Thursday, 3 August 2017


MANICALAND Provincial Affairs minister Mandiitawepi Chimene yesterday walked out on Vice-President Emerson Mnangagwa at a State function in Chipinge, claiming she had been belittled by Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira.

The drama took place at belated commemorations of World Refugee Day at Tongogara Camp in Chipinge.

Tempers flared when Chimene attempted to board Mnangagwa’s vehicle during a tour of various sites at the camp, and was allegedly elbowed out by Mupfumira.

During the tour, Chimene made a formal complainant to Mnangagwa.

But more drama was to follow after the tour, when Chimene was asked to sit a distance away from Mnangagwa at the high table.

Feeling belittled, Chimene stormed out despite having a slot on the programme, where she was expected to give welcome remarks.

Efforts to contact Chimene for comment over the incident were fruitless after she was said to have left behind her mobile phone before travelling to Chipinge.

Mupfumira was also unreachable, as her mobile phone went unanswered.

“This is unprecedented. Chimene was claiming that she was elbowed out by Mupfumira,” a top Zanu PF official, who witnessed the drama, said.

“She then accused some officials of playing (Zanu PF) factions at the function.

“She claimed she told the Vice-President that she was not happy with how she had been treated.

“She left during the early stages of the programme.

“Everyone, including some people within and outside the government, were left in shock.”

The official said the director of ceremony, Manicaland provincial administrator, Edgar Sienza, could not explain why Chimene left, as she was on the programme.

“We will have to convene a meeting soon so that we try to unify the province.” newsday


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