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Zanu-PF apologises to Tanzania over Mutodi's Covid-19 utterance

by newzimbabwe
06 Jun 2020 at 07:39hrs | Views
ZANU-PF has apologised to Tanzanian President John Magufuli's ruling party, Chama Chama Pinduzi for the wayward behaviour of its member, Energy Mutodi after he made undiplomatic statements questioning that country's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In his short career as Deputy Information Minister, the outspoken Mutodi who is also a Zanu-PF MP for Goromonzi West used the social media to attack Magufuli making bizarre comments over how Tanzania was fighting the spread of Covid-19.

Last month, Foreign Affairs minister Sibusiso Moyo was forced to issue a ministerial statement disassociating Harare from Mutodi's statements ridiculing Magufuli's approach to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This was after the flamboyant politician and then still deputy minister had tweeted; "HE John Pombe Magufuli's Tanzania now has 630 Covid-19 cases with prayers but without lockdown, while His Excellency President ED Mnangagwa's Zimbabwe only got 31 cases with lockdown and masks. An insight into how managers can be game changers," wrote Mutodi.

He was fired by Mnangagwa a week later but no reason has been made public.

However, addressing journalists in Harare Thursday at Zanu-PF's headquarters, acting party spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa said Mutodi had exhibited the behaviour of an opposition MDC supporter.

"Zanu-PF stand solidly behind the decision taken by his Excellency President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa on 20 May 2020 to relieve Hon. Energy Mutodi from his position of Deputy Minister of Information," Chinamasa said.

"Worse was the fact that the unhelpful negative comments were made by the Hon. Mutodi concerning a fellow SADC member country, a country whose population and political leadership made enormous sacrifices for the liberation of southern African countries including Zimbabwe.

"Zanu-PF apologises to Chama Chama Pinduzi, President John Pombe Magufuli, the government and the people of the United Republic of Tanzania for the errant behaviour of our member and the unwarranted statements he made," he added.

Chinamasa said Zanu-PF was also concerned of Mutodi's veiled attacks on fellow party members.

"The party wishes to make it clear to those it has deployed to work in government and its general membership that discipline and teamwork under the leadership of our President His Excellency ED Mnangagwa is an imperative, disagreements and contradictions if any among colleagues should be resolved through the party's known channels and procedures and not on social media."

"Zanu-PF cadres will never emulate the amoebic and divisive tendencies and characters of the splitting opposition groupings."

Source - newzimbabwe

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