Mutsvangwa a ‘Shadow MP’

Zimbabwe’s former Ambassador to China and member of the Zimbabwe Media Council, Chris Mutsvangwa, has become the first shadow minister in President Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) party.


The new title was given to the staunch Zanu (PF) supporter in an advertisement that appeared in The Herald daily newspaper on Wednesday. The newspaper was advising Zimbabweans about a debate being held at the SAPES Trust on the Global Political Agreement and how it had performed.

Participants in the debate included new MDC President, Welshman Ncube, Rudo Gaidzanwa, a political scientist and lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe, and Ambassador Mutsvangwa representing the forming ruling party, Zanu (PF).

The advertisement called Mutsvangwa the "Shadow MP for Norton".

The former diplomat has unsuccessfully tried to grab the Norton constituency from the MDC-T led by Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai. Mutsvangwa has a successful commercial farm in Norton, where he is in partnership with his wife, Monica, MP for Chimanimani under Zanu (PF). The farm was allocated to him during the controversial Land Resettlement Programme.

He is a very strong critic of the MDC-T and "Western detractors", regularly appearing on the monopolistic national broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation as an "analyst". He regularly bashes the MDC-T has already said he will stand in Norton during the next general election under Zanu (PF).

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