By Staff Reporter
AN individual claiming to be the interim secretary general of Zanu PF has written to parliament requesting the recall of 70 party legislators, including David Kudakwashe Mnangagwa, the son of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
In a letter addressed to the Speaker of parliament, Jacob Mudenda, Tafadzwa Manyika stated that these MPs had ceased to be party members.
“Kindly be advised that the following Members of the National Assembly were elected under Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) political party, and have ceased to be members of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front.
“Kindly proceed in terms of the relevant provisions of the Constitution of Zimbabwe relating to members who have ceased to be members of a political party which they were elected under,” read the letter, accompanied by the list of targeted MPs.
The bold recall order included individuals such as Mnangagwa’s son, who also holds the position of deputy minister of finance. Other notable figures who were targeted were Owen Ncube, a key associate of the president, tourism minister Barbra Rwodzi, and Tongai Mnangagwa, the nephew of the Zimbabwean leader.
The recall order poses a significant challenge to Mudenda’s impartiality, particularly following recent swift actions where the speaker of parliament recalled 15 CCC MPs based on a contentious directive from Sengezo Tshabangu, acting as the party Secretary General.
Tshabangu has been labeled an imposter by the main opposition.
In a somewhat ironic remark regarding these events, CCC spokesperson Promise Mkwananzi suggested that the Zanu PF recalls may lead to the initiation of new elections in the country.
“A Demon of recalls engulfs the country. The speaker now has no option but to remove the @ZANUPF_Official recalled members as per the precedent he has set.
“At this rate, we are likely to have a fresh election sooner than we expected. With almost 100 MPs recalled, parliament has effectively collapsed. Compounded by the SHAM of August 2023, a fresh, free & fair election is now the only option,” Mkwananzi posted on his X, formerly Twitter.