Two government ministers, Mary Mliswa-Chikoka and Kindness Paradza are reportedly fighting after the former imposed her ally on the Makonde District coordinating committee (DCC) chaired by Kindness Paradza.
ZANU PF is conducting a restructuring exercise and Mary Mliswa-Chikoka reportedly abused her ministerial and party provincial powers to impose Ruth ‘Boko Haram’ Chikukwa, supposedly at the expense of Stuart Yasini whom the DCC had already co-opted.
The move, which is said to be in violation of the Zanu PF constitution, left Paradza seething with anger. He has since written to the DCC declaring Mliswa-Chikoka’s move as null and void.
In the letter, Paradza who is also the Information deputy minister criticised Mliswa-Chikoka for interfering in Makonde DCC business. He wrote:
Please note that the Makonde DCC, at a properly constituted meeting last Saturday, co-opted Cde Stuart Yasini as Secretary for Science and Technology. That decision still stands. I have since written officially to the province notifying them of our collective decision.
I am told there was a meeting yesterday in Chinhoyi between the provincial chairman and district leadership from Chinhoyi constituency, which was not sanctioned by me, as DCC chairman, and which I did not attend because of ZITF (Zimbabwe International Trade Fair) commitments. I am told this meeting nominated Ruth ‘Boko Haram’ Chikukwa to be in the DCC executive in place of Yasini. This is null and void.
Paradza said the meeting called by Mliswa-Chikoka did not have the legal basis to co-opt anyone into the district organ adding that Ruth Chikukwa failed national security vetting, the reason she was disqualified to contest as a councillor in the last (26 March) by-elections.
He reiterated Provincial Executive Committees (PEC) or districts have no authority to co-opt anyone on behalf of the DCC.