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Mnangagwa skips to China

By Fungi Kwaramba

Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa is now holed up in China after fleeing his home country within hours of being given the boot by his long-time ally, President Robert Mugabe.

Former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa had been a close ally of President Robert Mugabe for decades. (Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)
Former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa had been a close ally of President Robert Mugabe for decades. (Photo: UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré)

The Daily News can report that the 75-year-old politician, who was once tipped to succeed the incumbent, arrived in China on Thursday night from South Africa.

It was still not clear though at the time of going to print whether China would be his final destination given that Mnangagwa has vast contacts not only in the East Asian nation but across the world.

During his short-lived tenure as vice president, he had established ties with countries such as Belarus, Russia, Mozambique and South Africa.

China is, however, regarded by Harare as an “all-weather friend” because of the support it continues to render to the governing Zanu PF party pre and post its attainment of independence.

Before the advent of majority rule in 1980, China was one of the communist States that backed the liberation war effort to dislodge the colonial Ian Smith regime.

Even in the wake of Harare’s fallout with colonial master Britain and its allies in the west over Harare’s human rights deficit, China stood by Zimbabwe through its support of the southern African State’s economic initiatives.

At a personal level, Mnangagwa is highly regarded in China, after making an impression in Beijing during his visit to that country between July 6 and 10, 2015.

China also has admiration for him for masterminding the “Command Agriculture” initiative, lauded for the bumper harvest achieved in the 2016/17 farming season.

The programme, however, became one of the sources of friction between him and Mugabe’s influential wife, Grace, who claims the idea was stolen from her.

Apparently, Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander, Constantino Chiwenga — a close ally of Mnangagwa — is also in China and it remains unclear whether the two would meet.

Respected University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer Eldred Masunungure said Mnangagwa will not be safe in China as the host country would be forced to deport him back to his home country.

He said it was very difficult for any country to give asylum to someone who is considered a fugitive following Mnangagwa’s threats to grab power from Mugabe “soon”.

“…There is no place where he is really safe. We have seen Rwandan refugees being targeted in countries they would have sought asylum, this is a risky game for his allies, they will be repercussions, and there will be a lot of collateral damage. I foresee problems for his allies. Even countries that are not in good books with Zimbabwe could find it difficult to host him,” said Masunungure.

Apparently, Mnangagwa is now a wanted man back home, facing up to 27 charges ranging from murder to money laundering.

Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo, one of Mnangagwa’s fiercest critics, wrote on his Twitter account that Mnangagwa would have his day in court even though he has run away.

“When a senior official is fired from a high-ranking government office and they jump the border into self-exile within hours of their dismissal, you know that they are running away from being legally held to account for heinous crimes they committed and covered up while in office,” wrote Moyo.

He added; “In terms of truth and justice, the law has a long arm, which can reach anyone, everywhere, any time. You can run but you can’t hide”.

The Higher Education minister has previously accused Mnangagwa of having crippled a journalist in the 1980s while fighting for a woman.

On Thursday, Moyo also wrote on micro-blogging platform, Twitter, that businessman and Mnangagwa’s ally, Larry Mavhima, should also be locked up.

Mavhima is being accused of delivering Mnangagwa’s hard-hitting press statement to the private media.

“So the so-called ED press statement issued today, which has a poor scan of his signature, was personally delivered to newsrooms as an advert by Larry Mavhima who chairs the NRZ board & who fronts for ED at Hanawa Foods. This makes Mavhima an accessory to treason,” said Moyo.

Political scientist Maxwell Saungweme said with numerous cases hanging over his head—the most sensible thing for Mnangagwa to do was to engage with China and not other regional countries.

“I think China is the safest haven for a 75-year-old Zanu PF political hoodlum who pillaged the country with his erstwhile boss. China is also strategic as Ngwena was Defence minister when diamonds from Marange were controlled by his ministry, and Chinese were the major investor when the $15 billion from the gems supposedly disappeared.

“So you can draw the military-diamonds-China-missing $15 billion nexus. Hence he finds China, the safest harbour. Apart from China or Russia, he has no other options. Sadc is out of question. You know Mugabe is regarded as big brother by most Sadc heads of States who would extradite Ngwena back to Zimbabwe to face Mugabe’s jungle justice.

“A few countries like Botswana will not even entertain the idea of harbouring a Zanu PF goon in their country given Ngwena’s role in plunder and human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. So China is his best bet,” said Saungweme.

Blessing-Miles Tendi, a lecturer of African politics at the prestigious Oxford University, opined that one of the contributing factors to Mnangagwa’s dismissal was the fact that the United Kingdom, especially its ambassador to Harare, Catriona Laing, were considering it fait accompli that the former vice president would become the next president and pursue engagement policies.

The politician, who was already clearing the way for his ascendancy, had been opening up to countries such as the UK, which views him as a reformist and the one who was meant to succeed Mugabe.

“There are several reasons why . . . Mugabe fired Mnangagwa on November 6. Many were likely to do with Zanu PF infighting over who will eventually succeed the 93-year-old leader. But one external factor that contributed to Mugabe’s decision was Mnangagwa’s relationship with the UK.

“Beginning in the 1980s, Mnangagwa has assured London that he would be a more effective and technocratic leader than Mugabe. More recently, this led British diplomats in the UK embassy and some in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to see the decades-long Zanu PF insider as the candidate they could best work with and the figure most likely to implement urgently-needed economic reforms,” said Tendi.

But with Mnangagwa out of Zanu PF and government, Tendi wrote in the African Argument, it would be difficult for the UK to maintain those old ties that date back to the 1980s.

“Mnangagwa’s sudden dismissal from Zimbabwe’s political scene will require the UK to come up with a new strategy. This is necessary but also desirable. Laing made a fatal mistake by openly siding with the subordinate of a president who is extremely sensitive to perceived colonial intrusion,” said Tendi.

Interestingly, most of Mnangagwa’s allies have withdrawn into the shadows.

Outspoken Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa is now holed up in South Africa amid indications that he may be assessing the situation from there before coming back home. Daily News

  • Ndezveikoko Bob ngaende vanobonyorana kuChina

    • Remember at this present time Donald Trump is also in China, and why would the Chinese accept him if they were in good books naBob? Ask yourself those questions? Why did the Soldiers at the border allow him to leave when they had strict orders to contain him?

  • WHY did he flee ? He knew that his plot had failed and it was time to face the brutal reality of his futile plot.You reap what you sow.Chawakadya chapfuka.

    • Didnt they try to kill him with ice cream? Ungagarirei pakadai. Vanokupedzisa

    • what plot😕

    • nop wait and see

    • nop wait and see

    • There is a diff between being a coward and being foolish ……use ur brains why was he denied exit before any charges were laid agnist him…pane nyaya apa lets wait and see

    • Lets not trouble ourselves abt these guys!even if he was going to take over nothing he was gonna do for the citizens than to say & sing pamberi neZanu” so let him run even to Taiwan or Taiwan its fine

    • Ithink Combodia iz better for him

    • Where is Chiwenga? Was he not sent to China also by Bob in a bid to Isolate Ngwena. But i think asangana ma Sharks.

    • Retreating when under siege and cornered is not fleeing, it is tactical its wise.

  • How is he holed up in china

  • Kutiza chaiko iko. Kutiza kwaro garwe. When the rivers run dry.

  • Dziri kutungana dzemudanga rimwe

  • inonzi zanu chiororo

  • What if zvese zvekuti Aida kudhingura mudhara manyepo. What if its one of the Mugabe’s strtge kuti vawane Ku booster masimba avo. They new that he was their most and biggest threat…..

  • He fled well before he was fired. Technically he quit


    • Unfortunately, the four crocos didn’t live up to their name.According to the VP’s narration,3 were hanged and he survived the same fate.So those crocos didn’t achieve anything

    • kkkkkkk ziii zvangu

    • Luckson if you don’t hav the slightest hint of history usangotaure they crippled the entire nation the hol grp saka mbiri yekuzoti the croc gang ndeyrkungofamba famba it’s what they caused mayhem don’t discredit sum peopl s achievements

    • #JOHN muudzewo lucky haana kana chaanoziva kuty zita rekuty crocodile rakabvepi

    • #JOHN muudzewo lucky haana kana chaanoziva kuty zita rekuty crocodile rakabvepi

    • #JOHN muudzewo lucky haana kana chaanoziva kuty zita rekuty crocodile rakabvepi

  • isu takatotiza mazuva amaiparidza kuti muka ubike doro kkkkk tsuro anonakirwa achikwira gudo kana gudo akudawo oti kwangu kudiki.SVINURAI MESO EMWEYA

  • Lol back to his training school in China Kkkkkkkkkk

  • shona inoti rinoziva zvaro garwe kubata gudza richisiya munhu kkkk

  • akambonzi aida kuenda Moza zvikanzi akaenda Mzantsi izvezvi atove China uuuuuu aripi murume uyu


  • Kkkkkkk vanonzi Dr Amai garwe rinochecheudzwa kuita chidhambakuro

  • Let them fight untill the dawn the match will be continued tomorrow after our kids go to school

  • Ungaita sei

  • Aifunga kuti ma funnies when all Zimbos were saying the “Regime he was part of ” has caused a lot of suffering

  • Ndokwawafunga kunovukurira uko, the same place where you got gorilla war training.Extradition is inevitable.Unodzoka chete mhosva dzako dziri vuno.

    • if it is true he is in China Bob will just tell the Chinese to extradite Lizard or else he seeks full diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

  • Kuno kana kumbokendenga….titori busy kutsvaga bond

  • Ukaona munhu anonzi VP otiza munyika kuzoti ummmm Zuma tirege tishande. Gadzirira imwe miriyoni irimunzira.

  • Who cares dai atotizira ku zuva chaiko imboko Munhu uyu

  • Ko zvamait aida kuenda ku moza akarambirwa now arikutogocha zvake ana bhoki😅😅😅

  • The snake has, over the last decade, been eating it’s self slowly. The greater part of its’ body is finished. Now its going for its own head. Destroying itself from within as one professor is quoted as saying.

  • What if the Moza story was cooked?

  • LOOK EAST POLICY …… He is on a mission

  • Ana nehanda musanyebere vanhu imi
    No one knows were he is show us proof

  • Mnangagwa is a Chinese puppet

  • Ya turn yake yekuhukura ambohukura nzou zvichingofamba zvichingofamba haha wat goes around comes around i have seen it

  • They all conspired together to kill Mujuru Solomon now it is his turn.Never feel pity for these selfish monsters who are anti -people.Let Munangagwa test his own medicine.

  • Ndizvozvo ngaainzwewo diaspora kuti inorwadza sei, he is in exile ngaamame……zvimwe ndezvimwe home is best ngaanzwewo kurwadza kunoita kugara uchinongedzerwa everyday uchinzi uyo muforeigner

  • I gwara nhai?

  • Ohh u are now also in diaspora running away from your evil master, shame maningi.

  • Is it a shocker? No! Operation Shumba bears it all that he has Chinese support way back in 2006.

  • manje anochgona ere chzhing

  • Nehanda Nyakasikana ko muripiko isu vana venyu tichitambura. Tosvika riniko tichidya nhoko dzezvironda

  • He is not the type inotiza uyu, I believe a lot is about to happen munyika yechipikirwa. They don’t call him ngwena for nothing. He who laughs most, laughs last its still early guyz

    • Tsvangirai akataurawo kuti izvi zvine masiyandaitwa asiri mushe. I foresee Munangagwa achizokonzeresa zvakaipisisa. Paya pavachange vachipembera, ipapo, he wl strike… Chimoto chaicho is about to blow big time….

    • Ngatisamupe mbiri yaasati atiratidza. Parizvino i10-nya team Lacoste yakajungwa maParts

    • He is done, cannot imagine what trick he could pull all the way from China.

    • Ha ha ha, akatotiza uyo, he is finished, operation preserve wealth is the only option for him

    • Have you heard the ‘Zizi harina nyanga’, Shona folklore?

    • Hapana hapana apa

  • Kevin Murandu

  • Kevin Murandu

  • let him die in exile cz they are not fighting for us but power and we WL get nothing from this

  • let him die in exile cz they are not fighting for us but power and we WL get nothing from this

  • Zvaririgwara nhai 😂😂

  • Remember at this present time Donald Trump is also in China, and why would the Chinese accept him if they were in good books naBob? Ask yourself those questions? Why did the Soldiers at the border allow him to leave when they had strict orders to contain him? There is something hidden going on Maelections egore rino akapenga!

    • He used a private plane

    • From where?

    • Airport have security personnel right? So how did he manage to evade them and board? Someone was helping him bro in the Security sector.

    • Mozambique south africa china

    • There is something going on, we will see.

    • There is something going on, we will see.

    • Taura hako, ,even Chiwenga in China again, ,,???????? Pakaipa varikuti heeee garwe idzvinyu ,,,chimbomirai zvinotora kanguva muchaona zvenyu, ,,kugona Bob kumurongera

    • Good point many seem to overlook.

    • All it takes is a whole load of dosh to get rid of all this rot….every man has a price and the Croc (now a gekko for the time being)is probably mobilising funds for a final assault or he’s headed for the Hague….wow just like in the movies.

    • our boarders are very very porous Prince. At the mozambican side its even worse. Big fishes are flying in and out of zimbabwe using privately owned helicopters. basing my argument on the one that crushed b4.

    • Yes Trump is in China, but they would not have even allocated 2 Seconds to talk about Zimbabwe.

  • I remember Mnagagwa saying on ztv some time back. ” We are the only country in the world that does what we want. That does what we feel like doing.”

  • Ngaatiudze arikuchina ikoko kuti akamakidzirei mudhara kuita rerun muna2008 iye aiinge abvuma kuti adyiwa all big guys coming out of zanupf we wont accerpt anything from u excerpt telling us the truth of wht happened since 2000 paidyiwa zanupf pese so please kudzoka imbomirai kusvika mataura zvakaitika if not please stay forever in china as we know all of your sons has studied in china and they are the interpretors of all chinees people in zimbabwe pawaona muchina wese ane cash pane mwana wamunangwagwa

  • Ndizvo zvinoita Robert anorova ne shamu inorwadza especially those who tend to be close to him yet otherwise ,vaMunangagwa vakutodzidzira chi Chinese after being booted out from the government eish zvorwadza from kudya poison apo odzingwa futi ,the last kicks of a dying horse , zvapachena kuti Grace has pulled reigns an easiest move to be crowned the vice President pakaipa ko ndokuti kutonga ne Gidi uku ?????? Ko Gidi rakaipa wakati bofu warohwa musoro se nyoka ,,,,,,,,,?

  • Chikiti

    Gone shopping

  • Do sell our country to Chinese You could end up landing in Harare YOU KNOW.

  • Do sell our country to Chinese You could end up landing in Harare YOU KNOW.

  • Zvaiwana ngwarati now povo yozipigwa

  • Wototizira ku China ku Europe ne America vanokusunga remember smart sanctions 😂😂😂

  • Zimbabwe remember these are the men who have been selling the idea of having fought and are liberators and heroes, first sign of trouble ran to the master in Asia. Couldn’t even bloody land in some African country yet they keep selling the pan Africanism to the povo 😂😂

  • Sunset

    Watch them shadows!!!!

  • Mugabe anonyepa. MIRA UONE GARWE RIKUDZOKA

  • Champion Mbewe udza makava aya azive

  • #team Lacoste .

  • #Garwe muoffice .

  • #Garwe muoffice .

  • Bankin on ngwena

  • Ndabazezwe Viki

    Mnangagwa seems complicit of the charges laid against him. If he believes he innocent why would he run away like this? Did Mujuru, Dabengwa, Makoni etc ever run way ? The guilty are always conscious.

  • Aya ndiwo anonzi maringimupinginya nguvo dzouswa manje ngavadzoke vachitiudza chokwadi chezvaiitika kumashure uko

  • Yaaa gara ikoko chikomana

  • Another interesting aspect once u fired from ZANU pf they throw in criminal charges ranging from murder,racketeering,attempted murder all good,now let’s ask ourselves about those still in positions how many crimes they have committed and is known by them but kept undercover only to be brought out when fired. #kutonga kwaro🇿🇼🇿🇼🇿🇼

    • so it simply means zanu has been killing/stealing from us all along. Thats the reason i dont like zanu.

  • And the army commander is there too!

  • Muchati Bhuu

    Idununu Mudhara uya.Kushandiswa zvakapusa kudai.Heee ndiri gweta heee gweta….ma law degrees ekunhonga mutoilet aya.Then use them to oppress your own countrymen.Rega ambomamawo.It must be painful, at 75 and in exile.Same same neni ndakatizatiwo, nhasi tafanana.

  • Aiva avazambuko chokwadi

  • Politics ummm

  • Garwe all de way

  • team Lacoste ndizvo

  • #team Lacoste , zvimwe zvese izvi zvakatonwa dhibha izvo .

  • Muka ubike doro 🤣🤣😂🤣

  • mabwe

    This tendi guy is a political illiterate or a staunch G40 supporter or both. Even a moron like chinoz can see that the dismissal of ED was due to mugabe’s bedroom. There is nothing to do with Britain ….if anything it is mugabe himself who is more leaning towards the British than anyone else.

  • 1/3 yearmy is controlled by ngwena

  • Ngano yes but kana uchida zvengano go to WhatsApp groups monotambira ikoko

  • gwara

  • Look east Policy kkkkk

  • Maybe this man was murdered already and u say he is in china heee he is SA Zanu is bad and considering the fact that this man was a killer, the bible says they that kill with a sword shall die by the sword