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Fortune Chasi
Fortune-chasi.jpeg
BornFortune Chasi
NationalityZimbabwe
Occupation
  • Politician
  • Lawyer


Political partyZimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front

Fortune Chasi is a lawyer-cum-politician, who was elected to be the Member of Parliament (MP) for Mazowe South after the July 31st 2013 polls as a member of the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF). He was however fired by Robert Mugabe during the post 6th ZANU PF People's Congress which was held from 2–6 December 2014.

Background

Chasi was born and raised in Mazowe. He attended Kanyemba Primary School and Mpopoma High School.[1] For his tertiary education, he was enrolled at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) where he graduated as a lawyer.[1] From then, Chasi had an illustrious career as a lawyer. Together with his friends, they established their law firm, Chasi, Mlotshwa & Co. Law Firm which is based in Harare.[1]

Political career

Chasi rose from obscurity after the July 31st elections when he was elected to be the MP for Mazowe South. He was then also appointed as the Deputy Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs on 10 September 2013.[1]

Since his rise to stardom, Chasi's political career was turbulent. In November 2013, Chasi is said to have abused his power to ward off the police and the messenger of court from evicting farm invaders who were said to have been illegally settled on a farm owned by Alex Chatindo in Mazowe.[2]

In March 2014, he clashed with a senior Air Force of Zimbabwe (AFZ) officer identified as P. Kazingizi who attempted to evict people occupying what Kazingizi perceived to be place, that is Bloomfield Farm.[3] Chasi blocked the move and AFZ Group Captain Albert Murove intervened ordering Chasi to back off.[3] Kazingizi is believed to have coerced the police to effect the eviction and when that failed, he commanded five soldiers who assaulted the occupants.[3]

Chasi became the first ZANU PF and senior government official to admit that the 2013 elections were not perfect.[4] He said,

The first evaluators of the elections are Zimbabweans and we agree that the elections were by and large free and fair which is entirely different from saying they were perfect[4]

This is said to have exposed him to attacks from the party hawks who thought otherwise.

Surviving the Chop

Although Chasi is said to have crossed swords with the First Lady, Grace Mugabe, standing as an obstacle to the fulfilment of her philanthropic projects in Mazowe, he temporarily survived being sacked after the ZANU PF 6th Congress when the first batch of ministers were sacked. Chasi had numerous allegations levelled against him.

Addressing youths who had gathered at her Amai Grace Mugabe Children's Home in Mazowe to endorse the Women's League resolution for Grace to be the leader of the Women's wing, Grace castigated Chasi labelling him as a new kid on the block who is poised to terrorise her. Grace argued that Chasi was on a relentless mission of spreading unfounded allegations aimed at tarnishing the image of the First Family as he was spreading rumours that the First Family is poised to take all the land in Mazowe.[5]

At this rally, Grace is said to have warned those undermining her projects that they were 'playing with fire'.[6] Of which Chasi was amongst those being warned. Chasi is said to have been instrumental in blocking Grace from taking over Manzou Game Park where Grace wanted to build a secondary school, hospital and a university as a means of generating income to help her support her children's home.[6]

Grace was embroiled in land scandals in Mazowe. It was allegedly reported that, she had expelled a certain sangoma who was staying at Henderson Farm, grabbed a farm belonging to Interfresh.[5] Chasi is said to have been the person who was spreading these falsehoods against Grace on the basis that he was the MP for Mazowe South.

ZANU PF youths are also said to have played a pivotal role in necessitating Chasi's ouster. During the Youth Conference which was held in August 2014, the youths are said to have passed a resolution asking Mugabe to sack Chasi.[6] After the Conference, some of the ZANU PF youths later revealed that the First Family had been misinformed by senior party officials that Chasi was fighting against Grace. They opined that Chasi was just a victim of circumstances as he was very vocal on the unsuitability of certain candidates for the Youth League who were being backed by the party's bigwigs aligned to Joice Mujuru who was said to be fanning factionalism within the party.[7]

The fact that Chasi went on to attend Thomas Mapfumo's concert in April 2014 in South Africa without the approval of the Cabinet was also another reason levelled against him. Chasi is said to have by passed the standard procedure which stipulated that all ministers and deputy ministers needed cabinet authority before they embarked on any trip outside the country.[8]

Notwithstanding this, Chasi was not sacked by Mugabe as expected. Emmerson Mnangagwa is said to have saved Chasi from being fired on the basis that he was a hard working person.[6] Responding to this Chasi stated that,

I enjoy an excellent cordial working relationship with Honourable Mnangagwa and l cannot ask for a better boss. I am not specifically aware of any interventions that he made but l am certain that if that was necessary, he would do whatever it takes for his little boy to continue to work[6]

His Fate

On 22 December 2014, it was reported that Chasi was fired despite temporarily surviving. He was fired on the basis of performances below the expected standard as the government was expected to gear up for the accelerated implementation of ZimAsset in the post-Congress period.[9] Chasi was also accused of dabbling in factionalism as well as fighting Grace's projects.[9] This time around, Mnangagwa did not stand up to fight for Chasi. It has been reported that, Grace had long wanted to be the MP for Mazowe South to be able to land a cabinet post following her elevation within the party.[10] After his dismissal, Chasi was involved in a brawl with Bernard Manyenyeni over his utterances immediately after he was fired.[11]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fortune Chasi, Biography, Fortune Chasi, Published:19 Mar 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  2. Fungai Kwaramba, Minister named in land grab, Daily News, Published:12 Nov 2013, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Charles Laiton, Minister, Air Force boss clash over farm, NewsDay, Published:12 Mar 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  4. 4.0 4.1 Fungai Kwaramba, 2013 poll not perfect — Zanu PF Minister, Nehanda Radio, Published:2 Aug 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Tendai Mugabe, Grace Mugabe claims Zanu PF MP ‘terrorising’ her, Nehanda Radio, Published:8 Aug 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 Andrew Kunambura, Mugabe’s target survives, Nehanda Radio, Published:19 Dec 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  7. Elias Mambo, Chasi-Grace fallout: ‘Bigwigs misled Mugabe’, Zimbabwe Independent, Published:22 Aug 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  8. Maggie Mzumara, Minister in trouble for attending Thomas Mapfumo concert, Nehanda Radio, Published:28 Aug 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 Seven more ministers fired, The Herald, Published:22 Dece 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  10. Everson Mushava, Grace eyes Mazowe seat, NewsDay, Published:23 Dec 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014
  11. Sacked minister, Harare mayor in Facebook brawl, NewsDay, Published:23 Dec 2014, Retrieved:23 December 2014