Award-winning Journalist and New York Times Foreign Correspondent Hopewell Chin’ono has said that former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was exposed when he was appointed as Vice President. According to Chin’ono, until that point, Mnangagwa was feared because he played his cards close to his chest. However, when he started speaking, the myth around him disappeared. In an article titled “The Demise of the Crocodile,” Chin’ono argues:
The former Vice President was exposed the day he was appointed by Robert Mugabe as his VP.
All along we knew of him and feared him without having heard him say anything.
The day he spoke, the myth disappeared and he exposed himself to be NO Vladimir Putin, a man of steel who leaves you wanting to hear more.
Mnangagwa was not cut from that cloth. He made unmeasured jokes about Joice Mujuru being fired and he mocked those outside ZANUPF, not very Presidential.
He was drawn into needless petty wars with people like Jonathan Moyo, Savior Kasukuwere, Grace Mugabe, Kudzai Chipanga the list goes on.
A feared man who commands the deathly aura of a crocodile should not be seen having to defend himself against people he considers to be his political minions.
What Mnangagwa failed to realize was that he was not fighting these chaps, these juniors were sent by his boss.
He wasted too much time defending himself instead of resolving issues with his appointing authority, Robert Mugabe.
Once Jonathan Moyo started ridiculing Mnangagwa on twitter I knew that the game was up. Moyo might be many things but foolish is not one of them.
He was clearly executing Mugabe’s mandate, to ridicule Mnangagwa’s stature and embarrass him publicly.
The unrestrained public support that Mnangagwa got from Chris Mutsvangwa and the War Veterans was dangerous, it assumed that the war veterans were now his and not Mugabe’s.
Remember that in ZANU PF there is supposed to be one center of power.
Naked ambition and the act of retaining coercive instruments of violence, that are meant to be controlled by Uncle Bob alone, is a terrible tactical move.