GWERU — Goodson Nguni, the director of a suspected Zanu PF-linked civic society group Federation of Non-Governmental Organisations (Fongo), was dressed down during a public meeting organised by Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition in Gweru over the weekend.
Report by Rutendo Mawere/Blessed Mhlanga
Initially Nguni, who claimed to be representing Zanu PF, was blocked from answering questions directed to him before he was disowned by his party colleague Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana, who accused him of misrepresenting facts in his analysis of the draft constitution.
Nguni was forced to hand over the microphone to Copac co-chairperson Douglas Mwonzora (MDC-T) after participants interjected and booed him.
The participants said they were annoyed by Nguni’s claims that the MDC formations had diluted the constitution by smuggling in a clause that upheld homosexuality.
The Fongo director was further embarrassed by Mangwana, who accused him of lying over contents of the draft constitution.
“I am aware that Nguni is a member of my party and I respect his views, but on this point I regret to say that Nguni is wrong. We did not want to homosexualise the constitution and we did not,” said Mangwana.
Nguni, who appeared to be recording the meeting on his mobile, was likened by one participant to the late comic legend Safirio Madzikatire (stage name Mukadota) whose purpose was to disrupt a serious and national process by bringing in undesired comedy.
“We urge you to stop your Mukadota acts with this constitution,” said Kenneth Sithole. “I want to tell you that this is a serious national discussion which does not need your theatrics.”
Nguni’s attempts to defend his position failed as he was booed down and called off by other participants.