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Walter Mzembi 'A deferred potential Presidential aspirant'

04 Nov 2019 at 08:20hrs | Views
Global Institute of Policy Analysis and Research - A local Think Tank predicts Walter Mzembi as one of the key front runners and potential deferred presidential aspirant in the near future.

Well respected academic and former Foreign Affairs and Tourism Minister, Dr Walter Mzembi is a deferred potential Presidential aspirant who could change the Zimbabwe political landscape if given chance to bounce back in the mainstream politics. Studying from a distance the former Foreign Affairs Minister has clearly calibrated his re-entry into politics and may not be in a hurry to get into the mainstream politics. Mzembi a calculative politician, has avoided responding to media taunts, cheap and personal pot shots at his person which has obviously been a project for deliberate besmirching by his enemies in the current administration.

After a near successful run for the post of United World Tourism Organisation Secretary General for which he received a rare commendation from the then cabinet of Zimbabwe for excellent statesmanship and defence of brand Zimbabwe it was a cold blooded act of malice for the very same Government two months later to withdraw its goodwill and persecute him for his loyalty to the late President Robert Mugabe.

The last man standing before a detach military coup, Mzembi's diplomatic skills have been tested to the limit even in his self-imposed political sabbatical but he has responded with an characteristic golden silence, only broken after nearly two years with another of his trade-mark diplomatic epistles urging dialogue between President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Advocate Nelson Chamisa as the closet solution to resolving the current national crisis.

It is a fact that Mzembi authored the current diplomatic policy approach he announced on the day current President Mnangagwa was fired from both his Government position as Vice President and party Vice President. His successor, Rtd General Dr Sibusiso Moyo did not see the need to author his own policy approach preferring to adopt the Mzembi one, hook, line and sinker testimony to both men's foresight in international relations.

Mzembi a sober character with presidential qualities have taken a sober stance since his departure from mainstream politics following a military coup leading to Mugabe's ouster. Mzembi commands a huge following from students, politicians across political divide, business community, judiciary and diplomatic relations. Many believe Mzembi's political woes range from his smart politics and as a presidential hopeful and aspirant. The Former Tourism Minister was one of Mugabe's confidante, whose politics and practice was defined as "smart and strategic".

This entails why Mzembi is facing a number of trumped up charges from Mnangagwa's regime which defines his potential as a presidential hopeful in Zimbabwe. Amongst the G40 stalwarts, Walter remains the only potential and well accepted guy from across political divide. During Mugabe era, he is one of the few respected ministers who performed well.

Mzembi may tactfully be avoiding direct confrontation with Emmerson Mnangagwa preferring to work his way back into mainstream politics through a corporate rebranding route, exactly the same way he entered politics from business two decades ago, and remaining largely  technocratic in his approach to politics throughout his tenure in both government and his party.

Mzembi, he altered the political landscape regressively, the gun now leads politics, and it's a curse we have to cure going forward. Within the G40 formation, he looks more strategic and acceptable within political formations.

Mzembi was born on the 16th of March, 1964 at St Don Bosco parish, he was born to Xavier Morris Mzembi and South African immigrants parents of the pioneer column. He grew up in Fort Victoria completing his matriculation studies at Victoria High School and later his A Level at Chaplains High school in Gweru in 1983.

A quick research into his childhood has some intriguing folklore stories that explain his non-conformist character to the Zanu PF cult and its following. Walter Mzembi successfully completed his research based Doctoral degree in Business Management from Aldergate college in 2015 on the topic entitled "An exploratory study of conservation management in Zimbabwe – a Government perspective and he is a publisher of several journal articles on tourism and business development. He is also a fellow of the Zimbabwe Institute of Engineers and Engineering Institute of Zambia. He is currently the President, African Chapter of the Berlin based Institute for cultural Diplomacy (ICD).

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Source - T Muzamhindo
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