‘I Was Not Yet A Member Of ZANU PF: Gutu

By Staff Reporter
Former MDC-T vice president Advocate Obert Gutu has denied ever joining ZANU PF in his response to the case against his appointment as the National Peace and Reconciliation (NPRC) Commission.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Association on July 1,  filed an application in the High Court seeking a declaratory order that the newly appointed NPCR Advocate Gutu had ceased being a commissioner.
Gutu was appointment as a commissioner on May 7,2021 by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
In a statement, the National Transition Justice Working Group Zimbabwe said, “…. Gutu stated that what he announced were his intentions to join ZANU PF but he had never completed the process by the time he was appointed to the commission.”
“But in a shock response while admitting to reports and the article explaining his decision to join ZANU PF, Gutu submitted that he was yet to submit a formal application and had not paid the required joining fee.
“He said he had abandoned the idea of joining ZANU PF when he was appointed to the NPRC.”
ZimRights executive director Dzikamai Bere who deposed to the founding affidavit had submitted that on March 17, 2021 met President Mnangagwa and other ZANU PF officials were he announced his intentions to join the ruling party.
Bere also alluded to the article published in the Sunday Mail of March 21, 2021 written by Gutu titled ‘Why I decided to join ZANU PF.’
ZimRights argued that in terms of section 236 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe of 2013, if a commissioner of an independent commission is a member of a political organization on his appointment, they must relinquish that political party membership within 30 days of the appointment or they immediately cease to be a commissioner.
ZimRights said Gutu had not said anything about his resignation from Zanu PF as required by the law.
Gutu is a former member of MDC-T where he was the party’s vice president. He was vice to party president Thokozani Khupe.
Gutu resigned from the party on January 18, 2020 for what he said were “personal and private reasons.”
Robert Tapfumaneyi

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