The Minister of Tourism and Hospitality Industry Walter Mzembi has distanced himself and the entire Masvingo province from Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
This comes after Mnangagwa had said that Masvingo was a sovereign province.
The troubled Mnangagwa also disputed First Lady Grace Mugabe’s assertions that Masvingo and Midlands were problem provinces which are Mnangagwa’s strong houses.
Addressing a Masvingo South constituency management committee at Renco Mine, Mzembi recently said his province was not linked to Mnangagwa.
“Masvingo Province cannot take a Bantustan trajectory and raise Bantu Holamisas of this world, instead,we should aim to mentor national leaders and statesmen who can contribute to the development of the country,” said Mzembi.
“I am particularly worried about the patronising relationship of the Midlands province on Masvingo, one pregnant with tribal and regional connotations.
“Going into the future, we can’t sustain a relationship built on faulty foundations. We cannot afford to foment ethnic valences that conversely unite others against us in the two provinces, nor communicate a message of senior brotherhood over Masvingo,” he said.
He added, “People should not be fed with hate or superiority complex narratives, if it is happening elsewhere we don’t want it here for whatever reason.
If you were on this path already, seek to be born again ideologically and reaffirm your loyalties to centre politics and the president. Masvingo Zanu PF, be born again”.
Mzembi also took potshots at Mnangagwa without naming him.
“To hear a national leader recite poetry that is pregnant with riddles in the song kumagumo kune nyaya [the end spell trouble] at this stage, with all the attendant sensitivities in our political midst is to put a foot in one’s mouth,” he said.
“Armageddon language such as kumagumo kune nyaya is only found in Revelations in itself a chapter captured in prophetic and cryptic cataclysmic language about the end of the world.
It leaves us no longer guessing about its chilling execution in the fullness of time! This cannot earn anybody support”.