By Mutsa Makuvaza
ZANU-PF continues taking the fight to the doorstep of renegade party officials in the Midlands Province after it today barred Energy Dhala Ncube from contesting in the ruling party’s primary elections set for tomorrow (Thursday).
Primary elections in Zanu PF will be conducted on January 20, 2022 countrywide after President Mnangagwa proclaimed March 26 as the date for by-elections to fill the 28 vacant National Assembly seats and 105 local authority polls across the country.
Dhala Ncube, a nephew to fired State Security Minister Owen Ncube, has been disqualified on charges of bringing the party into disrepute through violence and vote buying.
Also disqualified on the same charge is Kandros Mugabe, a church bishop who has been funding party projects for decades in the Midlands city. Mugabe contested and lost in the 2018 plebiscite as a Zanu PF candidate, beaten by NPF candidate Blackman Matambanadzo who passed away last year leading to the current vacancy.
The party’s provincial chairman Larry Mavima announced the disqualification of the two fierce opponents who both have been aiming the Kwekwe central seat for years.
Mavima had no kind words for the two who je said have been dragging the name of the party into disrepute.
“I can confirm that the provincial executive has decided to disqualify both Energy Ncube and Kandros Mugabe for bringing the name of the party into disrepute through violence and vote buying,” said Mavima.
Dhala Ncube’s problems surmounted when his uncle Owen Ncube was fired from Cabinet and Government by President Mnangagwa two weeks ago as the fallout turned dramatic.
Ncube was accused of behavior unbecoming of a Minister when he gathered a group of machete-wielding party youths led by Dhala Ncube to disreput the party’s programmes and meeting demanding that the provincial executive be staffed by members of their preference.
Ncube acted as if he was doing so in the interests of the President, which then irked Mnangagwa leading to him showing the 53-year-old Gokwe-Kana MP the exit.
Meanwhile, it was not immediately clear who else among Zanu PF officials is standing in the primaries for Kwekwe central.