Here Is Why Chris Mutsvangwa Was Fired
Sources within the ruling party shed light on President’s decision to dismiss war veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa, citing insubordination as the primary cause. According to reports by Zimlive, Mutsvangwa’s refusal to step down as chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) upon becoming a minister led to his dismissal.
A source stated, “He was told you can’t be a minister and also be chairman of the war vets. He was insubordinate, he refused to let go.”
Further complicating matters, Mutsvangwa’s unannounced visit to President Mnangagwa’s office on February 3rd, during which he proposed to be appointed as state security minister, angered the President. The President viewed Mutsvangwa’s actions as an attempt to appoint himself, leading to a fallout.
President Mnangagwa, after consulting with his deputies Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi, decided to remove Mutsvangwa from his position immediately.
Additionally, former Local Government Minister Saviour Kasukuwere suggested another reason for Mutsvangwa’s dismissal. Kasukuwere revealed that Mutsvangwa clashed with the Minister of Information, Jenfan Muswere, and criticized him for lacking knowledge of party policy. This criticism offended President Mnangagwa, ultimately leading to Mutsvangwa’s firing on the weekend.
Mutsvangwa’s straightforward approach and clashes with key figures within the government contributed to his abrupt removal from office.