The strongly spoken personality and active political operative Acie Mutumanje Lumumba was today appointed by Minister of Finance Mthuli Ncube as the Chair of Communication Taskforce. Clearly, the controversial and former VIVA Zimbabwe have now gone back to the fold. He will now be the mouth-piece of the Finance Ministry. As they are in the midst of deadlock with levied taxes and lack of foreign exchange, lack of imports and long fuel ques. Clearly, these financial times will be hardship to explain the needs and be a voice of the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF).
The Pfee will get a loyalist, even as he has just jumped back. Even when he was out, he was usually vocal of goodwill for the ruling regime. Therefore, he has been known on the outside of the Republic. Not only for the good news, but because of his attitude. That is why this is a proof that Acie is hungry and he needs to eat.
That they have hired him as he was vocal against Mugabe, shows that the new Finance Minister are seeing him as a tool and useful person to co-operate his messages. As the Ministry own Taskforce has to activate and secure their message out to the public.
This is the man, that has been disregarded, called foul-mouthed and fishing for relevancy in 2016. In 2017 he said Mnangagwa was the right man for the Zanu-PF. Now in 2018, clearly the fishing expedition of Lumumba has paid-off.
We can see what he will do, but he has to follow the program. He cannot rant and be himself. Stick to the message of Pfee and the ones in-charge. He might be the chair of a taskforce, but he will not be the kingpin. That will be Ncube who orders and says what Lumumba will sell. If it is toxic or unreal, if the loans are not happening or if they finances are worse; than what the regime wants to tell the public.
Acie Lumumba will now not be the renegade, the vocal figure, but he was only doing that for his own gain. It is not like he generated a following or anyone jumping behind him. He was speaking out his mind and another perspective, but not something that changed the narrative. The ZANU-PF did what it did.
Now they captured him and he will be the voice that Ncube needs. Peace.