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Fired ministers speak out


THREE of the seven government ministers, who were booted out on Sunday over charges of corruption, fanning factionalism and plotting to topple President Robert Mugabe, yesterday said they had gracefully accepted their purge and pledged to remain loyal to the ruling Zanu PF party.


“I accept my fate and believe it is for the development of the country. I did my part and now it is time for someone else to take over,” said Flora Buka, who was on Sunday relieved of her duties as Minister of State for Presidential Affairs.

“Zanu PF is the only party that I have ever known since I was born and so naturally I will continue to support its structures. The President exercised his right and I respect that,” she said.

Sacked Lands and Rural Resettlement deputy minister Tendai Savanhu said he was not bitter about his expulsion.

“It was such an honour to be selected from among a multitude of candidates. The President could have chosen anyone, but he chose me.

“I did my best and will continue to work for the party,” Savanhu said.

Former Deputy minister for Transport and Infrastructural Development Petronella Kagonye said: “The President has the power to appoint and remove us from Cabinet. I appreciate and cherish the opportunity he gave me to serve this nation at such a high level and in such a highly technical ministry. I learnt a lot which I look forward to plough back into the nation. So, I accept his position. If I could get to meet him or Amai Grace Mugabe — who inspired me by her fearless speeches, telling it like it is — I would be grateful because if what I read in your paper is anything to go by, I would like to explain myself before him.”

The three were axed alongside Paul Chimedza (Health and Child Care deputy minister), Sylvester Nguni (Minister of State in former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s Office), Tongai Muzenda (Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare deputy minister) and Fortune Chasi (Justice deputy minister).

The joined eight others who were fired two weeks ago alongside Mujuru over the same charges.

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