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List of Kembo Mohadi possible replacements

Ex Vice President Mohadi
Ex Vice President Kembo Mohadi

There are three scenarios in which President Emmerson Mnangagwa will replace resigned Vice President Kembo Mohadi, Zimbabwe’s exiled former cabinet minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo has claimed.

Mohadi (71), in his resignation, highlighted his reason being to avoid embarrassing Government and his party on Monday.

While a number of names have been suggested as Mohadi’s potential replacements, the exiled political scientist and former ZANU PF politburo member believes that “there are three scenarios.” Speaking to ZimLive, Moyo said:

There are three scenarios. The first is whether they will use the matrix of the coup. The second is whether they use the constitution of the party and the third is whether Zanu PF remains committed to the Unity Accord.

Mohadi came in as reward for his role in the coup. The coup matrix can bring even the Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Phillip Valerio Sibanda because he was an important cog, and they can use the excuse that he’s ex-Zipra (PF Zapu’s military wing). Bringing him into politics would keep the spirit of ‘Operation Restore Legacy’ burning, especially following the death of Sibusiso Moyo.

Sibusiso Moyo, (Constantino) Chiwenga, Perrance Shiri and Engelbert Rugeje all came into politics straight from the army. The military in Zimbabwe is one place where there’s a straight line into politics.

He said the second scenario is where a former Zapu member would be picked as per the Zanu PF constitution and the Unity Accord of 1987.

Moyo says in that scenario, Simon Khaya Moyo is the clear frontrunner followed by primary and secondary education minister Cain Mathema.

He observed, however, that in terms of the party hierarchy, the most senior politician from the Matabeleland region is secretary for administration Obert Mpofu whom he said would be affected by his defection from the party before the Unity Accord.

Moyo observed that the third possible scenario would be where a woman as Mohadi replacement adding that the race would be between defence minister Oppah Muchinguri and information minister Monica Mutsvangwa.-Harare Live/ Pindula

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