By Mutsa Makuvaza
The ruling Zanu-PF party’s politburo has turned down yet another application by the party’s former youth leader Kudzanai Chipanga to be readmitted.
Chipanga was fired from the ruling party in November 2017 alongside other perceived G40 fation members who had played a role in hounding then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa out of the party and country.
He has since applied twice in as many years to be readmitted, with his latest attempt failing yet again, according to a decision made by the Politburo this evening.
Another former G40 member Walter Mzembi, who fled into exile when Robert Mugabe was toppled, urged his fired former colleagues to accept that they are no longer wanted in Zanu-PF.
Reacting to Chipanga’s latest predicament, Mzembi said: “Former G40 colleagues dont get it that they have since been replaced by another generational band of youthies right up to Cabinet level , it serves him right actually! Zanu PF will readmit wasted and past sell by date politicians not this type.”
The former tourism Minister urged Chipanga to simply move on.
In September last year, Chipanga applied to be readmitted into the party but the first effort suffered a blow after the Manicaland provincial executive committee (PEC) threw out his appeal saying he should go through the national executive.
Chipanga, who was expelled with several other members aligned to the G40 cabal, had sought his readmission saying he had repented and needed another chance.
In dismissing his application last year, the provincial executive felt the matter needed to be handled at a higher level since Chipanga had been fired by a Zanu-PF Congress.
“The decision to dismiss Chipanga from the party was made at the highest level of the party and as a province we realised that we could not handle it. We recommended that his matter be dealt with at national level. Since he was dismissed at the party’s Congress, the decision to accept or not to accept him back should be handled at the top,” sad the province last year. – Zimbabwe Voice ■