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Mawere becomes adviser to Ravalomanana

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South Africa-based Zimbabwean businessman Mutumwa Mawere has been appointed adviser and spokesperson of ousted Madagascar President Marc Ravalomanana.

The business magnate confirmed his new role in an interview with NewsDay on Tuesday. Mawere said:

“I am not moving around with exiled President Ravalomanana. He has his own assistants. I agreed to assist him as adviser to facilitate his return home. As you are aware, he has been out of the country for the last three years.”

Ravalomanana was ousted in a coup in 2009 by former disc jockey and Antananarivo mayor Andry Rajoelina, and has been living in exile in South Africa since.

Recently, his plane was blocked after he attempted to re-enter the Indian Ocean island country.

“I was on the plane with him (Ravalomanana) on the aborted trip to Madagascar. I am also his spokesman. You will be aware that he is a businessman like me whose assets have been expropriated using extra-judicial methods and more importantly executive power was stolen from him,” Mawere said.

“In choosing me to assist for no remuneration he was aware of my own ordeal and experience in dealing with difficult situations.

“The Zimbabwean experience has uniquely equipped me to better understand and appreciate the importance of freedom and the rule of law in advancing the cause of human development and progress.”

Mawere said a Sadc-brokered roadmap was in progress in Madagascar and had striking similarities with Zimbabwe’s GPA which led to the increasingly shaky unity government between Zanu PF and the two MDC parties.

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