Mnangagwa plays down diplomatic tiff

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JUSTICE, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs minister Emmerson Mnangagwa yesterday played down the diplomatic tiff between Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and his deputy Christopher Mutsvangwa, describing it as “a minor hiccup”.

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This follows reports that Mutsvangwa on Monday tore into his boss Mumbengegwi and Foreign Affairs secretary Joey Bimha, accusing them of running the ministry like a “fiefdom” and failing to consult on crucial matters such as the recent spate between Zimbabwe and the European Union over denial of a visa to First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Mnangagwa was responding to Kuwadzana East MP Nelson Chamisa (MDC-T), who wanted to find out if the differences between the two Zanu PF ministers signified serious disharmony in government.

“I understand that the MP is a member of the MDC-T, which says it believes in democracy and it means people are allowed to air their opinions and are justified to air their views.  I am saying at the end of the day the position of government prevails and not the position of individuals,” Mnangagwa said.

When Chamisa further asked Mnangagwa to explain the government position regarding the EU’s decision to deny Grace Mugabe a visa, Mutasa South MP Irene Zindi (Zanu PF) interjected and overruled Chamisa’s question before acting Speaker Buhera North MP William Mutomba said Mngangagwa was not obliged to answer the second part of Chamisa’s question.

Meanwhile, Health and Child Care deputy minister Paul Chimedza said it was not government policy for women to be detained at health institutions over failure to pay maternity user fees.

29 COMMENTS

  1. Doctor Chimedza,what exactly,is government “policy” with regards to martenity fees? Over the years successive ministers have been saying exactly what you are saying today about this so-called government policy. If such a policy exists,why is it health institutions continue to ignore your “policy?”
    Isn’t this testimony that no such policy exists? Why is government comfortable when its policies are being flouted left,right and centre? Policies must be implemented on the ground and from your ivory towers,Mr Chimedza and company.

  2. ndakazvitarira zvangu blah blah blah so predictable.
    hand deliver them their aces cde x i say.
    for if no patriot like that stands up to burn those rude and discourteous aces there will be continuation of uncanny gas passing habit at the institution thunderously blasting off flatulence as a specialty work ethic. i salute you !!

  3. ndakatarira zvangu zviripo zvikpnzero cde x was simply quantifying the mathematical cost of institutional gas passing via the two aces there.
    i salute you !!

  4. Mr Bimha is a relative to Grace so family ties clouded professional judgement. This is one thing that shows us that the “Emperor Does not Have Clothes”.Its the beginning of the end of the African Champion.

    • To the contrary it is a structural issue. Relations structured on treachery and conspiracies are bound to end up the way they did. The EU is founded on principles and values that cannot be bent just like that. Diplomatic etiquette should not be abused to score points etc. After all the respective EU countries have constituencies to deal with.

  5. Deputy Ministers are just a burden to the tax payer and have no particular role to play in the running of ministries which can be very frustrating to them. No wonder when the incumbent is away they are not even allowed to act on his behalf; instead another substantive minister acts. This burden should be done away with considering our economic status. However Mutsvangwa is right on this issue. The country’s interests should not be held to ransom because the King’s wife is not welcome in some cold patch of Europe.

    • True, hazvishande kuva nadeputy Minister, anoshanda papi.A Minister is advised naPermanent Secretary so it`s wasting taxpayer`s money.But regai vataure chokwadi vanaMutsvangwa, pane mamwe maMinister asingabatsiri, vanoshoresa nyika.Apava vakuru vakabhaiza, how can a Manager or CEO refuse to go kubasa nekuti hapana mudzimai wake. Kwava kukuravo uku.

  6. Inini handizive kuti bob akatsamwei nekunyimwa kwe The First Shopper visa, ko hanty ndimwi maiti keep yo england and we keep our zimbabwe konhasi chaipa chiizve nekurambidzwa kuenda belgium. Ko panoenda bob kunana Ethiopia nanaSwaziland hamuchemere kuenda navo wani nhai inga munowanzosara imimi mhamha vedu chazoipa nhasi chiii…shame…shame….shame…shame

  7. “Mutsvangwa further accused the two (Mumbengegwi and Bimha) of reducing the foreign affairs ministry into their “fiefdom” through monopolising ministerial decisions while forgetting they were, by right, his juniors if they were to compare their liberation war credentials with his” – what an idiot this Mutsvangwa guy is! Self-promotion. The so-called “liberation war” did not bring black rule – that is a lie. Mutsvangwa was outside the country in 1979 – we know better than him. It was our votes which got Zanu into power in 1980 after Muzorewa’s reign. In other words, black rule was already there before we voted Zanu in to power in 1980.

    • ma “born free” ndipo pamunonetsera, you think everything came on a silver platter, that is why you now lack appreciation of the painful history that this country went through. Why do you think “you” got that opportunity in 1980 to vote in the first place, because the whites suddenly developed a liking for you???

      • Zimbabwe was negotiated at lancaster. we never saw any bhanyamulenges arriving in salisbury conquering, taking over and putting a new flag (as we saw Kabila doing in Zaire). It was through talks over cups of tea and whiskey in London. Enough about pains and what rubbish! We have paid enough liberation rent already. Mongoponda nyika muchitinyepera zvehondo…maiva makangogara zvenyu muchidya huku nembudzi dzevanhu…once in a while momanya kunouraya kamwana ka3 yr old kewhite farmer…mozvikudz kuti tagwa hondo…rubbish. chenyu kwaingova kuraper vana sisi vedu chete. kkkkk icho!

      • @Greyora – idiot. “Born free” from what? You are a crazy moron. I was born in Southern Rhodesia, educated in Southern Rhodesia, got a job in Southern Rhodesia, started a family in Southern Rhodesia. You are showing that you don’t know the history of this country. Black people have always been voting in this country. THE PRESENT CHIEF JUSTICE, GODFREY CHIDYAUSIKU, WAS A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT IN RHODESIA. Voted into parliament by black people in Rhodesia. Abel Muzorewa was prime minister – voted into power by black people before Zanu was voted into power. There have always been black members of parliament dating back to the days of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland as far back as 1954 – Jasper Zengeza Savanhu, Stanlake Samkange, Masotsha Mike Hove and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo

    • Yes, Mutsvangwa was in Mozambique in 1979 and Monica, his wife was Mnangagwa’s girlfriend ku Moza. Tarisai first born yacho motitaurira kuti akafanana nani?
      Saka babamukuru vari ku sapota bamamudiki

  8. Ha writer, this is not a story worth writing about. Proper news please.. Not these vague stories that have no results

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  10. @Greyora – idiot. “Born free” from what? You are a crazy moron. I was born in Southern Rhodesia, educated in Southern Rhodesia, got a job in Southern Rhodesia, started a family in Southern Rhodesia. You are showing that you don’t know the history of this country. Black people have always been voting in this country. THE PRESENT CHIEF JUSTICE, GODFREY CHIDYAUSIKU, WAS A MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT IN RHODESIA. Voted into parliament by black people in Rhodesia. Abel Muzorewa was prime minister – voted into power by black people before Zanu was voted into power. There have always been black members of parliament dating back to the days of the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland as far back as 1954 – Jasper Zengeza Savanhu, Stanlake Samkange, Masotsha Mike Hove and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo.

  11. Anyone who tells you we were not free in Rhodesia is a liar. Yes, we were not as rich as the whites BUT we were free to do what we wanted. Nobody ever stopped me doing what I wanted in Rhodesia. The vote today is meaningless because ZanuPF military will make sure ZanuPF wins any election. The only thing we have today is “Freedom to vote for ZanuPF only” – that is the freedom I suppose this idiot Greyora is talking about. This myth that we could not do what we wanted is spread by ignorant rural dwellers who had no clue what was happening in the urban areas. It was difficult for any white government to oppress us because we were clever in Salisbury. Most of us were. We were freer in Rhodesia than we are now under ZanuPF. Ask the Chief Justice who was MP in Rhodesian parliament with Ian Smith.

  12. Musona wakapenga taura futi kuti madofo azive .Yes independe.ce to vote ZanuPf only .Smith aiziva kuti vanhu vachazodzvanyirirwa kupfuura iye and was trying to save us from magandanga(war goons).Wachabviswa nani ivo zvombo vachitengera kuuraya isu.

  13. Your frustrations and anger shudnt belittle the liberation struggle + roles played by the comrades and the civilian(povo)supporters. Tisaita jee hai.The brutal,segregative Smith regime wz brought to the negotiation table at Lancaster House n 1979 by the barrel of the gun.Sub haina hurukuro.War wasn’t a picnic to all fighters.Tisanyeperana. Let us teach the correct history. Yes, C J Chidyausiku wz once an MP n Smith’s govt on the black roll, but, J N Nkomo wz never. Naaku gwinyiso remenemene.

    • @mutape – idiot. you don’t know your history. Ian Smith left his position in April 1979 and Muzorewa took over. It was Muzorewa who agreed to an all-party Lancaster House Conference not Ian Smith. Smith was invited by the British government. Negotiations for black rule had been going on from the early 1960s anf Lancaster House was the culmination of a number of negotiations held over black rule you idiot. Unless you can prove that Muzorewa was a white man then your version of events is silly.

    • @mutape – is this what you read or what you witnessed first hand? How old are you? Where were you when all this happened? Talking throught your hat. Between Smith and Mugabe was Muzorewa. Mugabe did not take over from Ian Smith but from Muzorewa.

    • In the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland elections held on the 15 December, 1953 the following blacks were elected – from Northern Rhodesia – Mateyo Kakumbi and Dauti Lawton Yamba: from Southern Rhodesia – Jasper Zengeza Savanhu, Stanlake Samkange, Masotsha Mike Hove and Joshua Mqabuko Nkomo and from Nyasaland Wellington Manoah Chirwa and Clement Robin Kumbikano.
      Joshua Nkomo got 2400 votes and Mike Hove got 10 558 votes.

  14. Monica was munangagwa’s secretary in Moz. She was very close to munangagwa’s late wife handizivewo zvekudanana kwavo

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