Zanu PF National Political Commissar Webster Shamu has been recalled from the central committee post he won in last week’s elections.
This follows a demonstration in Chinhoyi by hundreds of Zanu PF supporters from Mashonaland West, against Cdes Shamu, demanding that he step down from his posts.
The demonstrators marched through the city of Chinhoyi wielding placards denouncing Cdes Shamu .
Here is a US Harare Embassy Cable of Feb 1988! 69. (U) CHARLES NDLOVU, DEPUTY MINISTER OF YOUTH, SPORT AND CULTURE: — NDLOVU IS NEW TO THE CABINET AND TAKES OVER THIS POSITION FROM AMOS MIDZI WHO IS NO LONGER IN GOVERNMENT. NDLOVU, A ZEZURU, WAS ONCE A DISC JOCKEY WITH THE RHODESIAN BROADCASTING CORP. HE LEFT FOR MAPUTO IN THE MIND-1970’S WHERE HE BECAME A BROADCASTER ON “THE VOICE OF FREE ZIMBABWE”. IN THE EARLY 1980’S, HE WAS NAMED HEAD OF PRODUCTION SERVICES IN THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION, AND IN 1985 HE BECAME HEAD OF THE PARASTATAL CENTRAL FILM LABORATORIES. HE IS ALSO THE HEAD OF THE ZANU YOUTH WING. IN 1985 HE WAS ELECTED AS A ZANU MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT. 70. (C) NDLOVU IS CONSIDERED A PARTY HACK WITH FAIRLY CLOSE TIES TO MUGABE. AS HEAD OF THE YOUTH WING OF THE PARTY, HE HAS HAD VERY CLOSE CONTACT WITH EAST BLOC NATIONS, NORTH KOREA AND CHINA, ALL OF WHOM HAVE SUPPORTED THE YOUTH WING. HOWEVER, HE IS ALSO VERY ACCESSIBLE TO US AND AN OCCASIONALLY USEFUL CONTACT WITH THE PARTY’S IDEOLOGICAL WING. HE WAS MOVED FROM THE MINISTRY OF INFORMATION TO CENTRAL FILM LABS IN 1985 AFTER A SCANDAL IN WHICH AN ALLEGED Z$ 50,000 WAS EMBEZZLED FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PRODUCTION SERVICES THROUGH A FALSE PAYROLL SCHEME. THE DEPARTMENT’S ACCOUNTANT COMMITTED SUICIDE, BUT NDLOVU–WHO IS WIDELY THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN DIRECTLY INVOLVED–WAS SAVED, PROBABLY THROUGH HIS TIES WITH MUGABE. THOUGH MARRIED, NDLOVU IS WELL KNOWN AS A WOMANIZER AND HEAVY DRINKER. HE IS A REGISTERED MEMBER OF THE NORTON COUNTRY CLUB (HE HAS A FARM IN THE AREA) UNDER HIS PRE-REVOLUTIONARY NAME OF WEBSTER SHAMU.
Acting provincial chairman Cde Ziyambi Ziyambi, provincial youth chairman Cde Vengi Musengi, and central committee-elect member.
Cde Philip Chiyangwa addressed the demonstrators at the party provincial offices in Chinhoyi.
Cde Musengi accused Cdes Shamu of selling out and of grabbing most of the companies in the province.
Cde Chiyangwa announced that Cdes Shamu has been booted out.
Later he handed a petition to Cde Ziyambi who stated that those ousted will be blocked from attending the forthcoming national congress.
The petition is said to contain six names of people whom the province wants to recall from the central committee posts they won in last week’s elections.
The ICT, Postal and Courier Services minister Shamu was recently reported to have slept with a 15-year old girl before shipping her off to the United Kingdom as part of an elaborate cover-up to avoid prosecution for statutory rape
Sylvester Nguni was also booted out.