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Mnangagwa’s wife kicked out of Mash Central
18/10/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
Wife barred from Mash Central ... Emmerson Mnangagwa
 
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JUSTICE minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s wife was blocked from running for Parliament in Mashonaland Central province because she married a “foreigner” - so to speak.

According to Herald columnist Nathaniel Manheru, the justice minister's wife was categorically told “not a chance” after she sought to run in a Mash Central constituency where she grew up.

Mash Central is vice president Joice Mujuru’s main political base.

The VP is one of the leading contenders to take over from Mugabe but she is said to face a formidable challenge for the job from none other than Mnangagwa, the husband.

Manheru - who is widely believed to be President Robert Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba - claimed the Mash Central provincial executive told Mrs Mungagwa to try her luck where she looked for a husband – in the Midlands.

“The curt response from the provincial leadership was: go back to where you married and let your in-laws find you a constituency,” Manheru wrote. “We don’t promote daughters who have eloped, daughters who prosper other families!”

He added: “Thank God, the in-laws were hospitable; they obliged and she got a constituency to run for. She won it, not just by a huge margin against his opposition opponents, but also drew very high votes for the party numerically.”

Mnangagwa’s wife won in the Midlands with a stunning majority in a result that drew the scorn of MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai who claims the elections were rigged.

Still, Manheru wondered whether, if it was right for her to be blocked from Mash Central, it would also not be proper to bar Mujuru from the same province for the same reasons.

He asked: “How does a provincial leadership disqualify Mai Mnangagwa on grounds of rules of marriage without implying matching disqualification for Vice President Mujuru who stood in Mashonaland Central and yet is betrothed to Mashonaland East, so to speak?

“Would the leadership dare a whole Vice President of the Party? So why introduce a criterion which takes the debate so uncomfortably to the leadership, without that leadership ever asking for it?”



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