We Wrongly Allowed Mugabe To Remain In Office As Long As He Wanted: Shiri

Zanu-PF Politburo member Perrance Shiri said the party could have made a mistake in allowing former President Robert Mugabe to stay in office for as long as he wanted. He said this while introducing President Mnangagwa during a meeting with Zimbabweans based in Tanzania at Hyatt Hotel in Dar es Salaam.

Shiri said unlike other liberation war parties in the region such as ANC in South Africa, Swapo in Namibia and Frelimo in Mozambique, they allowed Mugabe free reign. Shiri said this made Mugabe vulnerable to a faction led by ex-First Lady Grace Mugabe, which wanted to take over the party and Government. Said Shiri:

But in our case, it was quite different: Wrongly or correctly, we had allowed our founding father to remain in office for as long as he wanted, but due to old age, then we had this cabal coming into place and trying to wrestle power through unorthodox means, and one sure way to make it was to discredit and sideline credible leaders of the party. That’s how we ended up with the Guest of Honour (President Mnangagwa) being dismissed from the leadership of this party.

More: Chronicle

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18 comments on “We Wrongly Allowed Mugabe To Remain In Office As Long As He Wanted: Shiri

  1. Now wen ppl of Zimbabwe want to talk of Coups wat Grace dd was a Bedroom Coup. Imagine if t wasnt fo Chiwenga hu brot abt e Operation we cud hv bn sayin Vice president G.N Mugabe.

  2. we all learn from our mistakes. dont eat yourself up minister. zimbabwe is still on track with ED and the entire cabinet. lets continue moving

  3. you dont see such leaders daily. a minister or top government official coming out to apologize.. this shows that indeed we are in a new dispensation. i respect you minister

  4. like the acting president Chiwenga said, with close monitoring, operation restore legacy will not occur again because the current government will ensure there is close monitoring and transparency in the running of the nation

  5. ED and his administration only has one goal on their mind, # a better Zimbabwe. keep working guys we are behind you

  6. i have no doubt in my mind that after elections ED will continue to bring development to zimbabwe. i believe in his leadership

  7. it was very wrong in deed because it led to the abuse of power by unnecessary pipo such as vana Grace vakungotaura zvisina basa nekunyadzisa ma gvt officials some of them who had a desire to change Zimbabwe to be a better country

  8. ende pakuti mugabe arambe ari mupower papafamba satan thanks to e.d and chiwenga those guys are my heroes they changed zim in 2 minutes zvakatadzwa kana namudhara wangu tsvangirai manje mukomana uyu chamisa ndakumu doubter futi

    1. i think you getting the sense now i wish all the mdc t alliance members had the same mind as yours Chamisa achangotiisa mubridge haagone kutiyambutsa

    1. E.D is delivering his promises …my area yane ma tarred roads of which maroads iwayo anga anzwa…indrustries are being opened for employment opportunities izvi zvakapedzisira kuitwa muZim kudhara atleast our kids or the next generations is going to live a good life takakura tichitambura isu veduwe

  9. mugabe was aging and that was the main problem he was now a president otherwise Grace ndiye anga aPresident that time and vanhu vakakurumidza kuvhura meso

  10. nyaya yanga yaapo during mugabe time was to create a legacy for his stubborn kids aiziva kuti akafa asina kuvapa ma butcher nemashop maone saka amai vavakumira mira vachitiurayira nyika nekuda kufadza ana chatunga ….vapfanha vaye misused gvt funds vachienda kutuma holiday tusina basa

  11. but Grace paye aakutoona Zimbabwe semu bedroom make…haaa Mugabe aanyanyogarisa veduwe kusvika pakunzi chero ari muwheelchair achatonga…

  12. Munhu wese anobvumirwa kutaura zvaanoda asi mubvunzo wangu ndewekuti imimi vakomana ve Junta Mugabe amakungoti zvese zvakaipa ndiye imi makanga musinaye here pakuporonga.2008 he gave in bt u refuse

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