Justice Mayor Wadyajena, a staunch ally of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and former Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator, has managed to sidestep another potential axe from the ZANU-PF, as announced by party spokesperson Christopher Mutsvangwa.
Mutsvangwa lifted suspensions on several party members, including Wadyajena, citing a violation of a standing Politburo order.
Wadyajena found himself suspended last month, along with Florence Rwodzi and other senior executives in Midlands, over allegations of undermining the party’s candidates leading up to the August elections.
The suspension wave also extended to other party members, such as Larry Mavhima and Jorum Gumbo, who were threatened with suspension for purportedly failing to campaign adequately for the party.
Party supporters, numbering over 360, faced potential suspension, with additional members in Harare province receiving suspensions for various reasons, including the failure to mobilize supporters for a meeting featuring First Lady Auxilia Mnangagwa.
Addressing the media in Harare, Mutsvangwa declared the suspensions null and void, emphasizing that they contravened a prohibition order imposed by the Politburo.
He cautioned party members against engaging in vindictive suspensions and urged adherence to party orders, emphasizing that ZANU-PF operates as an organized structure respecting central directives.
Mutsvangwa drew a distinction between ZANU-PF and the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC), criticizing the latter’s chaotic conduct that led to the hastened elections due to the recall of legislators and councillors.
“These suspensions are null. People must wait for a directive from the politburo, the standing order from the politburo is that there will not be a suspension,” Mutsvangwa told journalists, emphasizing the need for organizational discipline.
He advised party members to refrain from taking actions that could lead to chaos within the party and discouraged settling scores in a retaliatory manner.
Mutsvangwa emphasized the importance of unity and celebration of victories, highlighting the party’s preference for adherence to central orders.
Wadyajena, who faced challenges during the primaries allegedly marred by rigging, lost to Flora Buka. However, the party’s provincial executive accused Wadyajena of sabotaging Buka’s campaigns, leading to tensions within the constituency. Despite attempts to unite party candidates and resolve disputes, a common ground was elusive.