'Knives out for Zanu-PF's Chinamasa'

2012-10-25 13:04

Cape Town - Zimbabwe's justice minister Patrick Chinamasa has reportedly been summoned by his party for allegedly misfiring when he conceded that Zanu-PF was headed for defeat in the country’s next elections, a report said on Thursday.

Chinamasa who is also Zanu-PF's negotiator in the Global Political Agreement suggested in a recent interview with the BBC that the military would stage a coup in the event of a win by Movement for Democratic Change leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

He claimed the army would not allow Tsvangirai to assume the presidency because he would reverse the land reform programme.

According to a NewsDay online report, party sources said Chinamasa had been summoned to explain himself.

The sources said Chinamasa's statements could destroy the reputation of military chiefs, some of whom were already in the spotlight over their negative remarks on Tsvangirai.

Damage control strategy

"The president’s office is very angry over the utterances. The thinking is that this would isolate President Mugabe [Robert Mugabe]," a source said.

The military, equally irked by the utterances, has reportedly ordered presidential spokesperson George Charamba to spearhead a media blitz against Chinamasa.

"This is already in motion. An opinion piece by Tafataona Mahoso in the local state-run Sunday Mail is a damage control strategy emanating from the blitz," the source added.

Mahoso, in his article, described Chinamasa as a traitor working in cahoots with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) and the MDC to sabotage the forthcoming elections and block the holding of general elections.

But Chinamasa has since claimed he was misquoted in the interview, saying he only suggested the military would intervene if the winner sought to reverse the land reform programme.


  • bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-10-25 13:40

    Of course zanupf is headed for defeat in forth coming elections to be held next year. There is no doubt about that,people are tired of zanu and its empty promises. Down they go up we go as MDC-T.

      channing.froom - 2012-10-25 14:08

      sounds just like the ANC and thier empty promises

      dragonfire47 - 2012-10-25 15:42

      I hope you are right and I hope the whole lot find themselves in the hague

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-25 17:57

      The trouble with people like you is you assume too much. Everyone knows Mugabe is not popular but unless the elections are free and fair he will still "win"! If you really think Mugabe will still lose even if there is violence then you have already forgotten what happened in 2008! We should never assume there will be no violence when everything on the ground says otherwise!

      veron.tebogomphuro - 2012-10-27 07:01

      Reckless speech by cde chinamasa

  • magomarele - 2012-10-25 13:45

    ZANU-PF regime is not any different from NAZI or Apartheid regime. They only pursue their own selfish interests. They would stoop to any level to protect status quo, including maiming, scheming, conniving and killing innocent civilians. They manipulate the judiciary and elections; they steal from the tax payer and kill political opponents. They're disgrace to our African continent.

      Jeremy - 2012-10-25 14:08

      Magomarele....sounds exactly the way the ANC is heading! I hope not, for the sake of the country, but there do seem to be distinct parallels between the ANC and your description of ZanuPF

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-25 14:25

      Do you realise you've just described the ANC to the last detail. So you should add in your sentence - ......ANC regime...

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-25 18:21

      Jeremy, sadly you are right the way ANC is going is the same way Zanu PF took. I hope you will come up with effective ways of stopping ANC before they go too far. In Zimbabwe we thought we had found a solution in Tsvangirai, what a disaster that has turned out to be.

  • lorain.maseko - 2012-10-25 13:57

    ""The president’s office is very angry over the utterances. The thinking is that this would isolate President Mugabe [Robert Mugabe]," a source said." Ummm. Mugabe was isolated a long time ago.

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-25 18:26

      Mugabe may have lost friends in the West, he has remained popular in Africa and the East. But even his Chinese friends would not want to be associated with him if he continues in his murderous way; they have to be careful their own people do not think they too are capable of such brutality!

  • Marco van Rensburg - 2012-10-25 14:12

    Zanu-PF=ANC, the ANC takes all the money and never gives it to their people, but they want their people to vote for them?

  • stmoyo - 2012-10-25 14:30

    What has MDC contributed to the development of the Country for the past 12 years? Just a lot of talks, come on be reasonable, we vote for them and they will always take us down the drain. Lets see them deliver first before we vote for them

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-10-25 14:32

      They can't deliver anything with mad Bob in the way. What have they contributed? Well, put it this way, without them mad Bob would have caused far more damage than he's done so far.

      wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-25 18:31

      BigChief, you missed stmoyo's point completely; getting mad Bob was exactly what MDC was elected and they promised to do! Why have they failed to do it? Surely you did not expect mad Bob to just stand up and get out of the way did you. Sadly it seems that is exactly what Tsvangirai expected and still expects to happen!

  • gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-10-25 15:14

    That's what happens when idiots run the show.

  • wilbert.mukori.5 - 2012-10-25 17:51

    So Tafataona Mahoso, a fanatical Mugabe loyalist was tasked with the honour of taking the first shot at the Minister. In an article in the Zanu PF controlled Sunday Mail the upstart called Chinamasa “a traitor working in cahoots with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) and the MDC to sabotage the forthcoming elections and block the holding of general elections.” Yes, Chinamasa’s statement could “block the holding of elections” because more people are bound to just how feeble the COPAC draft really is in terms of ensuring the elections are free of the usual violence and that the election results will be honored and thus they will now insist on having all the reforms implemented BEFORE elections are held. Mugabe had successfully resisted the implementation of all the reforms and was hoping to push through the COPAC draft and then hold elections. The insisting on implementing the reforms will certainly throw the spanner in his plans. If PM Tsvangirai was a competent leader then he should get his MDC control parliament to charge Minister Chinamasa with treason. That would really test Mugabe’s sincerity in his condemnation of Minister Chinamasa’s utterance. But that is all wishful thinking; PM Tsvangirai is a “flawed and indecisive character” as US Ambassador Chris Dell said; he will charge the Minister or anyone!

  • lunga.matsikechangu - 2012-10-25 19:59

    Bob has many ways to trick people.cheat, beat, hook and crook means but what i have learnt from him is, he sent a single person to say what people don't want to hear and those words will never be repeated again but will be followed by actions.what chinamasa said was true, how can mdc win when tsvangirai is in zanupf camp. Bob's plans are behond elections just look at his projects at hand. Power corrupts, where did tsvangirai marry. Failed to get a lady in his stable?

  • mmoledis - 2012-10-26 11:53

    Let Zim be a good country where democracy can prevail a lot, we do not want Zimbabwe to be back to its 80s and 70s where it was taken from others by force, lets peace prevail and lead the way for good elections and a haven in Africa again.

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