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Minister in State House drama as factions jostle

Zanu PF factional wars spilled to government business last week after attempts were made to leave Industry deputy minister Charity Mabuwa out of President Robert Mugabe’s meeting with captains of industry despite the fact that her department organised the event.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

Mabuwa’s name was left out of the guest list that was submitted to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) for the meeting that was held at State House on Thursday.

The deputy minister was briefly prevented from attending the meeting and she had to seek help from senior officers in Mugabe’s office and security details at State House.

Sources said Mabuwa and her boss Mike Bimha belonged to different factions, but the deputy minister sought to downplay the rift in an interview.

“It was mischief on the part of our officers here,” Mabuwa said.

“I don’t want to blame the officers from protocol or those from the OPC, no; it was pure mischief from our officers at the ministry who, for whatever reason, left out my name.

“I was later called and attended the meeting.”

According to sources, Mabuwa was supposed to give a vote of thanks at the end of the function but she was prevented from doing so because of the alleged bad blood between her and the minister.

However, the deputy minister claimed she had a good working relationship with Bimha.

“I have a good working relationship with my minister and we did not exchange any words in the build up to this conference. As I said, it was just mischief from some silly official on our part, not related to the relationship that I have with my boss,” she said.

Zanu PF has been rocked by factional fights sparked by disputes over Mugabe’s succession.

First lady Grace Mugabe is accused of leading the G40 faction while Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa is said to be behind Team Lacoste.

6 Responses to Minister in State House drama as factions jostle

  1. Freelancer September 10, 2017 at 2:46 pm #

    This is but one example of how factionalism is stalling government business which is supposed to benefit all nationals and not the minority in ZANU Primitive Front.

  2. Freelancer September 10, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    This is but one example of how factionalism is stalling government business which is supposed to benefit all nationals and not just the minority in ZANU Primitive Front.

  3. Tambai mese mujairane September 10, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    So Chiratidzo is obviously from Team Lacoste, for it’s public knowledge that Mike follows Dr. Amai…

  4. Pro Truth September 10, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    Mike Bimha is actually a blood relative of Grace, by the way he is the MP for Chikomba hint, hint. The Marufus and Bimhas are one family, Bimha ndi babamudiki vaFirst Lady.

    • tmutekwe September 11, 2017 at 10:47 am #

      Is that a fact? very interesting. So why does Bimha kneel before his own daughter at a public rally instead of the other way round? Can sycophancy get more sickening than that?

  5. frank Chamunorwa September 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    If that is true , state capture in Zimbabwe is crystalized in comparison to South Africa , yet South Africans ate vociferously speaking and acting against state capture while the most literate citizens on the continent have now come to accept the anomaly as the norm, whatever sickness grips this country’s people requires more than God’s intervention, it requires mega cleansing and absolute change of mindset.

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