Chimutengwende in comeback bid

Former Zanu (PF) legislator Chen Chimutengwende has announced his intentions to make a political comeback, saying he plans to contest for a senatorial seat in Mashonaland Central in forthcoming general elections tentatively set for this year. Chimutengwende, who claimed he was a born-again Christian, said at the weekend that he had already started campaigning for a senatorial seat in Chiweshe.

The former information minister told congregants during a service at one of Harare’s main churches broadcast on national television, that the past few years have been difficult for his family, which has been hit by a series of misfortunes including fires at two of his houses and vehicle accidents. “Things were difficult until I turned to God and now even friends and some of my supporters who had deserted me are now back. As we speak I have started campaigning for a senatorial seat in my Chiweshe rural home,” he said.

Chimutengwende was defeated in the 2008 general elections, ending a 23-year career as a Member of Parliament, 14 years of which were served as a cabinet minister. He is currently president and editor of the Afrika Global Network, which describes itself as an international and independent network of revolutionary Pan-Afrikanist organizations, institutions, groups and individual activists working for “The Future of Afrika and the Black World”.

It operates at the international level carrying out various projects including research, mass dissemination of information, networking, campaigning, mass mobilization, development and solidarity work.

The former minister has since September 2009 been chairman of the Zimbabwe Foundation for Sustainable Development, an organisation that “carries out charitable work, research, information dissemination and campaigns in support of the eradication of poverty and for sustainable development”.

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