Chiefs belong to Zanu PF: Mnangagwa

MASVINGO — Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa says traditional leaders are expected to be pro-Zanu PF and can never be apolitical.

By Tatenda Chitagu

His pronouncement runs contrary to provisions of the new constitution that stipulates that they should not dabble in politics.

Addressing a Ministry of Justice constitutional advocacy meeting in Masvingo on Friday, Mnangagwa said Zanu PF only agreed to allow clauses that prohibit traditional chiefs from being involved in politics in the new constitution due to pressure from MDCs during the power-sharing government.

“Traditional leaders cannot fail to know the right people [Zanu PF]. They know and pray that God must keep and protect President [Robert] Mugabe,” he said.

“You cannot know that while you are neutral.”

Mnangagwa said in the run up to recent by-election in Tsholotsho North, he wooed chiefs and other people to vote for Information minister Jonathan Moyo.

“In Tsholotsho I spoke in Ndebele with Vice-President Mphoko because we wanted their votes,” he said.

Mnangagwa’s revelations confirmed claims by opposition political parties that traditional leaders were instrumental in aiding Zanu PF victories by frog-marching their subjects to vote for Mugabe and other ruling party candidates. Often traditional leaders have been accused of threatening opposition supporters with ejection from their areas of jurisdiction during election time if they don’t vote for Zanu PF.

5 Responses to Chiefs belong to Zanu PF: Mnangagwa

  1. Mbunu June 28, 2015 at 10:07 am #

    No reform, No elections

  2. Hango Yapalala June 28, 2015 at 4:36 pm #

    You are intellectually inept and bankrupt, Emmerson! It will be a sad day should you become President.

  3. Kufakwejeyi June 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm #

    It is increasingly becoming clear that nothing constructive or politically mature will ever come out of this VICE-President of ZANUpf. Infact to expect such is like expecting water to come out of a rock or worse still, diesel to ooze out of a rock. From the day of his inauguration nothing the man has said inspires any confidence and it would be a sad day for the country were this man to get anywhere near State House. I used to think that he is disappointing but I now think he is a disaster.

  4. FromTheHip June 29, 2015 at 7:37 am #

    Political dinosaur, just like his boss and his party. More evidence for why our country remains on “Pause.”

    In contrast to this state of paralysis in time, our former communist neighbour to the east of us signed an agreement with the opposition last week on the separation of party from state.

  5. Sagitarr June 29, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    No surprise here. This man proclaimed he was trained to kill, I thought he is a trained lawyer but no mention of that. Its the killing adrenalin at play. Who would want such for a prez – count me out!!

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