Mutasa: Zanu PF kingmaker?

HARARE - Didymus Mutasa, the Zanu PF secretary for administration, has emerged as a kingmaker in the ruling party as his word seems to have become the law in the 50-year-old liberation movement.

Before Zanu PF’s extraordinary politburo meeting held last Saturday, there was discord in the party, with rival factions contradicting each other on whether controversial elections held in Mashonaland Central, Manicaland and the Midlands would stand.

Mutasa then threw down the gauntlet, saying the results will stand.

At the end of the day, Mutasa emerged the winner as Mugabe concurred with him that the election results would not be nullified. It is now clear that Mutasa is the man Mugabe listens to.

Last week, Mutasa almost foretold what the outcome of the politburo meeting would be and his predictions were spot-on.

“MuZanu PF hatishande tichiita zvekudzokera kumashure, zvatawirirana ndizvozvo (In Zanu PF we don’t work in reverse gear, whatever we would have agreed upon will be final),” he told the Daily News.

A rival faction which had attacked Mutasa in the media, was pushing for a re-run of the hotly-contested elections and even accused the 78-year-old politician from Manicaland Province of having jumped the gun by upholding poll results before they were tabled in the politburo.

Apart from proving to be a key member of Zanu PF, Mutasa also demonstrated his grit and mettle by declaring that elections in the seven provinces would be held this year. The extraordinary politburo upheld that decision as well.

Senior officials such as Ignatious Chombo were pushing for elections to be held next year as they sought to regroup and make amends following the chaos that characterised the party’s elections in most provinces.

But Mutasa and his comrades convinced Mugabe that elections should be held in accordance to his plans.

The kingmaker role in Zanu PF has for long been held by the late liberation icon Solomon Mujuru, who was found dead after an inexplicable inferno two years ago.

The late Mujuru was husband to vice president Joice Mujuru, who Mutasa is currently backing to ascend to the presidency once Mugabe retires.

Mutasa is said be eyeing the vice president post, in the event Mujuru ascends to the presidency.

Riding on the coattails or epaulets of her husband Mujuru, whose non de guerre name was Rex Nhongo, the country’s first vice president became second in command in Zanu PF in 2004. Now the likes of Mutasa have boldly declared that she has the qualities to succeed Mugabe as they root for her against bitter rivals.

Mujuru reportedly leads a faction of moderates that is engaged in an epic feud to succeed Mugabe with another camp reportedly led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

So far, those aligned to Mujuru, including Mutasa, have emerged victors in the provincial polls held in Mashonaland Central province, Midlands and Manicaland.

However, Media, Information and Broadcasting Services Jonathan Moyo has dismissed any link between the provincial elections with the succession issue.

Despite Moyo’s words, insiders in the revolutionary movement say there is intense jockeyeing behind the scenes to influence the outcome of provincial elections, which will be held this Saturday in the remaining seven provinces.

Elected provincial chairpersons will be crucial next year when Zanu PF goes to a potentially decisive congress, with presidium posts up for grabs.

Last year, 89-year-old Mugabe confessed that he now feels lonely as he is now surrounded by young people, with the majority of his peers mostly dead.

He however, singled out Mutasa, 11 years his junior, as the only politician who comes close to him in terms of age and with whom he could talk “about how we used to approach girls or we would go to this and that place, riding bicycles.”

Comments (13)

Nyathi vakaoma.

General Pancho Villa - 26 November 2013

It might not be as cut and dried. The important question becomes is Mr. Mutasa able and going to build on to this momentum of this new found fame? There is an old pop reggae song by the 70s group Third World where the singer asks: Now that we have found love what are we gonna do with it? Yah Mr. Mutasa now that you have found this new fame, what are you gonna do with it? You are not going to lose the momentum now, or are you?

gutter poet - 26 November 2013

The report says that Mujuru is leading a faction of moderates. Maybe on average the members are moderate but as far as I can tell there is nothing moderate about Didymus Noel Mutasa. Like Jonso, Mutasa is a hothead and a loose canon.

Boorangoma - 26 November 2013

Mese muri kutamba ...masoja maasiya kupi pa equation iyi .. Where is the army in all this .. Is there anyone worth saluting aside H.E RRGM .. Musatambe , kana chachaya mauto ndivo vane last word ...In my view the military will be the kingmaker !!

Jongwe - 26 November 2013

i really do not see how Mutasa has become the king maker. Mutasa just said what he knew about the party which even the Munangagwas knew before the meeting. it is not that what Mutasa says becomes policy at Zanu PF. Mutasa is only aware of those policies and he just interpreted them in public. does stating publicly what has always been the norm in your institution make you a king maker? I guess this was just a headline meant to sell the paper than anything because what Mutasa did is not out of the ordinary. he is an administrator at Zanu PF and he knows how his party navigates whenever it is faced with such situation. it is not his creation that Zanu PF rejected calls for cancellation of already done provincial polls.

black Crow - 26 November 2013

This is why Temba Peter Mliswa was allowed to get away with ALL his atrocities because uncle Didymus is protecting him. It is now crystal clear, Temba has already won Mash West!! Didymus you sister, who is Temba's mother lives in Britain so why say you hate ma-British?? DIESEL MAY "COME FROM ROCKS" BUT the truth will come out as you will see when you read your Bible. God is watching....

brenda-lee Voue - 26 November 2013

we postulated this, vanadidymus nanarugare madhara epolitics and eventually they will have their way on the succession issue. now jonso is running to didymus for protection after exposing himself warts and all. kana tichiti zanu chiororo tinenge tichataura madhara akaita sana didymus nanarobert kwete these small boys vanajonso and the army guys. the army follows the political direction of political leaders and this explains why mugabe was able to take control of zanla in mozambique when he was released from detention in 1975 despite resistance from ZIPA commanders such as dzino, pfepferere, chipoera, muparuri thondhlana, tangeneropa and others. the army commanders are enjoying their positions courtesy of the appointments by the political leadership. icho charira, mujuru woye, woye

CDE churucheminzwa - 26 November 2013

Queenmaker to be precise.

Matwo - 26 November 2013

Mr editor you forget to tell us this man is dwarf even in his thinking. Ask Jono, Rotina Mavunga and the Maisiri family.

Zvandasara Chikurubi - 26 November 2013

the king maker is nguni. he is quietly preparing for higher office .the woman is already his .people wake up .

hameno - 26 November 2013

The above report about Mutasa and ZANU PF in general can only be news to non-Zimbabweans, of which I assume the report is intended. ZANU PF structure of command, aligiency, ideology and objectives were shaped up, sharpened and cast during the liberation struggle. All Zimbabweans are aware and vexed with their liberation party. Therefore, Mr. Reporter post such ridiculous writing to foreign newspapers unless if you yourself you are foreign and you do not know that what you consider news to Zimbabweans is so common.

dungas - 27 November 2013

The above report about Mutasa and ZANU PF in general can only be news to non-Zimbabweans, of which I assume the report is intended. ZANU PF structure of command, aligiency, ideology and objectives were shaped up, sharpened and cast during the liberation struggle. All Zimbabweans are aware and vexed with their liberation party. Therefore, Mr. Reporter post such ridiculous writing to foreign newspapers unless if you yourself you are foreign and you do not know that what you consider news to Zimbabweans is so common.

dungas - 27 November 2013

So, the Dailynews joins the ranks of the state media in calling Zanu PF the "revolutionary party" kikikikiki, sure zviro zvinochinja akomana...

Ngoko - 27 November 2013

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