Analysts speak on Mnangagwa dithering on appointing Harare provincial minister.

…As Harare, Bulawayo Zanu (PF) Provincial provincial structures are dissolved.


By Tafadzwa Muranganwa

HARARE Metropolitan province has been without a provincial minister since cabinet appointments made after the July 30 elections last year. Early last month President Emmerson Mnangagwa hinted on appointing the provincial minister for the MDC-T dominated capital  within a week but has dithered.

Radio VOP spoke to some analysts on what could be some of the reasons why the Zanu PF leader has been dilly dallying on the appointing of the capital city’s  provincial minister.

Political commentator Alexander Rusero  argued that people should not  worry  about the delay by President  Emmerson Mnangagwa to appoint a provincial minister  since it is his prerogative role to  do so at anytime he so wishes,despite being an unusual procrastination.

“There is no need for people to speculate the reasons why ED is not appointing a provincial minister he can do so at his own discretion which means at any time and can decide to choose whom he appoint to work at  his pleasure,” said Rusero.

The political analyst-cum-media lecturer also says the delay to install the Harare Metropolitan provincial minister is a pointer that the post is insignificant since its business as usual.

“I think this  suffices to show that these provincial ministries are ceremonial posts   which are insignificant as far as governance is concerned,” added Mr Alexander Rusero.

There are also suggestions that the growing fissures in the ruling party’ s  Harare  structures could have derailed the Zanu PF leader from  cherry-picking someone  to assume the role which was last held by Miriam Chikukwa who is now a senator and largely perceived G40 ally loyal to deposed  former President Robert Mugabe.

The  long perceived belief that the party could be reeling from factionalism again was   laid bare with the dissolving of the Harare and Bulawayo provincial structures   on Wednesday.

However, political commentator Setfree Mafukidze, downplayed factionalism for the delay of the appointment of the Harare provincial minister  but thinks the  fact that the president exhausted the number of people  outside parliament who  can take ministerial posts   is putting him in a fix.

“I don’t think factionalism is a factor here but the fact that you are aware that the president has already appointed ministers who are not in parliament and this presents him with a headache as this post  requires  one who is in the Parliament,” argued Mafukidze.

In Harare, Zanu PF only clinched one seat  in Harare South won by Tongai Mnangagwa who is a nephew to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and according to Mafukidze it will not be logic for Mnangagwa to make his nephew the provincial minister.

“President Mnangagwa will obviously develop cold feet to make his nephew the Harare provincial minister for fear of the backlash from the opposition and within his party.

“Nepotism has been associated with the past regime and Mnangagwa would not like being seen to be doing the same,” pointed out the former Zanu PF member.

Last year when President Emmerson Mnangagwa failed to appoint the Harare provincial minister  rumours were that the post was earmarked for an opposition figure with names like MDC-T president Thokozani Khupe and her deputy Obert Gutu popping up.The Nelson Chamisa led MDC-T disputes Mnangagwa’s electoral victory amid claims of rigging.

With a few months to clock a year without provincial minister for Harare, there are suggestions that Miriam Chikukwa may bounce back to her position after her perceived ‘metamorphosis’ to the Lacoste faction.

Meanwhile,President Mnangagwa has with immediate effect dissolved the Zanu-PF Harare and Bulawayo provincial structures and a way forward will be announced in due course.

Further, an alleged petition purporting to pass a vote of no confidence in some members of the national Youth League was declared null and void.