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Speaker Of National Assembly Mudenda Barred From Attending Politburo Meeting

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda was on Wednesday barred by State security agents from attending a crucial ZANU PF politburo meeting.

Party insiders told NewsDay that he is being punished for calling for the amendment of the Constitution to allow citizens in the diaspora to vote in the 2023 elections.

He also called for a speedy appointment of a second vice-president in the spirit of the 1987 Unity Accord after former Vice-President Kembo Mohadiresigned following a sex scandal.

Only Zimbabweans on diplomatic missions and civil servants outside the country are allowed to vote and Mnangagwa has been evasive about the appointment of the second VP.

Party fanatics have been circulating pictures of Mudenda allegedly dining with foreign embassy officials, saying he is compromised and not serving party interests while others say he is positioning himself to be appointed the VP. A ZANU PF insider told NewsDay:

Mudenda was barred from attending the politburo meeting by some State security agents because people in the party are not happy with the diaspora vote which he called for recently.

When contacted for comment, Mudenda curtly said: “That’s nonsense,” before dropping the call.

ZANU PF political commissar and acting spokesperson Mike Bimha said Mudenda asked to be excused. Bimha said:

He (Mudenda) was asked to be excused from the politburo by the President Emmerson Mnangagwa since he had a question-and-answer session in Parliament. President Mnangagwa realised that Hon Mudenda was in the politburo when we started the meeting at 2pm, the time the question-and-answer session starts in Parliament.

On Wednesday during the politburo meeting, Mnangagwa made a speech which some observers say was directed at Mudenda. He said the party must be united and personal views and opinions must never be smuggled to assume the status of being a party policy.

His remarks echoed those made by ZANU PF spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa last week.

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