Former Mnangagwa Critic Mandi Chimene Returns To Zimbabwe From Exile
15 September 2021
Former Manicaland Provincial Minister Mandiitawepi Mandi Chimene has said that she is back in Zimbabwe from exile.
She was one of the people who staunchly opposed then-Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa whom she and other ZANU PF members accused of leading a faction to replace the late Robert Mugabe.
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Chimene fled from Zimbabwe following the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe in November 2017.
In a tweet, Chimene asked Zimbabweans to help her thank Mnangagwa for forgiving her. She wrote:
Home sweet Home. Help me thank Leadership Help me thank President @edmnangagwa for being a forgiving and empathetic leader. Help me thank my children for electing to stand with me for taking this decision Help me thank the ever-loving Manicaland cdes. Thank you Lord for that!
Earlier this week, exiled politician Professor Jonathan Moyo said Chimene's account was a ghost account that is part of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO)'s 'deadly Twitter bots campaign'. In a long thread on Twitter, Moyo said:
THE OPERATION'S massive ghost accounts & bots are infrastructured by Chinese hardware & Israeli software. The accounts, some created over the last three years & most over the last three months--like @ChimeneMandi--generate vitriolic content for likes, retweets etc by bots!
The allegation was dismissed by Chimene's account which wrote:
How things change. This man brags saying I call her bhudi bt he attacks me daily becoz I refused to join the @nelsonchamisa led mdc ahead of 2018 elections. Right now he is no longer on talking terms with ana @Hon_Kasukuwere because they refused to endorse zvaanenge adyira mari.
Earlier this week Daily News reported that Chimene was preparing to return home.
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