My wife played key role in toppling 'old Mugabe', claims Zim leader’s adviser

2017-12-22 07:42
Robert Mugabe (File: AP)

Robert Mugabe (File: AP)

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Harare - A top official in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government in Zimbabwe says his wife played a key role in ousting Robert Mugabe from power.

Chris Mutsvangwa, a war veteran and special adviser to the new president, said his wife Monica and the recently-appointed justice minister, Ziyambi Ziyambi, should be congratulated for spear-heading the impeachment process last month that prompted Mugabe’s resignation.

"They did it constitutionally and even that old man (Mugabe) could not resist the charges because he had seen that the charges were well crafted to the extent that he resigned on his own," Mutsvangwa said, in quotes carried by

Monica Mutsvangwa, who was recently appointed a provincial minister for eastern Manicaland, read out the charges against the 93-year-old on the afternoon of November 21. Those charges had been earlier crafted by Ziyambi, Mutsvangwa said.

Mugabe then resigned, and the impeachment was called off.

'A political vuvuzela'

Mutsvangwa was an outspoken critic of Mugabe and his wife Grace long before the November 15 military operation that ended the Mugabe's control of the party. But last week the presidential adviser stirred controversy for allegedly telling supporters that the army would help Zanu-PF campaign in next year’s elections, according to Daily News.

Mutsvangwa later said he was misquoted.

Mutsvangwa and his wife are considered one of several “power couples” within the newly-configured leadership of Zanu-PF. Others include Mnangagwa and his wife Auxillia, who is an MP, and Ziyambi and his wife Florence, who is the deputy prosecutor general.

Some readers have criticised Mutsvangwa for being “a political vuvuzela”.

Commented one reader in response to Mutsvangwa's latest claim: “You are wrong on blowing your wife’s trumpet… be humble sir. Advisers do their talking behind closed doors… thanks.”

Read more on:    robert mugabe  |  grace mugabe  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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