WASHINGTON DC —
Former Zanu-PF secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa, has sensationally claimed that the centre of power in Zanu-PF has shifted and First Lady, Grace Mugabe, is now firmly in control of party affairs.
The 285th ordinary session of the Politburo on Wednesday expelled Mutasa and Hurungwe West Member of Parliament Temba Mliswa soon after the return of Mrs. Mugabe from Singapore.
Like many in the ruling party, Mutasa had become a permanent fixture in the organization’s structures but everything changed when he was expelled from the ranks of a party he has belonged to for almost his whole life.
Mutasa told VOA Studio 7's Blessing Zulu in an exclusive interview, “There is no doubt from what is going on that at the present moment, that the center of their power is going to be the first lady and we find that very absurd. It has never happened anywhere that, that kind of arrangement should be the case. One of us once talked about it, way back Jabulani Sibanda intimated that what had happened was a bedroom coup, and he was dragged to court and he is still waiting to be sentenced.
“You see at yesterday’s (Wednesday) Politburo meeting the first lady sat as a member of the presidium, but you see in terms of our constitution, the secretary for Women’s Affairs, which the late Sally Mugabe was, never sat at the top table, but when she comes in for the first Politburo meeting, she seats at the top table, well it gives us an assumption that they are probably prepared for her to be the center of power.”
Party spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo said the two were fired for insubordination.
But Mutasa said he does not recognise the expulsion.