Outspoken Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Information Fired over Comparison of covid-19 measures taken by Presidents of Zimbabwe and Tanzania
May 22, 2020
By Nevson Mpofu Munhumutapa
Considered by the government as totally outspoken , rude and un-respectful Zimbabwe’s Deputy Minister of Information , Publicity and Broadcasting Services Energy Mutodi was fired immediately after he made swiping remarks regarding measures taken by Tanzanian President John Mugufuli as compared to President Mnangagwa’s measures to contain covid-19 virus .
Regis Chikowore of the President’s Office who is the Communications Officer announced this in Harare two days ago . He however refereed Journalists to Dr Sibusiso Moyo the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade .
In a statement to Pan-African-Visions contacted a day ago in Harare , the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Dr Sibusiso Moyo pointed out that the remarks made by the outspoken Deputy Minister were a swipe to separate and disturb good relations between the two countries already in good , well respected relations .
‘’ I make reference to a message posted on twitter by Energy Mutodi the Deputy Minister of Information , Publicity and Broadcasting Services on May 4 this year regarding the measures taken by Tanzanian President John Mugufuli as compared to Mnangagwa’s measures meant to contain, covid 19 ‘’. The two countries just like all other countries took their measures to contain covid-19 . This is not subject to comparison at all .’’
‘’I wish to make it clear that the statement does not reflect the Government’s position or policy . Zimbabwe respects John Mugufuli as President of Tanzania. The two countries are part and parcel of Africa . They are all in AU and after all Tanzania is in the SADC region . This is just to create confusion , cause misunderstandings , drawing back good relations , progress and developments achieved so far . Africa is united . It must not be divided by its leaders or influence of anyone one .’’
Energy Mutodi had a deft move meant to show differences in terms of measurements meant to contain covid -19 between the two countries , thereby causing misunderstanding between the two countries .Among other disturbing issues created by Mutodi , he is accused of making the Ministry of Foreign Affairs get into other deeper contrite issues meant to bring confusion , perplexity and confound circumstances misleading the whole picture of good relations with a fellow African State , Tanzania .
Dr Sibusiso Moyo did not however make it clear on the measures and how they were meant to destroy relations of the two countries . While there is no clear on extension of the case , critics point out that Mutodi was even a nuisance at the Ministry of Information where Monica Mutsvangwa is the Minister .Interviewied officials in the government say the ouster of Mutodi was good riddance to bad rubbish as his record was spreading out to all Ministries .
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