Chiwenga Claims His Family, Mnangagwa's Have Roots In Matabeleland
Vice President Constantino Chiwenga has claimed his family, and that of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, have roots in King Mzilikazi’s kingdom of Matabeleland.
In a 17-minute video shot during his meeting with members of his new wife, Miniyothabo Baloyi in Filabusi, Chiwenga said Mnangagwa’s grandfather grew up while in King Mzilikazi’s royal kraal. He also claimed his own great grandmother was a chief in present-day Nkayi and was one of King Mzilikazi’s many wives. NewZimbabwe.com quotes him as saying:
The President’s grandfather, Mubengu, was taken when he was a little boy by Mzilikazi and was kept at the royal kraal until he was put in the Mbizo regiment.
At the battle of Phuphu, he is the one who threw the spear that killed the last white-man there. That is why you hear the President say he wants to build a statue for general Mtshana Khumalo.
We have our own history, in this area.
Our great grandfather (Chiwengas) was the last Monomotapa, and his sister was a chief at Nkayi. She was married to Mzilikazi as one of his wives.
The former army general was in the company of his wife, a colonel in the army, he married in June this year after secretly dating her for some time.
Some people of Matabeleland and Midlands hate Mnangagwa and Chiwenga following their involvement in the early 1980s massacre of over 20 000, mainly Ndebele-speaking people in what was termed the Gukurahundi.
Chiwenga was in charge of the Bulawayo battalion that supported the North Korean-trained 5th Brigade that was deployed by the late President Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa was the minister of Defence.