‘Fire MDC-T supporters’

MANICALAND Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene last week stunned diamond mining firm executives in Chiadzwa after demanding that they should only employ bona fide Zanu PF members.

CLAYTON MASEKESA
OWN CORRESPONDENT

Chimene said the order was with immediate effect, on the grounds that opposition political party supporters should not be allowed anywhere near the mining area as they were a “high security threat”.

However, the mining firms said they would resist the directive.
Addressing different mining company executives at her Mutare offices last Friday, Chimene said: “I want to remind those mining firms at Chiadzwa that they should mind their language and politics.

They should know that the diamonds are mined in Zimbabwe. This is Zimbabwe led by His Excellency Cde Robert Mugabe, who is the first secretary of the ruling party Zanu PF.”

She added: “I have been informed that there are some people wearing MDC-T T-shirts working in your fields. That should stop. But, if I see workers wearing Zanu PF T-shirts, then I have no problem with that.”

The combative Zanu PF minister threatened to “expose” some diamond firms which she claimed were smuggling the precious mineral out of Zimbabwe, thereby shortchanging the province and government.

She said although Manicaland had one of the world’s largest diamond deposits, the province had not yet directly benefited from the mineral resource due to alleged underhand dealings by mining companies.

“Money from diamonds is being taken elsewhere, leaving the province to languish in poverty. What is surprising is the fact that

the companies are continuously mining the diamonds at Chiadzwa and yet we are the poorest province,” she said.

Several executives interviewed by NewsDay after the meeting described Chimene’s directive as “absurd” and meant to entrench partisan politics at workplaces.

“How can we be expected to ask for someone’s political affiliation before offering them a job? How does she expect us to deal with MDC-T members already under our employ? The directive is absurd and is inapplicable,” an executive, who declined to be named, said.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Mbada Diamonds, Marange Resources, Anjin, Diamond Mining Corporation, Jinan, Rera, Metallon Gold and DTZ-Ozgeo, among others. Since her appointment as Provincial Affairs minister last month, Chimene has already caused a stir in the province where she has declared war against MDC-T members and the opposition-led Mutare City Council.

Chimene last week threatened to set up a parallel structure involving war veterans to run the MDC-T-led Mutare City Council accusing the main opposition party of running down the local authority.

Zanu PF and the MDCs have always clashed over the recruitment of civil servants and local authority personnel along partisan lines since the era of the inclusive government.

30 Comments

  1. Not too sure I understand why anyone would be stunned by Chimene’s pronouncements given the fact that this has been the Zanu p.f. modus operandi since the inception of its rule. Recently Obert Mpofu categorically told people of Binga that government will not develop their area because they continue to vote against Zanu p.f.

    It is not surprising that the alleged illegal dealings of the diamond firms will only be exposed in the event that they ignore Chimene’s directive.

    Zanu p.f. is happy to collect taxes from every Zimbabwean but does not hesitate to discriminate along party lines. A banana republic indeed.

  2. Matibili The Groid

    Chimene is a big ZANU idiot. Also serious lack of education there. Thesevzanoid grids all sing for their Cremora supper like parrots on acid. Shame, indeed….

  3. Not her problem akagumira ku creche hence little knowledge

  4. Charlie Hebedohebedo

    This woman is dull. Very dull indeed.

  5. this is serious boot licking, these idiots now think that the more they attack mugabe’s rivals, the better they are can to be positioned in their party structures aaah saka makutomuita musikavanhu here chidhara “mugabe” ichi

  6. im very sorry for you chimene

  7. a goverment should be for every individual and every should be given a fair opportunity regardless of your party CDE. bear in mind at the end of the day we are all Zimbabweans. what happened to united we stand and divided we fall

  8. I hope this is not true..if it were then the lord above save the Minister..Perhaps she needs to go back to her office and look at what it is she was really employed to do..she does not appear to have a clue. She may need to take the saying ‘more haste, less speed’ more seriously rather than embarrass her self and the president who appointed her so needlessly and brazenly..The reality is one of her advisors is out to destroy her..she should move post haste to fire the individual..One can not have this many gaffes in one day..First parallel structures and then interfering with private companies when the government she serves is asking for FDI..Why not give Mushowe a call and ask how to proceed from hereon or be thrown off the gravy train..Her brief is to protect the name of the president and party not embarrass both in this fashion.

  9. Somebody tell this thick skulled moron that Zimbabwe belongs to Zimbabweans, and is not owned by some ancient 96 year old Moscan masquerading as a ‘leader’…

  10. wat do u expect… munhu akaenda kuMoza kuhondo only for four years (1976-1979) but came back with 3 kids!!! tibvunzei isu tomuziwa. and she all wants us to believe she is a genuine war vet. nzenza yaikwira naeveryone paChimoio iyi. zero intellect and totally no substance. tsvina yemunhu!!

    1. Mandhibhuya Mutepfa

      Wasu you also..kikikikikikikikikikikiki LOL! It’s true. Iri raive joki hombe pa Chimoyo. Hapana asinakuritasva.

    2. Yes this is so true…she was everyone’s dumping ground and she avoided going to fight coz she was always pregnant. Anyone who was at Chimoio Camp during the war know her behaviour.

  11. One of the resolutions of the last Zanu PF congress was to ensure that all state linked institutions employ only Zanu Pf people. In recent days we have seen a number of these Zanu PF people talk about employing only their species in our instituions. Is this the beginning of a new wave of chasing away all opposition members from all the jobs in the country, to impoverish them. I am worried

  12. Non ZANU companies must also fire zanu pf employees and lets who cries the loudest. Econet, Zimplats, Mimosa, Barclays, Stanchart, Stanbic, Murowa, BNC, just to name a few, and all NGOs, …please attend to this call.

  13. These are adangerous statements coming from our so called leaders, this is is just fuelling violence.

  14. Ayas, tiri kutongwa nezvikwambo chaizvo. Nhai veduwee tiri kuripa ngozi ipiko?

  15. Before l go any further. (ndisati ndaenda kumanhenga.)l fill pity for Chimene.(ndinozadza gomba ra Chimene.)- musangano haudi vanhu vanedzungu rakadai.

  16. Mandi is pathetic. What war did she fight. We were there at Chimoio and if there is a chef who did not bed Mandi he either was impotent or was involved with another jealous slut like Monica Mutsvangwa or Oppah Muchinguri. I remember so vividly reading a 2013 Hansard when Mabvuku Tafara legislator James Maridadi said, “Mr Speaker, Hon Chimene has no brain and as such must not contribute to this debate because she is trivializing an important issue”. Given what Mandi has just said, was Maridadi wrong. Zimbabweans “takatadzei kutongwa nezvitototo zvakaita sana Mandi.”

  17. Surprised Ngwena is mooting an Idea of recruiting technocrats to spearhead Gov programs in order to turn around the country economically. So Mr Vice president will these technos replace ministers and permanent secretaries or its an addition to them.
    In any case who will they be reporting to. CERTAINLY NOT TO MANDI CHIMENE and all of you who have failed for decades.

    1. Kikikikkk, @Basa, you decided to comment on a story in Herald on NewsDay??? I think I know the reason……. The Herald Moderator!!!! kikkkkk, whoever it is, I dont envy his job at all!!

      1. @kikiki you are right. The Herald moderator knows that people are not happy with the state of affairs in the country, let alone their hate lies given prominence in a paper that was once a family newspaper, a paper of choice. This is why they have employed someone to spend days ‘blocking comments’. Shame Herald for practicing stone age journalism in this era!

        1. Why does anyone even buy the herald. the people could have brought that evil thing down to nothing years ago but people still buy it. Us Zimbo’s are dumb sometimes. There is power in numbers and we don’t use it. DON’T BUY THE HERALD!

  18. To the dogs for shoo

  19. Runyoka wa Manyoka

    uyo munhu anofanirwa kusungwa nekuda kwekushambadza hate speech uyezve kupromota segregation rusarura.Akaratidza ruvengo nerusarura rwukuru kumachinja zvisineyi kuti hurumende yake yakundikana kupedza hurombo hwevana veZimbabwe handifunge kuti hurumende ikatengesa mbanje inoita profit nekuda kwehuwori nehumbimbindoga

  20. zimbabwean resources are for zimbabweans and a zimbabwean is anyone who carries a a zimbabwean national id. i dont know where this shit from of distributing our mineral through politics. the liberation struggle was not fought by a party alone but it was a national project so Mr Politician pliz respect our nation

  21. People, is there something wrong with Manicaland? There is Mutasa of rock diesel fame, Oppah, Mushowe, Chimene, Mutezo, Made, can I include Green Fuel and all the diamond mines, etc.? Why can’t they be more peaceful and intelligent like us in Mash East?

  22. ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴀs Vɪᴄᴛᴏʀɪᴀ ᴀɴ sᴡᴇʀᴇᴅ I ᴀᴍ sᴜʀᴘʀɪsᴇᴅ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴀɴʏ ᴏɴᴇ ᴀʙʟᴇ ᴛᴏ ɢᴇᴛ ᴘᴀɪᴅ $9231 ɪɴ ᴏɴᴇ ᴍᴏɴᴛʜ ᴏɴ ᴛʜᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴜᴛᴇʀ. ʜᴀᴠᴇ ʏᴏᴜ sᴇᴇɴ ᴛʜɪs ʟɪɴᴋ ———->> W­­W­­W.J­­O­­B­­S­­F­­I­­S­­H.C­­O­­M

    1. I do it……..

  23. goodchildgonebad

    Sorry Zimbabwe is not a Zanu property now that you have run it down even your supporters will see stupidity when all the mines close and for the record there are not that many intelligent and qualified individuals in pf to manage successful institutions just take a look at Zimbabwe,a once relatively better off nation is now pathetically poor cause of incompetent country managers shame on this woman.

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