Hungwe backtracks on post election resignation

By Upenyu Chaota

MASVINGO— Zanu PF’s Masvingo provincial godfather Josaya Dunira Hungwe, who had promised to take a sabbatical from politics if his party won the last month’s polls, has made a sudden volte face saying he only made those statements to please some people and will not resign.

Speaking during the official opening of a 4.1 km tarred road built by Chiredzi Rural District Council (RDC) in Hippo Valley in May,Hungwe (minister of State for Masvingo Provincial Affairs) said he just wanted to make sure that President Emmerson Mnangagwa wins the elections before he goes to rest.

“The main issue is that we have to campaign for ED in order for him to win this coming election. Soon after his victory, I will retire from service because there is nothing more I still need on this earth so if he wins, I will retire and leave for heaven,” said Hungwe then.

Radio VOP made a follow up on Hungwe asking him if he would resign as promised but said he is not going anywhere since Mnangagwa’s victory is not yet secured and guaranteed.

“Mnangagwa haasati avepo, handiti muri kupikisa (President Mnangagwa is not yet inaugurated, he is being challenged.)

“Ndaitaura zvekuda kufadza vanhu. Handiti makabva makafara (I only made those statements to please people and it seems you were happy),” said Hungwe who won the Chivi senatorial seat.

Mnangagwa won the election by 50.8 percent against his bitter rival MDC Alliance leader Nelson Chamisa’s 44.4 percent.

The national election mother board, Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (Zec), later on reduced Mnangagwa’s victory to 50.6 percent while reducing Chamisa’s result to 44.39 percent.

The court challenge by MDC Alliance has seen Mnangagwa’s inauguration postponed much to the displeasure of many Zanu PF supporters who have held their breath hoping the court will uphold the results.

MDC Alliance supporters who claim to have won the election by over 60 percent have kept their fingers crossed that the court may declare them winners.