Monday 5 February 2024


So many theories are being thrown around as to what may have led to Cde  Chris Mutsvangwa ' s abrupt dismissal byPresident Mnangagwa.  I proffer my own based on what led to his dismissal by Mugabe in 2016.

It's simply that Chris is ungovernable and does not submit to the authority of anyone let alone the collectivity of Cabinet and the President . He is an all knowing man of many words who does not know when to mute himself. 

 On several occasions inside Cabinet in 2016 , he would take on Mugabe to an embarrassing point where Mnangagwa   himself then Vice President would be the only one able to silence him with the strongest  rebuke and I quote his bellow  ;

"  Chris , Chris I said shut up , shut up Chris, i am your Commander Chris I order you to shut up!  "

At this point Chris would pack his Cabinet file and leave in a huff !

Mugabe believed in the superiority of ideas and would allow exhaustive debate on any item,  but our brother Chris knowing it all , would roughshod over everyone at which point Mugabe would come in to exercise his authority as Chairman to restore order & decorum  and the Minister of War Veterans would refuse to recognise that authority.  

Disagreements were mainly around the agency he seemed to carry over Chinese Investments which would  often blind his judgement. Our Cabinet team had  strong characters who could withstand and fight back ,   I wonder though   whether the current pedigree of Ministers can withstand his bullish behaviour without seeking the protection of Mnangagwa , which may be the case here . Mnangagwa himself left him out of  his Cabinet line up in 2018 because he was minding this disharmony he would bring in his new   team. He instead appointed him Special Advisor but even this would not cut . It was a gamble from  the very beginning bringing him back into Cabinet .

Exploiting his parallel  authority of ZANUPF_Official  Party Spokesman his last Press Conference last week  was an intrusion into other Ministerial mandates and may have actually became his proverbial Waterloo. Going further to declare his ambition in his soliloquy he sealed his fate on that day !

With his highly opinionated acerbic style  of delivery clearly misrepresenting the collective he has been responsible for even how some of us have not found each other with our former Party .

 No wonder across the board his dismissal has  been popularly received and secretly celebrated inside Zanu PF ranks and Government . I hope at personal level he has time for reflection on many things before his next move . He still is Party Spokesman ZANUPF_Official and may keep it but clearly many are  watching whether he will continue weaponising it against perceived and imagined enemies .  He was writing on X



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