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Tsenengamu’s agenda is not to fight corruption

“On 21 February, we are going to have a citizen’s anti-corruption summit which we are going to invite President Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to tell us what is stopping them from coming together and address the country’s challenges. That is when people will see who is on their side,” said Tsenengamu.

By Gibson Nyikadzino

GODFREY Tsenengamu is a bold greenhorn in explaining issues of a political nature, especially for Zimbabwe.

In a Zanu-PF Committee Report to the August 1984 Second Congress, a resolution was made that the party will resort to “physical confrontation,” reinforcing a radical position that had been made at the party’s inaugural 1964 congress.

Examples are glaring. It is through “physical confrontation” that ZANU PF won over the late vice-president Joshua Nkomo and his ZAPU party.

Through “physical confrontation” ZANU PF instigated masses to invade white owned farms all in the name of land reclamation. Through “physical confrontation” opposition leaders and supporters have been attacked and some found dead after being voices of dissent. The party is always in a mood of “physical confrontation”.

When ZANU PF officials have no outsider to confront physically, they turn the fight amongst themselves and their members. It is evident. When there was stability in the country during the inclusive government, afterwards in 2014, the Gamatox-Weevils fight ensued and forced vice-president Joice Mujuru after youths threatened “confronting her physically” if she set foot at the congress venue.

The Lacoste-G40 war also ensued, leading to a military intervention in 2017 that led to the resignation of the late president Robert Mugabe. ZANU PF has structures. They have institutions that possess both ammunition and guns.

After 2017, fissures are becoming glaring. Is Tsenengamu ready to take on the party that resolved “physical confrontation” as an avenue to achieve its objectives while only having his soul and conscience? Is he fighting corruption?

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He knows the outcome by acknowledging that he has been threatened.

“I am not running away from death. I have received threats to my life and have informed my lawyer and family members. Will not divulge the details to blow my cover,” he said.

Tsenengamu is aware of the potential the cartels he is eager to expose have over his life, he says. But his fight is not about exposing and fighting corruption. The essence of Tsenengamu’s fight is to “lead President Mnangagwa and Nelson Chamisa” to meet “so that people will know who their enemy is.”

“On 21 February, we are going to have a citizen’s anti-corruption summit which we are going to invite President Mnangagwa and opposition leader Nelson Chamisa to tell us what is stopping them from coming together and address the country’s challenges. That is when people will see who is on their side,” said Tsenengamu.

President Mnangagwa, though known to be machiavellian, might be in a catch-22 situation. He however has some relief. He cannot be seen to attend an event that has been organised by a “rebel” that has been suspended by his party.

He however has pressure to show that he is a “listening President, a President who has the interests of the people at heart and is willing to fight corruption.”

The young politician, besides smearing Tagwireyi and other close allies of President Mnangagwa, is trying hard to expose the ZANU PF leader as someone who cannot act against his allies and is unwilling to improve the livelihoods of the people.

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In all this, Tsenengamu has to know he needs to up his game and strategise before he is “physically confronted”.

Niccolo Machiavelli teaches that it is better to be brutal and violent than to show people love. While love can be given and denied to people, force and violence can never be resisted and this is what Tsenengamu should be worried about.

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