Chris is simply ungovernable, says ex-minister, as search for answers over Mutsvangwa’s saking continues

By Political Writer

Sparse details have emerged as to why Chris Mutsvangwa was dismissed as War Veterans minister last, but a former top official has speculated that it could be down to the combative Zanu-PF spokesperson’s insubordination.

Walter Mzembi, an exiled former minister in Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet who once served alongside Mutsvangwa, wrote on X (formerly Twitter) Monday that the latter in had a propensity to self-destruct due to a big ego.

“It’s simply that Chris is ungovernable and does not submit to the authority of anyone let alone the collectivity of Cabinet and the President,” Mzembi, who served as Tourism Minister and also Foreign Affairs Minister before the November 2017 coup orchestrated by the likes of Mutsvangwa to kick out long serving Mugabe, said.

“He is an all knowing man of many words who does not know when to mute himself,” Mzembi added.

He explained in detail that on several occasions inside Cabinet in 2016 Mutsvangwa would take on Mugabe “to an embarrassing point” where even his backer, then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa would demonstrate with him.

But Mutsvangwa would not back down, either.

“At this point Chris would pack his Cabinet file and leave in a huff!”

There are indications that Mutsvangwa has not reformed. Various reports on Monday stated that the war vets chief may have been too aggressively pushing his own interests in Mnangagwa’s Cabinet, including overbearance on Chinese investments, which he considers a personal fiefdom.

At the same time, observers noted that Mutsvangwa may have been punished for convening a press conference last week where he ended up casting aspersions on Jenfan Muswere, the new Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services who replaced Monica Mutsvangwa.

The Mutsvangwa’s at one point both held media and communications portfolios in Government and the ruling Zanu-PF.

Some media reports claim that Mutsvangwa was dismissed for clashing with Vice President Constantino Chiwenga, who he allegedly wanted to replace in the Presidium.

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