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Zanu PF youth leaders reject re-deployment… vow to fight corruption

By Nyashadzashe Ndoro

Suspended Zanu PF Youth League leaders, Lewis Matutu and Godfrey Tsenengamu have rejected a decision by the ruling party’s politburo to redeploy them to the Herbert Chitepo Ideological College citing that they were not going to stop fighting against corruption.

Lewis Matutu seen here greeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa in this file photo
Lewis Matutu seen here greeting President Emmerson Mnangagwa in this file photo

On his microblogging Facebook handle, Tsenengamu said he would only go to the school of ideology as a lecturer and never as a student.

Tsenengamu said he and Matutu were not against ZANU PF but corruption.

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“Only as a lecturer will I go to Chitepo Ideological College for I identified my students yesterday. Chitepo was neither a thief nor a looter.

“We are neither for nor against your party. We are for our future and that of the generations to come. Corruption is killing us,” Tsenengamu said.

Matutu on Twitter, also threatened with his life never to stop fighting against corruption.

“We keep on working. The fight continues. This is a decade of action as young people must fight to achieve vision 2030 #sdgs by all means possible.

“Self-sacrifice is the most honorable and selfless thing you can do in your life. Better to die for something than to live for nothing,” Matutu added.

The duo have remained defiant and called for another press conference to be held on Friday in Harare.

The Zanu PF youth league
The Zanu PF youth league

Matutu who was Zanu PF youth league deputy secretary and Godfrey Tsenengamu who was party youth league national commissar, have been suspended by the party for one year for failing to follow party procedures. The decision was made at the ZANU PF Politburo meeting on Wednesday.

Matutu and Tsenengamu intensified calls for action against allegedly corrupt linchpins Kudakwashe Tagwirei nicknamed Queen B, Tafadzwa Musarara and Billy Rautenbach who are considered allies of both President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Vice President Constantino Chiwenga.

According to reports Mnangagwa is quoted telling the politburo; “I will not tolerate misguided and misdirected activism which threatens the party’s unity cohesion and singleness of purpose.”

Zanu PF youth leader Pupurai Togarepi was also stripped off his position as youth league secretary.

On Monday Matutu and Tsenengamu had campaigned for action to be brought against under-fire business tycoon Tagwirei whom they accused of using his fat pocket to stir up an economic mess that caused massive suffering in Zimbabwe.

President Mnangagwa consoles Mr Kudakwashe Tagwirei while flanked by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga before the burial of the businessman's father, Sekuru Phineas Tagwirei, in Shurugwi yesterday. - (Picture by John Manzongo)
President Mnangagwa consoles Mr Kudakwashe Tagwirei while flanked by Vice President Constantino Chiwenga before the burial of the businessman’s father, Sekuru Phineas Tagwirei, in Shurugwi in 2018. – (Picture by John Manzongo)

They also accused Tagwirei of capturing government’s controversial command agriculture scheme through abuse of Treasury bills.

“He has a company named Fossil-Agro, which is supplying all imports for Command Agriculture,” Tsenengamu said.

Matutu accused Tagwirei of being a forex dealer, responsible for skyrocketing rates and large amounts of cash in the streets.

“How does an individual go to the bank and withdraw ZWL$500 000 cash; at some point in time his accounts were frozen but later unfrozen.

“Our challenge is why would one person come in between people who have nothing to do with his shenanigans and act as if he has protection.

“He has his front people running around in the streets doing his dirty works.

“He (Tagwirei) is leading some mining companies which are sponsoring the machete gangs as they rob gold from hardworking Zimbabweans,” Matutu alleged.

Tsenengamu also rebuked the monopoly on fuel blending by ethanol fuel mogul Rautenbach.

“He has monopoly on ethanol blending, why him alone? Everyone knows that it’s not good, but everyone is quiet or afraid to speak out.

Controversial businessman Billy Rautenbach
Controversial businessman Billy Rautenbach

“Why is Billy enjoying that monopoly and fuel prices have gone up because of him. So that he makes money,” Tsenengamu said.

“These cartels are very powerful and connected, and not just to one political party. Whoever comes into power will leave them stealing (sic),”  Tsenengamu said.

“Tagwirei runs a car import company. He works with a guy called Brighton. When government requires 40 cars, he imports 100 and the rest come in duty free.

“If you go to Tagwirei’s car sales (company), he has top-of-the range vehicles he brought in under the corrupt Command Agriculture schemes. He has done this because leaders have allowed it,” Tsenengamu claimed.

Musarara, the Grain Millers Association of Zimbabwe (GMAZ) chairperson was fingered by the youth league leaders as part of corrupt businessmen diverting mealie-meal to the black market.

Prominent journalist Hopewell Chin’ono said the decision to suspend the two was clear evidence that the president was himself captured.

“Now that Lewis Matutu has been suspended from ZANU PF for saying Kuda Tagwirei is corrupt. What does that mean to a sane mind?

“He didn’t say ZANU PF is corrupt, he said Tagwirei is corrupt, and ED moved to suspend him. Who then is Tagwirei’s Godfather? Is ED captured,” Chin’ono said. Nehanda Radio