The Zanu-PF Youth League passed a no-confidence vote in its leader Pupurai Togarepi, his deputy Lewis Matutu and three other executive members on Wednesday.

The five were accused of stealing from the party, incompetence and treachery. They also faced accusations of being not up to the task of publicly defending the party’s leader Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is under intense internal and international pressure over his government’s heavy-handed handling of fuel protests last month.

“Cde Togarepi and Cde Matutu converted and diverted resources meant for the Youth League for personal use or for use without a resolution of the national executive,” said Godfrey Tsenengamu, the League’s national political commissar, during a media conference in Harare.

Tendai Chirai, the Youth League’s secretary for administration was also ousted along with Admire Mahachi, the deputy secretary for external relations and Mercy Mugomo, the deputy secretary for environment and tourism.

Tsenengamu said the resolution had been carried by a two thirds majority of Youth League’s national executive council. It must now be ratified by the Zanu-PF politburo for it to stand.

Tsenengamu briefed reporters in the company of the Youth League’s secretary for finance Getrude Mutandi and Godwin Gomwe, who chairs the Harare provincial executive.zimlive