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Chinamasa’s long history of embarrassments

By Andrew Kunambura

My wife took off after our first child…Oh my kind of rambling life wasn’t her kind of style…So I kind of toughed up and learned not to feel…They started calling me the man of steel…

These are the lyrics in legendary American singer Hiram William’s timeless classic, Man of Steel.

Minister Without Finance: Patrick Chinamasa
Former Minister Without Finance: Patrick Chinamasa

Popularly known as Hank Williams, the singer lived a short troubled life which is reflected in some of his hit songs, dying at just 29 in 1953 after suffering drug and alcohol-induced heart failure.

Perhaps, if the Daily News on Sunday  had a way, it would recommend this song to disgraced former Finance minister, Patrick Chinamasa to play on his long flight back home from Washington DC, United States where he was recalled from a meeting of global finance ministers because he was no longer responsible for that portfolio.

President Robert Mugabe had allowed Chinamasa to travel to the US capital on government business just days before he demoted him to the lacklustre new ministry of Cyber Security, Threat Detection and Mitigation in an extremely humiliating fashion.

The meeting was organised by global finance capital organisations, The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

He did not even have the chance to attend the high profile meeting, which means Zimbabwe will have no representative there. 

With that demotion, Chinamasa, who has fought hard and tough through the financial storms since he assumed the reigns of an empty Treasury in 2013, became the laughing stock of Zimbabwe social media crazed populace as they have boundlessly poked fun at him over the appointment.

He has been described as the minister of Whatsapp and as Whatsapp chief groups’ administrator.

On any social media, people warn each other to exercise caution because Chinamasa would be watching; mock press statements by him have been coined to sheer amusement.

In other nations, such demotions would lead to ministers tendering resignation letters.

But this is Zimbabwe, and Chinamasa is a man of steel, moulded by a long history of public humiliation to the point of he must have surely learnt not to feel.

He has a long history chequered with public humiliation, which this article will henceforth trace.

Chinamasa earned his first ministerial job in 2002 when he was appointed minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, and his public humiliation began in earnest.

In a case recorded in the Zimbabwe Law Report, Chinamasa’s first major task as Justice minister was to table the General Laws Amendment Bill which sought to amend a number of laws, including the Electoral Act.

Zimbabwe at the time had a unicameral Parliament. The bill went through the first and second reading stages as well as the committee stage but failed to sail through the House after MDC legislators voted overwhelmingly against, capitalising on the fact that Zanu PF MPs had not come to the House.

For any ordinary bill to pass, it requires a simple majority favour of those present and voting.

However, after the defeat, Chinamasa brought back the bill again, purporting to have suspended the Standing Order 127 of the Standing Orders and Rules which prohibits ministers from bringing back defeated bills into Parliament during the same session.

This time, Zanu PF had mobilised its MPs who turned up in their numbers and overwhelmingly voted in its favour. 

It therefore passed and was signed into law by the president.

But the then MDC Harare East legislator, Tendai Biti, filed a Supreme Court application challenging the constitutionality of the process.

His main argument was that since Zimbabwe was a constitutional democracy, Parliament had failed to follow the correct procedures when purporting to pass the bill and therefore the law was invalid to the extent that it was not consistent with constitutional provisions.

The then Supreme Court judge, Ron Abraham, announced the bench’s majority ruling, which said Chinamasa had undermined the Constitution by suspending the Standing Order number 127, and therefore the law was declared unconstitutional.

Interestingly, the current Zimbabwe Chief Justice Luke Malaba who was on the bench agreed with the majority ruling that Standing Orders could not be unilaterally suspended since they were a creature of the Constitution, but appeared to read the Standing Orders differently and decided that no vote was necessary at the third reading. He, however, did not explain his judgment, according to the law report record.

Chinamasa’s second humiliation did not take too long to come.

In July of the same year, he had been found guilty on two counts of contempt of court relating to his criticism of a court verdict and failure to file legal papers in respect of an arrest warrant issued against him by former High Court judge, Fergus Blackie.

This marked the height of a devastating dispute between government and the judiciary which intensified when courts condemned the invasion of white-owned farms by Zanu PF supporters led by frustrated veterans of the 1970s war of liberation.

“We will respect judges where the judgments are true judgments,” said Mugabe at the time, describing Blackie as “a judge who sits alone in his house and says this one is guilty of contempt, that judgment should never be obeyed.”

Three years later, Chinamasa was caught up in a bribery storm and was hauled before the Rusape Magistrate’s Court on allegations of trying to bribe one James Kaunye, a State witness in the assault case against a supporter of former national security minister Didymus Mutasa.

The assault charge followed rows in the ruling Zanu PF party over candidate selection for 2005 parliamentary elections. Chinamasa was, however, cleared of the charges.

In July this year, Chinamasa had to eat humble pie after Parliament vehemently refused to ratify his decision to fire Auditor-General, Mildred Chiri under the guise that she had exhausted her two terms.

Chiri, who has in recent years exposed serious financial misdemeanours in government which unsettled authorities intolerant to accountability, has since been reinstated.

So, as Chinamasa assumes her new roles at the lowly, obscure ministry which Mugabe has described as a rat trapping device, he probably needs to be reminded that whichever policies he shall introduce shall surely attract public scrutiny since the cyberspace has become the playground for many unemployed Zimbabwean who mostly use it for thrill.

And, maybe, it might not be too long after all to recommend the song Man of Steel to him as he faces long flights to China, North Korea and such countries to study how those nations have regulated the stubborn cyberspace as prescribed by his principal.

Good luck, Patrick Anthony Chinamasa, and oh by the way, there is a lot of work waiting for you in the party to do with the coming special congress, we hear it requires special legal skills. Daily News

  • ini ndanyarara hangu angazondibate akandibvisa muGroup

  • Roy Bannet watching

    • Fuck Roy Bennet!!Where is he these days??I loved great white man…Where is that Shona White man??

      • Vava

        Asi uri geyi ?…pamwe ari kwavo ku Sco.

        Ma skotsi akaverenga zvawanyora anofunga kuti unoda ka bhasvopo ka tsvuku kumashure.

    • Fuck Roy Bennet!!Where is he these days??I loved great white man…Where is that Shona White man??

    • He is in SA

  • Ndiiseiwo mugroup vaChinamasa

  • Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkiest

  • When u serve ungrateful idiots. This guys are afraid of being assasinated or loosing their looted wealth. That is why the can’t stand up 2 him. Too much hero worshiping

  • Vana vacho vanototi baba vanosenza ku whatsapp kkk

  • Leave my uncle alone. He accounted and acquitted himself as forthright and not corrupt or corruptible. He is abused and used but he is resolute

  • Group admin Chinamasa

  • All those stinky BUMS who are mocking and poking fun at Chinamasa know NOTHING about Zim political history and they know NOTHING about Chinamasa.Chinamasa is a top highly trained security inteligence officer …one of those educated people put in Zim security intelligence services like George Charamba,”Tyson” Kasukuwere etc..These are MASTERS of counter intelligence and espionage..They know what they are doing and they are very good at their jobs and they were all trained and recruited by the GREAT crocodile ED Ngwena.

    • basa racho nderei raunovakudza kudai kotosungirwa mawhatsapp kwahi tadii aah kana muchidyawo nazvo ungati kudii ndochi zanu zanu chacho

    • basa racho nderei raunovakudza kudai kotosungirwa mawhatsapp kwahi tadii aah kana muchidyawo nazvo ungati kudii ndochi zanu zanu chacho

    • they all know nothing chii chavanoziva ipapa

    • they all know nothing chii chavanoziva ipapa

    • Chikanga chikanga munya kkkkkkk

    • Chikanga chikanga munya kkkkkkk

    • all mentioned are clueless

    • all mentioned are clueless

    • So what good did they do

    • So what good did they do

    • iwe wakangofanana ne Bond haubetseri

    • iwe wakangofanana ne Bond haubetseri

    • saka zvinebasa rei naani izvozvo

    • saka zvinebasa rei naani izvozvo

    • great crocodile my foot great for killing defenceless unarmed civilians

    • great crocodile my foot great for killing defenceless unarmed civilians

    • I see you are another clueless bootlekker hero woshiping these Zanu thugs nxaa

    • I see you are another clueless bootlekker hero woshiping these Zanu thugs nxaa

    • Kkkikikk i dont worship Zanu but i know a lot about Zim politics and people involved

    • chikanga chedoro wazonyanya kuvakuza ivo pasina zvavanoita

    • Which intelligence security they trained on. This is laughable, what counter intelligence do these morons know.

    • Kwahi they no there job my foot they aĺl no bootlicking chete, clueless clowns

    • We are saying what good did they bring to Zimbabwe .not yr security what so ever, we want food on our tables, how can you praise baba chidaka chisinga wuye be food kumba.40 yrs promising one thing zvichanaka .rini

    • Job ripi newewo iwe

    • Makapusa MESE manje/liyi zithutha LONKE!!So you think CIO spies cannot be ministers in a government???You FOOLS!!WAKE UP mani!!

    • iwe chikanga haaa ita mushe wadii nhai

    • Government kkkk my foot just a bunch of looters

  • He is also a pawn!

  • Muchati Bhuu

    These goons can be humiliated everyday …they will never resign.Vanotozoita zvekudzingwa chaizvo

  • When they fought the war of liberation, they fought as equals. Today they have “gods, jesus christ, disciples” and the nonentities among themselves. I wonder how the educated ministers like these subjected themselves to such a high degree of subservience? So complex.

  • When they fought the war of liberation, they fought as equals. Today they have “gods, jesus christ, disciples” and the nonentities among themselves. I wonder how the educated ministers like these subjected themselves to such a high degree of subservience? So complex.

  • these gys r thieves Not even one is perfect in Zanu. As of now they take advantage. Unofunga fom 1980 uchingo tenderedzwa chii chavachaziva kunze kwekuba. Look at Chombo wakatenga Zimbabwe yese ari one. As tht is not enough wagadzikwa mugate remari. Ten yrs is good and long enough for a cabinet Minister. Then fresh ideas dzopindawo. Kune vanhu vave nevana vakangozvarwa vachingoona madhara iwayo senge ndovega vakarwa hondo.As such everything is folling apart. No one is fired becoz hausikugona basa one is fired becoz you r not a boot linger.

  • these gys r thieves Not even one is perfect in Zanu. As of now they take advantage. Unofunga fom 1980 uchingo tenderedzwa chii chavachaziva kunze kwekuba. Look at Chombo wakatenga Zimbabwe yese ari one. As tht is not enough wagadzikwa mugate remari. Ten yrs is good and long enough for a cabinet Minister. Then fresh ideas dzopindawo. Kune vanhu vave nevana vakangozvarwa vachingoona madhara iwayo senge ndovega vakarwa hondo.As such everything is folling apart. No one is fired becoz hausikugona basa one is fired becoz you r not a boot linger.

  • Madofo

  • Madofo

  • Gegegegegeeeeeeeeee siyanai nedhara iro mani

  • Gegegegegeeeeeeeeee siyanai nedhara iro mani

  • This guy sacrifice everything going to europe facing all the humiliation and booes,mending relationship with world bank and sleepless nights bt after all these efforts only to b repaid by this shuwa politics is a dirty game

  • This guy sacrifice everything going to europe facing all the humiliation and booes,mending relationship with world bank and sleepless nights bt after all these efforts only to b repaid by this shuwa politics is a dirty game

  • Even got tripped head first to the ground by Roy Bennet in 2004

  • Even got tripped head first to the ground by Roy Bennet in 2004

    • Then what happened to the tge pink pig>>>>>CHIKURUBI MAC PRISIN..EHO WON?>>>>THE REVOLUTIONARY!

    • He spent time at CHIKURUBI max prison that fat oink…stolen land loser

    • Now thats way too far than the real facts. I dont remember pigs going to prison

  • A country like Zimbabwe which has very low ITC capacity shouldn’t be worried about cyberspace threat. There is no internet to talk about in Zimbabwe. Why should the Government create a ministry in charge of cyber security. It will take not less than 70 years from now for Zimbabwe to attain the threshold of being an ICT country that can potentially face cyber security attack. On the main there is no economy to talk about. A strong and vibrant economy yes can attract attention of invaders. The Zimbabwean economy is a vending economy where there no cash as well as production.
    Look here forks, when an economy has reached a threshold where every transaction is internet based, when people search residential addresses using GPS, when goods are purchased online and when e-learning thrives then we can start to worry about cyberspace threat. A government shouldn’t get worried of Whatsapp and Twitter. Once again these social media are used for commercial purposes in thriving economies.

    • Very true and on point..nothing to add or subtract..well said

  • Chinamasa is Lawyer period .
    Don’t Make a habit of tearing him down . Your company loves to do that . Really besides these ministers and ZANU-PF stories. Mune Dzimwe nyaya here . This is not a Zimbabwe country platform , this is FB ; anyone in the world is reading your Fake News. Munokonzeresa Kuti Vana ve zim vapinde pa tight , when they comment .
    Stop your shenanigans habits

    • Stop commenting thrush here

    • minister of whatsapp looooooool wtf!!!!! dude like crcly

    • asi ihama yako nxaa

    • A lawyer but still an idiot. A lawyer who does not abide by the rule of law. I watched a documentary where he was being interviewed and anyone would question his grasp of the legal system. It’s either he is daft or he just chooses to break any laws as long as it is for his and ZanuPf’s benefit. Watch the space and you will see what he will do with people’s rights on social media soon.

    • Nash Gate don’t speculate ; don’t use negative approach . He might be on collective kunzwa zvido zve vanhu and bring those issues for correction . Right now we should have a platform yekutaura zvinoda kukagadziriswa. Handisati Ndambonzwa panoda kugadziriswa panouya nekusvora; nekutukirira.
      Inga mudzimai chaiye akadaro unomhanya kwatete Kuti kumba kune mhirizhonga, huyai tete mugadzirise. Saka Nyika yedu iri kuda panel beating , ngatitaure ma areas acho mushe not zvekutukirira.

  • Most of you guys have no knowledge of the ministry he now heads. Just wait n see. He will cause havoc on Facebook n WhatsApp users

  • 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  • ::-D

  • Kkkkkkkk

  • akambomamiswa futi muParliament naRoy Bennet, ane munyama mudhara uyu, dai achimbozorora ondorima hake kwaRusape kwake uko since vakatora minda

  • hatisi kuzimbabwe ende hapana ndati hapana zvaanotiita

  • paachatanga kukusunga iwe ndopauchaona kuti haisi ministry of whatsapp dofo. its a ministry as strong as info and state security admin. dai cde chinamasa akatanga nekukuvhiringa iwe kkkk🙄😏😏😏

  • plz Chinamasa ita basa tangai nemadofo aripano ajaira kuposta nonsense -cyber crime hawatoizive

  • Taurayi henyu chirandu

  • watsup admin iiih musadaro dai mamti watsup coordinator sound respectful🤣🤣

  • You forgot the highest moomish of them all when he was punched by Roy Bennett in parliament and he fell down like a baby

  • Chinamasa is the new Chinoz

  • At least he got Roy Bennets farm and can manage a Hollywood lifestyle for his kids in the States.

  • Does he recall what happened naRoy Bennet in Parliament?

  • He inherited a purse with cash from Tendayi Biti. You are bootlicking a killer. He was one of those violent people who killed many MDC supporters. He presided over highest inflation

  • the article says, ” as, Chinamasa assumes ‘her’ new roles”, i wonder if that was a mistake, or you are continuing to embarrass the man.