Chiwenga backs ED

HARARE - Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has thrown his weight behind President Emmerson Mnangagwa as Zanu PF’s presidential candidate for 2023, ending months of speculation linking him to the top job.

Speaking at Murombedzi Growth Point in Mashonaland West yesterday, the former Zanla combatant who, as the commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) led the soft coup that catapulted Mnangagwa to power, said his boss was anointed to lead forever.

“There is no vacancy and there were those who were recently speaking recklessly; they need to keep quiet. There is nothing he (Mnangagwa) has done wrong, he fears God and responds to what the heavens ask of him,” said Chiwenga, while describing the ruling party leader as a listening, action-oriented and transformative president who believes in transparency.

Speculation has been rife within and outside Zanu PF suggesting that the bond between Chiwenga and his boss had become strained after the former ZDF chief was removed from being the country’s Defence minister.

The conjecture got stronger when the president appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the death of six unarmed civilians in the streets of Harare on August 1 this year.

Chiwenga was the Defence minister at the time when the army was unleashed in central Harare to disperse protesters who were demonstrating against delays by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission in releasing the results of the presidential poll.

And more recently, some of Mnangagwa’s allies accused Chiwenga of shielding members of cartels said to be contributing to the economic hardships facing the majority of Zimbabweans.

But yesterday, the vice president went to town extolling Mnangagwa when he introduced him at his first ‘‘thank you rally’’ in Mashonaland West.
He said the president joined Zanu PF at 19 years and that “since then he has been with the party, he was jailed but never ran away from the party. He is a revolutionary”.

“No amount of demonstrations or barking will remove Mnangagwa. He is not going anywhere until he has fulfilled his mandate which he set out to be achieved by 2030. Even then, the presidency is not open to anyone who is not in Zanu PF. We are here to stay,” he declared.

“Those who are blind and voted for this false bishop (Nelson Chamisa) should have realised by now that he is a farce. Be careful of these false prophets for the Bible has even warned against them,” Chiwenga said.

His endorsement of Mnangagwa’s 2023 candidature follows that of the Zanu PF youth league which has shut doors on possible challengers within the party.

The youth league commissar, Godfrey Tsenengamu, told delegates during the Zanu PF National Convention at the party’s headquarters in Harare that they expect Mnangagwa
to run his full two terms without hindrance.

Meanwhile, Mnangagwa warned the MDC Alliance that it should not take the new-found political freedom as a weakness on the part of his government.

“The mischief by MDC Alliance is a sign of the freedoms but it should not be taken too far. They are being mischievous because their stomachs are full because of the product of interventions such as Command Agriculture and the Presidential Inputs Scheme. What we want is peace in the country,” he said.

He also spoke about the MDC legislators who refused to recognise him during the national budget presentation in Parliament on Thursday last week.

“Even if they do not stand up for me in Parliament, I will still come and they will continue to be ejected from the House. Their absence will not stop progress — after all we have two thirds majority and can pass any law that we want,” he said.

The president also touched on the violence that rocked Harare on August 1 during which several vehicles belonging to Zanu PF were destroyed.

He chastised Chamisa for acting in a childish manner, saying the late MDC founding father Morgan Tsvangirai was more mature as he respected the law and always found ways to work with others in spite of their differences.

“We preached peace in the run-up to the election. I would like to thank the people of Zimbabwe for showing that we can have a peaceful election. There was one bird that always parroted that if it did not win, there would be chaos.

“What is the purpose of going for an election if the outcome is predetermined? We have more than two-thirds in Parliament and we can change laws. The late MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai was mature,” said Mnangagwa.

He also addressed several other issues among them the disturbing road accidents on the country’s highways and urged passengers to take a stand against reckless driving.

The president bemoaned the increases in prices saying he has engaged producers of basic goods to arrest the trend.

“Retailers have persisted and we will deal with that by withdrawing operating licences to those who thrive on profiteering,” he said.

He said his administration is working on retooling industry to lessen the cost of production which has a bearing on the price of goods.

On the persistent fuel shortages he said: “We have doubled the importation of fuel because people are stocking fuel in their houses. People risk starting fires that could lead to loss of life and property.”

He said government has passed a law that requires people to pay duty for imported vehicles using foreign currency, adding that “there are also going to be no more ghost workers in government following the introduction of a bio-metric registration of civil servants”.

Comments (7)

There has never been any tension between President ED and VP Chiwenga, just a creation of fhe opposition eager to fuel discord in ZANU PF , if anything ZANU PF is much stronger and focused than ever before. Like VP Chiwenga has said, those who are barking will bark until kingdom come ZANU PF is here to stay. Nelson Chamisa needs to grow up n quit his childish and blasphemous antics. He is a false prophet.

prosperity mzila - 25 November 2018

This is so sad. We are into bootlicking Mugabe style again. So by his reasoning if Zimbos decide to vote in someone else other than these dinasaurs then he won't allow it to happen? Some democrat you are. Fool

Moe Syszlack - 25 November 2018

Excuse me Prosperity Mzila did I hear you properly why did you mention Chamisa in this issue does Chamisa works at daily news or where else these rumours came from what are these rumours have anything to do with Chamisa makungorotomoka nhy akushaisai hopeka mufana uyu makungovukura pataura anything makungomupinza pese pese kwasara kunzwa vanhu varwa mumba zvonzi mimba yaunayo ndeyachamisa manyanya musavenga munhu muchidaro. Chamisa is not a zanu and is not in government even in parliament propping your party they are the once who leaked that information to daily news makuti heee Chamisa ah nyarai

Innocent - 25 November 2018

It is the tired boot-licking rhetoric by Chiwenga people's lives are worse than during RGM's era. The threat to opposing opinions by ED are rather unfortunate and present an image of dictatorship. The world is (especially potential investors) watching and alive to your regime's machinations Sir remember that threat before your blame your failures on sanctions renewals.

Sinyo - 26 November 2018

It is because of shoddy journalism that a perception was created that ED and VP Chiwenga were fighting. One thing I have observed is that the so-called independent press has adopted a survival strategy by writing and reporting specifically to the urbanites who sympathise with the MDC Alliance, otherwise the journalists are just churning rubbish!

Mhofu Chaiyo - 26 November 2018

Why do these people fear to be challenged within their own parties? ED must be challenged in his own party before he is presented to the nation. This is why leaders in Zanu Pf end up treating the party as if its personal property. Its wrong! But what's even more sad is that this kind of shielding of leaders is what Chamisa wants to import into MDC. So the question is what then is the difference between him and ED then?

The Beautiful ones are not yet born - 26 November 2018

Zimbabwe is such in a destitute situation because of stupid and conniving ZANU swamp rats. Mugabe was deposed to be replaced with even worse tin pots the country has ever seen.

Chikowore - 26 November 2018

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