Mukupe’s behaviour unacceptable

THAT if there was ever a time to cut Finance deputy minister Terrence Mukupe to size — both in government and in Zanu PF — it is now, is no longer in doubt.
This, because the aggressive Mukupe has demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that he does not add any value to not only President Emmerson Mnangagwa regime, but all citizens.

It boggles the mind how after the Zanu PF government publicly censured and widely condemned him for his reckless claim that the army which helped depose former President Robert Mugabe to make way for Mnangagwa, he went on to assault a journalist and his wife during a radio interview simply for holding divergent views.

Mukupe even had the audacity to taunt the journalist to go and report anywhere he wanted. Is this how dishonourable Zanu PF politicians have become — in just under six months at the helm of the country — really!

This simply means Mukupe believes he is untouchable and nothing will be done to him — just like nothing significant was done after he assaulted a senior civil servant in his ministry. Has he not yet demonstrated that he is not fit to hold public office?

His bravado speaks to the fact that nothing will be done to him — perhaps because of his government position or his closeness to Mnangagwa, and all this coming in the wake of Police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga’s pronouncements that the police have turned a page in their policing after years of protecting Zanu PF officials and supporters at the expense of their opposition counterparts and the general public.

No doubt that Mukupe’s wayward behaviour is in many ways a reflection of the government he serves and Mnangagwa. Why is he untouchable? Whether he is related to Mnangagwa or to his close relations or friends by marriage or whatever else, does it give him the licence to do as he pleases? We hope not! We have no doubt that the citizenry is keen to see how the President will deal with his ever-increasing big-headedness.

Critically, Mukupe seems to lack the moral fibre required of public office holders. In many ways, he has smeared whatever efforts Mnangagwa has been doing to demonstrate to Zimbabweans and the world that we are indeed, in a new era. For all intents and purposes, we are still stuck in that old system where Zanu PF officials can do whatever they want and still get away with it.

Not long ago, Mukupe was also dragged to court by a Chinese company for failing to pay over $28 000 debt following the construction of his private offices in Harare. In yet another worrisome development, he publicly claimed that former Finance minister Tendai Biti was on anti-retroviral treatment. The crude manner in which he made the remark demonstrates that he views the 1,3 million Zimbabweans on anti-retroviral treatment in this country as lesser beings.

For public official who represents a government battling one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in sub-Saharan Africa to make such a remark is most unfortunate. This can only defeat current efforts to contain the HIV pandemic.

We believe that such a politician does not bring any value to government.

In fact, the best he can be is an albatross around its neck. This unbecoming behaviour by public officials should just stop, and Mnangagwa must act urgently against these shenanigans.


18 Comments

  1. Don’t be one sided when commenting issues biti also labeled mukupe a drunkard why did you not comment on that , Dr kupe from the court was done all sorts of things but nothing was said be very independent baba musatumwe

    1. Maybe you also are drunk. Biti is no longer a govt official but an ordinary member of society who is at liberty to express his views. For MuKhupe, he has morally obligations as what he does or says in public represent the govt as he is a sitting govt official. By him insulting a fellow citizen the way he did means he can also do that to any member of our society, hence he is not fit to hold public office. Do not take sides in the matter on partisan lines please.

      1. true that

  2. Surprisingly Mukupe doesn’t look to be in excellent health himself to be honest. Being called a drunkard can’t be equated to mocking ones health, you never know what sickness will also pay u a visit tomorrow

  3. Biti is no longer a govt official but an ordinary member of society who is at liberty to express his views. For MuKhupe, he has morally obligations as what he does or says in public represent the govt as he is a sitting govt official. By him insulting a fellow citizen the way he did means he can also do that to any member of our society, hence he is not fit to hold public office. Do not take sides in the matter on partisan lines please.

  4. Biti is no longer a govt official but an ordinary member of society who is at liberty to express his views. For MuKupe, he has morally obligations as what he does or says in public represent the govt as he is a sitting govt official. By him insulting a fellow citizen the way he did means he can also do that to any member of our society, hence he is not fit to hold public office. Do not take sides in the matter on partisan lines please.

  5. I don’t know what qualifications MuKhupe holds but surely to be a deputy minister of finance we expected him to have some professional accounting qualification or background and be guided by professionalism definition and codes of ethics and professional conduct. If this is the case we also expect any professional board he may belong to to descend heavily on him for the disrepute besides ED firing him period.

  6. This Mukupe guy is a total disgrace, unprofessional and believes he is untouchable I guess the spirit of Jezebel once upon a time held by Amai has found another successor, but the end of such people will be disgraceful. The guy represents the true dna of ZANU pf. Discrimination and stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDs should never be tolerated in this generation

  7. Mukupe will never be fired and we will all be told to go to hell. That is how Zanu-PF acts. Forked tongue like the serpent. Equivocates. That is what you will get for voting for Zanu-PF.

  8. remember when Mukupe was disqualified in the primaries? People, including non zanu supporters were enraged claiming that he deserved a chance because he was young, popular and charming. chitodyayi riri gono.

    Corruption did benefit some during who abused inputs which were targeted toward achieving a bumper harvest with the good rains which fell that year. So he knows what he is talking about. Trash talk is common these days.

  9. That boy Terence must not think he is macho. Some dat he will stumble upon some of us and all that verve will end there.

  10. At least these filthy remarks are not coming from the mouth of an opposition member hence the silence by herald, ZBC and their sisters. Imagine if Mujuru or Chamisa had insulted people for their HIV status, Yoh! It would be treated like murder 1st degree 24/7

  11. I wonder why anybody is suprised by Mukupe’s behavior. Typical vana vemahure. Akakura vabereki vafa uyu.

  12. allianz arena

    Comment…mukupe u not a professional public official.kurwara kana utano vemunhu have nothing to do with different political views

  13. I think Mukupe has really gone over bounce. He should do the honourable and apologies for his unbecoming behaviour. This surely isn’t expected for the position he holds. He has shown great immaturity, disrespectful, irresponsible and reckless. He is decampaigning Zanu Pf. ED needs to deal with this as a matter of urgency.

  14. ED IS A LISTENING PRESIDENT. LISTEN WHAT IS SAID ABOUT MUKUPE. PSE ACT .

  15. It boggles the mind from which pool ZANU PF fishes these rare species. In the past Mugabe had Mphoko and now Mnangagwa has Mukupe. Please return these dangerous species wherever you got them!!

  16. Mukupe is also on ART treatment ihure Gombe kana aine nharo tizvitaure.

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