MANICALAND Provincial Affairs minister, Mandiitawei Chimene, has bragged that she has landed a ministerial post despite her being a Form Three dropout.
BY BLESSED MHLANGA
Speaking at the official opening of the Jibilika Dance Festival in Mutare on Friday, Chimene said: “I am here because I knew and pursued what or where I am best at. I went to Zamula for my primary and went to St Josephs for my secondary education up to Form Three, but I am now a Minister of State.”
She, however, could not disclose how she rose up the political ladder ahead of the academically gifted party members, but her critics claim it was through President Robert Mugabe and his wife First Lady Grace’s patronage system.
“Don’t condemn yourself. You can be a star from wherever you are. Just know what you are good at and work on it,” she said.
Chimene condemned the abuse of drugs saying it destroyed lives of youth and most abusers of dagger, cocaine and broncleer ended up in prison or mentally deranged. I know you have read in newspapers that I smoke dagga. Well, I am always high on it. Even by the time I wake up, I will be high, but not with the dagga that you guys smoke, mine is in the head,” she said.
Chimene becomes the third top Zanu PF official to reveal their inferior academic qualifications after Kwekwe Central MP Masango Matambanadzo and Hurungwe East legislator Sarah Mahoka, both Grade Two dropouts.