Singer and Zimbabwe African National African Union-Patriotic Front member Energy Mutodi says he was expelled from the party for campaigning against discrimination and the politics of elimination in the ruling party.
He was also taken prisoner by authorities for suggesting a peaceful resolution of the succession problem in the ruling ZANU PF party.
Mutodi was expelled on Wednesday but no reasons were given.
“I accept the party's decision,” he said on his facebook page which landed him in trouble.
“It is true that I disagreed with a lot of things. I wanted some things to be handled in a different manner. “
Mutodi said his facebook articles were aimed at showing the party leadership that there is now a new crop of citizens and party members that no longer subscribes to the politics of elimination and the politics of hate and discrimination.
“I said discrimination on account of origin, tribe, race, gender or beliefs is unacceptable,” he said.
“I had noticed this was the main reason why factionalism had become so glaring that it began to manifest in each and every state institution.”
Mutodi said ZANU-PF was creating a false sense of unity so that it can win next year’s elections
“It's unity so that we win elections together but soon after we fight again,” he said.
“It has become so certain that after the 2018 elections and before congress, every dissenting voice and every serious voice for positive change within the party will be silenced.
“Truly, it must not be an offence to say I support so and so to take over as President. It must not also build up to the hate of the preferred candidate.
“That's the democratic route we decided to take in 1980 otherwise we should have kept our culture of the Munhumutapa dynasty. “
Mutodi is currently facing two charges over posts on his facebook page.
The first post was a warning to President Robert Mugabe to be careful about how he selected his successor as this could trigger a military coup.
The second was an insinuation that Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa was poisoned by two cabinet ministers.
He is out on bail in both cases.
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