Former Zanu PF political commissar Victor Matemadanda has warned Zanu PF provincial and DCC chairpersons against taking unconstitutional and unprocedural actions and decisions.
Matemadanda was reportedly told that he was no longer party commissar and deputy defence minister by President Emmerson Mnangagwa during a politburo meeting on Thursday.
But in a move that could be interpreted as defiance to Mnangagwa’s decision to fire him, Matemadanda on Friday co-signed a Zanu PF circular to all provincial and DCC chairpersons, telling State media that the circular was meant to clip the wings of some officials who were being overhasty.
Among the other co-signatories to the circular is Zanu PF National Chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Secretary for Administration Obert Mpofu.
Matemadanda was recently quoted telling party structures that Zanu PF was behind the decimation of the MDC Alliance led by Nelson Chamisa.
In his address to party structures in Marondera last week, Matemadanda said:
As we speak, the MDC Alliance is going down. This is because the likes of Chamisa unscrupulously rose to power.
The party is melting like a burning candle. We are not yet through (with them); very soon we will be announcing what we call big names. They are coming back home.
Now he (Chamisa) is crying accusing Zanu PF of being behind his demise.
Do you think that we liberated this country to surrender it? If that is the case, then we need to be examined by psychiatrists.
Do you think that we missed a greater part of our youth days liberating this country to donate it?
Are we donors? We will defend ourselves.
The Gokwe Central MP is now set to be reassigned to head a diplomatic mission. Presidential spokesperson George Charamba said:
Matemadanda was not fired, but he has been reassigned for a higher responsibility out of the country.
A number of our embassies have no representatives, hence there is a need to fill in those vacant posts.