Mugabe humbles Tshinga Dube

HARARE - War Veterans minister, Tshinga Dube, had a one-on-one meeting with President Robert Mugabe after yesterday’s Cabinet meeting, the first such encounter since a furore broke out over the retired colonel’s controversial remarks over the weekend.

The former Zimbabwe Defence Industries chief executive won the hearts of many when he declared his support for war veterans who are calling on Mugabe to name his successor to quell the vicious infighting in his party.

But he became a marked man among a section of former liberation war fighters who cannot fathom a life without Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since its attainment of independence from Britain in 1980.

Those peeved by his unprecedented remarks are baying for Dube’s blood, saying the 76-year-old ex-guerrilla war fighter was advocating for the blatant violation of Zanu PF’s constitution, which provides that the party’s first secretary and president is elected at congress, held after every five years.

Zanu PF had its last congress in 2014, where Mugabe was re-elected unopposed, earning an automatic ticket to stand in the 2018 polls as its presidential candidate.

The next congress is due in 2019, when Mugabe will be 95 years old.

Dube claimed at a press conference yesterday that Mugabe put the matter to finality when he schooled him about the process followed when the party wants to choose a successor.

“He came to me after Cabinet. His Excellency talked to me; he just reminded me that, look, I am only mandated by the constitution to choose my deputies. I only say yes sir. He said the issue of choosing a successor lies with the congress. He has given me the directive and, as my commander-in-chief, I listened. He came in a fatherly manner, as a leader and as a teacher,” said Dube.

In the wake of pressure being brought to bear on him to anoint a successor, Mugabe has insisted that whoever would take over from him will have to be chosen by Zanu PF delegates at congress.

Notwithstanding, ambitious heavyweights in his party are burning the midnight oil, plotting their ascendancy to the high-pressure job in the event that Mugabe retires from active politics.

Yesterday, Dube denied speculation that he was merely conveying sentiments from his purported shadowy handlers, among them Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) chairperson, Christopher Mutsvangwa.

Mutsvangwa, who was expelled from Zanu PF and government last year for undermining Mugabe’s authority, was among those who saluted Dube for being courageous.

“I didn’t want to offend anyone. It was my opinion. I respect the constitution of the party. For those who say I represent Mutsvangwa — I heard this coming up over and over again — I haven’t met Mutsvangwa for over a year (now). I don’t know where he is and what he is doing,” said Dube, but remarked that there was no problem for people to think alike.

Nevertheless, Dube continued to walk a tight political rope as of yesterday.

A grouping of war veterans opposed to Mutsvangwa and his ZNLWVA leadership gathered in Harare yesterday where they called for Mugabe to give Dube his marching orders.

Led by George Mlala and Mandi Chimene, the Provincial Affairs minister for Manicaland, the war veterans said Dube was not representing their interests when he made those controversial utterances.

“We want to spread this (anti-Dube gatherings) to all provinces. Go and tell the people that Dube misfired and we are appealing to the president to do something. Those who are saying president Mugabe must retire are the same people who came with him from war and worked in government since 1980 and they must also retire if they want our president to retire,” said Chimene, who also denigrated Dube’s looks.

Mlala weighed in, saying Dube must resign.

“Dube must go and wait for his preferred candidate whom he thinks is ready to succeed the president at a bus stop. We don’t want him to be a minister,” he said.

Dube was adamant yesterday, that he will continue to serve as long as Mugabe wants him to.

He said Chimene and Mlala had no say in the appointment of ministers as it was Mugabe’s prerogative to do so.

“I don’t think the president is told by (Mandi) Chimene and (George) Mlala to hire and fire. I was appointed by the president; if he thinks I am not doing my job he will fire me,” he said.

“That’s wishful thinking, their suggestions don’t carry any weight. I have no respect for them. I never heard anyone who was appointed by Chimene and Mlala to be a minister. War veterans are like any other people they have the right to say something about the future of the country. We are also interested in the future of our country as war veterans,” he said.

Comments (12)

Non story. Dube takes his orders from Mugabe and when he said what he said it was already approved. Its part of the mind games Bob likes to play with all his wives (zanu supporters)

Lt General - 29 June 2017

Yep, part of Bob's choregraphying things...to apprear as though there is democracy when all and sundry know that he is playing with our intelligency. Zvichapera chete mudhara anowetera mutsime rinocherwa mvura reraini!!!!!

gamuchirayi - 29 June 2017

We've been here before. The guy doesn't want to go anywhere. Come congress in 2019 (as have countless others) we will hear the psychofantic chanting that Mugabe has won the mandate of the people in the election and they still want him. What should happen right now is to table a motion for a special congress to elect a successor because after 2018, Mugabe can't run again, as per the constitution of the republic, to have the agenda set that we need a successor selected by the peope. but as we all know, that motion wil be shot down on the premise Mugabe is still around. being around and doing something useful is totally different. Being president doesn't mean we shouldn't look ahead.

Kwidz - 29 June 2017

We've been here before. The guy doesn't want to go anywhere. Come congress in 2019 (as have countless others) we will hear the psychofantic chanting that Mugabe has won the mandate of the people in the election and they still want him. What should happen right now is to table a motion for a special congress to elect a successor because after 2018, Mugabe can't run again, as per the constitution of the republic, to have the agenda set that we need a successor selected by the peope. but as we all know, that motion wil be shot down on the premise Mugabe is still around. being around and doing something useful is totally different. Being president doesn't mean we shouldn't look ahead.

Kwidz - 29 June 2017

what the party needs to do is to have an ammendment of the constitution to allow for the selection of a suitable successor to the incumbent. In november 2014 one Rugare Gumbo stressed that the congress needed to deal with the succession issue and the Tshingas and Christophers of this world expelled him from the party \

luke gono - 29 June 2017

I fail to understand Zimbabweans. Who wants Mugabe to annoint a successor? Is it Zanu(PF) or the opposition? What if he anoints the most unpopular person. Besides its clear that if he were to anoint a successor he would do as he did in the DRC. Of all the people in the DRC he imposed and maintained very young Kabila. Why would he act differently in Zim. Signs are there already. So do not ask a question whose answer you do not want to hear.

Clear - 29 June 2017

I think Tshinga Dube is luck.The president only chose to lecture him & not fire him over foolish utterances.We hv bn looking forward at the president 's possible reactions with some mixed feelings,Dube could hv bn fired.He is luck sure to survive the president's anger-however itz true that here Mugabe might b merely following the constitution of his party,which is correct;but we know that itz not the usual,we often the undertones that the so called congress is not an open platform,all are intimidated that no one would contest Mugabe at the same congress over party leadership-its a taboo-that top post was always reserved for Mugabe all along the past party congresses.There was always underlying threats &whispers on the congress floor that n one who might make the mistake of attempting to contest Mugabe at the so called congresses would be in for it,in hot soup actually-which actually takes us to the same thing that Mugabe does not actually mean what he says.Sometimes some emergent&temporary decrees are issued during such congresses that no party member could contest the president & the vice presidents-nomatter how much you may also want to b the president of the party-they were openly told that the post were not for contest-so Mugabe is a liar& Tsvangirai has also copied Mugabe at his party as well-that is why he has remained for a such long time

addmore gudo - 29 June 2017

...we often hear the undertones that....

addmore gudo - 29 June 2017

Lt General said it well above, zvakatorongwa ,Dube haaingowomoka chete! Zanu-pf idiots are now being subtly induced to amend the party constitution this December to allow Its leader to indicate/name/appoint his successor. Mudhara anenge achiwana zvake a very lawful/logical/justified/secure/unquestionable way to appoint waanoda.Logically anobvunza zvetsika kuti "Nhai vedu kosuccessor handiti ndinotsvaka my most liked/loved/trusted person,someone very close to me so that ndinokurumidza kumubatsira paanetsekawo,someone who really knows zvandaiita nekwataiinda?" Conference will respond "Ndizvo chaizvo Gushungo,don't appoint back-bitters!" Now your obvious guess is as good as mine, Who fits that straight-jacket? Kana ndiwewo,who is your best friend,who will always be better trusted to stand by you through thick and thin outside of your mother and father? Your Wife, stupid! Kapedza zvako Gushungo, lawful and justified in the created circumstances/reality.

chawa - 30 June 2017

Chimene and Mahofa are two examples of why women should never be appointed to high office. They think without a baba figure to support andtell them what to do there is no future.

Jonso - 30 June 2017

Mahofa and Chimene are merely singing for their supper.Successor is there already and is right now in the process of meeting the youth from around the country.What remains is the formalisation process of the successor

Ngazvirehwe Sezvazviri - 30 June 2017

The issue is not about annointing a successor but appreciating that one has done his best as the country's leaderhip.

KM - 30 June 2017

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