Succession: President engages Dube

Minister Dube

Minister Dube

Sydney Kawadza Senior Reporter
President Mugabe on Tuesday told Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees Minister Retired Colonel Tshinga Dube he had not named his successor as that was the prerogative of Congress.

Addressing journalists in Harare yesterday, Minister Dube dismissed solidarity demonstrations organised by a faction of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Associations led by Cde Mandi Chimene at the Zanu-PF headquarters yesterday calling for Minister Dube’s resignation.

This followed statements Minister Dube made in his Makokoba Constituency in Bulawayo that there was nothing wrong with President Mugabe naming his successor.

Cde Chimene and her deputy Cde George Mlala accused the War veterans minister of going overboard saying war vets were “against what Minister Dube said”.

They further urged Minister Dube to resign and form his own party. Cde Chimene further announced that they were calling for the ouster of Minister Dube from both Government and Zanu-PF.

“His Excellency talked to me yesterday about the issue, to say, look, I am only mandated by the Constitution to choose my deputies not my successor. We should leave that to the constitution. As a trained man as I am. How would I answer? I would say, yes sir! That is all.

“I thought that was the end of the issue. As far as I am concerned the President is a respectable man.” Minister Dube said the engagement on Tuesday should put a lid to the debate triggered by his comments in Bulawayo.

President Mugabe engaged Minister Dube after the Tuesday Cabinet meeting at Munhumutapa in Harare. He said President Mugabe had answered his concerns.

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“I do not want to dwell on that problem anymore. He has said the problem of choosing his successor lies with Congress. I have just put a full stop to that issue. I am not going to discuss it anymore because my Commander-in-Chief has said so. I do not want to appear like I am raising issues against him.”

The Chimene-led faction mobilised supporters from all provinces to demonstrate “in solidarity with President Mugabe”. Minister Dube dismissed the demonstrations as dubious. He said his comments were guided by his military background. The war veterans’ minister said his statements were not political.

He further dismissed calls to have him fired from Cabinet. Minister Dube said war veterans had the right to take an interest in what happens in Zimbabwe. He said war veterans were human and would be interested in the affairs of the country.

The minister also expressed doubt over Cde Mlala’s war credentials. Secretary in the Ministry of Welfare Services for War Veterans, War Collaborators, Former Political Detainees and Restrictees Brigadier General (Rtd) Asher Walter Tapfumaneyi said his department was not worried by what Minister Dube said in Bulawayo.

“When the minister spoke in his constituency, Makokoba in Bulawayo, he was speaking as a politician, as a citizen and a commentator outside the protocol of the ministry.

“It is not that we have an interest in what he said. But we have an interest when a faction of the war veterans purports to speak on behalf of all war veterans,” he said.

Brig-General (Rtd) Tapfumaneyi said their interest was in the unity of war veterans. “Our main interest, the political interest, is for the war veterans to be united once again and not to be divided by those, who claim to follow Mandi Chimene or those who follow Mutsvangwa.

“We are one and we work well with the Government of Zimbabwe,” he said.

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  • kutototo

    This has been the story since winning elections, its this one saying this about this and this one organising a demonstration to ouster this one while the economy is on sleep mode.

  • Pedro

    Congress fulfilled its mandate by selecting the person who will represent the ruling party in the next presidential election in 2018. I think its correct to say Congress will never fail to chose the next leader be it after five years as is normal or during a special congress. However, I think Hon Min Dube’s concerns are very realistic and should be taken seriously given the extent to which factionalism has engraved itself in the revolutionary party. The fear is the two factions may at one point or another resort to physical violence as a way of negotiation, and when this happens national security is compromised and every Zimbabwean suffers.

  • eliah

    There is nothing Sinister about this Mandi ,Retired Col has spoken.
    Lets not hide behind Congress because even at congress this discussion is forbidden like the forbidden fruit in the bible which was defyied at a later stage.

  • Takavarasha

    Although the way the issue is being reported seems to take a factional dimension, Order is agree with you 100%. Knowing Cde Tshinga Dube as I do, I knew he was not attacking the person of President Robert G Mugabe. The extent to which out political environment is poisoned is frightening. Cde Dube is a former ZIPRA cadre but he is not aligned neither to ZAPU nor ZANU when discharges his duties as mandated by his appointing authority who is President Mugabe. I was a refuge in Mozambique under ZANU but I free to visit Cde Dube each time I face problem concerning my physical injuries. The problem we have is the existence of the so-called factions, LACOSTE and G40. The Revolutionary party has been polarized and paralyzed by some people especially from my ZANU colleagues.

  • MRgavhumendi

    Congress where are you?