The Deputy Minister for Information, Media and Broadcasting Services Energy Mutodi said that lack of consensus in the government led to contradictory statements being issued during the January protests.
He said this in an interview with a Newsday reporter. Below is an excerpt of the interview between Newsday (ND) chief reporter Everson Mushava and Energy Mutodi (EM):
ND: Recently, you claimed that there was mistrust in government. What exactly did you mean?
EM: When that was said, it was in response to the unpreparedness that we found ourselves in when there was an outbreak of protests in Harare and other towns.
There looked like there was no consensus as to how the protests had to be tackled.
There were reports that some in Zanu PF had supported the protests, albeit indirectly.
There were others who blamed the leadership for allowing President Emmerson Mnangagwa to announce the fuel price hikes, instead of delegating the responsible minister.
Then there are those groaning and speaking against the austerity measures being implemented by the Finance minister (Mthuli Ncube). So you can see all this complexity. It doesn’t show unity to some extent.