Former Minister of the Interior Obert Mpofu is forced to relinquish his Senate seat to make room for his successor Cain Mathema, a week after he lost his cabinet position.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has not chosen the Matabeleland North Zanu PF heavyweight for his so-called dream team that was sworn in last week.
BY Andrew Kunambura / Kennedy Nyavaya
Mpofu recently took an oath as a senator, only to give him the assignment to make room for Mathema.
Red flags had been raised after Mnangagwa appointed Mathema alongside five other non-parliamentarians: Kirsty Coventry (Youth, Sports and Arts), Mthuli Ncube (Finance), Obadiah Moyo (Health), Amon Murwira (Higher Education) and July Moyo (Local Government) .)
But the chief secretary of the president and the cabinet, Misheck Sibanda, told The Standard that Mathema was a replacement for Mpofu who had left the senator's seat ever since.
"Mpofu resigned as a senator and honorable Mathema has since taken over that chair, which is why he qualifies for a ministerial appointment," he said.
Mpofu also confirmed the development in a telephone interview.
"We had Comrade Mathema who was not a member of the National Assembly or a senator and I had to give way to him so that he could be appointed as minister," he said.
Yesterday Mpofu said that accusations that he had fallen with Mnangagwa were untrue.
"I consciously did this without a request from someone, because I am a full-time secretary for administration, a position that requires my full commitment to party problems," said Mpofu.
"It is clear that cat fanciers are falsifying this very positive step, which can be confirmed by the president of the senate or the office of the president.
"For me, Zanu PF is more important than anything else, which is why I renounce my senatorial seat to devote my time to party problems."
Clerk of the Kennedy Chokuda parliament confirmed the resignation, but could not give any further information when he was gone.
Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda, who also comes from Matabeleland North, could not be involved in commenting on Mpofu & # 39; s resignation.
"If he is the author of the (resignation) letter, he must confirm it, look for him, I can not comment on that, so get it," said Mudenda.
Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs Paul Mangwana said that "political processes" are underway regarding the future of Mpofu.
"I only know that there were political processes to solve the problem that more non-electoral districts were elected," he said.
"Matabeleland North had to solve the case, so whether it will be Mpofu to resign is not certain."
Spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo of Zanu PF has forwarded questions to both Mudenda and Mangwana.
"Can you please take the speaker? [Mudenda]? He should know because this is a parliamentary issue and I do not know, "he said.
When he spoke about processes that Mangwana was talking about, Khaya Moyo said: "Dig deeper into what Mangwana says, he clearly has more information."
Mpofu is now a full-time official at the headquarters of Zanu PF in Harare, along with other party elders, Patrick Chinamasa, Khaya Moyo, Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Mangwana and Christopher Mushohwe.
In November last year – shortly after taking over the presidency after a military coup – Mnangagwa appointed more ministers from parliament than allowed by the constitution.
Mnangagwa, a trained lawyer, had to drop Christopher Mutsvangwa and the former minister of education Lazarus Dokora.