By Shami Makombe
FORMER deputy Information Minister Energy Mutodi has lost his frantic bid to find a political home in Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial structured after the ruling party’s ideology director blocked the move.
Mutodi won his way into the Masvingo Provincial Co-ordinating Committee (PCC) in line with the December 2021 provincial elections results.
But he is the ruling party’s MP for Goromonzi West in Mashonaland East since 2018, a seat he won thanks to the clumsy double fielding of candidates by the MDC Alliance.
With the 2023 general elections fast approaching, Mutodi has been trying to sneak back into Masvingo Province where he is eyeing the Bikita South constituency.
In the December 2021 internal provincial elections, Mutodi polled 583 votes in Bikita and thrashed the incumbent Bikita South legislator, Josiah Sithole by nearly 200 votes for the race to enter the Masvingo PCC.
Spurred by the outcome of these elections, Mutodi thought he was automatically now a member of the Zanu PF Masvingo PCC, giving him ample leverage to wrestle the “safer” Bikita South seat in the next elections.
But Herbert Chitepo School of Ideology principal, Munyaradzi Machacha dismissed Mutodi’s maneuvres on the technical grounds that he still sits on the Mashonaland East PCC.
“Your appeal cannot be accepted because by virtue of being a Goromonzi West legislator you automatically sit in the Mashonaland East PCC,” Machacha wrote to Mutodi, according to Masvingo Mirror.
“So until you renounce you position in Mash East; the party constitution does not allow you to sit in two PCCs. At the moment your case does not hold water and is automatically dismissed on that technicality,” explained Machacha.
Both Mutodi and Masvingo PCC chairperson Robert Mavhenyengwa declined to comment.
Zanu PF national spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa referred any questions back to Machacha.
Mutodi was fired as deputy Minister in May 2020, weeks after clashing with his Ministry boss Monica Mutsvangwa and her powerful husband Chris Mutsvangwa. Mutodi had accused Monica of abusing State-owned media for her personal benefit.
Mutodi in 2017 once appeared in a photo that went viral, which showed him and then Vice President Mnangagwa posing with a mug emblazoned with the words ‘I AM THE BOSS ’ in what some people in the ruling party claimed were clear indications by Mnangagwa that he wanted to succeed Robert Mugabe.