THE Zanu-PF Politburo has referred the cases of former G40 acolytes Tapiwa Matangaidze and Makhosini Hlongwane back to the Midlands provincial coordinating committee after strong objections from former army general Sibusiso Moyo and other provincial heavyweights.
Former Minister of Sports Recreation, Arts and Culture, Makhosini Hlongwane and former Deputy Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Tapiwanashe Majaya Matangaidze are among former party members who have re-applied to be re-admitted into Zanu-PF.
Hlongwane, a former ZBC reporter, was the legislator for Mberengwa East while the former Premier Soccer League president Matangaidze was the Shurugwi South legislator during the last days of Mugabe’s administration.
ZANU-PF Midlands chairperson Daniel Mackenzie Ncube previously confirmed that he was sitting on the applications by the two former Ministers and expressed hope that they would be readmitted into the “big tent” of Zanu-PF.
“We have applications from former ministers. We have got applications from Makhosini Hlongwane and Tapiwa Matangaidze. We will be sitting down to make our decision on them.
“But they will have to be properly vetted and most likely they will start at the bottom of the rank,” said Mackenzie Ncube. “They will be observed over time to ensure that they are now compliant in everything they do.”
However, the comeback by the two former Ministers suffered a setback at this week’s Politburo meeting.
The Zimbabwe Independent reports that Sibusiso Busi Moyo, Joram Gumbo, July Moyo, Tsitsi Muzenda and Simbarashe Mbengegwi argued that the two’s applications had not been deliberated on at provincial level.
“The five, who are the most senior members from the Midlands province, accused secretary for legal affairs Paul Mangwana of misrepresenting to the politburo that their case had been deliberated on by the provincial PCC,” a Politburo insider told thr weekly publication.
“The five then said they did not remember any such PCC meeting being converged and this resulted in the meeting referring the case back to the provincial structures,” the source said.
Hlongwane, Matangaidze and five other executive members were expelled from the party ove two years ago after Zanu-PF Midlands provincial executive accused them of misconduct, peddling falsehoods to the party’s leadership and dividing the province.
The other Midlands provincial executive members who were also affected Anastacia Ndhlovu, Lot Mpofu Chihwereva, Tsitsi Zhou, Mercy Mashunye and Tapiwa Njovana. – Zimbabwe Voice ■