KNIVES are out for acting Zanu PF Mashonaland West chairperson Ziyambi Ziyambi, with a petition being circulated to remove him in favour of flamboyant businessman and central committee member, Phillip Chiyangwa.
BY NUNURAI JENA
Sources said a vote of no confidence was set to be passed against Ziyambi who is being accused of dishonesty and disloyalty.
Zanu PF provincial executive members told The Standard that the signing of a petition against Ziyambi was almost complete and the announcement of his removal would be made this week.
Ziyambi is being accused of failing to revamp structures in all the districts to pave way for provincial elections. The provincial structures collapsed when several officials linked to former Vice-President Joice Mujuru were fired.
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 chairperson, a move that has reportedly angered Grace.
Mashonaland West Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) had initially refused the imposition of Muchemeyi as the provincial women’s boss by the Grace-led national executive last month without the blessing of the provincial committee at their last meeting in Chinhoyi. But they were forced to reverse their decision overnight.
Ziyambi yesterday said he was not aware of such a plot to remove him.
“I am not aware of such a move but if I am accused of having failed, then the whole provincial executive committee has failed, not Ziyambi alone,” he said.
He claimed district committees were restructured but they were only awaiting verification.
Ziyambi said he was aware of some officials who have always wanted to chair the province noting they were the ones responsible for sowing seeds of confusion in Mashonaland West.
“They have always wanted to lead the province at whatever cost and those are the people going behind my back,” he said.
Ziyambi spearheaded the removal of former provincial chairperson Temba Mliswa — the same scenario that has come back to haunt him.
Chiyangwa yesterday refused to comment on the issue.