Suspended Politburo Member Blames Former Maid For Her Woes

Suspended ZANU PF politburo member Cleveria Chizema has accused her former housemaid of involvement in her recent fallout with her party colleagues.

Chizema was suspended from the politburo last week after she was found in possession of fliers and placards promoting the July 31 anti-government protests.

She said the posters were dumped at her home in Harare soon after a birthday party in March this year.

Chizema said she kept the fliers under a carpet and intended to present them to politburo members Oppah Muchinguri, who is the Defence Minister, and July Moyo – the Local Government Minister.

Chizema said she suspected that her long-time maid was involved in the plot as she left immediately after the posters were dumped in her yard. She said:

There was another day I could not sleep, the alarm kept ringing. I think this was definitely a plot against me.

Six years together, no notice, no nothing. I suspect she was the one who knew I threw the papers under the carpet.

The fliers allegedly pushed for Vice President Constantino Chiwenga to take over the top job in the ruling party.

Reports claim that Chizema’s suspension was part of a broader move to weed out Chiwenga’s sympathisers and there could be more victims in the coming days.

Chiwenga, who engineered the coup that toppled long-time ruler Robert Mugabe in 2017, had an alleged fallout with President Emmerson Mnangagwa after the latter insisted on running for a second term in 2023 despite an alleged deal that he would serve for one term and allow his deputy to take over.

More: The Standard

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