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I was trained to kill: Mnangagwa

Zibagwe — Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has threatened unspecified action against Tongaat Hulett and Bikita Minerals accusing the two foreign-owned companies of working with those plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe.

By Blessed Mhlanga

Officially launching his wife’s election campaign for the Chirumanzu-Zibagwe by election yesterday, Mnangagwa alleged the two companies funded covert operations by ousted VP Joice Mujuru and her allies before Zanu PF’s December congress.

“What do we say to Tongaat Hullet and Bikita Minerals which were behind funding Didymus Mutasa and his ‘gamatox’ team who wanted to remove President Mugabe from power even by killing him?” he said to a crowd of more than 10 000 supporters most of whom were bussed  for the rally.

Mnangagwa said it was because of the South Africa-owned Tongaat Hulett that Minister of State for Masvingo Kudakwashe Bhasikiti was fired from his position by Mugabe last week.

“Bhasikiti was fired because of Tongaat Hulett and they should be warned that we will not hesitate to deal with them,” said the VP without elaborating.

Officials from Tongaat Hullett and Bikita Minerals could not be reached for comment yesterday. The stock exchange listed Bikita Minerals is owned by Mwana Africa, a South African based pan-African, multi-commodity resources company focused on the production, development and exploration of gold, nickel, copper and diamonds.

When issuing the threats, Mnangagwa said during the liberation struggle he was trained to kill.

“As you heard before (from Political Commissar Saviour Kasukuwere) I was trained to shoot to kill the enemy. But now it’s different. I will not shoot but will deal with these companies for their role with the gamatox,” he said.

Gamatox , a toxic pesticide, is the term now widely used to describe the Zanu PF faction aligned to Mujuru and fired former Presidential Affairs minister, Didymus Mutasa.

During the rally which was attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Samuel Mumbengegwi, Psychomotor Minister Josiah Hungwe, over 60 MP’s and top government officials, Mnangagwa also warned those who left Zanu PF of cold days ahead.

“Nobody has ever left Zanu PF and has been successful. We all know that. So those who have gone are in the minority and those of us still in the party stand in the majority and it is warm this side we stand because we are the rulers while you are the ruled,” he said.
Kasukuwere had earlier warned that he would not hesitate to recall all Zanu PF MPs previously aligned to Mujuru who failed to reform and align with the new order.

“All those who continue to behave the gamatox way will be withdrawn from parliament and we will hold a by election in that constituency the same way we dealt with Mutasa and (Temba) Mliswa. We will be having by elections in their constituencies,” he said.

Kasukuwere challenged Mutasa to stand as an independent candidate in the by elections which will be held in his Headlands constituency if he felt that he was “man enough.”

“We are invincible and we will not be defeated. Even in 2008 when some of us whom we now call gamatox attempted to get us out of power we prevailed. So tell Mutasa that if he thinks he can challenge Zanu PF he should stand in the upcoming elections then he will see what we will do to him,” he said.

Zanu PF will be represented by Auxillia Mnangagwa in the March 27 by elections in Zibagwe Chirumanzu constituency in a poll boycotted by the main opposition party MDC-T led by Morgan Tsvangirai.

Meanwhile, Mnangagwa was given a presidential welcome when he arrived for the rally, with over 500 youths led by Gokwe Kana MP Owen Ncube including children of white farmers who were toy-toying in front of his motorcade as he arrived at the venue which is owned by Cabinet Secretary Misheck Sibanda.

The youths clad in party regalia, ran in front of Mnangagwa’s six-car motorcade for almost a kilometre singing and praising him as a fearless commander appointed to serve them by Mugabe.

Jah Prayzah and Sulumani Chimbetu were billed to entertain the supporters while members from the army assisted in cooking tonnes of food to feed supporters.

12 Responses to I was trained to kill: Mnangagwa

  1. Wezhira February 22, 2015 at 7:20 am #

    So from everything he said in his speech the part you felt represented the story well enough to be a headline was “I was trains to Kill”???? Don’t try too hard to make someone look bad you end up having the opposite effect

  2. Sanyoko Matayamavako February 22, 2015 at 8:32 am #

    Iwe was trained to kill with weapons so then its a veil threat kuti unoda kudya wesi ati hombarume zvawakaita mandevere. Isu were trained to protect our selves using hands and feet. We will defend ourselves. You maim one of us we will maim you back. A tooth 4 tooth, eye 4 eye. Dzvinyiriraya muchiziva zvamuri ukanditi tsviri ibva wauraya ndisati ndakuwona otherwise unovata ndakuzvambaradza. Vanhu vatitadzisa hupenyu nehutsinye tonokuziva shiri inemuririro wayo hairegere. Dzichabuda ngozi dzevakadyiwa. Saka woda kutipedza sevakadyiwa ana Chitepo, Tongogara, Mujuru. Rwendo runo mweya yenyu minomwe inenge yaRigioni ichapera. Corruption yako tinoiziva. Kana tatora hurumende vese with ill begotten wealth tinotora toisa mutreasury. Yambirwai vakangwara vanzwa votonga nyika zvakanaka. Vanotonga mudemocracy respecting all laws we can forgive, madzwuwura mhondi we won’t forget.

  3. docczviko February 22, 2015 at 8:42 am #

    ….well there isn’t pretty much anything of sense he said…l also picked up tht…the rest was jibberish…

  4. TruthBTold February 22, 2015 at 8:46 am #

    Well done Mnanagagwa. You are doing exactly as RGM does. Every time you open your mouth you kill Zimbabwe’s economy more! Dear VP Emmerson Mnanagagwa: Zimbabwe belongs to the Lord God. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. I wouldn’t be so cock sure that only those in your ZPF are so powerful and strong and will be the only ones to survive if I were you. What are you going to do when the Lord’s judgment comes knocking at your doors??? How are you going to stop that one? You all need to repent! Zimbabwe needs to repent. If I didn’t care I would not bother to warn you! repent. Pride comes before a fall and Zimbabwe is also sick of being continually threatened. Repentance!

  5. tshandada February 22, 2015 at 10:26 am #

    kasuwerere says ZANU is there forever-i am starting to believe that.Zimbabweans cannot get rid of zanu.Its high time we join them.

  6. Wezhira February 22, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    Dear Standard Editor….your reporter is lying….Either he was not at the function or he is deliberately distorting what was said for his own motives….either way investigate him….he may have lied to you that he was going to Lalapanzi and spent the allowance at a bar…..Mnangagwa has been misquoted on a number of issues in this report but eg he spoke of Bikita Minerals not BNC….he said I was trained to fight not kill speaking in vernacular…….Editor Batai Munhu

  7. Ndungu February 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    Yes, he was trained to kill the enemy, so what is your story here.

  8. Dr Khuraivanavevhu February 22, 2015 at 4:46 pm #

    This does not sound presidential. Rather, divisive and polarizing and unexpected of our new VC. I would rather he adopts a conciliatory tone that rises above the divisive politics of Jonathan and of yesterday. Before he started talking too much, I had lots of respect for him and admired how he related with Mujuru. Now we have a trained lawyer who also is reacting to allegations, and not judicial judgments? And in a way that divides Zimbabweans? Having come back to Zimbabwe to make a contribution and invest my 20 years of external earnings to rebuilding, it is this Zimbabwean against Zimbabwean hostility that makes me lose hope. Please Ngwena, rise above the petty gamatox and weevil type of politics and usher a knew era of tolerance, socio-economic development and vision. Rally the technocrats, get the youth to think above sub-constituency politics of patronage, preach development, development and development, then you will have started us on a new footing. Honestly, we are tired of the acrimony, hostility, violence and hate speeches or pasi this and that. We need a leadership that moves us to a new era of hope. Please, at your age, you have nothing to lose by basing your legacy on a newly found love for your people, irrespective of region, party affiliation or other manifestations of social diversity.

  9. Kaguvi February 23, 2015 at 8:59 am #

    I advise the VP to stop using derisive language , “we are the rulers and you are the ruled”. What is that supposed to imply? That the citizenry in this country that are not in political leadership are all trash? That you are now superior beings? BEGINNING TO LOSE ALL RESPECT. You sounded more like jonah than a vp.

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  11. makwande March 1, 2015 at 9:37 am #

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