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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe is not done with purging “treacherous” elements from his administration with nine more ministers said be facing the axe along with top figures in the security services and the government bureaucracy.

Eight ministers and one deputy were last week fired along with former vice president Joice Mujuru as Mugabe acted swiftly and brutally following allegations his then deputy was about to spring a coup.

Harare academic Ibbo Mandaza, a Zanu PF ‘outside insider’ said more top officials would soon be booted out in what would be an extensive cull of officials thought to be opposed to Mugabe’s “relentless determination to rule ad nauseam, regardless of the consequences”.

“Indications are that the cleansing will not end here, to be extended to the state bureaucracy itself, the defence and security forces. There appears no end in sight for this relentless logic sackings would continue,” Mandaza wrote at the weekend.

According to the Sunday Mail, nine more suspected Mujuru loyalists, among them cabinet and junior ministers would also be forced out of office.

Those targeted include Lazarus Dokora (Primary and Secondary Education), Andrew Langa (Arts, Sports and Culture), Sylvester Nguni (Minister of State in the First VP’s Office), Flora Buka (Minister of State in the President’s Office).

Provincial affairs minister such as Jason Machaya (Midlands), Kudakwashe Bhasikiti (Masvingo) and Mirriam Chikukwa (Harare) could also lose their jobs.

The cull is also expected to affect permanent secretaries with those at risk including Munesushe Munodawafa (Ministry of Transport), Sophia Tsvakwi (Lands and Rural Resettlement), Partson Mbiriri (Energy and Power Development) and Ringson Chitsiko (Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development).

Mujuru, now reduced to an ordinary card-carrying member of Zanu PF, has denied plotting to topple Mugabe and, in recent statements, reiterated her loyalty to the 90-year-old leader and the ruling party.

She said the allegations her were the work of Zanu PF enemies who have managed to infiltrate the party and are working to destroy the liberation movement from within.

But Mugabe maintains his former deputy was working with western powers to illegally remove him from office.

The state media has claimed that Mujuru wanted to remove Mugabe at last week’s Zanu PF congress. Failing that, a no confidence vote would be attempted in Parliament with elimination through assassination another of the options.

However, despite the widespread purge in the party and government, Mugabe may still be vulnerable with the opposition MDC-T party warning it could launch impeachment proceedings in Parliament after accusing Mugabe of unconstitutionally appointing his new deputies.

Pro-Mugabe commentators have dismissed the impeachment bid as hopeless saying the opposition party does not have the necessary numbers in Parliament to carry it through.

The Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC has 70 of the 270 seats in the House of Assembly while Zanu PF 197. In the 80-seat Senate the MDC has 21 against 37 for the ruling party.

Top Harare lawyer and MP, Jonathan Samkange said the MDC would need support from Zanu PF legislators to successfully impeach Mugabe.

“Zanu PF constitutes the majority since they have more than two thirds majority, so how can a minority remove the President. Quite frankly they are dreaming, but since Zimbabwe is a democracy they are allowed to dream and to be heard,” Samkange said in an interview with state media.

“They (MDC) don’t have the numbers in Parliament, so how can they pass a vote of no confidence unless they are suggesting that there are some Zanu PF MPs that would join them.”

Although Zanu PF constitutes the majority in Parliament, Mugabe was now a ‘minority’ leader in the ruling party.

According to Mandaza, Mugabe has side-lined, through exclusion from the central committee, some 100 party legislators.

These MPs, if sufficiently disaffected, could be mobilised to back the MDC’s threatened impeachment bid.

Source : New Zimbabwe