Thursday, 19 April 2018

Perrance Shiri Rips Into Old Boss Mugabe, Likens Him To Dictators Mobutu, Bokassa

Minister Perrance Shiri has put ex president Robert Mugabe in the same league with some of Africa’s notorious late dictators, Mobutu Sese Seko (Zaire) and Jean Bédel Bokassa of the Central African Republic (CAR), who unsuccessfully attempted to anoint their wives and mistresses as successors.

Addressing farmers at a field day in Chakari on Sunday, Shiri said Grace Mugabe could have assumed the presidency had it not been for Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga who blocked the move through the military’s Operation Restore Legacy last November.

“Even dictators like Mobutu of Zaire and Bokasa (CAR) failed in their endeavor to elevate their wives to power, but Zimbabwe nearly succeeded if it was not for our guest speaker, VP Retired General Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga,” he said.
Perrance Shiri Rips Into Old Boss Mugabe, Likens Him To Dictators Mobutu, Bokassa
“So our guest of honour said no, we can’t have such a situation because it was against the values of the liberation struggle.”

Former first lady Grace had embarked on a countrywide campaign lambasting Mnangagwa and accusing him of plotting to unseat her husband whilst lobbying support to be vice president.

Mugabe fired Mnangagwa, culminating in the military intervention, which then forced the former President to step down.

Shiri blasted self-exiled Saviour Kasukuwere and Jonathan Moyo, whom he said were misleading the ageing Mugabe to dump liberation war values.

“VP Chiwenga is not power hungry because he could have assumed power after former President was removed, but as a professional soldier, he handed over power to President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who asked VP Chiwenga to stay as his deputy,” Shiri said.
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