The late former president, Robert Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao, said he once warned then Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Constantino Chiwenga against supporting then Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s takeover bid, describing the latter as “unelectable”.
Zhuwao said he tried to convince Chiwenga that ZANU PF needed someone who was charismatic to win an election and ability to lead the country.
Speaking to South African media during a discussion to mark exactly one year since Mugabe’s death, the exiled former cabinet minister said:
I also remember trying to explain to General Chiwenga (now vice president) when he was trying to get me to support Emmerson Mnangagwa to be President.
I said to General Chiwenga, ‘no General, this man is unelectable. He does not have the capacity to deal with people, he does not have the intellect to be able to lead the country’.
The General said, ‘okay fine, we will see what we can do’ and they then recognised that Emmerson Mnangagwa was unelectable but because of their entitlement mantra, they decided that the elections are not necessary.
Zhuwao claimed that he is now enjoying lecturing at a South African University (Wits University) and is grateful that he is not part of the “New Dispensation”.