Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF suspends 87 more officials

ZANU PF has barred 87 officials from holding leadership positions for two years as part of the ongoing root and branch clean-up of party officials accused of plotting to purge the 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

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The latest suspensions were visited on officials from ruling party structures in Harare, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Masvingo and Midlands provinces.

Bulawayo, Matabelelend North and South and Mashonaland West will be targeted next.

Notable figures among those suspended include former cabinet minister Francis Nhema, former health deputy minister Paul Chimedza and current deputy mines minister Fred Moyo.

National spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed the penalties.

“Sitting on May 21 2015, the Zanu PF Politburo endorsed the NDC decisions to expel or suspend some party members from Harare, Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland East, Masvingo and Midlands provinces.

“Those who were expelled, absolved or given five-year suspensions have already been announced,” said Khaya Moyo.

Those suspended are accused of backing an alleged plot by former vice president Joice Mujuru to illegally unseat President Mugabe.

Several senior party officials and cabinet ministers have either been expelled or suspended from the party over the rebellion.

Mujuru, who was also kicked out of both the government and the party, denies the charges.

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