboyant businessman and central committee member, Phillip Chiyangwa who refused to comment on the issue yesterday.
The provincial Women's League also resolved to recall MP Joani Tsogorani from Parliament accusing her of manipulating her election under the women's quota system.
Tsogorani also serves as provincial vice-chairperson.
Ziyambi is accused of being dishonest by misrepresenting facts to First Lady and Zanu PF Women League boss Grace Mugabe about the state of affairs in the province.
He reportedly received a serious tongue-lashing from Grace over allegations that he attempted to block her from presiding over the launch of a housing scheme in Kadoma two weeks ago.
Ziyambi is also said to have refused to endorse Angela Muchemeyi as the Mashonaland West Women's League chairperson, a move that reportedly angered the First Lady.
But Ziyambi, who spearheaded the expulsion of former provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa, has accused party members of campaigning for his ouster.
"They have always wanted to lead the province at whatever cost and those are the people going behind my back," he said.