By A Correspondent- Zanu PF supporters in Mutare early this week mobbed the party headquarters baying for the ouster of Manicaland provincial chairperson Mike Madiro.
Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister Nokuthula Matsikenyere saved Madiro, who dispersed the angry mob.
Matsikenyere told NewsDay that she was sent to address and disperse the irate demonstrators by Zanu PF acting political commissar Patrick Chinamasa.
Over 200 party members, including war veterans, accused Madiro of imposing candidates in the province’s internal district elections.
“People were not happy with the elections. They are claiming provincial chairperson Mike Madiro was an interested party and was not supposed to have monitored the elections,” Matsikenyere said.
“It is not fair that Madiro is monitoring elections where he is also an interested party.
“If it means that I have to contact President Emmerson Mnangagwa over the issue, I am going to do so.”
Matsikenyere told NewsDay that after her address, the irate demonstrators left for their respective districts.
Party insiders have been accusing Madiro of undermining party structures in the province, and antagonising his perceived enemies in his quest to retain the chairmanship in provincial elections to be held later this year.
Madiro was unavailable for comment.
Mutare district co-ordinating committee secretary for youth affairs Danmore Mambondiyani said: “As demonstrators, we have resolved to disband the province and that is what we have agreed to do.”