Did he throw him under a bus or shoved him under a tank? On Wednesday night, Zanu-PF Youth Leader Kudzanai Chipanga apologised to the service chiefs, Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, Zimbabwe National Army Commander, Lieutenant General Phillip Valerio Sibanda and Air Force of Zimbabwe Commander, Air Marshall Perrence Shiri for denigrating them in a press statement he read out on Tuesday. In his apology, Chipanga alleged that the Zanu-PF Youth League had not created the statement and had instead received the statement from one Rodney Dangarembizi. So who is Rodney Dangarembizi?
- Rodney Dangarembizi is an alleged G40 member who organised First Lady Grace Mugabe’s 50th Birthday Dinner in 2015.
- Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa once told a Zanu-PF Politburo meeting that Rodney Dangarembizi approached Major General Trust Mugova and tried to recruit him to the G40 Faction under the direction of Professor Jonathan Moyo. Mnangagwa said: “Dangarembizi, who was a previous acquaintance of Major-General Mugova, was sent specifically to dangle a carrot to him to join the gang with the promise that he would be appointed Commander Defence Forces.“
- The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) suspended its Director of Accommodation and Catering service, Joyce Munangawa for allegedly arm-twisting the university’s buyers to procure vegetables from Rodney Dangarembizi.
- In 2015, Dangarembizi as the interim managing director of Ekusileni Medical Centre in Bulawayo fought against a Cabinet resolution allowing the state to take over the specialist medical project.
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