“I’m Sorry,” – Mandi Chimene Reaches Out To Mnangagwa
1 September 2021
Exiled former Manicaland Provincial Minister Mandiitawepi Mandi Chimene has pleaded with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to forgive her as she misses home.
Chimene fled from Zimbabwe following the ouster of former President Robert Mugabe in November 2017.
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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 Mugabe. However, Tuesday, Chimene said:
To have spent my girlhood fighting to be free, only to find myself 37 years later stranded airborne on my way from China simply because another senior Cadre has taken over power was beyond my expectation.
Without disclosing my whereabouts, I must declare Zimbabwe to be my only home and no other. We rubbed shoulders during the war, shared the same plate of a small meal, and trained each other to win the fight. It is not too late to shake hands and embrace.
President @edmnangagwa, I am sorry for everything. All I want is to be back home to rest. Let bygones be. What's sad in my life is that people have gathered to judge me on mistakes, real or imagined and make conclusions on my contributions to this nation based on what happened prior to 2017 and Nov 2017 itself.
Let God be the judge but I remain a Cde. I miss stepping my feet in Zimbabwe.
Chimene said she has been on a long sabbatical following Nov 2017 but was now "ready to reload," adding "I love you all Yours Truly, Daughter of the Soil."
Other former ministers Saviour Kasukuwere, Jonathan Moyo, Ignatius Chombo, Walter Mzembi, and Patrick Zhuwao also went into exile following Mugabe's ouster.
The Zimbabwe government has tried in vain to have the former ministers extradited to Zimbabwe on charges of abuse of office while in government.