Mutasa savages 'crazy' ministers

HARARE - Former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa yesterday accused President Robert Mugabe of appointing “sick and crazy people” to influential positions which they are abusing shamelessly for personal enrichment.

Commenting on the recent grabbing of a farm owned by Christine Murembwe by Manicaland provincial minister, Mandi Chimene, Mutasa said it was “worrying” knowing that the president was now surrounded by “sick deadwood” that was just interested in their personal interests.

Mugabe reshuffled his uninspiring Cabinet yesterday — a move that analysts and the opposition said was driven by factionalism and not the quest to inject new blood, fresh ideas and much-needed energy into the country which is facing serious socio-economic problems.

“There is something not right about those people being appointed these days. Look at what Mandi is doing in Makoni, removing people simply because I gave them farms.

“Isn’t it people from Makoni are also Zimbabweans and legitimately benefited from the land reform programme when I was minister? To remove them is a reversal of the whole land reform programme,” he said.

The former close Mugabe confidante added that it was “saddening” that most ministers in the nonagenarian’s Cabinet regarded their positions “as platforms to abuse other citizens”.

“If giving people land was wrong, then anyone who benefited from the land reform programme when I was the minister should be removed from their farms.

“There is an illness within those people in power as we did not see that previously. We are seeing it now as these sick ministers are taking the law into their hands. Mandi in particular is sick and should be taken to hospital, as is the case with a lot of these ministers,” Mutasa said.

A number of ministers have hogged the limelight in recent months, mostly for the wrong reasons — with some of them being caught in embarrassing scandals that range from okaying farm grabs and living in obscene opulence while the majority in the country live in abject poverty.

And instead of focusing on fixing the economy that is now driven mainly by the informal sector, Mugabe’s administration is locked in a vicious succession battle as many bigwigs look at life after the nonagenarian’s time in office.

Recent revelations by controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe that the country’s two vice presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, report to her have also bolstered growing concerns that the country is in the hands of “clueless” people as alleged by Mutasa.

Just last week, Masvingo provincial minister, Shuvai Mahofa, was in the media for the wrong reasons, as she stood accused by her predecessor Kudakwashe Bhasikiti of sanctioning the invasion of his Rutenga farm.

Mutasa himself risks losing his Rusape house after he fell out with Mugabe last year.

Comments (11)

I have always said ZANU PF ministers are idiots including Mutasa himself because no independent person will entertain a situation where if you don't do what Mugabe wants, then Mugabe takes everything that he would have given them. Those people who are confident and who know that they can make it on their own will not even want to join this monster called Mugabe. For what when he embarrasses you in front of your children, wife and nation. 'Sic'

Ziziharinanyanga - 7 July 2015

Diesel from the Rocks Mutasa...oh how times have changed and yet things remain the same. sick and crazy people you say? Ah kettle calling the pot black much.

Galore 123 - 7 July 2015

It's a vicious circle.The whiteman took the land from our ancestors.ancestors. Zanu PF took away the land and gave it to its loyalists and those falling from grace are losing it to the Weevils cabal. The weevils will soon lose the land to Zimbabweans when Title deeds will be issued in a fair national redistribution of land to all Zimbabweans.

Taurai Zvose - 7 July 2015

would Diesel Mutasa have said those utterances had he been aboard the Gravvy Train?you can fool some people some time,but you can't fool all the people all the time!funny,you can't stand the taste of your own medicine,mr Mutasa!

I eazy gadaga - 7 July 2015

People from Manicaland are Zimbabweans Mr Mutasa but don't forget that the MDC supporters that were not given land and food aid are also Zimbabweans. What goes around comes around. You are not qualified to undress so called leaders because you created that shit. You talk too much. Dai vakakubanda neburdizo mudhara. Makatishungurudza too much......but time will come. Great God is watching......ZANU Of will never be the same again.

king chirisamhuru - 8 July 2015

kkkkkkk mutasa wapererwa manje. thats how we have always felt when you were doing the same. its your turn now, resist the heat mr former minister

Officer - 8 July 2015

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zimasset - 8 July 2015

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zimasset - 8 July 2015

Mugabe, Gumbo, Mutasa, Mujuru all have one thing in common: power hungry! Tsvangirai isn't a better example either. Zimbabwe is faced with major challenges ahead and I dread to think where we are heading with the current leadership at the helm. I do not see any potential leader on the horizon either - anyone with potential seems to either disappear or die of a car crash?

Tapiwa Vudzi - 8 July 2015

taizviziva kuti ndo mugumo wacho chisingaperi chinoshura vaMutasa.Zvaurikutonzwa izvezvi isu vamwe takatotira nazvo hameno imi.Kunze kweZanuPF kunopisa muface.Welcome

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