Is Mnangagwa beginning to show his political clout?


Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa seems to have put an end to the bickering in Harare East where two Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front candidates are vying for the seat in the 10 June by-elections.

He has backed the dark horse, Terrence Mukupe, who apparently won the primary elections but was sidelined at the last minute after he had already submitted his nomination papers.

Mukupe’s rival Mavis Gumbo, who seemed to be the favourite even within the provincial executive, seems to have reluctantly accepted Mnangagwa’s decision.

Should Mnangagwa have his way, this will be a demonstration of how much power he now wields.

 For a party that seems to have lost total credibility, Mnangagwa seems to be slowly weaving his way up.

 He has talked about an end to corruption. We await the results.

He has talked about one person one farm. We also wait for the results. Of course he could be the first to demonstrate that he has one farm by declaring it for the public to audit.

One of Zimbabwe’s greatest problems, according to one insider, is that it has been yapping too much. What is needed is more action, things being done quietly without trumpeting the achievements.

People will see for themselves that “masamba asiyana” as Mnangagwa is fond of saying.

But those working for local authorities are already beginning to feel the pinch according to sources.


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Charles Rukuni
The Insider is a political and business bulletin about Zimbabwe, edited by Charles Rukuni. Founded in 1990, it was a printed 12-page subscription only newsletter until 2003 when Zimbabwe's hyper-inflation made it impossible to continue printing.


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