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Munyeza to take over from Tsvangirai as Alliance President?

by Staff reporter
05 Nov 2017 at 08:31hrs | Views
PROMINENT businessman Dr Shingi Munyeza has stepped down as the senior pastor of Faith Ministries and there is speculation that he will be announced as the MDC Alliance's Presidential candidate for the 2018 polls.

The MDC alliance is a grand electoral coalition of opposition parties ahead of the 2018 general elections.

The current MDC Alliance presidential candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai was diagnosed with colon cancer two years ago and there is speculation that he is not fit enough to stand for an election.

Dr Munyeza, who runs high-end restaurants, recently relinquished his post as Faith Ministries senior pastor.

Dr Munyeza's timing in stepping down has generated a lot of debate.
Dr Munyeza has for months been running a campaign on social media dubbed "The Christian Vote Must Decide".

He has also been at the forefront of "The Zimbabwe we want", a document which speaks to political campaigns in a Christian way.

In an interview with a local weekly, Dr Munyeza declared that he was fearless and would "speak truth to power".

Some of his controversial statements include "10-Point Plan to Run Zimbabwe Limited" and "What I would have done with the US$200 million facility".

Under his 10-point plan, Dr Munyeza suggested massive civil servants retrenchments and reversal of the indigenisation policy.

"Definitely stay away from the printing press by ensuring the necessary foreign currency controls are in place to arrest externalisation. No to bond notes. Conclude a balance of payment support through current process with IMF - this will ensure my working capital requirement. No to bond notes. Government immediately cuts its expenditure and begins to live within its means - privatise or commercialise State-owned enterprises. Major retrenchment is overdue."

He is a strong critic of the historic land reforms that have seen around 300 000 black families benefiting from farms previously held by just 6 000 whites. Contacted for comment, Dr Munyeza said, "With all due respect, as usual your paper has a story they want to write. I suggest you proceed with your story and I will handle what you would have written. I will not endorse mediocre reporting by responding to it."

Source - online