WASHINGTON DC —
Political temperatures are rising again in the ruling Zanu-PF party with the return of First Lady Grace Mugabe from the Far East, paving way for the disciplinary hearing of former secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, for alleged insubordination and bringing the name of the party into disrepute.
Mutasa told VOA Studio 7 that he will attend the hearing if he is invited but was quick to add that it is, "not constitutional and its just a special commitee set up for him...I will attend only out of the respect I have for president Mugabe because I believe he is the one that set it up."
The committee is led by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko. Other committee members are secretary for Women Affairs Mrs. Mugabe, Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, secretary for legal affairs Patrick Chinamasa, secretary for youth Pupurai Togarepi and politburo member Kembo Mohadi.
Zanu-PF spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo last week said the absence of the first lady had delayed the Mutasa hearing. The party remains largely divided as alleged backers of former Vice President Joice Mujuru continue to be purged.
Mutasa told VOA Studio 7 he will attend he disciplinary hearing "only out of the respect that I have for President Mugabe."