Newly appointed Zanu-PF Secretary for Youth, Lewis Matutu has advised Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube to be sober and mature in the way he handles his business. Matutu spoke out against Ncube after the minister allegedly criticised government programs such as Command Agriculture. According to Matutu, Ncube through his (former) spokesperson Acie Lumumba, criticised the government while pretending to be exposing corruption at the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ). Matutu urged Ncube to use the proper channels to criticise government programs. Writing on social media, Matutu said,
Corruption should never be tolerated at all levels of government and society in general and it is every Zimbabwean’s responsibility to fight the cancer. However, the Finance minister Mthuli Ncube through his “spokesman” Acie Lumumba has decided to directly criticize government programs particularly command agriculture. under the guise of exposing corruption in RBZ, this is unacceptable. We are very much aware that there are a lot of people who believed in the old dispensation but are still in government while others are not in government or outside the country influencing what is happening in government.
We call upon minister Mthuli Ncube to be sober and responsible in difficult economic circumstances like these, to be mature and to remain focused on the revival of the economy. I, therefore, call upon all young people particularly Zanu-PF youths, to use social media responsibly in defence of national interests and the leadership of the country, let’s resist the temptation to join gossip and unsubstantiated allegations that have a negative bearing on the economy and the country at large.
…Constructive criticism that is done through the proper channels will always be welcome and accepted but we will not allow a bogus “task force” to undermine a good government policy. Command agriculture brought back guaranteed food security in our country.
The Finance Minister seems to be ruffling feathers in the ruling party as a few days after announcing his fiscal policy Zanu-PF heavyweights Obert Mpofu and Simon Khaya Moyo said that Ncube had neglected to consult them and said he should realise that the party was supreme in all matters. After Ncube’s purported appointment of Lumumba, Deputy Minister of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Energy Mutodi came out saying that Ncube was undermining his ministry by the appointment and claimed that Ncube had also neglected to consult the people at the Information Ministry. Mayor Justice Wadyajena, the Zanu-PF legislator for Gokwe-Nembudziya also called out Ncube for his seeming hypocrisy after he hired Lumumba and defied a government freeze on employment.