Mujuru post under threat

HARARE - Zanu PF is falling apart with the party’s rules being discarded as junior party officials — fronting factional interests — openly tear apart Vice President Joice Mujuru in a desperate bid to discredit her ahead of the party’s elective congress in December.

This development comes as it emerges that Mujuru will be challenged at the congress by either Oppah Muchinguri or Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa for the vice presidency of the party.

Analysts told the Daily News that President Robert Mugabe, in one of his typical but well-known divide and rule tactics, could have deliberately sparked Mujuru’s troubles when he ordered that every post be up for grabs when the party holds its congress in December.

As he officially opened the Zanu PF  Women’s League conference last week, Mugabe said all members in the politburo were supposed to resign come congress, a statement reportedly meant to open up challenges against Mujuru, who is involved in a vicious fight with the Mnangagwa faction to succeed the 90-year-old president.

Ironically, Mugabe has already been nominated by the influential women’s league, while Mujuru has been left in the cold.

In the past, Mugabe and Mujuru would be automatically nominated but this time around, the foxy Zimbabwean leader has left his number two open to be devoured by vultures.

At the conference, Oppah Muchinguri, the league’s boss openly boasted that Mujuru had landed the top post riding on the goodwill of the league.

Sources said Muchinguri’s statement was a carefully crafted salvo in an ongoing and comprehensive assault on Mujuru — whose political power and standing was at the weekend
questioned by junior minister Christopher Mutsvangwa, believed to be a key member of the Mnangagwa camp.

A top Zanu PF official told the Daily News yesterday that the Mnangagwa faction had now decided to take Mujuru head-on and would field a candidate to challenge her at the congress.

“It’s now free-for-all at the Zanu PF congress in December.

“The Mnangagwa faction realises that constitutionally, they have no chance against Mujuru because she will succeed president Mugabe if anything happens to him.

“Mnangagwa has no chance under the sun for now and the only way they can get the presidency in future is by dislodging Mujuru at congress.

“They (Mnangagwa faction) have now roped in First Lady Grace Mugabe in their corner and in the process, president Mugabe. With the Mnangagwa faction being left with one option, which is of challenging Mujuru at the congress, they will definitely go for it.

“The only question is who will have the guts — Muchinguri or Mnangagwa. This time it will be easier because president Mugabe has completely lost control of the situation, he has been misled by the Mnangagwa faction through the wife and it’s now a dog-eat-dog affair,” said the highly-placed Zanu PF official.

University of Zimbabwe political commentator Eldred Masunungure told the Daily News yesterday that “things have now fallen apart in the ruling party.”

“It is now dog-eat-dog, gloves are now off and this reveals the natural fights in Zanu PF. The language used by deputy minister Christopher Mutsvangwa on his senior (Mujuru) reflects that the cardinal rule, to respect seniority in the party, has been eroded. In this struggle, there are no rules to be observed but only self-generated rules,” said Masunungure.

In the past few weeks, the Mnangagwa camp has employed all sorts of tactics to derail Mujuru’s ascendancy including the master stroke of pulling Grace into their corner to easily influence Mugabe.

Masunungure said it would be foolhardy for the Mujuru camp to expect a stroll in the park come congress in December.

“You cannot rule out a challenge on the VP given the ferocity of the struggle. Age-old rules are no longer applicable. Only the president is now immune to any challenges,” said the respected analyst.

Muchinguri, a liberation war icon in her own right, belongs to the Mnangagwa camp and recently relinquished her influential position as the women’s league boss handing it on a silver platter to Grace.

Contacted for comment, Muchinguri said she was in a meeting and successive efforts to speak to her later were fruitless as her phone was unavailable.

Although Mnangagwa recently distanced himself from harbouring presidential ambitions, high level sources say his camp — which has repeatedly lost to the Mujuru camp in internal elections — is now positioning itself in preparation for the party congress set for December.

The decision to rope in Grace was widely seen as a major coup by the Mnangagwa camp which recently demanded that Mujuru speak openly on the nomination of the First Lady.

As the plot to derail Mujuru thickens, sources in Zanu PF told the Daily News over the weekend that businesses ran by the VP, her associates and alleged sympathisers are also being targeted in a bid to financially cripple the high-flying faction.

United Kingdom-based analyst Brighton Musonza traced the open fights between the two factions to Mugabe.

He said the 90-year-old Zanu PF strongman is employing divide-and-rule tactics in order to entrench his rule.

“At the end of the day, Mugabe is fomenting rivalry in his party Zanu PF to make sure he dies in office. Divide and rule is the game-plan. He has empowered the Mnangagwa faction to challenge the rival Mujuru faction.

“Soon, he’ll be going back to the Mujuru faction with sweet candy and get them to raise their game.  By the time they emerge out of the congress in December, Zanu PF will have handed over life presidency to Mugabe and this whole term of his presidency he will be managing warring factions and not the well-being of the subjects,” said Musonza

Comments (23)

Vobatana pahukama hwavo vana vanyamunhu. Tinongoringaringa. Hameno unobvuza ani?

chaporomoka Chamukwenjere - 18 August 2014

Who votes to elect for the VC Post at ZANU PF Congress?

tindo - 18 August 2014

Indeed 'a dog-eat dog affair'in ZANU PF.The great ''DIVIDE & RULE'' tactician enjoys the stupid fight. But how can his wife keep 1000 tones of maize when GMB is empty?How can NESTLE ZW be forced to buy Gushungo Dairy milk when there is DMB?How can RGM boast of himself having many cattle when COLD STORAGE farms are empty?Where did he get those cattle from?How can RGM have a family business empire in Zim?What does the 'leadership code' he authored say about political leaders owning businesses?? HYPOCRITES!!!

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repairs - 18 August 2014

No, no, no Mugabe is clever soon Opah and Emerson will realise that catapulting Grace is all what Mugabe wanted after that he will also dump them for Mujuru just wait and see the old man is a fox.

Maita Manyuka - 18 August 2014

i would rather work with Mai Mujuru than any other zanu pf thug she is progressive unlike these other thugs we will support her even if she defects to another party let this deaad horse Zanupf implode for all we care

truth - 18 August 2014

me too

zvirozviyedzwa - 18 August 2014

Here is what Justice Rita Makarau had to say, “I remember it was the time of the colonial regime, when we were subjected to house inspection by the city council officials to limit the number of people coming from the rural areas to live in the city. All the city families were being asked to register the number of their children with the local authorities” - she meant Mabvuku township. You would expect someone who is a Judge to have more sense than the ordinary folk. Houses in Mabvuku were built by the whites solely to house their urban workers. These houses and other houses were meant for urban workers not their relatives. The houses were built by the whites and they had a right to dictate terms. Let's say you have got a house in Mt Pleasant with servant's quarters or boy's khaya a few metres away from the main house. Would you accept that your servant or maid brings all relatives to live at the house without your knowledge? What will happen to your utility bill at the end of the month? And who is going to feed these relatives? Obviously, while you are at work your servant will take some of your food and give it to the visitors. It is a recipe for chaos. You just cannot allow a free-for-all. What of the security of your possessions with all the relatives coming and going willy-nilly? I don't tolerate such a situation myself. The reason why there is chaos in the towns right now is because people can set up homes anywhere they like. City authorities were able to plan accordingly because they knew how many people, including children they were catering for. Very very simple common sense which this Judge Makarau does not have at all. I expect the moron taurai to give a silly reply.

Musona - 18 August 2014

Well from what i have read all up to now, i will go for mnangagwa, there is a whole lot of unsubstatiated claims against mujuru which makes her a poor choice, first we here she fought against strive masiyiwa to establish his business,she lied that she downed a helicopter, she made a statement suggesting corruption should be a private matter,she claimed 86% disability from the war vet compensation fund which makes her either highly disabled to hold high office this tarnishes her credibility,she is not educated she is in the league of tsvangirayi not sure who is worse,she has been using money to buy votes, so in light of this and considering that she has nothing tangible i have seen or heard for all these years, and that in terms of seniority in the war credentials mnangagwa is more senior and is more educated than her, though ther are also unsubstantiated claims that mnangagwa is ruthless i will still go with Mnangagwa bcz even mugabe is also ruthless and so is mujuru..

tote - 19 August 2014

@ tote kkkkk i think this you just said is common to all so lets just have the mass decide.

Tawa - 19 August 2014

No one in this ZANU PF is good for Zimbabwe.They have all contributed to the downfall of our economy.Rita Makarau apparently helped ZANU PF rig 2013 elections. ZANU PF never built any houses for the povo.Instead we see illegal structures from their so called cooperatives.Please we cannot listen to Rita's nonsense simply because she was given a job by Mugabe.She tried her rigging tricks in Malawi but failed dismally.

RURAMAI - 19 August 2014

It's pointless talking abt dead pple like Smith or Muzorewa just to cover up ZANU's unforgivable failure.Muzorewa did not need SADC or anyone to concede defeat in the 1980 elections.ZANU PF is full of corrupt thugs&murderers.Their looting will never stop & this vindicates the white man's oppression of a black person.No worker ever missed their wages as they fell due during a white man's rule..

TAMBURAI - 19 August 2014

I was subjected to those kinds of inspections as well. It made me feel very sad and perhaps less human than those who got us to hide till the inspection was over. That kind of inspection was only reserved for black people, in their own country for that matter. That is where we differ my dear brother. Treating people that way is not to be celebrated at all. I would certainly not big-up these former occupiers for that - not once - no. I am sorry but i beleive that blacks are equal to whites. We are all God's children and should be treated with equal respect. Let them do those inspections in their own countries not here.

taurai - 19 August 2014

Zimbabwe will be better off without these zanu (pf) clowns.Its high time Zimbabweans realised that we need leaders who are transformed and have the ability to impart that transformation to our nation.Its rulers we need but people endowed with the spirit of transformed leadership.Enough is enough.Zimbabwe needs TRANSFORMED LEADERSHIP......and that leadership can only come from GOD FEARING people.

t njanja - 19 August 2014

mai mujuru is a better devil .Opah should explain who killed Tongogara and Mahachi.As for Ngwena he has a lot of blood in his hands.

Aluta continua - 19 August 2014

And all along I thought the Presidium was "not for grabs". but a question of seniority in the party. When did the rules change?

Johno - 19 August 2014

Brighton Musonza has got it right

Aljazeera - 19 August 2014

this is what was lacking in zim: chaos within zanu pf. ndiyo ichagadzirisa zvinhu. ko jonso uripiko nhai bhururu wami.

haya - 20 August 2014

musona you right chakadonhedza matapi chiyiko?that type of accommodation was meant for single city council staff madzimayi achigara kumusha vachirima zvegore rese. ko to matapi right now madhodhi kukwata cause sewage system cant contain the population there right now. inspections were done and cleanliness maintained. my father was a policeman pa highfield camp vakomana kamba yayikweshwa zvegorerese. whats wrong with maintaining those standard of cleanliness. makarawu just wanted to put a msg across kuti varungu vayidzwanyirira. I expected Admire Taderera to ask kuti zvanga zvaka yipeyi. kuma hosteri kurikukwata madhodhi politics dzichitonga. haa makarawu munhu wa judge sure

taka - 23 August 2014

musona you right chakadonhedza matapi chiyiko?that type of accommodation was meant for single city council staff madzimayi achigara kumusha vachirima zvegore rese. ko to matapi right now madhodhi kukwata cause sewage system cant contain the population there right now. inspections were done and cleanliness maintained. my father was a policeman pa highfield camp vakomana kamba yayikweshwa zvegorerese. whats wrong with maintaining those standard of cleanliness. makarawu just wanted to put a msg across kuti varungu vayidzwanyirira. I expected Admire Taderera to ask kuti zvanga zvaka yipeyi. kuma hosteri kurikukwata madhodhi politics dzichitonga. haa makarawu munhu wa judge sure

taka - 23 August 2014

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