'I'm too illiterate to be a minister'

HARARE - Zanu PF MP for Buhera South Joseph Chinotimba says he has no ambitions to be appointed a minister, owing to his lack of adequate education, despite being praised by President Robert Mugabe as a “down-to-earth” war veteran.

In an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Chinotimba said while he was exhilarated by Mugabe’s remarks, he did not see himself being appointed a minister one day.

Last weekend, Mugabe launched a scathing attack on “boastful” war veterans who flaunted their liberation war credentials, demanding preferential treatment in Zanu PF, but singled out Chinotimba, whom he described as exemplary.

“I am extremely elated that the president recognises the hard work that I do and that he likes me for that.

“It overjoys everyone, including you when you know your boss is happy with your work but you heard the president talk about the fact that I could not get adequate education, which disqualifies some of us, but I  nevertheless take pleasure in the fact that my boss is happy with me. I will continue on that path,” Chinotimba said.

Mugabe’s attack on war veterans was interpreted to be aimed at War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa — an ardent loyalist of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who is currently under the cosh from a Zanu PF faction that is backing First Lady Grace Mugabe to succeed her 91-year-old husband.

“One of the war veterans who is a good example is (Joseph) Chinotimba. He is down-to-earth. Haashori (he never criticises others) and he is practical. He went to war and missed his education, but he is now a Member of Parliament. People chose him,” Mugabe said.

Mugabe’s praise for Chinotimba led to speculation that he could be in line to replace the seemingly out-of-favour former ambassador Mutsvangwa, who yesterday received a vote of no confidence from the Mashonaland West province.

But responding to the commendation, Chinotimba said it was wrong for war veterans to look down upon the masses when they played an “equally important role in the liberation of this country”.

“As guerrillas during the war, we were the fish that needed water for survival and the masses were the water so there is no way they can be regarded as lesser beings today.

“I do not think that real war veterans have that mentality (of looking down upon the masses) because even Jesus Christ with all that He did for people, He was never boastful.”

Comments (13)

that this buhera man is too illiterate to be a minister probably of war vets is an understatement. he appears even too illiterate to be an MP.

taurai - 15 December 2015

that murderer from Buhera is good for nothing except asslicking the first murderers! he shot a woman in Glen norah gore riya. killed many in 2008! thats being humble by zanu terms. tichakubata!

Bonyongo - 15 December 2015

Have for long wondered how Mugabe got his so called "degrees",& hw genuine are they.His mention of the novice Chinotimba as someone who doesn't criticize is testimony that Mugabe revels in suppressing dissent even within the party structures .An indivual of great academic standing will never praise empty individuals like Chinotimba.Mvura dzako dzeChipostori dziri kushanda ungangoita minister.while people of Mugabe 's age are too old to worry abt events,Robert is busy directing

jerenyenje - 15 December 2015

I totally disagree to that assessment of Hon Chinotimba's character. He cannot boast in public not because of lack of education. What is education and what is to be educated? Chinotimba did not adequately get thoroughly SCHOOLING but as for EDUCATION it starts in the home and then society. He should have been taught that it is unAfrican to joke and talk ill of those who have passed on. He can be one day appointed Minister or even voted to the position of president of Zimbabwe The best example is Mr Zuma the current president of South Africa, he has no degree qualification that is to say not SCHOOLED but because of his humbleness and EDUCATION South Africans respect him. What Mr Chinotimba said after the passing on of Hon Mahlangu shocked me. I know, he is a comedian of the late 'Paraffin' calibre but I was shocked to say the least. Even the Speaker of Parliament was not amused. The problem with Hon Chinotimba is that he wants to speak at every session, even when he has nothing to speak about. The main reason would be to impress his constituency that he is active. Too much unnecessary opening of his mouth exposes his shallowness in terms of factual content. This is where lack of schooling is confused with education. One can be highly schooled but lack education. It doesn't follow that to be appointed to the position of cabinet minister one has to be highly schooled, it is one's behaviour and understanding of what is being debated that qualify him /her. There is no time for fidgeting and disruption of proceedings by unnecessary jokes and interjections. However after having said this,Hon Chinotimba talked sense on corruption we should all always encourage him to talk about bread and butter issues not to joke about his 3310 Nokia handset.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 15 December 2015

'I'm too illiterate to be a minister' - agreed Chinotimba...I would go further and say even to be MP. You are voting for laws you have no clue about

Galore 123 - 15 December 2015

The point that the President was making is that Chris Mutsvangwa is in the wrong "Bhasikiti" and will probably be fired and replaced as Chairman of the War Veterinary Association as well as Minister of War Veterinary Affairs with the humble Chinotimba. Chinotimba is obviously in the amai "Bhasikiti" and not in the Lizard's Bhasikiti. The factional war is getting nastier. Wait and see!

Collins Vambe - 15 December 2015

This man though is a Zanu Pf he is clever. Noone can admit that he or she is illiterate. Some are pretending to be qualified for their jobs but are not and this actually leads the country into the muddy. Bravo Chinotimba. He knows his operational field and its that of killing.

Chemical Solution - 15 December 2015

Imi makadzida mukagoita zvipi, muripi? Chinotimba is practical,the fact that you talk abt him and so has the President seen the humbleness in him and commented on a reality trait among his subordinates . Keep it up Chinos and thank you President for making the blind see. Marwadziwa? sorry

amadu - 16 December 2015

Its now clear that this man (Mugabe), just want to do away with anyone or anything that is or wishing to play around with his powers, nothing else. So if you pose no threat to his powers, you are safe.

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MAPENZIOGA - 16 December 2015

Kasukuwere, Grace , Mphoko, Patrick Z and you old man you better stop your games forthwith, we the true Zimbabweans we are getting fade up.We now know you are not doing anything to benefit us. Why are you selfish?YOU OLD MAN please leave us alone ,people are now fighting because of you, just admit you are old why usingasviki nguva yemudyandigere.you are now giving us audecity to talk shit to our elders kutidzidzisei ikoko ,,,,kure mheni

MHANDAMABWE - 17 December 2015

Let me also say something to correct some fellow members. intelligence is not the same as educated. Education is only a tool to measure intelligence a person is born with. So not being educated does not mean one is not intelligent. So let not the President look on Chinotimba's education by his capabilities if he want to elevate him

ndapota dzimechibani - 17 December 2015

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