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Masiyiwa speaks on Mugabe ‘challenge’

Prominent businessman Strive Masiyiwa has poured cold water on claims that he will lead a coalition of opposition parties to challenge President Robert Mugabe in next year’s elections.


President Robert Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe

The Econet founder, speaking through his office in South Africa yesterday said he was not interested in the debate about his candidature, mainly ignited by stories published in the state-controlled media.

Zanu PF officials have also made claims that Masiyiwa could be behind a new political party that would allegedly challenge Mugabe and other opposition parties in the polls.

“Mr Masiyiwa left Zimbabwe on the 22nd March 2000 [17 years ago],  and has not been in the country since,” his office said in response to questions from The Standard about the mogul’s alleged political ambitions.
“He does not follow or even read what is written about him in the local press. 

“If you study election cycles in Zimbabwe over the last 20 years, you will find the same pattern; fabrications, speculations, and fake news. He does not comment, and life goes on until the next election cycle.”

The latest allegations were that Masiyiwa could be roped into a new party spearheaded by war veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa.

However, Mutsvangwa told The Standard in interview on Friday that the allegations were false and claimed the rumours were being peddled by a Zanu PF faction known as G40.

“There is no truth in that at all,” he said, when asked about the alleged links with Masiyiwa.

“It is a creation of G40 because they are scared as their ascendency in Zanu PF is under serious challenge and it’s a matter of time before they fall.

“So they are coming up with a number of allegations against the war veterans. They masterminded the expulsion of war veterans from Zanu PF for no good reason. “

It is believed that a faction linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa controls State media.

Meanwhile, former Industry minister Nkosana Moyo has told The Standard that he is considering overtures by different political players for him to contest in next year’s elections.

Moyo has been touted as one of the potential candidates for a coalition against Mugabe.

Two likely coalitions of opposition parties seem to be taking shape in Zimbabwe with former Vice-President Joice Mujuru and ex-prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai in one hand a plethora of opposition parties grouping around the Coalition of Democrats.

A so-called third force is said to be unhappy with the calibre of opposition leaders and could spring a surprise before the 2018 polls.


13 Responses to Masiyiwa speaks on Mugabe ‘challenge’

  1. Sagitarr March 12, 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    Anybody with credible leadership gravitas should come out in the open NOW. Why wait to spring a “surprise”, to surprise who? The very electorate you look down upon? or their leadership?

    Show us your strength and superiority NOW – hiding will not raise your profile.

  2. josphat mugadzaweta March 12, 2017 at 3:48 pm #

    managing a few boosters, selling airtime and some handsets a far cry from leading a country. masiyiwa just got into the right industry at the right time and this does not make him presidential material. iro ibasa rasave.

    • Jongwe Rachembera March 13, 2017 at 2:36 am #

      What made Mugabe “presidential material”? A teacher and head master so by your flawed logic, Mugabe hardly had the qualification to run a country either. Strive Masiyiwa has a better chance of moving the country out of the stone age into the 21st century than the criminals that have been ruining the country for the last 37 years.

      • MJ March 17, 2017 at 8:25 am #

        Mugabe was never a headmaster. He didn’t even reach the HOD status nor the senior teacher status.

  3. grade two March 13, 2017 at 8:14 am #

    kkkkkkk Mr Masiiwa clearly said he does not read or follow the political bullshit that is happening in Zimbabwe still people like Josphat Mugadzaweta and Jongwe Rachembera want to continue the debate. Moda kuti ataure chichema here kuti haadi kuita mutungamiriri weZimbabwe.

  4. CRITIC March 13, 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    ZIMBOS Inga rather he made it that’s the point and we need to support each other asi kuti Mr Johns vakaita network we all rush to support coz he is white.

    At least he has a track record for success, not politicking and promises that will result in dad roads no jobs gossip and the like. Nga a fome party tione. iNgawani vana net one have been there longer asi where are they now.

  5. barry thulani m March 14, 2017 at 6:20 am #

    during the the 1950s Madzibaba Wimbo prophesised that Zim will be by a man with an angel’s name and recently when he was asked who will be the next president he said its grace or mnangagwa its sombody from diaspora sombody pple hav forgotten abwt now the prophesy is starting to take shape this is politics he cant be asked such a sensitive question n say yes he has to find ground to stand first everybod wants to b a president even u he will never say no for long sooner or lator he will come around

  6. born March 14, 2017 at 11:28 am #

    In zimbabwe elections wont change a thing.1st lets exercise our mindsets.know wat we want bfore we go to the box.we have been voting since hameno.after we vote we sing the same song.we think removing nhingi and placing nhingi wll change anything.imagine voters are given beer n tshirts or even maize to vote for some1 whom they see once every election time.getaway.only 20 reliable voters with the corect mind can vote and change zimbabwe.not the whole population.leave mr masiwa alone.exersice the way yu think.dont jus vote bcoz yu wer bribed with beer nxaaa.Shame

  7. BUSY B March 14, 2017 at 2:45 pm #


  8. sky March 14, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    Why hasn’t Strive been in Zimbabwe since 2000 yet he live is nearby South Africa ?

  9. C Frizell March 18, 2017 at 12:38 pm #

    From what I remember, Nkosana Moyo is an OK chap. He should join the MDC and note dream of starting YET ANOTHER opposition party

  10. Gggg March 21, 2017 at 12:20 am #

    With age after tasting everythng, i foresee him going for the presidency

  11. leave March 21, 2017 at 5:50 pm #

    like he will say yes i am considering it? of course he will deny it!

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