Mr Gutu and Dr Khupe lead the breakaway MDC-T following succession squabbles in the opposition party which resulted in Advocate Nelson Chamisa leading another camp.
Mr Gutu could not confirm if the attempted robbery was politically motivated but quickly hinted that it comes following death threats that were issued against him by supporters of Adv Chamisa.
At the heart of MDC-T divisions, the former spokesperson revealed that he has received death threats from unknown suspected MDC-T supporters who were using South African cellphone numbers.
Mr Gutu yesterday posted circumstances surrounding the attempted robbery on Facebook.
“There was a break-in at Negona Chambers around midnight on Wednesday May 2, 2018. More than 10 burglars armed with iron bars broke into our premises and severely assaulted the security guard who was on duty. The guard suffered very serious head injuries and we evacuated him to a local hospital for emergency medical treatment,” read his post.
He said the robbers got away with nothing due to the swift response of security personnel.
“The thugs vandalised the outside alarm system sensors and they also broke the kitchen door using iron bars. The timeous arrival of two Safeguard Security reaction teams saved our security guard’s life since he had been left for dead. The thugs ran away without stealing anything,” Mr Gutu said.
“Over the past few months, I have been receiving death threats on my mobile phone from several South African-registered mobile phone numbers”.
Contacted for further clarification on the matter, Mr Gutu said he does not want to speculate on whether the attack was politically motivated saying he was leaving the rest to the police. “I really would not want to speculate, I’m a trained legal mind. I don’t want to give way to speculation. This matter has been reported to the police, the police were here recording statements, took fingerprints and I think it will be irresponsible for me to jeopardise police investigations,” he said.
National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said she was not aware of the matter.
She said if the matter had been reported to the police she was convinced that thorough investigation would be conducted.-Zimpapers
Zanu-PF supporters in their hundreds staged a demonstration on Thursday afternoon at the party’s headquarters‚ the “Shake Shake” building‚ against the alleged imposition of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s nephew‚ Tongai‚ as a candidate in primary elections.
The demonstration comes after one of Mnangagwa’s key allies in the succession race to take over from former president Robert Mugabe‚ Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association (ZNLWVA) spokesperson Douglas Mahiya‚ claimed the nephew was being imposed as a candidate in Harare South to block his ascendance.
“He [Tongai] was rejected by the province and the politburo‚ but suddenly two days before the elections‚ he appears from nowhere as a candidate‚” Mahiya said.
Taking to the streets‚ placard-carrying supporters suspected to be linked to Mahiya accused Tongai of vote-buying and warned that they would end up removing Mnangagwa.
“Don’t intimidate us and impose to us people we don’t know. We won’t vote for the party and if all fails‚ we will even remove his uncle‚” said one party member as others started chanting Nelson Chamisa’s name.
Chamisa is the presidential candidate for the MDC Alliance – the biggest coalition of opposition parties.
The primary elections‚ that saw many heavyweights fall by the wayside‚ have sown seeds of discord. Christoper Mutsvanga‚ the special advisor to Mnangagwa‚ lost to Langton Mutendereki in Norton and did not take it kindly. In an interview with the independent daily News Day‚ he said Mnangagwa had been set up to fail through “weak” candidates.
He also accused the party’s national commissar‚ retired brigadier Engelbert Rugeje‚ of being too politically immature for the huge task of the political commissariat. “The new national commissar‚ while he is a comrade‚ lacks the party’s institutional memory and failed to handle this issue well‚ leading to the disenfranchisement of thousands of party members countrywide‚” said Mutsvanga.
War veterans led from the front in the removal of Mugabe‚ and Mutsvanga said they flowed with the will of the people.
“So‚ as war veterans‚ just as we did during the Mugabe era‚ give choice between a party that has lost through acts of omission or commission its fiduciary role‚ then we will be left with no choice but to go with the people‚” he told News Day.
Another sore point in the primary elections was the use of the police and state apparatus in party politics.
A Zanu-PF primary elections blueprint document leaked to the public revealed that 6‚500 police officers and 420 fueled government vehicles were deployed for the exercise.
However‚ losing candidates are now raising the issue as unconstitutional with allegations that police were used in vote-rigging.
“The main reason [rejection of loss]being the unconstitutional use of the Zimbabwe Republic Police‚ a state agency‚ as election returning agents‚” read a letter to Rugeje.
Mnangagwa has since castigated the use of police officers although it was a decision reached at the politburo – the central decision-making body of Zanu-PF.
Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa was born May 24 1955 at Harare General Hospital. He spent his early childhood in what is now Mbare high-density suburb before going to his rural home in Chief Nyamweda’s area for his primary education at Masawi and Marirangwe South schools. Thereafter he proceeded to Kutama Marist Secondary where he studied with prominent luminaries like Minister Ignatius Chombo, Advocate Muchadeyi Masunda, Dr Christopher Tapfumaneyi and Dr Washington Mbizvo under teachers such as Dr Ibbo Mandaza and Stanley Chigwedere, among others. He completed his high school at St Augustine’s Penhalonga scoring the highest national academic results at A Level in 1974.
Ambassador Mutsvangwa was among the seven black students selected to enter the Faculty of Law of the then University of Rhodesia in 1975.
This was the highest number of African students ever selected to study in this specialised field which the racially skewed colonial education had hitherto preserved for white kindred. His record of academic achievement accorded him a full merit scholarship from the then colonial government of Rhodesia. His fellow students included Judge Paddington Garwe, late Judge Sandra Mwamuka Ngwira, Advocates Eric Matinenga, Joseph James and Sobusa Gula Ndebele.
Ambassador Mutsvangwa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Public Management from St John’s Catholic University in New York. He holds a diploma in Informatics from Boston University in Massachusetts.
As a young man, Ambassador Mutsvangwa grew up with stories of how the people of Mhondoro and Zvimba were forcibly moved from their original home in the Lake Chivero area to the narrow strip of rock-strewn fields where we grew up to make way for white colonial settlers.
Among them was Joseph Norton, a particularly notorious land depredator who fell to my clansmen as they defended their lands from his rapacity. It is after him that Norton town is named. His grave is by the Morton Jaffray Waterworks.
His death signalled the First Chimurenga where great Shona chiefs like Mashayamombe led victorious battles that decimated early settlers only to be defeated by fresh reinforcements from Port Elizabeth. The rebellious locals kept to their tradition of resistance all the way to the nationalist politics.
Young Mutsvangwa used to go to school amidst the smoke of houses torched by Rhodesian racist police as they raided radical politicians who were burning tobacco farms of surrounding white racist commercial farmers.
Kutama was also a cauldron of nationalism with its streak of Quebec French Marist antipathy to British imperial dominance. St Augustine’s would augment this political radicalism with the non-conformist Father Prosser who had clear sympathies for the most intelligent among his pupils who were melting into the bush to cross into independent Zimbabwe as of 1975.
Ambassador Christopher Mutsvangwa together with Sobusa Gula Ndebele, the national heroes Ambassador Designate Willard Zororo Duri and Ambassador John Mayowe and pediatrician Dr Masimba Mwazha all absconded from university studies and crossed into free Mozambique in 1975.
They were among the early groups of the avalanche of patriotic youths that went on to join the fight for freedom and train as guerillas as they swelled the ranks of the Zanla and Zipra forces of the Zanu and Zapu-led joint national liberation movement.
The fighting prowess of these highly motivated cadres did not take that long in sweeping away the racist colonial order of Rhodesia. By 1980 the victorious forces of the Patriotic Front had succeeded in ushering Zimbabwe to national independence and full sovereignty.
Ambassador Mutsvangwa was among the pioneer corps of the diplomats of new Zimbabwe. He was posted to Brussels, Belgium, where he was accredited to both the European Union and the Benelux till 1985.
Thereafter he proceeded to serve at the United Nations in New York under the illustrious Dr Stanley Mudenge, a national hero. In 1989 he was seconded to Windhoek, where he was part of the Frontline States Observer Team sent to help chaperon the SWAPO victory to the national independence of Namibia. Ambassador Mutsvangwa left diplomatic service in 1990.
Professional, Business Life
Ambassador Mutsvangwa was appointed Director-General of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation in 1991. In 1994 eyeing business opportunities of the dotcom era, he left for a career in telecommunications as one of the early pioneers of the cellular, broadband and internet industry of Zimbabwe. He was a leader consultant for the deployment of the first Siemens GSM digital switch of NetOne in 1998 and the first CISCO internet switch of TelOne in 1999. He was also behind several other trunk and ADSL projects with TelOne.
Ambassador Mutsvangwa was a key player in the formation of Potraz together with the late Sarah Kachingwe, then Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications.
Politics, Ambassadorial Post
The epochal land reform programme of President Mugabe and Zanu-PF by the close of the past century spawned new national challenges even as it opened up so many opportunities for the multitude of Zimbabweans.
Most serious was the mortal threat to the young republic as the irate Anglo-Saxon and West Europeans took umbrage at the dispossession of their racial kinsmen by the black indigenous majority. Sanctions and regime change were instituted to smother Zimbabwe out and if need be turn it to tinder by a war of aggression.
Ambassador Mutsvangwa waded back into political life to once again join a new fight in defence of the republic.
Abandoning a promising family business career he waded back to active politics and was elected Secretary of the Harare Province of Zanu-PF in 2000.
After the elections in 2002, he was posted to the People’s Republic of China as ambassador. His brief was to anchor and drive the Look East Policy as Zimbabwe’s riposte to sanctions and regime change with the help of a China in phenomenal resurgence.
The assignment was a great success as it blunted and eventually overturned the western onslaught on Zimbabwe.
The Look East Policy born out of necessity by President Mugabe has since become a boon not only to Zimbabwe but to the African continent as a whole. The now very topical African Renaissance is very much a product of the engagement with China that is rapidly ascending to pole position of the world economy.
In 2012, Ambassador Mutsvangwa became Chairman of Mineral Marketing Corporation of Zimbabwe, a company that oversees the sale of US$2,5 billion worth of Zimbabwe’s treasure trove of diamonds, platinum, coal, chrome, nickel and other minerals.
He has successfully engaged major players in the diamond trade to blunt the effect of unfair American sanctions that are contrary to the KPCS spirit.
He has also been at the heart of engaging the Obama administration to the extent of helping in Mayor Andrew Young to Zimbabwe as a Special Envoy of President Obama to President Mugabe.
This diplomatic coup is a clear pointer to a thaw in the hitherto glacial relations that have been the hallmark of bilateral relations for more than a decade. Better prospects now await the aftermath of the July 2013 Elections.
Ambassador Mutsvangwa is married to Monica Mutsvangwa, the Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Affairs.
She is a fellow veteran of the armed struggle for national independence. Together they are blessed with four sons and a granddaughter.
Disgruntled Zanu-PF supporters staged a demonstration at the Party Headquarters protesting against the outcome of the just ended primary elections. The polls were marred by allegations of intimidation, violence, rigging and vote buying. The protestors threatened to do another “Bhora Musango” if their grievances are not addressed. Bhora Musango refers to the situation where ruling party supporters vote for opposition candidates to ensure that the candidates they do not support are defeated. The supporters were demonstrating against Tongai Mnangagwa’s victory in Harare South. Tongai is the nephew of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Special Adviser to President Emmerson Mnangagwa Christopher Mutsbangwa has also said that the war veterans will ditch the party and support the people unless preventive measures are taken to rectify the situation. The war veterans are blaming Zanu-PF national political commissar Lieutenant-General (retired) Engelbert Rugeje for the shambolic polls.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s special adviser and leader of the Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association Christopher Mutsvangwa is now playing the war veterans card after losing the party’s primary elections.
Mutsvangwa lost to Langton Mutendereki by 120 votes and now claims Mnangagwa could lose the elections because war veterans are disgruntled at the way the primary elections were conducted.
He lashed out at national political commissar Engelbert Rugeje, also a war veteran, for being a political novice and claimed that Rugeje had sought advice from a disgruntled former commissar Webster Shamu.
“The new national commissar, while he is a comrade, lacks the party’s institutional memory and failed to handle this issue well, leading to the disenfranchisement of thousands of party members countrywide,” Mutsvangwa was quoted by Newsday as saying.
“ZANU-PF’s problem has always been the abuse of the office of the political commissar and we are seeing this again,” he said.
“So, as war veterans, just as we did during the Mugabe era, given a choice between a party that has lost through acts of omission or commission its fiduciary role, then we will be left with no choice but to go with the people….
“The first line of protest is our election agents, who refused to sign the results and secondly that the war veterans countrywide, who have declared that they will choose the people instead of the party if forced into making a choice…
“I am under pressure because the war veterans feel that something is going wrong again with the party’s commissariat department.”
Jonathan Moyo, who only last week came to the defence of President Emmerson Mnangagwa when National Patriotic Front spokesman Jealousy Mawarire said he was a Zambian and not Zimbabwean, today said no one trusts Mnangagwa, even his wife.
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This was after Moyo posted the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front circular on the launch of its manifesto and campaign and chided that this was junta chaos and a Colly Colbert commented: “It was strategic Jonso”.
“Strategic, my foot. In politics, your word is your currency,” Moyo responded. “That’s why nobody trusts Mnangagwa in #JuntaPF. I mean nobody. Even his wife does not trust him, moreover I doubt that he trusts himself! #Handeitione.”
Tinashe Vuso, however, defended Mnangagwa saying: “Because he is a strategist he is the President and you are stuck in a hole somewhere very far away from home you talk too much and think talking too much is strategy yet it exposes your weaknesses.”
Moyo responded: “He was politically defeated; ran away from genocidal & corruption skeletons in his wardrobe; came back only as Chiwenga’s hired coup-president for seven months & now he’s past his sell by date because he’s unelectable; he cannot possibly win a presidential election; never ever!”
Mnangagwa has largely ignored Moyo’s taunts as well as calls by Nelson Chamisa, leader of one of the factions of the Movement for Democratic Change, for a one-on-one television debate.-INSIDER