Former ZANU PF legislator, Killer Zivhu has attracted the attention of social media users after claiming that the late founding leader of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, did not drink or smoke, a comment that comes after President Emmerson Mnangagwa appeared “drunk” at a fundraiser. Zivhu said:
One good thing about Mugabe aiva asingadakwi kana kusvutsa fodya [he did not drink or smoke.]
Some interpreted his tweet as a jab at the president. Zivhu later posted another one toning things down. He said:
Ini I drink beer also ndichidhakwa nokuti haisi mhosva. ED my President zvaanoda ndizvo zvandinoita saka usazvinetsa anozviziva kuti kuna Zivhu. [I drink and get drunk. I do what my president, Mnangagwa, likes…]
Meanwhile, Norton Independent Member of Parliament (independent), Temba Mliswa, has blamed President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s security for exposing him.
Mliswa says Mnangagwa is not such a drinker but blames his security for not being there for him.
If the truth be said, the President isn’t that much of a drinker.
The whole clip shows that he was fine, spoke and stood on his own. I think we have jumped excitedly onto a nothing.
There is no story here just that we have prior agendas and rush to foist them on a banal situation.
He is a man of sober habits. Having young people holding onto you as a sign of affection isn’t something to read much into.
It may give some impressions but it’s not a fact. My concern is the absence of security.
Let’s not humiliate and embarrass ourselves as a nation by casting false aspersions.
He said he was only concerned that there was no security “for Zimbabwe’s first citizen.”