Luke Tamborinyoka has claimed that President Emmerson Mnangagwa is lining up Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces Phillip Valerio Sibanda as Vice President to replace Kembo Mohadi who resigned in the wake of a string of alleged affairs with married security personnel.
In an article published by Nehanda Radio, Tamborinyoka claims that he has been told by impeccable sources that Sibanda will not be extending his one year term which ended on Wednesday 31 March 2021. Tamborinyoka goes on to state that Mnangagwa wants Valerio Sibanda to take a ‘cooling off’ period ahead of his appointment as Vice President as it would not be appropriate for the ZDF Commander to ” trade his military fatigue for the party slogan in the same week.”
Sibanda, according to Tamborinyoka, will be appointed ” into the presidium as Kembo Mohadi’s replacement sometime this year or early 2022.” Part of Tamborinyoka’s article reads:
If his contract has not been renewed, P. V Sibanda could yet be in the cooling off period before his appointment into the presidium as Kembo Mohadi’s replacement sometime this year or early 2022. Mnangagwa is said to be worried that it would be impolitic to have PV Sibanda trade his military fatigue for the party slogan in the same week and is reportedly considering pasturing out his relative for a “cooling off” period pending his political appointment sooner or later.
PV Sibanda is Mnangagwa’s cousin and if and when he gets appointed to the Presidium, the tribalisation and villagisation of the State and the party will have come full circle. If Mnangagwa’s mission was to villagise and “clanitise” the party and the State, then the mission may well have been completed.
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