Zanu PF, NPF in vicious clash at policy debate

There was drama on Thursday when President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s special advisor and Zanu PF politburo member Christopher Mutsvangwa exchanged harsh words with National Patriotic Front (NPF) spokesperson Jealousy Mawarire during a public debate in Harare.

By Tinotenda Munyukwi

The debate was organised by the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN) for mainstream political parties to unpack their policies on candidate selection and give highlights on their ongoing campaigns.

Mutsvangwa was visibly irked by canning rantings by Mawarire, chief among them accusing Mnangagwa’s close relative Tarirai David Mnangagwa of being a corrupt foreign currency dealer who was contributing significantly to the creation of illegal parallel markets.

This activated a harsh exchange of words between both parties and the house was brought to a standstill as the audience reinforced the politicians’ sentiments with rowdiness in support of their respective political party representatives.

“The accusations if indeed they have any basis of fact, they are very grave. I do hope the gentleman that uttered those accusations and mentioned those names will get a chance to defend them before the court of law,” Mutsvangwa said.

Mawarire was defiant and refused to retract or apologise for all the provocative utterances that he had directed towards Mutsvangwa and his superiors in Zanu PF, while maintaining that the alleged corruption case by Mnangagwa’s relative was on record with the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission.

“I will not apologise if at all you want me to apologise because this information has a docket at the Anti-Corruption Commission and it is on record,” Mawarire responded.

He kept on referring to the ruling party as “Junta PF” in his contributions and this further annoyed Mutsvangwa, who had to resort to rubbishing the whole chaotic debate process, reminding all political parties represented that elections were not won at debates, but in wards and at the ballot where the ruling party was registering its footprint.

Tempers only subsided when Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn leader Simba Makoni came to the aid of the moderator Violet Gonda who had failed to bring the house to order, by urging all political players and panellists to embrace politics of tolerance and engage on discourse maturely.

The debate was also attended by the two warring MDC T factions led by Thokozani Khupe and Nelson Chamisa, through their respective representatives Linda Masarira (spokesperson) and Douglas Mwonzora (secretary general).

Despite playing on the sidelines as the debate was largely a Zanu PF and NPF show, Mwonzora reinforced ongoing reports that MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa was willing to bury the hatchet with former deputy president Thokozani Khupe and engage in talks for a possible reunification.

“The split is very regrettable and we are working flat out to make sure that we try to mend the fissures. We see value in our recently departed sisters,” Mwonzora said.

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  2. slowly our politics is maturing. these debates are helpful to voters who don’t support political parties to see who is offering what

  3. Comment…Kiri Mutsvanwa’s DNA is violence and confrontation. People should not give in to that thug who thinks he is the only genuine freedom fighter. In zpf, he fighting Webster Shamu.

  4. so in mwonzora’s views..GUTU is one of MDC sisters..hanzi “we se value in our departed sisters”…GUTU MUKADZI

  5. If Chamisa has now seen the truth he should go and join Khupe . Khupe , you are the legitimate leader so stay put . If Chamisa wants to have dialogue he should come to join you and be your vice president . The Chamisa faction is now realizing that they are losing the fight for the party and now want to call you when infact they should plead with you to allow them to come back to MDC-T.MaKhupe woyeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Doctor Khupe woyeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!

    1. Khupe is the ultimate loser if you doubt the Zimbabwean politics. Chamisa is standing as MDC Alliance candidate and not MDC-T, ask Welsh Ncube who only discovered now that people are not worried about party names but people leading them.

  6. hayibo pfutsek iwe nakhupenga kwaroooo go to hell n may the devil rape u

  7. Simba has poise cool

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