Mnangagwa Sold Out: Mangwana

The revelation that the faction leader sold out during the constitution-making process is likely to worsen fissures within Zanu PF ahead of possible elections next March.

Mangwana made the disclosures after he was confronted by Joseph Chinotimba. The self styled war veteran demanding that Mangwana leave the venue where Zanu PF delegates were gathered to strategise ahead of the conference on Monday.

Chinotimba was scolding Mangwana accusing him of selling Zanu PF out during the constitution-making process.

In his defence a visibly shaken Mangwana told Chinotimba and those present, including Zanu PF national chairman, Simon Khaya Moyo, that Mnangagwa, Nicholas Goche and Patrick Chinamasa were responsible for anything that may have had gone wrong.

Mangwana said Mnangagwa, Goche and Chinamasa made him sign Copac documents. He said all the concessions he did on behalf of Zanu PF during the constitution-making process came from the three top politicians.

Early this week Mangwana said the party’s Copac Management Committee representatives — Goche and Chinamasa were to blame.

“The whole debate on the constitution-making process started with the method to use when sifting the information gathered during the outreach programme,” Mangwana said.

“I stood firm in support of the quantitative method because it was in line with the exercise that we had carried out. There was a stalemate and it was our representatives in the management committee who compromised on the qualitative method. I was not willing to give in. That is where we lost out. I am not the one who sold out.”

“I don’t accept the nonsense that I sold out. I acted in accordance with instructions that I was given by my party (Zanu PF) and I am clearly aware that there are pressures from my party to discredit me.”

Mangwana was reacting to a TV programme screened by the national broadcaster, ZBC, on Tuesday night where panelists accused him of selling out, describing him as worse than those who massacred Zimbabweans at Chimoio and Nyadzonia during the liberation struggle in
the 1970s.

The Chivi Central MP is now suing ZBC for $1 million for defamation.

The panelists claimed Mangwana was worse than Morris Nyathi, the alleged traitor who guided Rhodesian forces in the brutal pre-independence massacres at Nyadzonia in Mozambique in 1976.

The panelists further claimed that Mangwana supported homosexuality and was paid by imperialists to sell out on Zimbabwe’s interests.