Former Zanu PF Mashonaland West provincial chairperson and Norton legislator Temba Mliswa has questioned the rationale behind Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena’s admission into the ruling Zanu PF despite facing serious allegations of fraud.
This follows reports that senior party members were seeking expulsion of the legislator from the party as was the case with other former party members.
Mliswa gave the example of former Public Service Minister Prisca Mupfumira who was removed from the Politburo on allegation of criminal abuse of office and corruption.
“Prisca Mupfumira was removed from the Politburo over allegations why is the decision different on Wadyajena? She has even been acquitted on some cases. The rule, if emanating from a position of principles and political will, should be applied equally across the factional board
“If not then it’s all what we think it is, politicking. It reveals that there are different strokes for different folks because it’s all about factional politics and not the fight against corruption.
“The fight against corruption will not be won through such a hodge-podge of partial, conflicted and factional actions. It requires principles and standards. Why hasn’t the party released even just a statement to distance itself from acts of corruption?” challenged Mliswa
Wadyajena and four Cotton Company of Zimbabwe officials were arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) for allegedly committing fraud and money laundering involving US$5 million.
They were later granted ZW$100 000 bail by Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje.