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HIS is a political merry-go-round that will make a perfect script for Hollywood film makers.

Dzikamai Mavhaire, who was fired from ZANU-PF last week, was a member of the ruling party from way before the country’s independence in 1980.

But, as fate would dictate, he has been falling in and out of favour with the powers-that-be.

Last week, he became one of the senior ZANU PF officials to be given their marching orders in the latest purge of perceived supporters of ousted former vice president Joice Mujuru, accused of plotting to unseat her former boss, President Robert Mugabe.

Others fired from the party for hobnobbing with Mujuru included Olivia Muchena, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, Claudius Makova, David Butau, Ray Kaukonde and Kudakwashe Gopo.

While for the others, the expulsions might have come as a shock, for Mavhaire, it has become somewhat of a routine.

This is the second time in 18 years that he has been dismissed from ZANU-PF.

The former Masvingo Senator was until recently wondering in the country’s political wilderness after being shown the door in 1997 after he called on President Mugabe to “go” and hand over power to new blood.

This was at a time when nobody, including his village boy Edison Zvobgo (now late), had the guts to stand up to President Mugabe.

Relegated to the political dustbin, he was reduced to a fruit vendor in Masvingo where he started selling oranges from a ramshackle vehicle at Mucheke Bus terminus.

He also turned to farming at his farm situated a few kilometres outside Masvingo town.

However, after being banished into the Siberia of Zimbabwean politics, he made a sensational comeback in both the party and government nearly two decades later.

Few thought he would bounce back, considering the gravity of his crime. By bringing back Mavhaire in his second coming, President Mugabe also surprised many because he was not known to “forgive and forget”.

To the surprise of many, Mavhaire was given a Cabinet post as energy minister in 2013.

Before he had even completed his five-year term, Mavhaire lost his ministerial job and later he was fired altogether from the party, highlighting the fractious nature of his relationship with President Mugabe.

Such has been his from grass to grace, and back to grass tale.

And few believe Mavhaire can bounce back to grace again — unless of course, a miracle happens, as anything can change overnight in politics.

The question many people are asking is: Will Mavhaire get a political reincarnation and “third coming”?

Political analyst, Takura Zhangazha, said a third coming for Mavhaire was inconceivable considering that he was not the only one expelled from the party and that ZANU-PF may no longer trust him given his long history of intransigence.

“Mavhaire has a bit of experience when it comes to expulsions or suspensions from the ruling party. These circumstances are, however, a bit different in that he is not the only one who has been suspended. He would have to show a different kind of political mettle to bounce back within the context of the ruling party.

“The saying ‘once bitten, twice shy’ would apply to both the party that expelled him and to his own personal experiences. As for People First, he cannot act alone, he has to work with others and wait for the supposed principal of that party to give the go ahead that they are now contesting their former party for power,” said Zhangazha.

ZANU-PF People First is the proposed name of a political formation said to be constituted by renegades expelled from the party.

Blessing Vava, another political analyst, believes that anything is possible in politics.

He said the only thing that may work against Mavhaire could be his age.

At 64, Mavhaire is not a spring chicken anymore.

“Well, in politics you can always bounce back it depends on the circumstances of that particular moment. Politics has many lives — you can only rule out anyone at your own peril,” he said.

“But in the case of Mavhaire, I do not see him rising again also considering that he is 64 years of age. We wait to see if the People First project is going to make any mark, that is if it’s ever going to be in existence,” added Vava.

On his part, Mavhaire is playing his cards very close to his chest.

He told the Financial Gazette this week that he no longer entertains questions from the media, a clear sign that the maverick politician does not want to be second guessed.

Whether that strategy would succeed in aiding his game plan only time will tell!

Source : Financial Gazette