One Of Mnangagwa’s Top Advisers Quits

Petina Gappah, one of President Mnangagwa’stop advisers has resigned from her position citing frustration by some of the president’s close aides.

Gappah who has vowed that she would not renew her contract was trade and investment advisor to the president.

The lawyer and writer was among the aides who would accompany the president on his foreign trips where he was pushing his re-engagement agenda.

A former employee at the World Trade Organisation revealed her frustration with some of Mnangagwa’s aides on Tuesday. She posted on Facebook and said:

Having worked in government for 18 months, I have come to understand the vested interests that are making change difficult. I have come to understand that for many, reform is the last thing they want because to them, it is simply their turn to eat. I have come to understand we are in a transition with no easy fixes. But it is clear as day that Zimbabwe needs a total transformation

Yesterday, my consulting contract with the (Office of the President) OPC ended. As I am not renewing it, I spent the day clearing out my office, doing my ‘exit memo’ and recalling my utterly crazy year or so.

She also mentioned that transformation in Zimbabwe was being choked by incompetence, bureaucracy, lack of sufficient change agents and fear to change.

Meanwhile, Information permanent secretary, Ndabaningi Mangwana, on Thursday said that he was not even aware that Gappah had a post in government.

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2 comments on “One Of Mnangagwa’s Top Advisers Quits

  1. If that information permsrc is serious that he didnt know Gappa was working for govt then God help us, our left hand doesnt know what our right hand is doing, let alone what is going on in the rest of zimbabwe

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