Mugabe succession: N'angas roped in

HARARE - A group of Zanu PF bigwigs have reportedly roped in some “spirit mediums and traditional healers” to determine President Robert Mugabe’s successor, in a development that confirms how superstitious the Zimbabwean society is.

The development is a throwback to the diesel n’anga (traditional doctor) debacle.

In addition to the Daily News’ visit yesterday to a Christon Bank shrine-cum-homestead where preparations for a massive Saturday traditional gathering were underway, authoritative government sources yesterday said a youthful Cabinet minister — with the help of war veterans — had roped in at least four spirit mediums and traditional healers for the controversial ceremony.

Although party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda declined to comment on the issue on the grounds that they were not aware of the planned meeting, the story has betrayed the panic and fear gripping Mugabe’s Zanu PF ahead of the December elective congress as factionalism worsens.

“I have not been briefed on that,” Gumbo told this paper yesterday.

On the other hand, Sibanda said: “I don’t know about that and this is my first time to hear about it.”

“Of late, I have been at the farm and so I am not aware of that event,” he added.

However, an undercover Daily News crew to the Mazowe valley shrine-cum-homestead witnessed a full throttle procession in motion led by one Mbuya Nehanda and Sekuru Mutota from Guruve.

According to aides, a Nyanga “svikiro” also known as Tangwena was going to attend the ceremony and function as well, and with their strict brief being to look into who is fit to replace Mugabe and possibly discount a woman leader.

The aides confirmed that they had begun brewing traditional beer and everything was on course for Saturday’s highly-anticipated ceremony.

“We have just bought some firewood and we are about to start brewing beer,” said the aide, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“As you can see, we are thatching more huts because we expect a lot of people to come.”

Another aide said war veterans drawn from across Zimbabwe had been invited to help prepare for the ceremony.

“We have war veterans from as far as Gwanda, some have came from Uzumba, they are 30 in all and they have been assisting us,” the aide said.

“On Saturday, we expect a lot of war veterans to come here for the ceremony.”

The message of no woman for leadership is being touted as coming from Zimbabwe’s ancestors, and will be accompanied by an ominous warning that any attempt to defy the directive would portend chaos in the country.

With Zimbabwe gripped by a succession duel reportedly pitting Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, this bizarre story and development has added an intriguing twist to the Zanu PF succession wars.

Although many believe that the two are frontrunners, there are many rank outsiders hoping for a bite of the cherry and who have also stepped up their clandestine campaigns to take over the top job.

With hundreds of villagers and war veterans expected for the indaba, sources said it could also be a well-knitted plot stage-managed for the Press.

“Some people are desperate for power. People from the ... faction have gone to n’angas and told them that they should say that the spirit mediums have shown them that a woman will never rule this country,” said another source.

“This prophecy will be made on Saturday during a traditional ceremony that will be carried out by the traditional healers. We struggled to find out where the n’angas had been housed but one of the faction’s guys told us unwittingly and we now know it is at Mazowe, in one of the n’anga’s homestead,” he added.

They further claimed the traditional healers and mediums were promised Toyota Land Cruisers, and cash — an issue the Daily News could not independently verify by the time of going to press.

“The healers have been promised a lot of money and cars and this is shocking to say the least,” said the source.

“They are being bribed to say (VP Joice) Mujuru will never rule Zimbabwe. This is desperate politics by desperate politicians.

“But it is the year of the congress and we know that some will be so desperate to outwit others. But to go to n’angas is quite frankly bizarre and ridiculous.”

The gathering comes hardly five years after Mugabe personally chaired meetings to discuss claims by a 35-year-old n’anga Rotina Mavhunga that she could produce pure diesel out of rocks, and his government met her demands for two head of cattle and three buffaloes after falling for her outlandish story.

At that time, the president personally revealed how his government was duped by the diesel n’anga and released Z$5 billion, a car and piece of land in return for diesel from Maningwa Hills — outside Chinhoyi.

The “spirit medium”, also known as Nomatter Tagarira, convinced Zimbabwe government officials that she had been possessed by ancestral spirits who were keen to aid the nation’s battle with the fuel shortages.

The development also comes as Mnangagwa has announced that the Zanu PF presidium will be determined by a secret ballot in a move widely seen as a ploy to scupper Mujuru’s bid to hang on to her post at the congress.

After 34 years of Mugabe’s unbridled rule, the prospect of a new president is becoming all the more real, and the usually concealed power struggles within Zanu PF have exploded out into the open.

Comments (43)

Very, very backward. ZanuPF has turned this once developing Third World country into one backward giant Reserve. N'gangas in this modern day!

Musona - 10 September 2014

Kuti n'anga ndokuti Satan. The devil is in charge of the current gvt thru his agents masquerading as elected public officers. this country needs redemption

Devil and his agents - 10 September 2014

A "svikiro" is not a "n'anga". And whats controversal about the gathering? Its people practicing their religion. When Christiana, Bhudhusts, Isamists and others gather you never call it "controversal gathering". How many timesd are mosques and Stadia in Harare full of Moslems and Christian gatherings, respectively, and nowhere have these been called controversial, but "crossover crusade, etc etc". Whether we believe in it or not, at least lets write correct facts.

X - 10 September 2014

That's stupid and barbaric outdated propaganda that only worked to woodwink the gullible war veterans during the war. Remember different ethnic groups in Zimbabwe within and outside ZANU have different spirit mediums as well. Why would it be the Zezuru spirit mediums that will be consulted? What about the Ndebele, Karanga, Venda and others. That's rubbish honestly

Ziziharinanyanga - 10 September 2014

This prophecy will be made on Saturday during a traditional ceremony that will be carried out by the traditional healers. We struggled to find out where the n'angas had been housed but one of the faction's guys told us unwittingly and we now know it is at Mazowe, in one of the n'anga's homestead,” he added.?????? Un'anga haisi prophecy shandisai mavara chaiwo!

muzukuru - 10 September 2014

They will "prophesy" that Grace is the next leader.

Matuke - 10 September 2014

The same bunch of fools who were duped into believing pure diesel could ooze out of a rock are at it again, the same bunch that tried to make us believe 2 million jobs would be created simply by voting for ZANU PF. It is again the same bunch that stole well deserved resting time of a 90 year old to travel thousands of miles east to the Orient in the belief that just his mere presence there would make the Chinese pump out 4 billion dollars. Heaven help us all.

Dr Know - 10 September 2014

Zimbabwe kana wakuda kurohwa neshamhu yaJehovah ita zvauri kuita izvi

Tawanda - 10 September 2014

I was reading one news item elsewhere on the web when I came across the fracas in Zimbabwe's parliament yesterday. I nearly fell off my chair with laughter. The report goes like this “ZanuPF MP Mandi Chimene, almost in tears, said her revolutionary song was an introduction to her speech as she had been moved by emotions of what she experienced during the liberation struggle. The report goes on, “I am a victim of suffering during the liberation struggle and whenever such issues are being discussed, it pains me a lot”. What was Chimene suffering from? She CHOSE to skip the border and her suffering was self-induced. When these people talk of “suffering” it would be helpful if they would elaborate what they suffered from. All we read about is “suffering” but no explanation of the suffering. We were in the capital and travelled to our rural areas and we did not see any people suffering. The truth is we were far far much better than we are now. The majority were not suffering. Only a few drifters, fugitives from justice for non-political crimes, juvenile delinquents and school dropouts skipped the border and millions carried on with their lives as they had done before black political parties were formed. I would understand if Chimene said at times she went without food in the bush - but she chose to live in the bush. Or was she homesick? What else would she have suffered from? If you choose to jump off a cliff, and only break your legs, you cannot blame anyone else but yourself, you chose to jump off the cliff. I like to take on those who say they suffered.

Musona - 10 September 2014

This time muKaranga anosupporter Mazezuru tinomutamisa kuMasvingo

dick mboko - 10 September 2014

Peasants in Goose are suffering the same fate on Chief Njelele area. Tsikamtanda has taken to raying cash and cattle by identifying people who are accused of witchcraft and charging them cash and cattle which is then shared with the headman. We have village leaders who are using 18th century tactics to settle scores using n'nga.

satan kurere - 10 September 2014

Peasants in Gokwe under Chief Njelele are victims of this primitive way of settling scores using Tsika Matsuda who is terrorising people and demanding cattle and cash as payment for practising witchcraft.

satan Kurere - 10 September 2014

this is hogwash and for the reason ndakuda kuti joice aende panyanga. motoshinga mhai.

joice - 11 September 2014

All the more reason to pray to God to guide, strengthen and protect Mai Mujuru from these "draculas" at this point in time.

Fatso - 11 September 2014

to quote the line "The message of no woman for leadership is being touted as coming from Zimbabwe's ancestors, and will be accompanied by an ominous warning that any attempt to defy the directive would portend chaos in the country" . What do these people thing we currently live in, we have been in chaos recovery for how long. and they are worried about the gender of a future leader they are God to determine anyway. Fools

mwana mwana - 11 September 2014

X-justifies the so called 'masvikiro' gathering bcoz hadzisi n'anga?But since when have we heard of or seen this rubbish?For the past 34 yrs,we have not consulted n'angas, traditional leaders or healers on matters like congresses.Why now?Something is dubious&very much amiss here.By the way is the USD 60m worth prophet also attending? There will be nothing fair to come out of this very diabolic gathering.

WAWATA - 11 September 2014

Pakaipa

jay chari - 11 September 2014

yaa endai kumasvikiro munyepe kuti mai mujuru havaiti nekuti vanoti pamberi ne corruption isu tichitambura uyezve itsotsi nehutsinye ....... killed her own husband and does not care for her husband's children outside marriage fakofu

tozvireva - 11 September 2014

@Musona, I am very anti-Zanu and war vets but may i correct you. Suffering is suffering nomatter the circumstances. Israel willingly walked into bondage in Egypt and they suuffered there. Until God raised a prophet for their suffering.

Tawanda - 11 September 2014

Satan, N'anga, muroyi, svikiro, ZINATHA, madzibaba etc ,same company but working in different departments

Tawanda we Ufic - 11 September 2014

@Tawanda - what are you trying to say? Your comment is meaningless. “Suffering is suffering no matter what the circumstances”! - what does that mean? You go on to give an example of the biblical Israelites and Egypt. What is the connection here? I am not very religious myself but I remember vaguely about Israelites etc etc when I was a kid. My comment is as clear as can be. Mandi Chimene said she was suffering at the time and I was in Salisbury not suffering at all so I want someone to elaborate what she was suffering from. The suffering should be describable so that we make sense of what she was suffering from. Was it hunger? Was it homesickness? What exactly was it? I take Joice Mujuru, for example, who probably had the same experiences as Chimene - Mujuru ran away from school when she was a minor and skipped the border to join Zanu when she hardy knew what Zanu was or fully understood what the battles were about. In other words, Mujuru was not politically conscious at that age and her skipping the border was down to delinquency more than any real grievance. She was running away from school. That can hardly be called suffering. I have yet to hear anything sensible from anyone what people were suffering from. I know black politicians wanted power and did everything to get into power. Mind you, Rhodesia was the second most prosperous economy in Africa with black multi-millionaires. Some of these people were not aware Mozambique and Zambia, where they were running to, were worse off economically than Rhodesia.

Musona - 11 September 2014

I am saying tht Mandi is right to say that she suffered. Whether suffering is self inflicted or inflicted upon you by someone, it still remains suffering.

Tawanda - 11 September 2014

MY QUESTION TO THE WRITER IS DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE DEVIL IS THERE? AND DO YOU ALSO BELIEVE THAT GOD IS THERE? IF YOU ANSWER THOSE QUESTIONS CORRECTLY, THEN ITS IS TO JUDGE YOURSELF WHETHER YOU ARE AN IDIOT OR NOT , RATHER THAN TRYING TO TAKE READERS FOR GRANTED WITH YOUR CONFUSED ARTICLE.

reason - 11 September 2014

@Tawanda, Don't follow Musona's parochial thinking its not worth your salt to argue with a man full of self praise and undermines the liberation struggle.

Sdazo - 11 September 2014

@Tawanda - don't stifle debate. I am trying to conduct a forensic examination of her suffering (her grievances). What is it that tipped some of these people over the edge to skip the border? I am not so much interested in the suffering while she had already crossed the border but the suffering before she skipped the border. The suffering after was self-inflicted - I have already mentioned that but these people who skipped the border in the 70s give some of the most stupid reasons for skipping the border - they will not say they were fugitives from justice for non-political crimes such as rape, fraud , murder, theft etc, or that they were running away from school, they give stupid political reasons. I have actual read someone saying he wanted to fight the whites because they had not build a hospital near their Reserve when her mother gave birth to him! Or one respectable Judge who said he wanted to fight because one white man had called his father a “boy”. Those re the sort of things I am after.

Musona - 11 September 2014

One section should read, "I have actually read someone saying he wanted to fight the whites because they had not built a hospital near their Reserve when her mother gave birth to him! Or one respectable Judge who said he wanted to fight because one white man had called his father a “boy”".

Musona - 11 September 2014

musona nasmith vaigara vese. haangazive suffering yevanhu vatema iye ari murungu. hapana ruzeva rwaanoziva. musiyeyi akadaro.

taurai - 11 September 2014

And how can we expect any meaningful governance from a man so partisan to the extend of hiring n'angas for his wife while the country is burning economically?Maybe that's what the Chinese told him to do but we don't need any such rubbish.

GONAKUDZINGWA - 11 September 2014

Tawanda,Mandi will keep suffering after selling off the combine harvester she had stolen from a farm she invaded. Yes she will forever cry as it does not seem Gushungo will ever consider such an idiot for a cabinet position despite the number of ex combats graves she will uncover for reburial.

gombera - 11 September 2014

Tawanda,Mandi will keep suffering after selling off the combine harvester she had stolen from a farm she invaded. Yes she will forever cry as it does not seem Gushungo will ever consider such an idiot for a cabinet position despite the number of ex combats graves she will uncover for reburial.

gombera - 11 September 2014

Hahaha, guys. Is this real news haha

Ba Tunde - 11 September 2014

musona,you are worse than the puppets like morgan.at least they do it for money.as for you,its down right stupidity.ppl,ignore fools like musona

ndoda sibili - 12 September 2014

Some very innocent people died or suffered at the hands of both our freedom fighters & Rhodesian forces . Mandi Chimene is talking rubbish.So many people suffered one way or another.What is so special about hypocritical Mandi Chimene. Musona is just being hated for being too frank & honest. Leave this innocent man alone.

AMADHODA - 12 September 2014

You remind me of Mashakada's song tautai zvamapiwha nemweya if those spirit mediums are real they should tell the truth and even tell us who out to lead the country but the fact that they were selected buy them makes their massage obscure i pray for God to show his mantle in this corrupt event

julius - 12 September 2014

Pliz don't listen to this Musona guy,l want to believe this man will never see anything in black majority rule till he stops breathing. Anyway we have so many people like him ,not only in Zimbabwe,but all over Africa who even sweared before the liberation struggle that as black Africans we are wasting our time because a whiteman Gvt will never be defeated,let alone be forced by our pressure to negotiate a new settlement. May you all pliz forgive Musona forever and ever Amen.

Hapaz Hapanyengwi - 13 September 2014

pakaipa boyz. iyi ndiyo inonzi disorder guys. hameno tongoona but mai mujuru panyanga uye pamberi

PERCY - 13 September 2014

Ndakanzwa kuti svikiro chairo kana rava pabasa haritomboziva zvarinenge richitaura nekuti rine rakagarwa nemweya. Saka apa munogona kushamisika rava kutaura zviri opposite zvamunenge marituma.

P Zakeo - 15 September 2014

Very amusing this Musona guy, . Used to think he was an idiot. Seems to be a likable amusing funny stupid fella. A black sheep in white robes. One with own way of seeing things. Very similar to one Mbonisi who unfortunately is very very "late " or is it "dead"on the social media platform. A catholic 'high' priest (high on dope) taking to the holy podium to preach divine clemence and goodwill to mankind.

shame - 15 September 2014

All who suffered one way or the other deserves our dearest appreciation.But for one to cry always is deceitful .I am sorry but something does not add up here.She wants us to keep on apologizing to her all because she is a gallant fighter or she is asking us to forgive her current trespasses because she suffered enough.

Blessing nkomo - 16 September 2014

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