MDC-T set to quiz Makone

August 29, 2011 at 8:39 am Leave a comment

BY CAIPHAS CHIMHETE
THERESA Makone, the co-Minister of Home Affairs will this week appear before
the MDC-T standing committee facing allegations of trying to manipulate the
party’s structures by imposing her loyalists, The Standard has been told.

Sources said Makone, who is also MDC-T’s women assembly chairperson, was
supposed to appear before the committee last week, but the matter was
postponed because she had been taken ill. They said Makone violated the
party’s constitution when she allegedly handpicked her loyalists for
co-option into the party’s national executive without consulting provincial
executives.

“Our party constitution says each province must nominate two people that
would be co-opted into the national executive, but instead of us doing so,
Makone personally nominated them without consulting us,” said a member of
the provincial executive.

“We cannot allow her to do that.” MDC-T spokesperson Douglas Mwo-nzora
denied that the issue would be discussed at the party’s standing committee
meeting. He said the issue of leadership positions were settled a long time
ago.

“There is no issue of imposition of candidates before the standing
committee,” Mwonzora said. “There is no disciplinary action against Makone.
In any case, the standing committee is not a disciplinary committee.”

But sources insisted that the Makone issue would be discussed by the
12-member standing committee and not any other forum, to avoid leakages to
the press that could further widen divisions in the party.

They claimed Makone, regarded as an “Iron Lady” in the party, harbours
ambitions and is laying the foundation for a higher post by strategically
placing her loyalists in all the provinces. Makone and her husband Ian, are
said to be very close to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, and at one time
bankrolled the party.

Sources said Makone refused to sit in the VIP tent at a rally in Mutare
after she was confronted over the issue of imposition of candidates.
A day after the rally, Makone was admitted at a private clinic in Harare
with Mwonzora claiming she had suffered a mild stroke.

However, Makone disputed the claims saying instead, she had a history of
high blood pressure and had forgotten to take her medicine when she
travelled to Mutare for the rally.

On Saturday Mwonzora said: “I regret telling the media that she had suffered
a stroke, but that is what I had been made to believe.”
Some senior MDC-T officials have been calling for Makone’s dismissal ever
since she accompanied Zanu PF secretary for administration and Minister of
Presidential Affairs Didymus Mutasa to Matapi Police Station when he was
searching for his son who had been arrested.
Makone was accused of trying to influence the release of Mutasa’s son. She
has since denied the allegations.

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