By Phil Tejane|
President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe was expected back in Zimbabwe for next week’s tribunal to probe former Zanu PF administration secretary, Didymus Mutasa, sources said.
Zanu PF sources told Now Daily that Mugabe had given strong indications at Wednesday’s party politburo meeting that his wife would have returned by next week so that the disciplinary hearing on Mutasa could begin.
Grace Mugabe has been on an extended holiday with her children and relatives in Singapore since December 12, amid claims that she was seriously ill. The illness rumours have been dismissed by Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba.
The sources said Mugabe had insisted on the presence of Grace Mugabe before the hearings could begin.
“Of all the people on the probe team, only Grace Mugabe has the guts and protection to take the drastic action required against Mutasa, which is to remove him from the party,” said a Zanu PF politburo member.
Other members of the investigating team are vice president Phelekezela Mphoko, Kembo Mohadi, Sydney Sekeramai, Saviour Kasukuwere and a youth representative.
The tribunal is, however, likely to turn into a circus after Mutasa said he would not attend the meeting. Mutasa says he does not recognise the new officials appointed after amendments to the party’s constitution, which he said were illegal.
Mutasa infuriated Mugabe when he wrote to SADC and the AU and also threatened to take legal action locally to nullify the December 2014 congress and reinstate sacked party members.
Mugabe told the politburo on Wednesday that the courts had no jurisdiction over Zanu PF affairs.
Grace Mugabe has accused former presidential affairs minister and state security boss Mutasa of teaming up with ex-vice president Joice Mujuru to assassinate Mugabe, charges which he denied.