Former Public Services, Labour and Social Welfare minister Patrick Zhuwao is quitting politics and does not intend to return home soon after former president Robert Mugabe was toppled last month.
Zhuwao, who is Mugabe’s nephew, said he had no regrets serving under the 93-year-old ruler who was forced to resign by the military on November 21. “I am proud to have served under President Robert Mugabe,” he said in an interview from South Africa at an undisclosed location.
“I was loyal to him during his tenure as president and I even today I am still loyal to him, much than loyalty I could have exhibited as his nephew,” Zhuwao added. “From a personal point of view, I am grateful to those who stood by Mugabe. “My political life existed for the duration of President Mugabe’s tenure.
“The options that were there politically for me was to become disloyal to him and that to me was not acceptable. “The decision by him to accept to be forced out was largely informed by his desire not to see the people of Zimbabwe go into a period of turbulence.
“My appeal to those that keep our faith, religious people, is for them to pray for those who are in power to be humane and not persecute people.” Zhuwao, a son of Mugabe’s late sister Sabina, said his safety was not guaranteed if he returned to Zimbabwe. He said workers at his farm outside Harare had been attacked during the army’s operation.