Zanu PF has expelled controversial Chivi South MP, Killer Zivhu with immediate effect following the ruling party’s politburo meeting held on Wednesday at the party’s headquarters in Harare.
The Zanu PF Politburo yesterday expelled Chivi South legislator, Mr Killer Zivhu following a recommendation by the party’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC).
Mr Zivhu’s expulsion was announced by the party’s acting secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Patrick Chinamasa at the end of the 340th Ordinary Session of the Politburo.
Zivhu however, said he would “remain a Zanu PF member by heart” and vowed to support party leader, President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
“The NDC recommended to the Politburo that Cde Killer Zivhu from Masvingo province be expelled and the Politburo upheld that recommendation and Cde Zivhu is expelled with immediate effect,” Cde Chinamasa said.
Mr Zivhu’s home province of Masvingo recommended his expulsion after he used social media to push for a meeting between First Lady Amai Auxillia Mnangagwa and MDC-Alliance leader Mr Nelson Chamisa’s wife Sithokozile.
He did this as part of his initiatives to push for dialogue between President Mnangagwa and Mr Chamisa.
Mr Zivhu was accused of breaking party protocol and was only recommended for expulsion after he ignored several warnings.
He blamed an unnamed member of the Zanu PF Politburo for engineering his ouster after that member failed to pay him back his US$1,5 million.
“I will not stand as independent whatever comes. I love Zanu PF, the people in my constituency will forever cherish my work.
“My effort to recover US$1.5 million from the most powerful Politburo member got me expelled.
“I reported him to ZACC (Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission) and I was about to give them evidence. The man was so vicious in the Politburo meeting today to make sure I got expelled,” Zivhu wrote on his Twitter handle.
Zivhu, a philanthropist and businessman according to reports fell foul of party rules in August last year when he advocated for a meeting between Mnangagwa and opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa which he argued would solve Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.
Zivhu had suggested that Mnangagwa’s wife, Auxillia, and Chamisa’s wife, Sithokozile, should meet in the run up to a final meeting between the president and the opposition leader.
Responding to Zivhu’s comment on Twitter, political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya said, “thats how Zanu PF operates and you could potentially be a case of from richest to rags. Zanu PF will strip you of all patronage linkages including farms, business licenses e.t.c including possible imminent arrest”.
Apart from Mr Zivhu’s expulsion, former Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Priscah Mupfumira was also removed from the Central Committee until her corruption cases involving abuse of funds at the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) had been resolved at the courts.
Meanwhile, the NDC has also recommended the reinstatement of Cde Aplonia Munzverengwi as the political commissar for the Women’s League.
Cde Nyarai Tsvuura was restored as the Mashonaland East Women’s League provincial chairperson.
In Manicaland Cdes Joseph Mujati, Simon Mapfumo, Betty Dhliwayo and Prosper Sithole were reinstated into the party after the Politburo nullified their suspensions.