Mnangagwa And Chiwenga Set For A Major Clash
William Gerald Mutumanje has made startling claims that a war was about to erupt between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga.
This bombshell comes after Mutumanje – who is more commonly known as Acie Lumumba – was last month briefly and irregularly appointed as the head of a communications taskforce in the Finance ministry.
“This fight is inevitable. There is a real fight starting between number one (Mnangagwa) and number two (Chiwenga).
“If I am going to be useful, can I please be useful to people who are my friends and who will also look after my interests than for people who are simply using me like the way you use a condom … you use it and throw it away. I hope you get back to me,” Mutumanje said.
Lumumba also claims that he was paid $40 000 to discredit the four suspended RBZ top officials, Mirirai Chiremba, Norman Mataruka, Gresham Muradzikwa and Azvinandaa Saburi, as well as businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei.
The maverick former Zanu-PF youth league official made the sensational claims in a recorded voice message in possession of the Daily News On Sunday.
After his earlier fingering of RBZ officials and Tagwirei in allegedly corrupt deals, Mutumanje had gone on to promise to “spill more beans” on other supposedly corrupt government officials – who he claimed were on the payroll of a powerful cartel said to be working hard to capture Mnangagwa – in the manner that the Gupta brothers in South Africa allegedly did on former president Jacob Zuma.
Last week, Mnangagwa reassigned the former Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander to exercise oversight in “procurement and research” instead.
The changes were published in the Government Gazette on Friday in Statutory Instrument 214 of 2018.
Chiwenga led a military coup that ousted former President Robert Mugabe in November last year, installing Mnangagwa in his place.
He assumed the Vice Presidency when Mnangagwa formed a new government, and the new leader had allowed him to maintain military oversight.
The blow is just the latest political setback suffered by Chiwenga, who has ambitions to be President, some say as early as the next election in 2023. Mnangagwa has systematically appointed tribal and political loyalists to government positions, including the Cabinet and key government institutions.
Earlier this week, the Zanu-PF Youth League appeared to shut the door on Chiwenga succeeding Mnangagwa after just one term by chanting the slogan “2023 ED-PFee”. Mnangagwa told the youths during their annual national assembly that he liked the slogan.
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