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Zanu PF Sets Up Committee to Probe Mutasa's Conduct

FILE: A woman reacts after Emmerson Mnangagwa was announced as one of the two vice Presidents at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare,Wednesday, Dec, 10, 2014

WASHINGTON - The Zanu PF Politburo Wednesday set up a committee led by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to investigate the conduct of ousted party secretary for administration, Didymus Mutasa.

Other committee members are Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, secretary for legal affairs Patrick Chinamasa, secretary for women affairs Grace Mugabe, secretary for youth Pupurai Togarepi and Politburo member Kembo Mohadi.

Mutasa angered Zanu PF hawks after charging that the hounding of officials perceived to be supporting former Vice President Joice Mujuru and the outcome of the party’s Congress last December was unconstitutional.

He has also threatened legal action to void the result.

Meanwhile, President Mugabe left Harare for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on the same day to attend the African Union summit.

The meeting comes at a time when the continent is grappling with various problems, including Ebola in West Africa and the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria.

And with Mr. Mugabe set to take over the rotational AU chairmanship at the end of the summit, many are asking whether he has what it takes to tackle especially human rights and democracy issues plaguing different countries.

Political and economic commentator Rejoice Ngwenya of the Liberal Market Solutions opined that Mugabe - one of the longest-serving African leaders - is not suitable for the AU leadership.