By Farai D Hove | ZANU PF leader Emmerson Mnangagwa is getting military advice from Ethiopia’s former brutal dictator, a top former minister has hinted.
The development might explain the reign of terror that has seen over 25 people killed and more than 50 women raped during the first two years after the removal of former president Robert Mugabe.
Speaking on the day Mnangagwa’s regime announced it wants former G40 ministers to return to Zimbabwe and clear themselves, the former Foreign Affairs Minister during Robert Mugabe days, Eng Walter Mzembi hinted saying Mnangagwa has skeletons in his closet.
Mzembi’s colleague who is the former Local Government minister, Saviour Kasukuwere, scoffed at the calls to return home saying Mnangagwa wants to ,”clear us out of existence I guess!”
Mzembi wrote back responding to statements by Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe who yesterday said the G40 ministers must come back and clear their names.
On the other hand, Mzembi reacted saying:
“Did Mnangagwa come back to clear his name after he ran away to South Africa(?) Read his response letter when a similar invitation was issued to him!”
He continued saying:
“Zimbabwe Government has hosted Mengistu as its Military Advisor & REFUSED TO HAND HIM OVER since his deposition in 1991. Under his Red Terror reign up to 750000 people died, he was convicted in absentia in 2007/8 for his personal role in this. Ndapedza!
“I am not Mengistu have never killed even a goat in my life , disagreeing politically and not supporting the ascension of @edmnangagwa into office of President is not a crime , this should not result in framing of charges against opponents. Goodnight! “
Mengistu’s administration is alleged to have killed an estimated half a million people, including the country’s last emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie.
After the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) came to power, a court sentenced Mengistu to life in prison in absentia. Although the Ethiopian government requested his extradition in 2006, the late President Robert Mugabe reportedly refused to hand over the ex-leader, who was at the time his adviser on Ethiopia’s security affairs.