Exiled former government minister Jonathan Moyo has claimed the military blocked President Emmerson Mnangagwa from making key new appointments into ZANU PF leadership positions.
Mnangagwa made several new appointments in the governing party, last Wednesday, including appointing former Vice President Kembo Mohadi as the head of party affairs and Patrick Chinamasa as the acting national political commissar.
Mohadi resigned in March as the country’s vice president after he was exposed over his illicit romantic affairs with married aides.
Moyo, who is self-exiled in Kenya, claimed senior army officers blocked Mnangagwa from appointing as national political commissar, an unnamed ZANU PF politician from Midlands, his home province.
He accused Mnangagwa of being “irrational and incompetent” by appointing a “loser” like Chinamasa as the ZANU PF commissar. Moyo tweeted:
Even as irrational and as incompetent as Mnangagwa’s ZANU PF has shown itself to be, appointing an acting national commissar like Chinamasa, who could not win an election in his backyard constituency in 2018, is clearly an act of desperation. All is not well at Shake Shake Building!
The disastrous appointment was foisted on Mnangagwa after the military blocked him from appointing a clansman to replace Matemadanda. There is a standoff!
Chinamasa lost the 2018 parliamentary election for Makoni Central constituency to MDC Alliance’s candidate David Tekeshe.
The political commissar’s seat in ZANU PF became vacant following the redeployment of Victor Matemadanda to Mozambique as Zimbabwe’s ambassador.
Since taking over the presidency from the late Robert Mugabe following a military coup in November 2017, Mnangagwa has changed the ruling party’s commissar three times.
He removed his first post-coup appointment, Engelbert Rugeje in May 2019 and installed Matemadanda in his place.
Rugeje replaced Saviour Kasukuwere who had fallen out of favour following the coup.