By Farai D Hove| Gen Constantino Chiwenga could emerge SADC’s Paul Kagame, observers said yesterday.
Even MDC Spokesman Obert Gutu wrote out saying “Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga is now the new Minister of Defence,over and above being the Vice President of Zimbabwe. He who owns the piper calls the tune. Res ipsa loquitur… The facts speak for themselves.”
Rtd General Chiwenga now VP and Min of Defence. Are we seeing a Kagame of Southern Africa?
— admire (@admirech) December 29, 2017
News readers on Friday morning reacted to the just ended swearing in ceremony of VPs claiming that President Emmerson Mnangagwa has given Gen. Constantino Chiwenga too much power by appointing him not only Vice President but also Defence Minister and furthermore War Veterans Minister.
Similar fears were also sounded by a Mnangagwa family member. “What you don’t know is that right now the real President running the show is Chiwenga,” a Mnangagwa nephew who refused to be named told ZimEye.com
Another contributor, Obrian Kavhuru said, “Mnangagwa is not in control, period.”
Meanwhile, it was recalled that Gen Chiwenga during the war, occupied the expelled Saviour Kasukuwere’s powerful post of Party Commissar and Mnangagwa has in recent days even publicly referred Chiwenga as such, a position that has been the pivot of all ZANU PF squabbles since independence and that has seen the sudden death of many commissars.