ZANU-PF acting national spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa has said the sudden illness last week by the ruling party’s national political commissar Victor Matemadanda will not disrupt ongoing District Coordinating Committee (DCC) elections.
Matemadanda, who is also the Deputy Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, fell ill during a provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) meeting in Marondera and was rushed to hospital. He is recuperating at home.
According to a statement released on Saturday night by Chinamasa, Matemadanda’s illness included itchiness of the eyes, sweating profusely, swelling of the body and vomiting badly.
When news of his illness broke our, the rumour mill went into overdrive with some saying Matemadanda was poisoned by ivals unhappy with the party’s ongoing restructuring exercise.
Zanu-PF has denied that he was poisoned, adding cautiously that medical tests are still ongoing to ascertain the exact cause of his illness.
Others feared that his sudden illness could derail district co-ordinating committee (DCC) elections spearheaded by his office.
Chinamasa yesterday rubbished the assertion that Matemadanda’s ill-health would affect DCC elections.
“It should not affect the DCC elections as you know that Matemadanda has a deputy, Omega Hungwe. There will be no disruptions to the process. In any case, from what I gather from Matemadanda, he should be well soon. He is feeling much better.”
Chinamasa said the Zanu PF politburo was likely to meet this week to deliberate on the elections and possibly come up with timelines.
“The politburo will announce (the dates), hopefully, next week Wednesday. That is when we are going to receive approved lists of those who qualified to stand as DCC election candidates,” he said. ■