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Zvinavashe keeps supporters guessing

Augustine Mukaro

RETIRED army general Vitalis Zvinavashe could be eyeing the vice-presidency, the Zimbabwe Independent has heard.

ca, sans-serif”>In an interview last week Zvinavashe told the Independent he had turned down overtures by the Gutu South leadership to field him as a candidate in the 2005 parliamentary election.

Zvinavashe had been approached to replace the incumbent MP, Shuvai Mahofa, who fell out of favour with the Gutu South traditional leaders after she was implicated in the death of war veterans leader Misheck Maseva.

Zvinavashe confirmed having been approached by the constituency’s leadership to be the candidate in the March election.

“Many people from my rural home have approached me,” Zvinavashe said.

“What they need to understand is that I am a retired commander of the Defence Forces. I have been serving the country at the national level so structurally I can’t go back to represent a district or province.”

Zvinavashe said there were young people from the constituency who should be given a chance to stand as MP and he would play an advisory role.

“People are not wrong. I know what they want. I am not refusing to help them. I will help them but not as they expected. I will not take up that post but only advise those who will be in the post,” he said.

“Zvauri kundibvunza zvinofa-nana nokuti baba voonekwa vachida kuperekedza muchato wemwana. (It’s like a father trying to be the best-man at his son’s wedding.)”

Pressed this week on what he was currently doing politically and whe-ther he had presidential ambitions, Zvinavashe referred all questions to President Robert Mugabe.

“You should ask President Mugabe,” Zvinavashe said before switching off his mobile phone.

Prior to his retirement from the army Zvinavashe had been linked to the late Vice-President Simon Muzenda’s former constituency, Gutu North, which retired Air Marshal Josiah Tungamirai now represents.

Since his retirement in December there has been growing speculation that Zvinavashe would be appointed vice-president to replace Muzenda.

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