I will run for president: Mzembi

HARARE - Tourism minister Walter Mzembi has said he would run for presidency after President Robert Mugabe, if people chose him.

Responding to the BBC’s Sarah Montague in an interview in which he was asked if he would consider bidding for presidency when the recently-turned-93 leader is gone, Mzembi said: “Well, if the people in the future decide that, I will respond. Who wouldn’t stand as president? …if offered the opportunity to be prime minister of Britain today, would you say nay?”

“You answer the purpose and calling. I am a politician and the ultimate end in this journey is where it ends, isn’t it?” he said.

This comes as Mugabe’s party is currently consumed by factional and succession fights, which have seen Zanu PF sharply divided into two camps — Team Lacoste that is linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the Generation 40 camp, which is viciously opposed to the Midlands godfather’s ascendency.

While Mzembi’s name has not been bandied among succession hopefuls, he was often associated with former vice president Joice Mujuru’s faction before her dismissal in 2014, an allegation he strenuously denies.

In May 2015, he claimed in an interview with the Daily News that his peers in both government and Zanu PF were plotting his downfall daily, including omitting him on government itineraries.

Mugabe has famously described the flamboyant minister as “the best” in his Cabinet.

“He is forthright and he is full of brilliant ideas,” Mugabe said then.

“They don’t remain in the mind but he makes them take form and he acts upon them. Yes, he has gallivanted across the world from the North to the South but every step he has taken has been to make Zimbabwe better known.”

Comments (11)

Ooooh!! zano iya manje full of hidden factions hahahahaha. Muchabatana pahuro mese zvenyu hohooodo seka zvako

Comrade Gabarinocheka - 21 March 2017

VaMzembi you want to be president yet in the same interview yous say you want Mugabe to be president for as long as he wants. You zanu pf guys try and follow in the footsteps of the ANC of South Africa, in which some of his ministers told Zuma to his face to step down because of his many scandals. All zanu pf members you have been trying to outdo each other in praising the dear leader at the detriment of the economy and many other things. Mr Mzembi even if vamugabe still has his faculties at 93 years he should rest because he is more than old. If Chidyausiku left the bench because at 70 years he was considered old, how much more a 93 year old. I for one will not vote for you even if you nominated to be a presidential candidate for you have just shown that despite having a doctrate degree you lack wisdom.

Gheo - 21 March 2017

There is nothing wrong with Mzembi aspiring to the Presidency because every politician worth his salt has ambitions not most of those in ZANU who frown upon those with Presidential ambitions as if it is criminal to do so. He is, however, also culpable in that he has castigated fellow politicians with Presidential ambitions. He is double-faced and opportunistic and does not command a significant constituency within ZANU structures to enable him to land the Presidency. He also lacks liberation war credentials which will not enndear him to the military.

Chief Charumbira - 21 March 2017

Uhmmm!!! VaMzembi vanenge vaakuda kujamba queue kkk Beware of Lacoste Young man. Dai wamboita zve maTourist chetre.

selele - 21 March 2017

And you think saying "after Mugabe" would save you? You are already a marked man for saying that!

XG - 22 March 2017

Stop overrating yourself dude . You are not and will never be presidential material.

Amai Mandigona - 22 March 2017

Mzembi, don't let praise from a power-hungry dictator get to your head - its worth zilch. Remember, he also said "no one" else in this entire Zanu PF cabal is fit to lead it. He is a story-teller that one!!

Sagitarr - 22 March 2017

It will be very unfortunate if anyone from zanupf wins a future presidential election. The system has taught them very wrong things about governancy not to mention they are corrupt and evil to the core. Please anyone from the current ruling party with leadership asipirations keep them to yourself.

Sinyo - 22 March 2017

Good on you dude. However the problem of amassing fake qualifications (all your degrees) and calling you by fake titles (engineer) will be your undoing on the day you announce to run. Then there is the crying when presented with a portrait of Bob.

Galore - 22 March 2017

He sounds confused first he wants to head the International Organisation for Tourism and now he saying something else

LOpw - 23 March 2017


jack - 24 March 2017

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