Earlier today, a document containing a list of Zimbabwean business and religious leaders chosen to be part of President Mnangagwa’s new Advisory Council was leaked. The list includes prominent figures such as Shingi Munyeza, Kuda Tagwirei, Joe Mutizwa, Trevor Ncube and Sam Malaba.
Zimbabweans are reacting to the list on social media with some referring to it as a list of “Juntapreneurs” and some saying an advisory council will not solve the problems currently faced by government. Some, however, are in support of the new initiative.
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Here are some of the most interesting reactions:
No amount of elite advice can solve the problem of a government that kills, rapes and tortures its people.
— Fadzayi Mahere (@advocatemahere) January 30, 2019
I just had a couple of “Et tu, Brute?” moments as I studied ED’s new kitchen cabinet, which ironically is also a faction-balancing exercise. But I did laugh at “They should be non-partisan”. Really? It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. – Alex Magaisa
The problem with accepting such an appointment – no matter how well intentioned you may be – is that you effectively have to gag and censor yourself. Cabanga with everything that has transpired this January alone singakayi khatshana – being a leader and not being able to object. – Mukololo
Dear Mr @ -What you lack is political -creating multilayers of advisors will not cure crisis -you are adding more chaos to your bureaucracy .Keen to see how this Council will work with Ministers,ministry & your office. – Glen Sungao Mpani
Mnangagwa is losing it daily.Appointing a cabinet of a cabinet.Advisors on top of ministers.Layers and layers of advisors.Execution zero.More confusion. https://t.co/JXMjJj6Z5A
— Socrates III🔨 (@CitizenMissile) January 30, 2019
They're advisors. The dirty-two-dozens he's appointed is a vote of no confidence in cabinet & politburo. The optics were meant to shore up his "Zimbabwe is open for business mantra"; which has been overtaken by the reality that, under his watch, Zimbabwe is open for atrocities!
— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) January 30, 2019
Who leaks official documents? or do governments plan to have official documents leaked? either way, this is an interesting collection of people for the advisory council – what are they advising Mnangagwa on? received via 8 whatsapp groups- at the same time – Chipo Dendere
Good move on the advisory counsel @edmnangagwa. Particularly happy to see @TrevorNcube @ShingiMunyeza & @kudatagwirei. Tambai mushe chete varume handiti? It's lacking 2 Indians, 1 Greek, 2 youthies frm ximex, 2 frm roadport, 2 frm magaba, 2 frm downtown & 2 creatives chete!
— #ThePeoplesChampion👊🏾🤝✊🏾 (@acielumumba) January 30, 2019
Joe Mutizwa is a renowned Zimbabwean Business Executive who was at the helm of Delta Corporation Limited Zimbabwe, which is one of the top quoted companies on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange, for 10 years. Mutizwa is also an author, having penned five books on leadership.... Read More About Joe Mutizwa
Shingi Albert Munyeza is a Zimbabwean religious leader, businessman and political activist known mostly for being part of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's Advisory Council. In January 2021 Munyeza admitted to having morally fallen and announced that he was resigning from his official duties. His admission came... Read More About Shingi Munyeza
Dr. Alex T. Magaisa is a Zimbabwean lawyer, lecturer of law in the United Kingdom, Zimbabwean political strategist, and blogger. He currently lives in the UK. Magaisa is known for his political and social commentary work on issues affecting Zimbabwe and has been a columnist... Read More About Alex Magaisa