Jealousy Mawarire, the spokesperson of the National Patriotic Front Party (NPF), believed to have been linked to the late former President Robert Mugabe alleges that President Emmerson Mnangagwa rejected advice from the Presidential Advisory Council (PAC), calling his own advisors “alarmists”.
Mawarire says a meeting between Mnangagwa and PAC was held on 30 September 2019 where the advisors appraised him of the dire economic conditions prevailing in the country. Writing on Twitter, Mawarire said:
After meeting PAC on 30 Sept 2019, President Emmerson Mnangagwa accused PAC [Presidential Advisory Council] members of being “alarmists” after the group gave him an appraisal of the dire economic conditions.
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PAC members were shocked by his reaction and are convinced he doesn’t appreciate hardships faced by people or he doesn’t care.
The Presidential Advisory Council is a group of individuals brought together by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to advise him after violent mass protests in January 2019 and a violent crackdown on Zimbabweans by the military and police that followed.
It includes notable individuals in business and religious leadership such as Natalie Jabangwe (leader at EcoCash), Shingi Munyeza (outspoken cleric), Kudakwashe Tagwieri (established entrepreneur) and Trevor Ncube a media entrepreneur.