Former President Robert Mugabe’s nephew and former Minister of Public Services, Patrick Zhuwao has said that he is quitting politics and will not be returning to Zimbabwe. Zhuwao claimed that his life is at risk if he comes back to Zimbabwe alleging that his farm had already been looted and that his farm workers had been severely assaulted for their association to him
In an interview with The Standard, Zhuwao, who was speaking from a secret location in South Africa, said:
I am not coming. When one looks at attacks launched on my farm and farm workers who were frog-marched and severely beaten just for working for me, it is enough evidence that my safety is not guaranteed. My farm was looted too.
People can say I ran away, yes I did. It’s better than to wait to be killed.
Zhuwao also said that he will always be loyal to Mugabe, and because of that, he was not going to get back into politics. He claimed that the only way he can get back into politics is by being disloyal to Mugabe and attacking him, as some of Mugabe’s former subordinates are now doing.
I am proud to have served under President Robert Mugabe.
I was loyal to him during his tenure as president and I even today I am still loyal to him, much than loyalty I could have exhibited as his nephew. From a personal point of view, I am grateful to those who stood by Mugabe.
My political life existed for the duration of President Mugabe’s tenure. The options that were there politically for me was to become disloyal to him and that to me was not acceptable.
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