Zimbabwe Voice Editorial
The greatest irony of this week in Zimbabwe’s ever fluid politics is that the Zanu-PF youth leaders who have been calling for a Cabinet reshuffle have been left shell-shocked after President heeded their call and then proceeded to announced a shocker of a Cabinet reshuffle.
An English proverb says: “Be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.” But a Nigerian proverb puts it more graphically: “Before you swallow a coconut seed, know the size of your anus.”
It must be a hard time to be a Zanu-PF youth leader, particularly Lewis Matutu who has created enemies within and outside the ruling party since he and fellow leaders released a corruption name-and-shame list on 24 June this year.
The list released at that time by the Zanu-PF youth leaders included Tinomuda Machakaire, the rich Zanu-PF MP for Wedza South. Machakaire is also close friends with Kuda Tagwirei, another very rich man who is the ruling party’s benefactor, advisor to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Sakunda Holdings boss, and many other fancy and not-so-fancy things.
In releasing the list, the youths called for the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) and Zanu-PF to investigate the named people for being corrupt and sabotaging President Mnangagwa’s economic revival effort.
ZACC chairperson Justice Loice Matanda-Moyo the following week told the Zanu-PF youths to either bring evidence of corruption for investigations to begin, or to shut up if no such evidence existed at all.
On the other hand, the ruling party responded a month later with President Mnangagwa directing all provinces to nominate Central Committee members to the Commission of Inquiry to investigate party bigwigs allegedly involved in corrupt activities.
Now, we all know that in Zimbabwe, you are more likely to be hit by a meteor from outer space than witness Zanu-PF fighting corruption amongst its ranks. The youth leaders pitched their hopes too high on this one, but that’s the story for another day…
The story for today is that yesterday’s Cabinet reshuffle by President Mnangagwa left Zanu-PF youth leaders bamboozled like a rabbit caught up in the headlights during a very dark night.
When the ruling party youths pestered President Mnangagwa for a Cabinet reshuffle saying the majority of Ministers were either corrupt on incompetent or both, the President responded this week by bringing Tinomuda Machakaire into government.
Not only that, but he appointed Machakaire as deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation. This effectively means the likes of Matutu, Pupurai Togarepi and company will have to work with a man they said was corrupt and was sabotaging government economic programmes.
The youth leaders have just been forced to swallow a bone too big for their combined anus. The coming weeks will probably see the tearing of rectums, but that’s a problem for the Zanu-PF youths to deal with.
As for the rest of Zimbabweans, the Cabinet reshuffle is not surprising and it confirms what many already knew.
The appointment of Machakaire into government before he has been cleared of corruption charges raised by a key wing of the ruling party confirms that Mugabeism is very much a part of the game, exactly two years after soldiers parked tanks on the streets and told the nation they were targeting criminals around Robert Mugabe.
This kind of decision-making by the Head of State gives ammunition to his detractors who insist the fight against corruption is not genuine and is political gamesmanship and grandstanding.
It also makes it even harder for the public to gain confidence and buy into the so-called New Dispensation. What is a New Dispensation if everything it does is the same damn old thing we have seen since the Willowgate Scandal in the late 1980s, when those accused of corruption got away with a slap on the wrist and a reshuffle to continue “eating” from another side of the national cake?
Just one more thing before we go. It seems those who helped ED escape into Mozambique when he was fired by Mugabe on 6 November 2017 are enjoying all the fun under God’s Sun.
Makoni West legislator Jenfan Muswere, who was deputising Kazembe Kazembe, takes over as Information Communication and Courier Services (ICT) minister.
Muswere, who together with ED’s sons accompanied the man to the border on the night of 6 November 2017 as he escaped hit-men and assassins who were said to be on his trail, has been promoted into a whole Cabinet Minister.
According to the book Two Weeks in November by Douglas Rogers, Muswere was driving the front car of a three-car motorcade as Mnangagwa escaped towards Forbes border post on the night of November 6, just hours after he had been fired by Mugabe.
A paragraph in the book reads: The front car, a white Mercedes C-Class, owned by a friend of Collins, was driven by Jenfan Muswere, with cousin Tarirai (Tarry) in the passenger seat. ED had switched to the middle vehicle, a Mercedes ML350 owned by Hosea “Limping Jack” Manzunzu, who sat in the back with big Richard Mavhoro, while Wise Jasi drove. The three brothers brought up the rear in Collins’s brand-new white Mercedes C-Class.… (READ MORE ON THIS DRAMATIC ESCAPE HERE.)
We also notice that President Mnangagwa has not only reshuffled his Cabinet; he has actually expanded his administration by splitting the Home Affairs ministry, for example.
Daniel Garwe, the Zanu PF legislator for Murehwa North, was appointed to head the newly-created National Housing and Social Amenities ministry.
Before we check out, we would like to congratulate Zvimba North MP Marian Chombo who has been appointed Local Government and Public Works deputy minister. Her former husband, Ignatius Chombo, must be quacking in his boots because the woman he divorced violently and disrespectfully and demeaned in the presence of former President Robert Mugabe.
Chombo was Local Government Minister for over a decade under Mugabe, and obviously has a lot of skeletons in his cupboards there which Marian must be itching to unravel.
Coincidentally, the Zvimba North constituency was her estranged husband, Ignatius’ fortress before he fell by the wayside for pushing the G40 shenanigans before Operation Restore Legacy of November 2017.
Is that pure coincidence, or someone is setting us up for some long summer here?
Note that in the 2013 polls, Marian contested in Zvimba North constituency against her former husband in Zanu-PF primaries before she was expelled for defying a directive not to contest.
In the run-up towards last year’s harmonised elections, she made it clear that she had an axe to grind with her former husband.
“Firstly, I am happy that I am back in the party. However, I want to state that I never left Zanu-PF on my own volition but I was pushed out by former President Mugabe.
“I’m sure everyone heard Mugabe saying it out during a rally in Chinhoyi and that’s when I joined Joice Mujuru (of the Zimbabwe People First then) since we shared liberation history, but my heart was always with Zanu-PF,” she said.
Marian has got Ignatius by the balls! We up out… – Zimbabwe Voice