Mnangagwa’s cryptic sitting arrangement

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By Idah Mhetu

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s decision to allow former Defense Minister Sidney Sekeramayi to sit at the top table during the burial of national hero the late Brigadier-General Emilio Munemo could raise eyebrows.

This is because Sekeramayi was former President Robert Mugabe’s preferred successor before the military coup that scuppered the plans and thrust Mnangagwa into the hot seat after a delicate week during which the former then Zanu PF leader was placed under house arrest in November 2017 before he was forced to resign under duress. Sekeramayi has not played any significant role in national politics since then.

Former Defense Minister Sekeramayi was sitting at the top table with Mnangagwa on Saturday

War veterans leader Christopher Mutsvangwa and his wife, Information Minister Monica were among those that attended the burial


Soldiers dominated the crowds that thronged the National Heroes’ Acre

Zanu PF women’s league members braved the unusual February heat to attend the burial

Munemo (64), who was the director-general civil military relations at the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), died last Sunday after what authorities said was a long illness.