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FORMER indigenisation Minister Francis Nhema has survived the on-going purge by Zanu PF which saw the party expelling and suspending seven and 13 of its senior members respectively.

Nhema, also former Shurugwi North MP, was among three top Zanu-PF members who were facing the axe after party leaders in Midlands last month recommended their expulsion.

At that time, the local leaders recommended that Midlands provincial affairs minister, Jason Machaya and politburo member, Flora Buka as well as ex-central committee member, Dorothy Mhangami be expelled from the party.

They were said to be part of ousted vice president, Joice Mujuru’s clique which has been accused of plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe.

But last Thursday Buka and Machaya were the only officials from the province who got five year suspensions from the party.

“Nhema has always been regarded as an untainted politician from the Midlands province and efforts to have him targeted by some party officials hit a brick wall,” a senior party official from the province said.

“The purge had more to do with settling personal scores than anything else,” added the official.

The soft spoken Nhema was once minister of environment and tourism.

Though Zanu PF provincial spokesperson, Cornelius Mpereri was not available for comment sources say Machaya is likely to be replaced by interim provincial chairperson, Kizito Chivamba as the party’s head of the province.

Source : New Zimbabwe