Pressure mounts for Mukupe’s ouster

OPPOSITION political parties and social commentators have upped the ante on President Emmerson Mnangagwa to expel Finance deputy minister Terence Mukupe for “recklessly” claiming that the military would not recognise a victory by an opposition leader.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA/NQOBANI NDLOVU

MDC-T secretary-general Douglas Mwonzora, called on Mnangagwa to fire Mukupe from government and also withdraw his Zanu PF candidature in Harare East.

Mwonzora said the government should go beyond denouncing Mukupe in a statement and show him the exit door.

“It is great that Zanu PF has condemned Mukupe’s statement. They must take tangible action against him if he indeed did not talk for them. He has undermined the dialogue that we have been trying on electoral reforms, surely just a statement is not enough when he remains in government and still the party candidate,” he said.

Former Education minister and MDC legislator David Coltart said Mnangagwa should not just say the right words, but descend heavily on ruling party members who flagrantly contravened the Constitution.

“This is good, but we will only know they are serious when Mukupe is fired and soldiers are withdrawn from the countryside where they are campaigning for Zanu PF and confined to barracks until after elections,” Coltart said.

Self-exiled former Zanu PF politburo member Jonathan Moyo, said it was hard to believe that Mukupe was just speaking in his personal capacity when no action has been taken against him.

“If that’s government view, a serious and truthful one, then Mukupe must be fired pronto if he is not fired, the public and international community must take Mukupe’s rant as the truth,” he said.

However, Mukupe has claimed that he was misquoted, but NewsDay has a video recording of the meeting where he made the remarks.

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14 Comments

  1. What tangible action did the MDC take against those who were baying for Khupes life physically or with fire.
    Mukupe is not a policy maker. All what is needed is for him to be whipped into line.
    Munhu wese aita freedom of speech akarasika otemwa nedemo. Chii ichocho. Yes akaramba achirasika yes anopanichwa.

    1. Why defending idiocy.Mukupe is G40 and is hell bent on tarnishing ED administration.
      ED is becoming unpopular for accomodating corrupt and incompetent people.He must do himself a favour by firing Mukupe.

  2. After watching Mukupe vs Biti debate on star FM, it’s quite clear that Mukupe is not fit for office, the man is a major disappointment

  3. He was supposed to be fired the day he said those word. Such reckless speeches is murder for sure. We do not have to wait for him to kill another person to take action. He deserve dismissal, period.

  4. Sizwe ka Nare

    Mukupe is being accused of letting the cat out of the bag. Other wise what he said was true of zanu pf.Remember what zanu did in 2008. Did they not refuse to let go after being resoundingly beaten?

  5. Comment…imbwa yemunhu mukupe munotozviziva kuti hamuhwini masoja ndiwo achaita kuti murambe muchitonga

    1. that’s being poor utterance,mukupe this is not the time to be misquoted talking the word of irreconcilability words that kills our mission of the new dispensation brought in by E D from the previous ruling yakanga irsiri nyore guys in mugabe’s reign
      please we want free ,transparent and fair election that build our economy
      ngavadzingwe avo anakupe they still taking the old orders

  6. that’s being poor utterance,mukupe this is not the time to be misquoted talking the word of irreconcilability words that kills our mission of the new dispensation brought in by E D from the previous ruling yakanga irsiri nyore guys in mugabe’s reign
    please we want free ,transparent and fair election that build our economy
    ngavadzingwe avo anakupe they still taking the old orders

  7. Comment…ijangwa remunhu mukupe bhuratishit nxaa

  8. ngondi kamupinya

    Is this Mukupe related to Khupe?

  9. relax the guy will be fired sooner or later don’t panick

  10. As we seek the authenticity of Mukupe’s remarks, we should neither ignore the weight of the matter and/or wish him away with impunity, lest it comes to haunt us sooner rather than later. In my opinion, thorough investigation is necessary as where there’s smoke there’s fire. I am not party to the wholesome condemnation of Mukupe as I am viewing the matter from a broader perspective.

  11. Daniel Nyakuromba

    Mukupe is just being childish and mischievous. He confirmed what what we already know.The objective of that statement was to intimidate voters against voting for Chamisa. His only problem is that he publicly proclaimed those ZANU sentiments in the full glare of the media in the heat of the moment. He won’t be fired. He will only be admonished for failing to show restraint.

  12. Patrick Guramatunhu

    What Minister Mukupe and Hungwe have done is remind us all that the Zanu PF dictatorship is not going to hold free and fair elections. This is not news because there is overwhelming evidence that the regime had no intention of keeping its promise and hold free and fair elections.

    “Zanu PF ichatonga! Igo tonga!” (Zanu PF will rule! And rule!) said President Mnangagwa addressing his Zanu PF cronies on his return to SA at the successful staging of the military coup in November last year. He was restating the party’s long cherish “No regime change!” mantra.

    So what has infuriated those call for the two ministers to be fired is not is not so much that their statements confirmed Zanu PF is rigging the elections but that the confirmation have robbed these naive and gullible individuals the excuse for pretending the elections are free, fair and credible. Whilst they have ignored all the clear evidence of vote rigging they cannot ignore when they are being told so to their faces!

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