The embattled former Minister of State for National Security and the ruling Zanu-PF’s former secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa has endorsed and rallied behind Morgan Tsvangirai for 2018 Presidential elections.
In a video clip shot during the protest against the electoral commission (ZEC) and the government’s involvement in the purchase of the voting equipment, Mutasa, who has been with the ruling party for more than 40 years, shocked many by confirming that he was against President Robert Mugabe’s governance and is behind the opposition leader.
Didymus Mutasa served in President Robert Mugabe as the Minister of Special Affairs in the President’s Office in charge of the Anti-Corruption and Anti-Monopolies, State Security Minister and Speaker of Parliament.
In April 1998, Mutasa, in defending President Mugabe, said that if Mugabe were pressed to step down, then the entire Cabinet and Politburo should step down along with him, because, in Mutasa’s view, if Mugabe had truly “stayed for too long and misgoverned”, then those who had governed with him, “including those who are calling on Mugabe to step down”, must have done so as well.
In 2002, he controversially said that it would be a good thing if the population were halved: “We would be better off with only six million people, with our own people who supported the liberation struggle. We don’t want all these extra people.