‘Mnangagwa’s NRPC Appointments Show Him At His Most Natural’

Former advisor to the late former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Alex Magaisa says the appointment of Obert Gutu to the National Peace and Reconciliation Commission (NPRC) shows President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s true colours.

Mnangagwa named Gutu, a former MDC spokesperson who recently defected to the ruling ZANU PF party, among the six new NPRC commissioners.

Magaisa, who is a law lecturer at the University of Kent, United Kingdom, said Mnangagwa showed his arrogance, indifference and malevolence in appointing Gutu to the Commission. Wrote Magaisa on Twitter:

Appointing Obert Gutu who has made it his business to spew vitriol on anyone challenging ZANU PF as a commissioner of a body meant to promote peace and reconciliation is Mnangagwa at his most natural: no pretence, arrogant, indifferent, malevolent, just raw and unadulterated power.

It’s not just a reward for joining ZANU PF – no person in recent history has sung for his supper like Obert Gutu. It’s also a big middle finger to the idea of peace and reconciliation. How does a man who gets so excited at taunting the opposition promote peace and reconciliation?

The NPRC was already a huge disappointment. The appointment of Gutu is Mnangagwa’s way of saying he doesn’t take the idea of peace and reconciliation seriously. It’s just a charade. If he cared he would show more respect to survivors of Gukurahundi and political violence than this.

It’s like appointing a hyena to be in charge of a body to promote peace and reconciliation between hyenas and goats. But I wonder how long-serving ZANU PF cadres are taking it: new recruits being rewarded with cushy seats on the gravy train while they wallow in cattle class?

More: Alex Magaisa on Twitter

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