Christopher Mustvangwa has been slammed by President Mnangagwa’s spokesman, George Charamba saying he was not a whistleblower but an interested party who cannot stand the heat in the fuel boardroom.

Charamba said Mutsvangwa must provide evidence that Kudakwashe Tagwirei was behind “state capture” and that he was running a cartel in the fuel industry.

“That is where we differ with our colleagues. Go and provide evidence because culprits are not dealt with by headlines, but they are dealt with by handcuffs, and if he has got some information please can he help the system?”

“It’s not that if you are fronting a rival planning to bring fuel, then you retreat in the political deck because you cannot stand the heat in the boardroom, no, that is not acceptable,” Charamba told The Standard.

“We have made this information available to you that you draw a line between bona fide whistleblowers and rivals who are trying to fall back on political clout to get the better of competition,” he said.

“We are saying to you the doors are open, the market is open so get in the market together with your people and compete with others just like any other person. You get blooded, we say sorry, and you win, we say hallelujah and not try to use fake politics.”

Mutsvangwa, who is said to have links with a South African-based fuel giant Mining, Oil and Gas Service (MOGS), last week insisted he had a three-year contract to be Mnangagwa’s advisor.

He said he still had an office and personal assistant, but had been away for a while because of health reasons.

“Those who say I am fired thought my appointment was tied to me being an MP, that is why they sponsored a rival candidate so that I lose hoping that I would be automatically fired from being an advisor,” he said in a recent interview. “They are sulking bitterly.”

Mutsvangwa last night denied that he was a front for MOGS and charged that he won’t be silenced.