THERESA Makone, the newly elected women’s assembly chairperson of the Morgan Tsvangirai-led MDC faction, has confessed that she is a “long standing” frien
d of Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Constantine Chiwenga’s controversial wife, Jocelyn.
Jocelyn is a Zanu PF loyalist who has branded the MDC puppets of the West and in August reportedly tried and failed to physically assault Tsvangirai.
Makone, the wife of the party’s secretary for elections Ian Makone, made the startling revelations to a commission of inquiry into the dissolution of the MDC women’s assembly by the party’s standing committee three weeks ago.
Home affairs secretary Samuel Sipepa Nkomo chaired the commission.
According to the commission’s report, a copy of which is in the possession of the Zimbabwe Independent, Makone said: “She (Chiwenga) is my friend of long standing. My being friend to her does not have any bearing on our separate political belonging, and persuasions.
“It doesn’t follow that people should not have friends outside their political parties. As a family, we have other family friends of long standing who are not MDC, such as the Simba Makoni family. We don’t ditch our friends simply because we now belong to separate political parties. It defies logic.”
However, Makone’s disclosure reportedly shocked senior party officials who were of the opinion that the women’s assembly boss should not be associated with people like Chiwenga who are sworn enemies of the MDC.
In August, Chiwenga hurled insults at Tsvangirai who was touring shops in the capital to assess the impact of the government-sponsored price blitz.
Chiwenga is alleged to have called Tsvangirai a dog and being the cause of Zimbabwe political and economic problems.
A day after she hurled insults at Tsvangirai, Chiwenga in an interview with the Independent challenged the MDC leader to a fistfight accusing him of being the root cause of Zimbabwe political and economic crisis.
“If Tsvangirai thinks he is a man, he should come to my office and fight with me. I will beat him black and blue. He went globetrotting calling for sanctions to be imposed on Zimbabwe and today he goes around town with journalists in tow claiming that shop shelves are empty as a result of President Mugabe,”Chiwenga told the Independent.
Tsvangirai at that time condemned Chiwengwa’s actions saying she had become a law unto herself.