Chimene claims zeal to pro­tect in­spired at­tack on VP Mnan­gagwa

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THE Min­is­ter of State for Man­i­ca­land Pro­vin­cial Af­fairs, Cde Mandi­itawepi Chimene, yes­ter­day said she was solidly be­hind the Pre­sid­ium and never pushed for her “fa­ther” Vice Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa’s ouster, but that her ac­tion was driven by her zeal to jeal­ously pro­tect him.

Cde Chimene all but called on Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe to ex­pel VP Mnan­gagwa dur­ing a sol­i­dar­ity meet­ing with war vet­er­ans and party sup­port­ers at the Zanu-PF Head­quar­ters in Harare on July 27.

But in an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Cde Chimene said she openly chal­lenged VP Mnan­gagwa to come out clean on the suc­ces­sion is­sue be­cause she wanted the mat­ter to be dis­cussed once and for all re­sult­ing in a united Zanu-PF.

Hu­rungwe East leg­is­la­tor, Cde Sarah Ma­hoka, who also openly chided VP Mnan­gagwa, de­clined to com­ment on the First Lady Dr Grace Mu­gabe’s Fri­day pro­nounce­ment that the Women’s League never sought to dis­lodge any of the VPs from their po­si­tion.

She said she was in a meet­ing and could not com­ment.

“Dur­ing our meet­ing as war vet­er­ans with Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe, I never said VP Mnan­gagwa should go. I never said peo­ple do not like him.

“What I said was that peo­ple were as­so­ci­at­ing his name with the suc­ces­sion is­sue and he should come out clean. So strong was the ru­mour, but peo­ple were afraid to come out in the open. Peo­ple were say­ing some of the peo­ple in lead­er­ship po­si­tions were caus­ing di­vi­sions in the party.

“Zvi­nonzi kub­von­dora mvura ndokuti in­wike (It’s called stir­ring the water to make it drink­able) and that is what I did. It’s now mis­sion ac­com­plished and ev­ery­one is now ral­ly­ing be­hind the Pre­sid­ium,” said Cde Chimene.

She added: “I don’t hate VP Mnan­gagwa, and I’ve never har­boured any ill-feel­ings against him. He was my boss in the se­cu­rity sec­tor dur­ing the lib­er­a­tion strug­gle. I’m too ju­nior to com­ment on Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe’s re­la­tion­ship with VP Mnan­gagwa be­cause it dates back to many years ago, but my heart bleeds when I see some peo­ple try­ing to pit my two lead­ers against each other.

“I’m against peo­ple who were busy cam­paign­ing for VP Mnan­gagwa’s suc­ces­sion bid yet he is al­ready in the Pre­sid­ium. It is only peo­ple who want to tar­nish his im­age who were spreading the ma­li­cious ru­mours about him tak­ing over.

“Even green­horns who are still to cut their po­lit­i­cal milk teeth are the ones run­ning with the suc­ces­sion is­sue, but time will come when we will name and shame them,” Cde Chimene said.

When pressed to name those al­legedly soil­ing VP Mnan­gagwa’s name, Cde Chimene, said: “We know them and it is a mat­ter of time be­fore we let the cat out of the bag.

“I was taken aback re­cently while at Par­lia­ment when a green­horn started the suc­ces­sion is­sue. I told him that he was lucky that we were in the Par­lia­ment build­ing, if we were out­side I would have dealt with him de­ci­sively. I’ve ev­i­dence of what I’m say­ing be­cause it was men­tioned in the pres­ence of Par­lia­ment staff mem­bers who can be my wit­nesses.

“Our lead­ers should not al­low lit­tle boys to use their names for self­ish gains. These young men who still need to grow up po­lit­i­cally are the ones caus­ing con­fu­sion and chaos in Zanu-PF, but our lead­ers should not re­main quiet as this will raise a lot of sus­pi­cions.”

Cde Chimene hailed Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe for speak­ing strongly against ru­mour mon­ger­ing in the party dur­ing last Fri­day’s Women’s League na­tional assem­bly meet­ing. See Com­ment on Page 4

Cde Mandi­itawepi Chimene

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