HARARE – Affirmative Action Group (AAG) founder and Zanu PF legislator Philip Chiyangwa recently told business leaders to support Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa or risk losing everything.
“We are Zanu PF. We believe in (President) Mnangagwa,” roared Chiyangwa.
“If I start the party slogan and I see that some do not know it here then you will be in trouble with me. Are we in agreement Mawarise? You are the Vice President here and also you Anastancia.”
Chiyangwa then forced the members of AAG to do a slogan praising Mnangagwa and chanting down opposition movements at a recent meeting in the capital.
“Forward with Zanu PF. ED (Pfee). Down with all opposition parties,” chanted the controversial business magnate.
“If you can’t do that then don’t waste my time please and I don’t want to greet you in the street as well. I don’t care about you, but if we are in agreement on the political ideology then it’s fine okay.
“The first degree of freedom for total emancipation is politics. If you should be, you should be politically correct and that is about being Zanu PF full stop. I have no apology to make on that one.
“Secondly you must be aware of our cultural norms and values. That is the second degree of total emancipation,” said Chiyangwa.
AAG recently appointed Zanu PF Youth League indigenisation and empowerment secretary, Mike Chimombe, as the president of the indigenous business lobby group at an annual general meeting held in the capital.
He will be deputized by entrepreneur-cum-preacher Passion Java, Anastancia Ndhlovu, Munyaradzi Kashambe and Mabutho Moyo.
Clifford Hlupeko assumed the role of secretary-general, while Scott Sakupwanya landed the treasurer-general post.
Ari Goldenstein will be in charge of communications and advocacy, while Tafadzwa Musukume will be the legal advisor.
The partisan lobby group was formed in 1994 to promote black economic empowerment.
It has produced some of the country’s leading entrepreneurs who include Chiyangwa and former Information minister Supa Mandiwanzira.