Mutsvangwa kicked out of Cabinet

Mutsvangwa kicked out of Cabinet

Kuda Bwititi and Lincoln Towindo

President Mugabe has dismissed War Veterans Minister Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa from Cabinet, replacing him with his deputy, Colonel (Retired) Tshinga Dube.

This follows Ambassador Mutsvangwa’s three-year suspension from the ruling Zanu-PF for misconduct and disloyalty.

Rtd Col Dube was sworn into office by the President at State House in Harare yesterday.

President Mugabe congratulates Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube after taking oath of office as the new Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees, at State House, in Harare, today - Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe congratulates Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube after taking oath of office as the new Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees, at State House, in Harare, today – Picture: Believe Nyakudjara

And after the ceremony, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Dr Misheck Sibanda told The Sunday Mail: “(Cde Mutsvangwa) has been relieved of his duties as Cabinet minister, and official communication to this effect was sent to him on Friday. The reasons for his departure were linked to the decision made by the Politburo last Thursday.”

The Politburo found Ambassador Mutsvangwa guilty of undermining the authority of Zanu-PF’s President and First Secretary, and insulting the First Family.

He will not hold any party position during his suspension, though he can remain a Zanu-PF member and National Assembly representative.

In his State of the Nation Address last month, President Mugabe blasted the ex-combatants leader for organising an illegal war veterans meeting and failing to notify him of his intentions as patron.

Said the President: “Mutsvangwa did not inform me, the VPs or security ministers about the war veterans meeting. We take exception to that. He has acted in a manner we describe as irresponsible, completely irresponsible.

“People were naturally hurt or at least they had this water from cannons come on their bodies and teargas as well. Mutsvangwa bears responsibility for inviting war veterans to an illegal meeting. He abused his authority as minister in the gravest way possible. We take exception to that.”

Minister Dube told journalists that his immediate task was to unite war veterans and improve their welfare.

“We are not supposed to recognise any faction. What we are trying to do is bring these people together so that we can manage them properly.

“Just imagine: If we have many factions, not just two, and collaborators also split into factions and restrictees do the same … So, we want to unite these war veterans, persuading them to work together. Division has never achieved any success.

“We all know it is difficult to superintend divided people.

‘‘I cannot support any faction; all I am trying to do is persuade them to see the sense in coming together so as to create a proper structure for them.”

Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube takes oath of office before President Mugabe as the new Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees Minister at State House in Harare today - Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube takes oath of office before President Mugabe as the new Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees Minister at State House in Harare today – Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe,  Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube, and his daughter Mrs Zwile Mabhena (holding her baby Nonkanyezi), pose for a picture after his swearing in as the new Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees Minister at State House in Harare today - Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe, Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube, and his daughter Mrs Zwile Mabhena (holding her baby Nonkanyezi), pose for a picture after his swearing in as the new Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees Minister at State House in Harare today – Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe swears in Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube as the new Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees at State House in Harare yesterday - Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe swears in Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube as the new Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees at State House in Harare yesterday – Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe swears in Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube as the new Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees at State House in Harare yesterday - Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe swears in Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube as the new Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees at State House in Harare yesterday – Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe congratulates Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube after taking oath of office as the new Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees, at State House, in Harare, today - Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe congratulates Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube after taking oath of office as the new Minister of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees, at State House, in Harare, today – Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe,  Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube (far left), his daughter Mrs Zwile Mabhena (holding her baby Nonkanyezi), and son Mtulisi pose for a picture after the former’s swearing in as the new Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees Minister at State House in Harare today - Picture: Believe Nyakudjara
President Mugabe, Rtd Colonel Tshinga Dube (far left), his daughter Mrs Zwile Mabhena (holding her baby Nonkanyezi), and son Mtulisi pose for a picture after the former’s swearing in as the new Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators and Former Political Detainees Minister at State House in Harare today – Picture: Believe Nyakudjara

The minister spoke of his “many dreams for war vets”, adding that adequate planning should go into the proposed meeting between war veterans and their patron, President Mugabe.

“I think (the meeting will go on), but these things need a lot of preparation because we have many war veterans – 34 000. We can’t bring all of them to Harare, so we need to get representatives.

“His Excellency says he is ready to meet them this coming week, but this might also be postponed until such a time when all preparations have been made.”

Hailing from Matopo, the new minister became politically active after leaving school, joining the liberation struggle in 1961.

He stayed in Zambia where he held different positions in Zapu until 1964 when he went for military training in Russia aged 22.

On his return, he was immediately deployed to the war front in the then Southern Rhodesia where he majored in communications and commissariat work.

He remained at the front for a year, but was eventually pressured to cross into Botswana by the Rhodesian forces, resulting in his arrest there.

Later he was to command a recruitment camp in Zambia and become a member of the Zipra High Command.

Minister Dube was conscripted into the Defence Forces at Independence in 1980 and then moved to the Defence Ministry where he was research and development director.

He was to then join the Zimbabwe Defence Industries.

An engineer by profession, President Mugabe conferred him with the Grand Officer of the Zimbabwe Order of Merit on August 14, 2012.

He was appointed War Veterans, Ex-Political Detainess and Restrictees Welfare Services Deputy Minister in 2015 and now takes overall charge of the portfolio.

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  • Dumiso

    Mugabe, knees together, like a perfect little lady!

  • Matoenda

    Funny how diamonds always seem to creep in somewhere, and appear to be linked to qualities and calibre of people the President trusts with repeated high level position rewards for unquestioning party loyalty and ability to maintain confidentiality in exploitation of mineral resources?
    For those of you that have forgotten, retired army Colonel Tshinga Dube was also Marange Resources Chairman. Just a quick excerpt from a report in March 2007:
    “The son of Tshinga Dube, CEO of the Zimbabwe Defense Industries, was also arrested after a stash of 764 diamonds and 7.42 grams of gold valued at two million dollars was confiscated during a raid at Mthulisi Dube’s home.”

  • Ruzvidzo

    A pity Sunday Mail reporters Kuda Bwititi and Lincoln Towindo decided to omit (deliberately?) information about Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube’s activities while Chairman of Marange Resources Pvt Ltd, and massive looting uncovered by its last audit rendering insolvent this branch wholly owned by Government’s Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation (ZMDC).
    President Mugabe must be aware of Marange Resources’ part as an integral cog in contributing to $15 billion missing in diamond revenues, and makes one wonders over motives for elevating Rtd Colonel Tshinga to a full Minister?

    • cdegaba

      Mafia system rewards the corrupt and ruthless

  • Butholezwe

    Seems as if Minister Dube has already planted seeds of doubt over President Mugabe’s planned ZNLWVA meeting this coming week.
    Are both President Mugabe and Minister Dube now too afraid to confront disgruntled ZNLWVA veterans and their independently elected leader Chairman and true representative Cde Christopher Mutsvangwa, to resolve their legitimate differences?

  • Velempni

    New Minister Dube thinks the President will chicken out from attending this upcoming WarVet rally?
    I suppose it may take more than a week for the President to think of acceptable face-saving excuses for his young wife’s intolerable behaviour and insults towards her elders and gallant liberators who helped create Zimbabwe?

    • bodo_kwete

      Mutsvangwa should show some defiance. This is the only language Mugabe and his wife understand.

  • Cde Njelele

    The trajectory to unite all our liberation heroes is a noble idea, compared to the hitherto “Lacoste“ political activism.

    • bodo_kwete

      Zimbabwe Liberators Platform

  • vinz

    Dzinonanzvana dzakakora

  • chesa

    He is the owner of Bellevue Butcheries, where stolen cattle are sold nationwide

  • Kushinga

    For some strange reason President Mugabe insisted on blaming Mutsvangwa for the violence meted out on war veterans by riot police. Everyone knows security Ministers and the police were informed beforehand but didn’t pass on the information to Mugabe, and the police would never have attacked the war veterans without the President’s indirect approval.

  • Canaan Sibanda

    Zimbabwe: the land of chaotic politics. Cry the beloved nation

  • Harare

    Mugabe apera

  • Zvichapera

    Days are numbered for the last and oldest African dictator. Appoint people of your age so that you cam all sleep in meetings.

  • war vet

    this is how everything has been zanulised on what ground does the war vets chairman has to inform the president or vice presidents they should operate independent, though mugabe is a patriot he can be invited to attend not to be informed to give the the go ahead of meetings

  • Thandie Gwatidzo

    Ha.ha zvo poo

  • [email protected]

    given that cde tshinga dube joined the liberation struggle whilst mutsvangwa was still in primary school,this elavation must be viewed in the context of correcting an anomaly,a liberation struggle stalwart should never have deputised a liberation war upstart who only joined the struggle in 1978

  • Brigadier Siyasutha Belamba

    This man Colonel Dube was a close confident of Mujuru and he was rewarded handsomely.He is perhaps the richest ex-ZIPRA commander in the country and never got arrested during the 1980s not sure why not?

    • silungisn

      In Politics there is no friends….your point is out of proportion…THINK BIG…my friend…

  • karombe

    huuhu, ko vana vanodei kubasa.

  • Gushungo WekuGP

    Tibula watibula bhora rezvidhakwa