CHINHOYI – Former State Vice President Kembo Mohadi was forced on Friday to abandon officiating at the 75th edition of Mashonaland West Agricultural Show where he was expected to be the guest of honor.
Mohadi, who was in Chinhoyi for the monthly national clean-up campaign held at Chinhoyi Provincial Heroes Acre, was stopped in his track to officiate at the agricultural show to save face after various stakeholders raised concerns over his invitation.
Mohadi resigned from government following a sex scandal which involved a married junior intelligence operative seconded to his office.
ZANU PF Mashonaland West Provincial Chair and Minister of State Mary Mliswa-Chikoka was roped in at the last minute to officiate. She read Mohadi’s speech who was announced as heading for the show’s officiating soon after the clean up event.
He never showed up.
Poor attendance by ZANU PF Mashonaland West provincial members at the clean up campaign also revealed the division in the party.
Ruling party sources say officials got wind of an impending protest from within the party’s structures against Mohadi if he was to officiate at the agricultural show.
However, ZANU PF openly accused members of the opposition Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) of plotting to sabotage Mohadi.
Mayor of Chinhoyi, Clr Garikai Dendera (CCC) who attended the show opening ceremony said he was informed that Mohadi would be the guest. Dendera added that his attendance was not in any way an endorsement of Mohadi.
As a mayor, he said he was responding to the show’s invitation as an elected people’s representative.
The Show Society’s chairperson Godfrey Mavhankeni said Mohadi was not the perfect person to officiate as they had initially planned State Vice President Constantino Chiwenga to officiate.
However, it appears that some authorities handed the role to Mohadi who was going to be in Chinhoyi for the clean up campaign.
Chiwenga was leading a clean up in Bulawayo wherw he also attended the funeral memorial of the late cultural arts icon, Cont Mhlanga.
Meanwhile, the poorly attended agricultural show failed to attract big names. Even some regular exhibitors failed to participate, despite it being a 75th show exhibition.