HARARE:Former Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa, has dismissed claims that he is in the country saying the State media was offside.
Mutasa told the Daily News on Sunday in a telephone interview yesterday that he was still in India where his wife is being treated for an undisclosed illness.
“I don’t know why they publish lies. They should have phoned me,” said Mutasa.
The former minister of State for Presidential Affairs said he will be back in the country next week.
“I just laugh at them, you cannot be angry with them.
“That is their style of work. We are still in hospital, we can’t just pack our bags and leave the hospital.
“I will be home probably next week,” he said.
The Herald reported that Mutasa, who for the past month has been in India where his wife was undergoing treatment, is reportedly back in the country.
The paper said Mutasa, still smarting from his failure to make it into the Zanu PF Central Committee which ruled him out of appointment to the politburo, has been making unprecedented moves among them requesting Sadc, chaired by President Robert Mugabe, to nullify the just-ended “praise and worship” congress.
The state media went on to quote unnamed sources alleging that Mutasa was spotted at his home in Rusape with some Zanu PF provincial members aligned to him paying homage at his house on Christmas Eve.
“Some of his allies who went to see him are provincial members from his constituency, among them Cdes Tedious Choka, Christine Murembeve who also doubles up as his constituency secretary. Also present was Colonel (Rtd) Topira Mutasa, his nephew.
“They went to see him at his house at No. 2 Mbuya Nehanda Drive around 3pm.
‘What shocked Mutasa was to find that his house was no longer guarded by the Police Protection Unit, a privilege he had enjoyed for a long time,” the paper said.
“He did not want most people to know that he is back. He just wanted it to be a secret and has no plans to be seen in public yet.
“I will not be surprised if he boycotts Parliament when it resumes sitting,” said the source.
Samuel Undenge, Manicaland provincial chairperson earlier this week said the province wanted Mutasa expelled for his continued denigration of Zanu PF.
A close Mutasa family member cheekily said it was impossible for the former Mugabe top aide to be at two places at the same time.DailyNews