FORMER Information minister Chen Chimutengwende was last weekend imposed as Mashonaland Central provincial chairman without an election taking place, creating a rift between emerging politic
ians and the old guard, the Zimbabwe Independent heard this week.
Dickson Mafios, an emerging political powerhouse in the province who was heavily tipped to pip Chimutengwende to the post, was sidelined from the race for chairmanship on a technicality.
Mafios this week confirmed that he had been willing to run for the chairmanship but policy changes did not allow him to “cross-floors”.
“As a party we have district co-ordinating committees and that is where people are chosen,” Mafios said.
“The selections are done using categories, which are mainly youth, women and the main wing. Party policy does not allow anyone chosen in one category to contest in another,” he said.
Mafios said the actual voting was done at district level so that last weekend’s event was more of an allocation of provincial positions and endorsing them.
“We agreed in principle that Chimutengwende should be provincial chairman and everybody accepted it. Voting was done at district level and last week we were allocating and confirming positions,” he said.
Highly placed sources told the Independent in Bindura on Sunday that the change of policy was done to sideline Mafios because he was chosen by the youth league.
“The protocol is that district youth wings should have nominated him but none of the seven districts brought his name forward.”