Self-exiled former Manicaland provincial minister Mandi Chimene has called on fellow G40 members to forget their past loyalties with the near-extinct Zanu PF faction and join incumbent state and party President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Chimene was once a devout follower of former President Robert Mugabe and G40, a Zanu PF faction that was once fronted by then First Lady Grace Mugabe to mount fierce opposition to then Vice President Mnangagwa’s ambitious to succeed Mugabe.
Just like a handful other G40 politicians, Chimene skipped the country November 2017, when Mugabe was ousted by the military which went on to install Mnangagwa as President.
Chimene has lately been using Twitter from her unknown sanctuary to make some overtures towards Mnangagwa.
In her latest post, the controversial politician and war veteran urged fellow G40 politicians to accept their unfortunate circumstances and embrace Mnangagwa as the country’s number one.
Said the politician, “My message to my G40 cdes who were against @edmnangagwa’s presidency, it’s time that we accept the man is equal to the task. Instead of keeping trapped in in past differences, let’s be the patriots that VaMugabe wanted us to be & go home to support him. Let’s go back to ZANU PF.”
Last week, Chimene pleaded for forgiveness from Mnangagwa, adding that she was homesick.
“Home & no other. We rubbed shoulders during the war, shared the same plate of a small meal, trained each other to win the fight. It is not too late to shake hands & embrace. President @edmnangagwa, I am sorry for everything. All I want is back home to rest. Let bygones be,” she said.
Some of the most prominent former G40 proponents include exiled ex-ministers Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Walter Mzembi and Patrick Zhuwao.
Chimene is the first former G40 politician living outside the country to openly plead to be forgiven by the Zimbabwe incumbent.
Other former G40 politicians who fell by the wayside but have been readmitted to Zanu PF include former minister Makhosini Hlongwane and former party youth league boss Kudzanai Chipanga.