A TOP official at the Zanu PF’s Chitepo School of Ideology has said the dismissal from Cabinet and Government of Owen Ncube was a wake-up call for everyone in positions of authority to work in accordance with the mandate of their jobs.
President Mnangagwa yesterday fired the Minister of State for National Security Owen Ncube for “conduct that was deemed inappropriate for a Minister of Government”.
Ncube becomes the fifth Minister to be fired by President Mnangagwa over the last three years. Others who have been booted out include Prisca Mupfumira, Fortune Chasi, Energy Mutodi and Obadiah Moyo.
In a statement announcing the sacking, the Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda said: “His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde ED Mnangagwa, has in terms of section 340, subsection (1), paragraph (f), as read with section 104, subsection (1) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe removed Owen Ncube from the Office of Cabinet Minister and Minister of Government with immediate effect for conduct inappropriate for a Minister of Government.”
Senior consultant for Chitepo School of Ideology, Goodwine Mureriwa said the dismissal of Ncube would send signals that the whip will be cracked at those who derelict their jobs and mandates.
“Though I am not privy to the reasons behind his dismissal, what I can say is that this is a wake-up call to everyone in positions of authority to work in accordance with the dictates of their jobs,” Mureriwa told The Herald newspaper.
“President Mnangagwa has made it very clear that his administration will provide servant leadership, working for the people as well as serving in a manner that develops the country and the economy at large.
“The President is hands-on and when he makes such a decision he will be fully aware of what is going on and maybe what the person was doing is at variance with what he was appointed for.
“In my view I think this will go a long way in reminding people, whatever positions they occupy that they should always work for the good of the party and Government, the President has shown that he will not hesitate to crack the whip for corrective measures,” said Mureriwa.
As reported by HourlyHits, Ncube is accused of running parallel structures in the Midlands province and jeopardising the ruling party’s chances of winning future elections in the province by creating disharmony among party leaders.
Zanu PF Midlands provincial political heavyweight July Moyo is said to have advised President Mnangagwa to not wait any longer to fire Ncube as the party was bleeding votes in the province over Ncube’s conduct.
Ncube is also accused of fighting Kandros Mugabe, a Zanu PF benefactor in Kwekwe who is eyeing the Kwekwe Central seat in the March 26 by-elections this year.
The divisive 53-year-old politician also has former Zanu PF provincial chairman Daniel Mackenzie-Ncube and Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution Larry Mavima among the long list of party heavyweights that he clashed with in his bloodletting battle to control party strictures.
Ncube was first appointed to Government as Midlands Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution in 2017, an appointment that surprised many considering the huge expectations the people had on Government at the tie and Ncube’s checkered past.
The Gokwe-Kana MP was re-assigned to head the Ministry of State for National Security in 2018, a position he held until his dismissal.