Zanu PF supporters protest at Mucheke Hall
.…Mahofa launches crusade for duo's ouster
22 March 2017, MASVINGO - The Zanu PF Masvingo Provincial Women's League, fronted by chairperson Veronica Makonese and Minister of State for Provincial Affairs, Shuvai Mahofa is leading the local chapter of a blistering campaign to have the league's national treasurer, Sarah Mahoka and national deputy chairperson, Eunice Sandi-Moyo, fired from their positions for allegedly undermining First Lady Grace Mugabe.
Mahofa and Makonese, who for long have been sworn enemies, surprised many when they made up and led hundreds of women at Chief's Hall demanding the ouster of Mahoka and Moyo from the national executive.
Protesters waved placards denouncing Mahoka and Moyo whom they labelled remnants of the maligned Gamatox faction which met its waterloo with the expulsion of Joice Mujuru from Zanu PF in 2014.
Addressing the protesters, Mahofa said she was solidly behind the campaign to oust Mahoka and Moyo "because they do not want the President and his wife Grace Mugabe."
"Kubva zvatakatanga kuziva musangano weZanu PF kuma 1963 semadzimai hatina kumbowana vanhu vane musikanzwa yakaita seiyi. Ini samai venyu vakakumirirai kuno kuMasvingo ndiri kupoliburo, ndiri secretary for security…..chairwoman (Makonese) izvi handidi kuzvinzwa (Chairwoman, ever since we came to know about Zanu PF back in 1963, we have never seen anybody as disloyal as these two. As your mother who represents you as Masvingo at the politburo, as secretary for security, I don't want to hear about this)," said Mahofa.
Makonese received a letter from the provincial women's league where their demands on Mahoka and Makonese have been penned down and will be delivered to Harare.
"Makonese and Mahoka have become too big for themselves. They think they are bigger than the party so they should ship out.
"They do not respect the First Lady as their leader and they have been abusing her name to get funds which do not come to the league and they should just go. Their exit is long overdue and it's time to crack a whip on them," said Makonese.
The accusations against Mahoka come as a shock to many because she has been instrumental in defending the First Family against perceived succession ambitions by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Sandi-Moyo's has also been touted as a potential candidate for the presidium should Zanu PF reinstate a clause in its constitution which obligates one of the country's two Vice Presidents to be a womanpolitics,topnews