December 27 2017 – ZANU-PF provinces have endorsed the decision by President Emmerson Mnangagwa to appoint Retired General Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga and Minister of Defence, State Security and War Veterans Kembo Mohadi as his deputies, saying the two bring vast experience that will benefit both the party and the nation.
They also said the appointments were in line with the party’s time-honoured practice of abiding by the 1987 Unity Accord signed between the former President Robert Mugabe and late national hero Dr Joshua Nkomo.
Zanu-PF Midlands provincial chairman Daniel Mackenzie Ncube welcomed the appointments saying the two were distinguished cadres of the party.
“Apart from being distinguished heroes of our liberation struggle they are committed cadres and will bring much needed discipline in the running of the party,” says Ncube.
Matabeleland North provincial chairman Richard Moyo said the province was fully behind the new appointments.
“Mohadi, who is from Matabeleland region, deserved the elevation as his loyalty to the party was unquestionable.
“Mohadi has been in the party and has never lost an election. He is committed to Zanu-PF,” he said.
Says Mashonaland West chairman Ziyambi Ziyambi: “ As a province, we are excited by the appointments because the two are veterans of the liberation struggle and experienced cadres.
“It is that vast experience and loyalty that will benefit the party and the Government.”
Meanwhile Harare provincial chairman Godwills Masimirembwa congratulated the two Vice Presidents on their latest assignments.
“As Harare province w we believe this will strengthen the party and His Excellency the President as he delivers on his promise to the nation which is productivity and the economy.
“There are exciting times ahead now that the President has his full team that will assist him in implementing his programmes,” Masimirembwa said.
Mashonaland East chairman Joel Biggie Matiza said the two Vice Presidents would strengthen the party.
“These are liberation war icons and will benefit the party immensely given their experience gained before and after Independence,” he said while Matabeleland South chairman Rabelani Choeni said President Mnangagwa had made the right choice in appointing Mohadi.
“Matabeleland South will work harder now that it has a senior leader in the party and Government. Cde Mohadi is one of the senior freedom fighters. He started contesting to lead Beitbridge at a time when some people were afraid to stand for political office,” said Cde Choeni.
He said it was his hope that Cde Mohadi would work for the development of all Matabeleland provinces, unlike his predecessor who had neglected Matabeleland South, adding that the appointment of someone from Matabeleland South would bring the province into the spotlight as it was now being overshadowed by Bulawayo and Matabeleland North in the appointment of Vice Presidents.
But his Bulawayo counterpart, Professor Callistus Ndlovu, said he would not comment on Vice Presidential appointments as it was President Mnangagwa’s prerogative. It is the prerogative of the President to appoint persons and he has done that now,” said Ndlovu. – Herald