Movement for Democratic Change co-Minister of Home Affairs Giles Mutsekwa was reported to be too close to his Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front counterpart Kembo Mohadi.
This was said by the party spokesman Nelson Chamisa when he announced that the party was concerned about three MDC ministers who were reported to be too close to ZANU-PF.
A weekly paper had reported that the MDC was investigating the ministers for corruption but Chamisa said an investigation would play into the hands of ZANU-PF but he admitted that the party would investigate the three informally.
Chamisa said the party was concerned about Mutsekwa, Energy Minister Elias Mudzuri and deputy Mines Minister Murisi Zwizwai.
Zwizwai was suspected of collaborating too closely with ZANU-PF elements in the exploitation of the Chiadzwa diamond fields.
There were reports that Mudzuri was enriching himself through the import of fuel.
And Mutsekwa appeared to be working too closely with his ZANU-PF co-Minister of Home Affairs, Kembo Mohadi.
Chamisa said it was going to be difficult to investigate the three because they were personally close to party leader Morgan Tsvangirai and he was reluctant to take any action.
Mudzuri was later fired and Mutsekwa demoted to Housing Minister.
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Zimbabwe Independent that reported MDC-T had launched a
corruption investigation focused on MDC ministers Giles
Mutsekwa (co-Minister of Home Affairs), Elias Mudzuri
(Minister of Energy) and Murisi Zwizwai (Deputy Minister of
Mines). Chamisa replied that an investigation of MDC-T
ministers would play into ZANU-PF’s hands. The only
investigation that was taking place was of selected local
overnment councils controlled by MDC-T, Chitungwiza (a large
Harare suburb) in particular. But MDC-T was concerned about
the named ministers. Zwizwai was suspected of collaborating
too closely with ZANU-PF elements in the exploitation of the
Chiadzwa diamond fields. There were reports that Mudzuri was
enriching himself through the import of fuel. And Mutsekwa
appeared to be working too closely with his ZANU-PF
co-Minister of Home Affairs, Kembo Mohadi. MDC-T would
investigate, according to Chamisa, but informally. He said
this would be somewhat difficult since Tsvangirai was
personally close to the ministers and was reluctant to take
¶6. (C) We also asked Chamisa about a common perception that
the Office of the Prime Minister was weak and had failed to
play a coordinating role for government ministries. Chamisa
agreed. Ian Makone, Tsvangirai’s chief of staff, was
ineffective. But Makone was a good friend of Tsvangirai and
it was unlikely that Tsvangirai would make a change.
¶7. (C) Biti initially opposed MDC-T’s entry into government
and there have been rumors ever since of deep-seated
divisions within the party. Chamisa’s take on the issue
supports what we have heard from others. There are
differences within MDC-T, particularly on tactics, but MDC-T
is basically unified and focused on an electoral strategy.
¶8. (C) Chamisa and many of his MDC-T allies do not see
fundamental change without elections, and therefore would
like to have elections in 2011. But ZANU-PF is unlikely to
support this. It needs to resolve its succession issue and
attempt to rebuild. And many MDC parliamentarians are afraid
of losing their seats. The constitutional process will
determine the timing of elections, but at this point in time,
2011 appears unlikely.