By HourlyHits Reporter
OPPOSITION MDC Alliance president Nelson Chamisa has told his supporters that some political fireworks were loading after he met 2008 presidential candidate Simba Makoni in Harare this Friday.
Chamisa came out of the meeting describing Simba Makoni, a former Finance Minister who was fired from Cabinet by Robert Mugabe in the early 2000s, as a great man full of wisdom, hinting that the two could have reached some political understanding of sorts.
“Dr Makoni is a great man who is an inexhaustible supply of Solomonic wisdom, encyclopedic knowledge and wealth of experience,” Chamisa revealed his glee after the meeting.
“I had a great conversation on the future of our great country. I’m always humbled and grateful for the solid wisdom I get from esteemed and eminent Zimbabweans who are a gift to us all,” added Chamisa.
The main opposition leader has previously stated that he would not disclose his political gamesmanship and preferred keeping his political opponents guessing his game plan.
Makoni, now aged 71, served in Mugabe’s Cabinet from 2000 to 2002, and faced strong opposition in Zanu-PF during the economic challenges brought about by sanctions and the fast tracked land reform programme.
He had previously been appointed Deputy Minister of Agriculture at Zimbabwe’s independence in 1980, when he was thirty years old. Makoni was then promoted to the position of Minister of Industry and Energy Development, where he served from 1981 until 1983.
In 1983, Makoni was elected as the Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), serving in that post for ten years. A US$25,000 scam that rocked SADC in 1993, resulted in the dismissal of three financial officers, who implicated Makoni.
In 2008, Makoni announced he was standing in that year’s election as a presidential candidate. Emmerson Mnangagwa, then Zanu-PF Secretary for Administration, declared that by choosing to stand for a position when the party had already chosen Mugabe to stand for that position, Makoni had expelled himself from the party.
Makoni subsequent former his party, Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn, and polled 8.3% of the vote, finishing third behind Mugabe and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
In the runoff that followed, Makoni endorsed Tsvangirai who however fled the country for Botswana citing gross violence and murder of his supporters by Zanu-PF. □