Mnangagwa speaks on succession

HARARE - Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Justice minister, has said succession in the ruling party is a matter that will be handled by Zanu PF elders at the appropriate time.

In an exclusive interview with ZiFM Stereo last week, Mnangagwa — reportedly locked in a succession duel with vice president Joice Mujuru — denied that he led a faction vying to succeed 90-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

The Chirimhanzu-Zibagwe lawmaker also defended Mujuru, saying nobody has ever heard her saying she led a faction.
Mnangagwa said the purported factional fights in his Zanu PF were a creation of greenhorn journalists.

Mnangagwa’s assertion is in stark contradiction to President Robert Mugabe who at both the Youth and Women’s League conferences admitted that factions exist and they had caused mayhem in Zanu PF.

He said party cadres had an orientation that politics led the gun and that political leaders were responsible for making decisions, some of which may not be challenged by regular party members.

Mnangagwa said presently, there was no vacancy in the presidium, therefore he could not talk about any bid for the presidency, even if supporters were to nominate him.

Vanenge vakamira pai? Ko varipo vanenge vaindepi? Ndokushupa kwevana vaduku ikoko. Zvinokurukugwa; zvine matare. Imi mune shungu, asi dzinongova shungu. Dai wanga uri pano pandasvika pano, ndanogara namai Mujuru ndichifa nekuseka, ndichiseka imi kuti pwere dziya dziri pano (What power would they be using? These things are discussed by party elders, yours is just a wish and will remain so. I was laughing at you with VP Mujuru as  I sat next to her),” Mnangagwa said.

Zvinenge zvakarongwa nevakuru, vashoma vakuru vanoronga kuti nyika yedu yoenda nekupi. Haugari chigaro chekuti nyika inoenda kupi vakuru vasingadi. (It has to be agreed to by the leadership, very few seniors plan the direction that the country should take, because you do not get power when they have not anointed you).”

Mnangagwa said all party cadres had an obligation to carry out whatever duties the leadership would have assigned, without questioning.

The Zanu PF secretary for legal affairs warned impatient party cadres to wait for their chance to lead, saying even God had his trusted lieutenants with whom he discussed important matters.

He said there was protocol to be followed in Zanu PF, which is based on seniority for one to assume the leadership of the party.

Zvoto zvinamazera. Haungoti iwe madhara akagara apo, newe wonogaravo. Kana kudenga kune zvoto, zvoto zvengirozi, kwaigoti Mwari naJesu, nemweya mutsvene (Not everyone can be involved in decision making. When elders deliberate, the young cadres do not attend and it’s the same even in heaven where it was only God, Jesus and the holy spirit that congregated),” Mnangagwa said.

Kana panyika pane zvoto zvapo, saka ziva kuti kune zvoto zvavakuru, zviderera zvichiderera. Kana mumusangano, vamwe havazivi zvoto zvavo, vanotozozviziva nemitemo yandinenge ndanyora,  vozoziva kuti ichi choto, handifaniri kupinda (Even here on earth as well as in Zanu PF there is protocol, but others do not know their roles, they only get it when we interpret the rules for them),” the Zanu PF legal affairs supremo said.

Comments (18)

uyu andifungisa zva edgar tekere mazuva aya paakati aitamba hake and would not contest for president .news makers should be aware that mnagangwa and saviour were and still remain central intelligence operatives..kuya hakuna retirement..its just ball play

tekere - 15 August 2014

Kana uchibirazvizi rukuru unotanga waisa rukata kuona kudzika kwago, uine vanyarikani haubva wafukura nguvo zvokuonesa zvemukati iyo mvura ichigere kudzika....inoona zvayo Ngwena kuti kuzvoto hakudi pwere

Chidondova - 15 August 2014

Even if he was the chief spy from 1980 to 1988, the fact that he has said ZANU respects seniority and only a few are chosen to decide who will lead is important. Ko pane paanobvuma kuti he is leading a faction. That will be the end of his political career becoz he does not have national appeal

Dunga - 15 August 2014

Inoziva zvayo ngwena kukweva jira ichisiya munhu.

jmajola - 15 August 2014

cde when is the appropriate time. mind you, none of you guys are growing any younger

kmt - 15 August 2014

Ngwena deserves to lead ZANU (PF) once His Excellence, the President, has retired. He is patient notwithstanding his immense contribution to ZANU (PF's) resounding "victory" in the July 2013 Elections. He also rescued the Party from the jaws of defeat in 2008 when MT almost trounced the President. ED is a master strategist and those who take him for granted will live to regret when he assumes the Presidency.

Chief Charumbira - 15 August 2014

ngwena akangwara anoziva mashoko ekutaura sekuti aona zvese muZanupf. akaona kutaurisa kwevamwe nezvakazovawira saka kkkkkk inoziva zvayo ngwena kukweva jira ichisiya munhu

crocodile - 16 August 2014

It is true this Mnangagwa does not have the national appeal and Zanupf knows that. That will be the end of Zanupf is they are to elect Mnangagwa to be their Leader. We all know his intimidation tactics, unfortunately those won`t count when it comes to the national elections, currently these tactics are working becoz Mugabe is still around. After Mugabe is gone it is good bye to Mnangagwa and his followers.

Manau - 16 August 2014

no its solomon mujuru who tarnished munangagwa's name by spreading falshoods that he is cruel.mujuru was even more cruel than emerson.mujuru also spreads lies that emerson killed mandebele during gukurahundi time yet mujuru ws the army commander was done to tarnish emerson and prop up his wife joyce...but we will not be ruled by a person propped up from number 55 in he party to number 2.she is a woman,i would rather put chinotimba fro want of a better candidate

indoda sibili - 16 August 2014

Mnangagwa never commanded the army during the Matabeleland disturbances. It was Solomon Mujuru at the helm.

machakachaka - 16 August 2014

All this perceived factionalism and appearences of one faction gaining ascendancy over the other are just so much dust raised the chief puppeteer to cloud our vision. Meanwhile the master political juggler is preparing his own to succeed him. These days he is sailing very close to the wind!ovw

Moyondizvo Bvumavaranda - 17 August 2014

Mugabe has to be careful about the current situation which might be a ploy to get rid of him! Watch out the two factions might be planning to get together against him at congress.

Coolers - 19 August 2014

Zimbabwe will never be a colony forever. ZANU PF will one day be relieved of its power over our nation.

Gwanyamwanya we Mahobo - 21 August 2014


mhofela - 21 August 2014

ngwena yapina

ngwena ngwena - 20 November 2014

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