Zimbabwe

I regret serving in Mugabe's cabinet - ousted Zim minister

2016-03-10 12:07
Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Harare - Zimbabwe's former minister of war veterans, Christopher Mutsvangwa, has said that he regrets serving as a cabinet minister, adding that the time he spent in government was "the most unproductive period" in his life, reports NewsDay.

Mutsvangwa, who served as a minister for 12 months, was ousted on Friday last week, a day after he and his wife Monica were suspended from the ruling Zanu-PF party on charges of gross misconduct and disloyalty.

Mutsvangwa said he welcomed his axing from government, as this would give him enough time to focus on his businesses.  

"I have been in Cabinet for a year now. Sadly, this has been the most non-productive 12 months of my life. I am once again out of appointed public office. I can now revert to being more flexible and innovative in what I do best. I love the thrill of global business...," Mutsvangwa was quoted as saying.

According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, Mutsvangwa's wife was also kicked out of government as the Macro-Economic Planning and Investment Promotion deputy minister.

She, however, declined to comment, referring all questions to President Robert Mugabe’s chief secretary Dr Misheck Sibanda.

Reports indicated that the Mutsvangwas were aligned to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is allegedly fighting to succeed Mugabe. 

Mnangagwa and his supporters are opposed by another faction of the ruling Zanu-PF party, known as Generation 40 (G40).

The G40 members are close to Mugabe's powerful wife Grace, who is playing a key role in the power struggle.

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