Chiwewe bounces back

FORMER Masvingo provincial governor Willard Chiwewe has bounced back into the limelight as the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) chairperson after being dropped in 2008 by President Robert Mugabe.


Chiwewe, a former Foreign Affairs secretary, had been relegated to the political dustbin and was plagued by land tenure problems that saw him being brought before the Civil Court for allegedly invading a black-owned Ganyani family farm on the shores of Lake Mutirikwi. After being removed as governor, Chiwewe lived an ordinary life at his farm a few kilometres outside Masvingo town.

Although he won the court battle for the Ganyani farm, Chiwewe was reportedly evicted after the family appealed to Mugabe arguing that they had bought the farm well before the land reform programme was introduced.

He then went into political oblivion only to be plucked out by Energy minister Dzikamai Mavhaire and made REA board chairperson.

Zanu PF sources said Mavhaire was giving Chiwewe a chance to revive his waning political career. “He had fallen from being a governor, the president’s representative in the province, to a nobody.

“I am sure he is smiling wherever he is now,” the source said.

Chiwewe could not be reached for a comment.

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