Chimene snubs VP, minister for touts

MUTARE - Minister of State for Provincial Affairs for Manicaland Mandi Chimene was on Friday placed in a catch 22 situation in which she had to choose between hosting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a public lecture in Nyanga and Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao at a Mutare Vocational Training Centre graduation.

In the end she elected to be with touts and snubbed both.

Chimene opted to spend the events-packed day with touts at Sakubva Bus Terminus at a police service charter re-launch.

Chimene’s failure to stand with Zhuwao was a surprise to many especially considering the fact that the two eat from the same plate and are linked with the G40 camp faction that is tussling it out with Mnangagwa in the festering wars to succeed 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

On the list of guests at Zhuwao’s function held at Mutare Vocational Centre, Chimene was supposed to be present, while it is not clear whether she had been invited to Mnangagwa’s public lecture,  it is standard practice in Zanu PF for the provincial ministers to host their senior counterparts whenever they visit their respective provinces.

Chimene was not immediately available for comment yesterday as she was said to be in a provincial coordinating committee meeting.

Sources told the Daily News that Chimene is seeking to play it safe by sitting on the fence and not betraying her true allegiance.

“I think Chimene realises that this is not a game anymore. She knows that VP Mnangagwa is not going to be a push over,” a Zanu PF insider sympathetic to the vice president said.

He said Chimene realised she was unduly being carried away to ignore the fact that Ngwena has been lurking in Mugabe’s shadows  patiently for over fifty years and their efforts to rush his move now that Mugabe’s career is about to end is not yielding any fruit.

“He has cunningly worked his way to this position and he is not going to lose his head now and an increasing number of G40 members are slowly realising this, if you look closely at events in the past few weeks,” the insider said.

Chimene has of late been using her position to stamp her authority in the province and last month left Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri to dry when she reported her to First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Chimene also had women’s league regional leader Happiness Nyakuedzwa in trouble with the impressionable first lady.

Nyakuedzwa, a Muchinguri-Kashiri proxy, however, survived a vote-of-no-confidence passed against her by Grace’s supporters.

Turning the tables on her rivals Nyakuedzwa, however, convened a meeting that was attended by 25 members who gave her the thumbs up to continue as the women’s league provincial boss.

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