Mzembi takes sabbatical from politics

FORMER Foreign Affairs minister and Masvingo South MP Walter Mzembi yesterday said he had taken a sabbatical from politics to concentrate on private business.

BY MUNESU NYAKUDYA

Mzembi threw in the towel after he was recalled from Parliament together with 10 other MPs aligned to the G40 faction that was involved in a tussle for control of Zanu PF in the race to succeed former President Robert Mugabe who succumbed to military pressure last November.

Mzembi, however, said he would remain loyal to Zanu PF and President Emmerson Mnangagwa and pleaded for his support in his new corporate adventures.

“I wish to state that I have accepted the decision of the party in all instances and will notwithstanding continue to serve the interests of the party as its registered voter,” Mzembi said in a statement yesterday.

“I remain a loyal member of the party and while expulsion is an administrative exercise in pursuit of reasserting discipline in the party, my heart and soul remains embedded in the ideals, principles and ideological construct of Zanu PF, and I will serve its interests in other roles, most of all as a private citizen going forward into the future.”

Mzembi was expelled from the ruling party in November 2017 and subsequently fired from Parliament on Thursday.

“May I take this opportunity to reaffirm my loyalties to the President and first secretary of Zanu PF, Cde ED Mnangagwa, the party and government and reassure them of my continued support. The struggle ahead of us now is that of economic emancipation and development and in my new found role as a private citizen, I will add my hands on the deck to achieve a prosperous life for all Zimbabweans in line with the aspirations of the President,” he added.

Mzembi said he will support the new candidate for Masvingo South constituency, where he was the MP for the past 15 years. “As soon as the party nominates my replacement ahead of the 2018 general elections, I together with them shall support the Zanu PF candidate to electoral victory.

“This simultaneously signals my break with representative politics and my re-entry into corporate life for which I pray for support from the President, the party and government. It is honourable to mention that I represented them on a Zanu PF ticket.”

19 Comments

  1. Good move. Pana Grace manga marasika bambo.

  2. No sabbatical here, there was no other choice. He has to do something else and wait until ED goes then maybe try and make a comeback.

    1. there are many choices in life. Dont be misled to believe that politics is the start and end to everything in life, esp political parties.

  3. Comment…NDATENDA HAUNA KUMHURA

  4. The sabbatical being undertaken is as a result of the unavailability of other options politically. For Mr. Mzembi to re-affirm his loyalty to President ED is ironic because not a few weeks ago he was part of the group that was rooting for former president Mugabe to continue in power till death.It is now an embarrassment that he made the wrong choices and he has paid for them. It is unfortunate that politicians especially the young and intelligent ones are lacking in principle. Therefore the loyalty being pledged to President Ed is not genuine, Mr Mzembi is trying to appease the President so that he is not targeted for whatever misdemeanors he may have made. I would prefer if Zimbabwe politicians are honest and frank like ANC’s Derek Hanekom who told president Zuma to step down due to alleged corrupt acts.

  5. sekuenda kwawaita ur ed akutevera come election time

  6. The sabbatical being undertaken is as a result of the unavailability of other options politically. For Mr. Mzembi to re-affirm his loyalty to President ED is ironic because not a few weeks ago he was part of the group that was rooting for former president Mugabe to continue in power till death.It is now an embarrassment that he made the wrong choices and he has paid for them. It is unfortunate that politicians especially the young and intelligent ones are lacking in principle. Therefore the loyalty being pledged to President Ed is not genuine, Mr Mzembi is trying to appease the President so that he is not targeted for whatever misdemeanors he may have made. I would prefer if Zimbabwe politicians are honest and frank like ANC’s Derek Hanekom who told president Zuma to step down due to alleged corrupt acts.

  7. I like this man only that he was wearing a wrong jersey.

  8. Operation dzosai mari irikukutevera mfesi awusati wati one

  9. Uka buda muZanu uno svava kunge shizha rabva pana amai vayo

  10. Deya Rakaiswa Katsvairo

    private business ripi? usatibate kumeso

  11. You caused the arrest of Alfred Makwarimba in 2004 on truimped up charges when you wanted to be elected MP in 2004 & you went on to win primary elections unopposed. Now it’s your turn to suffer

  12. Who said if you are not a politician you cant survive in Zimbabwe..Answer Corruption..Mugabe allowed lawlessness amongst his leautanants so much that they looted the economy with impunity..They do not know of any other way of survival but destroying the Zimbabwean peoples lives..They dont get punished for destroying Zimbabwe as a nation…A person can go 9 years to prison for being found with a pangolin yet people who have killed millions of Zimbabweans by looting our hospitals and all other national institutions are allowed to walk scot free…That 15 billion have been stolen by these people, they still have it,yet the Zimbabwean taxpayer is the one who shall pay for it…Some thieves are still being rewarded with government posts and some have been rewarded with millions for stealing from us and make us suffer for 37 years …It is so frustrating

  13. In Harmony with Nature

    most of your statements Mr Looter signal that you want to show loaylity to a party that expellled you.Loving a wife who has divorced you.We want to know what you were doing behind closed doors in Zanu for the past 15 years , obviously corrupt deeds will come which ever way

  14. I think you are right Walter. Take a break and watch, then make a wise move. Thanks for your contribution, it was felt but i think you were in the losing team.You will always rise if you are a visionary who i presume you are. Dont be too comfortable though because there is still “Dzosai mari operation” which may smear your good character again. You just need to be strong, it is a passing phase.

  15. Ko dai wangonyarara hako nhai. Who are you telling all this iwe Walter. You know you are a turncoat, period.

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