In Summary
  • Mr Mutasa, 79 was among over 10 ministers who were shown the door last December for allegedly supporting the ousted Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
  • Mr Mutasa has become the spokesperson of the disgruntled Zanu-PF top officials who fell victim to the purge, describing the party congress that gave President Mugabe a fresh five year mandate as illegal.
  • He has also threatened to drag Zanu-PF to court to have the congress declared null and void as he argues that the appointments and amendments giving President Mugabe more power were illegal.

HARARE, Thursday
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has expelled one of his longtime allies, a former minister he accuses of plotting to kill him, as the battle to succeed the 91 year-old leader escalates.

Former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa’s expulsion was recommended by a Zanu-PF committee that comprises President Mugabe’s wife, Grace who has been elevated to the party’s top decision making body – the politburo.

The First Lady returned home last Sunday after spending over two months in Singapore where she underwent an operation to remove an appendix and the expulsion was recommended at her first politburo meeting since her elevation last year.

Mr Mutasa, 79 was among over 10 ministers who were shown the door last December for allegedly supporting the ousted Vice-President Joice Mujuru.

President Mugabe’s wife pushed for Ms Mujuru’s removal claiming she was corrupt and incompetent.

However, it is widely believed that the president’s wife is trying to assert herself in the party at a time her husband is edging towards an exit from power.

ILLEGAL

Mr Mutasa has become the spokesperson of the disgruntled Zanu-PF top officials who fell victim to the purge, describing the party congress that gave President Mugabe a fresh five year mandate as illegal.

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