TOURISM minister Walter Mzembi yesterday took to social media to vent his anger after his Finance counterpart Patrick Chinamasa ignored his sector during his state of the economy presentation at the Zanu PF congress yesterday.
Chinamasa gave his state of the economy report to more than 12 000 delegates at the Robert Mugabe Square touching on mining, manufacturing and other industries, but chose to ignore tourism.
“State of the economy: Not a single mention of tourism by Chinamasa. Tragic to ignore a sector – 10 percent of GDP, $1 billion turn over, twelfth employer, eish,” read Mzembi’s tweet on Twitter after Chinamasa’s presentation.
Though it could not be established whether Chinamasa skipped Mzembi’s tourism sector deliberately or not, observers said the move could be a reflection of factionalism in Zanu PF and the side-lining of those ministers reportedly aligned to under-fire Vice-President Joice Mujuru.
This also came as ministers and loyalists of the Mujuru camp were being side-lined and subjected to humiliation at the Congress where they have been isolated.
Reports last night were that Kwekwe Central MP Masango Matambanadzo had to run to save himself from youths who wanted to attack him for his perceived alligiance to Mujuru.
Sources alleged Matambanadzo had tried to sneak into the venue without proper accreditation.
Although Matambanadzo was not immediately available for comment, Midlands Zanu PF spokesperson Cornelius Mpereri confirmed the incident.
“Security had to follow him inside. He had to run for dear life after he had come with two people he claimed were his bodyguards,” Mpereri said.
In the committees set up yesterday on state of the party, state of indigenisation and land reform and the resolutions committee, no notable Mujuru ally was chosen.
Speaker of Parliament Jacob Mudenda will chair the state of party committee, while Douglas Mombeshora will chair the state of the indigenisation and agriculture committee. Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa will chair the resolutions committee.