Former president Robert Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao has alleged that MDC-T Vice President Nelson Chamisa is a Lacoste plant who is being used by the military to push for a postponement of the 2018 elections. The postponement of elections was first revealed by former cabinet minister Jonathan Moyo on BBC Hardtalk when he claimed that Mnangagwa had visited Tsvangirai to ask to postpone elections for three years. Presidential spokesperson, George Charamba confirmed the discussion although he claimed that Tsvangirai is the one who asked for the postponement.
Zhuwao, who has been in exile since his uncle fell from power, alleges that Chamisa was elevated to the MDC-T vice presidency at the behest of Zanu-PF political commissar Lieutenant-General (retired) Engelbert Rugeje. Said Zhuwao in his weekly column,
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… the presence of Nelson Chamisa at the visit by Chiwenga and Mnangagwa raises the question on whether Chamisa has already been compromised by the coup conspirators and military junta. Chamisa was the only member of the MDC-T leadership who was at the meeting. The question of whether Chamisa is a Lacoste plant and mole in the MDC-T has consistently been gaining traction since the meeting between Tsvangirai, Komichi and Major General Rugeje where he pushed for the appointment of Chamisa as a Vice President in MDC-T. Is it true that when Tsvangirai dilly-dallied about appointing Chamisa as a VP, he was put under immense pressure by Elizabeth? Could such a view of Chamisa as an undercover agent have been made worse by Elizabeth’s closeness to both Chamisa and Marry Chiwenga?
The view that Chamisa is a military project could also explain why Chiwenga not only accompanied Mnangagwa to visit Tsvangirai but was the one who was taking notes of the election postponement meeting. Chiwenga’s view of himself as a political commissar par excellence, coupled by his lack of confidence in Mnangagwa’s capabilities, forced him to make sure that he was at this important election postponement meeting that was meant to buy an extra three years for the coup conspirators and the terrorist junta. After all, Rugeje’s mission of having Chamisa elevated to VP in the MDC-T was a military project disguised by historical fact of Rugeje, Komochi and Tsvangirai having attended the same school.
I like Chamisa. Ndisekuru vangu vaChitova ava; he is my uncle. I am hoping that his presence at the election postponement meeting was a result of him being manipulated without his knowledge. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt that he did not realise that the coup conspirators and military junta wanted to create a narrative of him as the successor of Morgan Tsvangirai. I also want to believe that he would not agree to a postponement of the elections.
…Consequently, the coup conspirators and military junta want to influence succession within MDC-T by giving Chamisa the feeling that they can deliver the MDC-T Presidency to him. Chamisa would then be beholden to the coup conspirators and military junta such that he will deliver the MDC-T legislators to them for a constitutional amendment to postpone the elections.