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Under fire Masvingo provincial affairs minister, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, is suing a Zanu PF central committee member, accusing him of spreading falsehoods over allegations the minister claimed Mugabe was senile.

The development comes as the ruling party is still reeling from the brutal purge of a group said to have been backing former vice president Joice Mujuru to replace Mugabe.

Speaking ahead of the party’s congress where Mujuru and her group were removed from senior party positions before being kicked out of government, Mugabe told Bhasikiti that he was in the “wrong basket”, suggesting the minister was part of the alleged coup plot.

On Tuesday the minister sued Masvingo central committee member Tafadzwa Shumba, accusing him of spreading falsehoods about him.

In papers filed at Masvingo Civil Courts through lawyers Chuma and Gurajena, Bhasikiti is demanding $10,000 for defamation.

Shumba allegedly told a Zanu PF provincial co-ordinating committee (PCC) meeting held in Masvingo last Friday that Bhasikiti insulted the 90-year-old President.

Bhasikiti was said to have described Mugabe as old and senile and reportedly urged people from Mwenezi not to pay the veteran leader any attention.

The minister confronted acting Masvingo Zanu PF chairman, Paradzai Chakona, over the issue but the latter downplayed the storm as “just allegations raised in a meeting”.

Chakona added that he would give Bhasikiti an opportunity to defend himself once Shumba produces affidavits to prove his case.

In an interview on with NewZimbabwe.com on Wednesday, Shumba said the minister should confront Mugabe who, in November, told him to his face that “he belongs in the wrong basket”.

“President Robert Mugabe knows Bhasikiti’s character, so he should ask the president and not try to fight new members of the central committee,” Shumba said.

“He uttered his rubbish in public, so there is no need to go to court because witnesses are ready to testify against him.”

Former provincial chairman Lovemore Matuke who has also been accused by Bhasikiti of trying to topple him said the provincial minister should fight his wars alone.

“I do not know why Bhasikiti is fighting everyone. He has to fight his own wars and not drag everyone into his battle,” Matuke said.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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