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Divisions rock Zanu!

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ZANU-PF Harare province has been rocked by divisions that have seen the suspension of one of its members from the party on accusations of supplying information to a Harare businessman perceived to be a member of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T).

In a way, the disciplinary hearing has brought to the fore alleged friction between ZANU-PF Politburo member Tendai Savanhu and the party's Harare South lawmaker, Hubert Nyanhongo.

Former ZANU-PF Mbare District Coordinating Committee (DCC) chairperson, Joshua Gore was suspended from the party for two years for leaking information to businessman, Alex Mashamhanda.

Mashamhanda is a Harare businessman at the centre of investigations into the erroneous delivery of poisonous chemicals to the capital's main waterworks.

The businessman has faced opposition from ZANU-PF youths in his bid to construct a service station in Mbare. He has since abandoned the project after the youths unleashed a reign of terror on the contractor and his workers, accusing him of bankrolling the MDC-T.

Mashamhanda flatly denies being an MDC-T member.

His name featured prominently during a hearing into Gore's conduct.

Documents in possession of The Financial Gazette indicate that although all ZANU-PF members of the disbanded DCC Six were opposed to Mashamhanda's project, the accused told the businessman that only Savanhu; provincial youth chairperson Jim Kunaka and the then DCC Six youth secretary, Alfonse Gobvu were opposed to it.

Armed with this information, Mashamhanda and his company – Mashwede Diesel Services — instituted court action in the High Court citing Savanhu, Kunaka and Gobvu as the respondents along with Police Commissioner General Augustine Chihuri.

Gore was also accused of defending Mashamhanda by lying that the businessman was a ZANU-PF member, even though MDC-T officials had allegedly told the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee that he was their member.

Responding to the charges during the hearing, Gore said the allegations were driven by personal vendettas.

He revealed that Savanhu had assigned DCC Six committee members to hold a meeting with Mashamhanda to find out why he was constructing a service station in Mbare; his intentions, his political background among others, which they did.

"Cde Savanhu told me that the DCC Six boundary was George Stark and Muchenje Street, any step beyond that was a crime. I ignored the idea and went on to address meetings in Ardbennie, Sunningdale, Waterfalls and Harare South. It was at this point that Cde Savanhu addressed an inter-district meeting calling me a sell-out," said Gore in his defence papers.

"In March 2005, Cde Savanhu brought money for the campaign committee of which I was getting just half as compared to others.

This was punishment for going beyond George Stark High School since he always said Nyanhongo was not ours."

Nyanhongo is also ZANU-PF's deputy Minister of Energy and Power Development.

The hearing, conducted by ZANU-PF Harare province, concluded that Gore flouted the party's policies, rules and regulations as he acted against the party's directives, and as a leader, failed to observe the underlying principle of collective responsibility.

Gore was convicted as charged as he was judged to have failed to present any convincing statements in his defence.

" . . . After having been found guilty of violating the party constitution . . . the provincial disciplinary hearing is hereby suspending Cde Joshua Gore from participating in any activities of the party, ZANU-PF, in any capacity for a period of two years," reads part of the findings .

Gore is, however, mulling appealing to party national chairperson, Simon Khaya-Moyo against his suspension.

All has not been well in Harare province in recent weeks following the questioning of its members by the police, including Kunaka, over a recent shooting incident that was meant to block council from demolishing illegal car sales.

Last month, police questioned Kunaka over a shooting incident in the capital after municipal officials started demolishing illegal car-sales in and around Harare.
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