I’m Not Looking For A Job; I’ve Been Self-Employed Since Age 27: Obert Gutu

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MDC-T Vice President Obert Gutu has answered critics who say he might be angling for a job in President Mnangagwa’s government. Gutu saud

“When I speak in defense of Zimbabwe’s national interest, I’m not looking for a job. From age 27, I have been self-employed. I’m ok,” said Gutu, a founding partner at Gutu & Chikowero Attorneys-at-Law.

Gutu has previously said that the Zimbabwean economy will stabilize in the near future, and when that happens, ‘immature politicians will become relevant.”

Writing on Twitter, the former Deputy Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs said: “When Zimbabwe’s national economy begins to stabilize, which it will certainly do in the short to medium term, we shall start to experience progressive and mature politics anchored on policies and ideas as opposed to a morbid trajectory of political polarization and sordid negativity.”

Gutu further said that he hoped that Zimbabwean politics moved away form personalities to issues.

“Our politics must be more issues-based as opposed to just being ‘protest politics’. Zimbabwe deserves politics of issues,ideas and policies in the midst of an economy not hamstrung by sanctions,” said Gutu.

Born in 1962, Gutu started to practise law in Zimbabwe in 1986. In January 1985 he was employed as a public prosecutor by the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs at the Harare Magistrates’ Court. He prosecuted several criminal matters both at the Harare Magistrates’ Court and also at the Mbare Magistrates’ Court.

After completing his postgraduate law degree, he returned to the Ministry of Justice in November 1986 as a magisterial assistant. He was admitted as a legal practitioner of the High Court of Zimbabwe in May 1987. In July 1987, he joined Chirunda, Chihambakwe & Partners as a professional assistant. M

On the 1st of October 1990, he formed a partnership with Cassian Jakachira. The partnership was known as Messrs. Gutu & Jakachira. This partnership was dissolved in July 1992 and Gutu remained in practice under the banner of Messrs. Gutu & Associates. 

He is one of the lawyers in Africa who has been engaged by the World Bank’s Doing Business project. He prepares and submits reports to the Monitoring and Analysis Unit Investment Climate Department (CICMA) IFC. This project publishes a book annually. 

Gutu was also at one time the Chairman of Unlimited Media Company (Private) Limited, the producer of a popular TV soap that was known as Estate Blues. In June 2007 he was appointed chairman of the Food Standards Advisory Board of Zimbabwe which is a 17 member board whose core function is to advise the Minister of Health and Child Welfare on all matters relating to food and food standards.

He has provided legal advice to corporate clients such as Telecel Zimbabwe,Transparency International, ACCA Global, ZESA Holdings (Private) Limited, Release Power Investments (Private) Limited, and Inter Ocean Aviation,a big aviation company based in Mauritius

Gutu joined the MDC at its formation in 1999 and worked his way up to become the Chisipite Senator in 2008.

In 2009 he was sworn in as the Deputy Minister of Justice in the national unity government.

During the MDC-T 2014 Party Congress, Gutu was elected the national spokesperson for the party. He was formerly information secretary for the party’s Harare province before he was elected the national party spokesperson.M

Gutu was suspended and subsequently dismissed by the MDC National Council met in March 2018 after he refused to recognize the way Nelson Chamisa had succeeded party founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai who had died in February that year. Also suspended was Abednico Bhebhe and Thokozani Khupe.

During the July 2018 elections, Gutu contested for Member of Parliament for Harare East and lost to Tendai Biti of the MDC Alliance. — ZOOMZimbabwe

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