Mnangagwa sacks top Byo Party official – ZimEye

Mnangagwa fires senior Byo party official

By Political Reporter: Zanu PF President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked the party’s losing candidate for the Bulawayo Central constituency, Tendai Charuka.

The party also banned Charuka from holding any office within the party or representing himself as a member.

In a letter dated 9 July 2024, ZANU PF Bulawayo Provincial Vice-Chairman Victor Mpofu informed Charuka that his suspension was effective immediately. Mpofu wrote:

Please be advised that at a leadership meeting comprised of members of the local Central Committee held at Davis Hall on Sunday, June 23, 2024, it was resolved that you be suspended from the party.

He will therefore no longer hold any position within ZANU PF with immediate effect and is also not supposed to be considered a member of ZANU PF during his suspension.

According to a Bulawayo-based online news portal, an anonymous source revealed that the suspension of Zanu PF’s Tendai Charuka could be linked to his alleged involvement in the chaotic illegal vending activities at the 5th Avenue and Bhaktas vending sites within the Bulawayo central business district.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Charuka was part of a syndicate that illegally distributed non-existent stalls in these designated areas. The source said:

There is a lady who supposedly works with Charuka and who is deceiving desperate people looking for sales positions.

We were told that this person forced people to pay $34 for fingerprinting and then advised them to get their fingerprints taken at the police station.

This behavior is likely to cause problems when the vendors who were given these spaces by the city begin operating.

Victims risk losing their money. No one will be assigned a sales position without following the proper channels to register through the city hall.

The vending bays at the 5th Avenue and Bhaktas sites were officially allocated by the Bulawayo City Council (BCC) in June, and vendors who were given these designated vending spaces were advised to ensure they make all required payments before the end of the month to commence their operations.

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