FORMER Manicaland Provincial Minister Mandiitawepi Chimene has pleaded with President Emmerson Mnangagwa to forgive her as she misses home and wants to return.
The tearful apology has led to Presidential spokesperson George Charamba commenting that the ruling party unites Zimbabweans, and she could be pardoned.
“To have spent my girlhood fighting to be free, only to find myself 37 years later stranded airborne on my way from China simply because another senior Cadre has taken over power was beyond my expectation.
“Without disclosing my whereabouts, I must declare Zimbabwe to be my only home and no other. We rubbed shoulders during the war, shared the same plate of a small meal, and trained each other to win the fight. It is not too late to shake hands and embrace,” said Chimene, who joined Twitter only on 28 August.
“President ED Mnangagwa, I am sorry for everything. All I want is to be back home to rest. Let bygones be. What’s sad in my life is that people have gathered to judge me on mistakes, real or imagined and make conclusions on my contributions to this nation based on what happened prior to 2017 and Nov 2017 itself.
“Let God be the judge but I remain a Cde. I miss stepping my feet in Zimbabwe,” she pleaded.
Chimene said she has been on a long sabbatical following the events of November 2017 that saw Robert Mugabe being toppled by the army, supported by the opposition and the general public. She also went on and retweeted and followed most Government departments pages on social media.
“I have been this silent to heal. I am now ready to reload. I love you all Yours Truly, Daughter of the Soil.” Chimene is also the former Makoni South MP ex-chairperson of the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association.
Chimene was expelled from Zanu PF for leading a rival faction that sougt to take over power from Mugabe. She fled the country when the military sided with the Lacoste faction froned by Mnangagwa ad toppled Mugabe.
Other Cabinet Ministers who fled alongside Chimene include Saviour Kasukuwere, Jonathan Moyo, Walter Mzembi and Patrick Zhuwao, as they feared arrest and persection.
Reacting to the pleas by Chimene, Charamba says Zanu PF unites Zimbabweans, hinting that Chimene could be pardoned by her former comrades.
In 2016, at the height of factional fights in Zanu PF as Mugabe got aged, Chimene dared then Vice President Mnangagwa to come out of his factional politics, saying he was a lizard and not a crocodile.
Zanu PF has recently said former cadres could re-apply and their cases will be vetted on a case-by-case basis. Recently, former youth leader Kudzi Chipanga was re-admitted after his expulsion in 2017 as well.