Mugabe nephew raises alarm

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwao has raised alarm over a possible palace coup within Zanu PF if the party’s factional fights are not put in check.

The 47-year-old Zhuwao claimed in an opinion piece that appeared in the State media last weekend that factional fights in Zanu PF had reached unprecedented levels and were now a destabilising factor

Zanu PF is currently divided along factional lines, one believed to be led by Vice President Joice Mujuru and another by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Both deny leading the factions angling to take over from 90-year-old Mugabe.

“…I submit that factionalism has evolved within Zanu PF to a point where it can be viewed as a palace coup in the making,” Zhuwao said.

A nephew to Mugabe who holds a degree in computer engineering and runs a highly successful and mechanised Norton-based tobacco farm, Zhuwao said Zanu PF factions were eager to position a particular person in power, adding that the main focus will be on securing sufficient support to influence the outcome of forthcoming elective processes that determine the representatives of members.

Zanu PF is hurtling towards an elective congress in December that is due to re-organise the composition of the presidium.

“Factions within Zanu PF have, therefore become a confluence of several individual personal ambitions and egos,” said Zhuwao, who also runs a policy think-tank dubbed “Zhuwao Institute” that develops strategic plans and actions aimed at empowering Zimbabwean society.

“In the case of Zanu PF, factions strengthened soon after the 2005 elections when the party won a two thirds constitutional majority. Within 36 months, factions had effectively dismantled the Zanu PF government such that the country had to endure five years of a disastrous inclusive government.

“Factional strife and conflict have a tendency of becoming so intense and public that the party tends to suffer from perceptions of disunity. Such perceptions of disunity eventually turn to be self-fulfilling where factional members seek to act and think differently from the rest of the party. This forms the origins and basis which affects business confidence and operations.”

He warned that factional conflict and strife can escalate to levels that may cause fissures in the organisation that, in turn, may cause ruptures.

He said this would lead to the party failing to operate effectively and putting it in danger of breaking up.

“In 2008, factionalism within Zanu PF led to the emergence of Simba Makoni as one of the presidential contestants,” Zhuwao said.

A former Zanu PF Politburo member, Simba Makoni garnered eight percent of the vote in the March 2008 presidential election after walking out on the party.

He subsequently formed his Mavambo/Kusile/Dawn party which entered an electoral pact with Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC ahead of last year’s election.

Said Zhuwao: “As could be seen from the emergence of the Mavambo group, factional operations are usually conducted in secret and within minimal public scrutiny. This cloak of secrecy unfortunately leads to widespread incidences of unethical behaviour.”

In thinly veiled remarks targeted at Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and political commissar Webster Shamu, Zhuwao claimed the glitches experienced at last month’s sixth Zanu PF youth conference could have been a planned move.

Mutasa and Shamu, who are believed to be aligned to the Mujuru faction were accused of rigging the shambolic youth league elections.

The chaos, which also caught the ire of Mugabe, came about after the party failed to raise money to fund party activities, including the youth conference.

“Such behaviour includes the vote-buying that was widespread during the sixth Zanu PF youth conference,” Zhuwao said.

“Some observers have suggested that the level of disorganisation experienced at the youth conference was engineered. “This view is supported by the fact that the national women’s conference that was held a few days later was run efficiently, by the same organisers,” he said.

Comments (22)

THIS SUCCESSION ISSUE IS VERY STUPID AND SILLY, AND ZANUPF MEMBERS ARE WHIMPS!!!! IS IT A SIN TO ASPIRE FOR HIGHER OFFICE IN ANY ORGANISATION??? IS ROBERT MUGABE AN IMMORTAL WHO WILL LIVE FOR EVER OR HE IS A MERE MOTAL??? IF HE IS MORTAL, AND WILL DIE SOONER OR LATER, WILL THAT MEAN ZIMBABWE AND ZANUPF CEASE TO EXIST BECAUSE THERE IS NO LONGER A LEADER!!!! IF MUGABE IS MORTAL, WHY SHOULD THE FACTION LEADERS FALL OVER EACH OTHER DECLARING THAT THERE HAVE PRESIDENTIAL ASPIRATIONS??? IF THEY DONT, THEN WHY ARE THEY IN POLITICS??? TO BE PERPETUAL FOLLOWERS??? SHOULDNT IT BE HEALTHY FOR PEOPLE TO DECLARE THEIR LEADERSHIP ASPIRATIONS SO THAT THEY CAN BE JUDGED WITH THEIR FOLLOWING IF AT ALL THEY FIT AND THE PEOPLE PREPARE FOR WHAT MAY POSSIBLY COME AFTER THE DEAR LEADER IS GONE, LET THEM BE KNOWN??? FOR GOING HE WILL GO FOR SURE!!!!! AND SOONER RATHER THAN LATER!!!!

SHIBOBO - 16 September 2014

This is a completely nonsense, others got into power because their last name is the same is the President, others because their Uncle is the President. Grace Mugabe wants to be President because she married a President. The qualifications that one should have fought during the war of liberation has fallen through the window. Majority of the current leaders are clueless of the economic challenges facing the country, let alone the Mugabe clan. KKKKKK

themba - 16 September 2014

Saka Zimbabwe ndeye mhuri yekwa Mugabe na Matibili chete here akomana? Muzukuru arikutaurisa kunge Zimbabwe i bizimisi remhuri yekwa Mugabe. Iye Zhuwawo kuedza kuita kunge arikuda kuvaka. Zimbabwe does not belong to the Mugabe-Matibili-Zhuwawo families.

Der - 16 September 2014

Vana Zhuwao ziyayi zvekuMoza kumusha kwenyu

Rudolph Sakarombe - 16 September 2014

I can't wait for the breaking out of this monstered that has ruined the wealth of all Zimbabweans including the rich. Other parties have been splitting which is better than putting a facade and pretend all is well. Mugabe surrounded himself with yes man and never groomed nyone to suceed until now, his wife. Although this sounds bad on paper the breakdown of ZANU PF would be a welcome relief. The future would be better because there would be competition among the parties just as we see in most democrating countries. Competition brings the best in the field and may the best man or woman win. Ndapedza.

Chiguri Mabarwe - 17 September 2014

"Zvarembwa nemuzukuru": A coup in Zimbabwe, as suggested by the President's nephew would be a welcome relief and simple the best way to get a democratic government in place. The coup means we don't have to wait for Mugabe until 2018. A coup levels the playing field as long as the military keep their ass from a civilian government. The President's nephew's implication seems as if there are many ZANUPF senior officials saying enough is enough let do away with this insanity. Tiwudze kwazvari tinobatsira then we clean house. Those with dirty laundry instead of keeping them and try them in the courts which could be costly let them leave right away and seek refuge some where out there. They can't run away with the soil so the land will be taken and distributed fairly to those showing promise in farming activities. A coup would also put us in the lime light of the international community. We will get aid folks and most of the loans forgiven. That would be a welcome relief to all Zimbabwe in the country and diaspora. This time we will be there as watchdogs and establish an ethical government run by ethical administrators whose interest is to serve their county.

Chiguri Mabarwe - 17 September 2014

wotonzwa zvonzi kumdc kune crisis kkkkkkk

tinodanana - 17 September 2014

Truth be told with the Zan Pf in power with the current leadership is what is best for the nation. The second they are gone Zimbabwe will be destroyed completly by the those who have been waiting in the wings for their chance to be on top. And the only people to blame is the current leadership for not allowing freedom of thought and aspiration for greater things within the organisation. Do you know why ANC will rule SA forever or why CCM wil govern Tanzania forever..? They have grasped the concept of change...these parties are consistantly evolving changing leadership at all levels deploying and re deploying firing and hiring. Changing structures changing faces at all levels. The result is a vibrant party that acts and delivers. You see when a government officer is appointed in these countries they have to act and perform bcoz tommorow you are gone and someone else will be given a chance..But when you have people like Joseph Made in the same portfolio for 12 years and nothing seems to be improving as a result of his direct action....what do you expect....Zanu as we not it will not exsist in 5 years make my words. They are killing themselves by recycling oxygen when they could have planted fresh news shoots to provide oxygen for the future. ZANU will die with the death of these madhara and they know it.

Ndinoda Nyika Yangu - 17 September 2014

We dont care about what happens in ZANU. They must just kill each other until we are free agin!

Tony Blair - 17 September 2014

This whole game is targeting Joice Runaida Mugari Mujuru also known as Teurai Ropa Nhongo. Whya would the President, Grace, Juao, Emmerson, Edna, Oppah, Josiah, Charumbira, Mahofa etc gang up against a widow? Nhai President, ndozvamakamuisira pachigaro kuzomupandukira? Its just not fair. So Gideon Gono or Sekeramayi must take over vemafaction vomboretire

Papipacho - 17 September 2014

sahwira shibobo anyora zvakanaka. hapana chakaipa kuti vanhu va aspire for leadership. chakaipa kufunga kuti you can only be a follower of someone else. the reason people like chinotimba are in parliament is that they beleive they are leaders in spite of minial formal education. i also do not think that the current crop of leaders are cluless about methods of good gevernance but rather the elements of corrupition within thier ranks do seem to erode their efforts. it may benifit us if we make a distinction between the two: corruption vs ignorence. that way the next crop of leaders will know what the general public are unimpressed with.

taurai - 17 September 2014

Too much about nothing on Zanu PF factions. How about the country's economy.

clement moyo - 17 September 2014

Is Zhuwawo trying to get published as preparation for a PhD? degree?What utter hogwash!

Johno - 17 September 2014

This guy wants to Zezururise his name. The proper spelling is “Joao” not Zhuwao. This is a Portuguese name. We want accuracy. We are sick and tired of the lies in this country. Joao talks of a “think-tank” in Zimbabwe? You cannot have a think-tank in the middle of waste dump. This country was so orderly when Zanu took over in 1980. It's now a rubbish dump. This guy is well off only because his uncle is President not because he has special business acumen. Instead of forming this idiotic think-tank he should sit down with his uncle and tell him he is incapable of running any institution and that the sooner he leaves office the better for everyone. Where was Joao when his uncle managed to engineer a world record rate of inflation? I cannot see how a black person in the Third World can "empower" another miserable black person without stealing.

Musona - 17 September 2014

When ZANU PF rants about looking east, they should not only do so with a begging bowl in hand for billions of bail out money which they do not know how to put to good use, they should also emulate the Chinese Communist People's party's policies as well. No matter how powerful somebody maybe in the organisation, if they are found to be guilty of corruption, they are treated as a thief and sent to jail. When a leader's term of office expires, they do not change the constitution to keep the same leader. Property rights are respected for both citizens and foreigners.

Dr Know - 17 September 2014

Muzukuru ngaazive kuti Zvasekuru zvapera. He schemed wrongly. Gwena and Grace are now buried. Mai Mujuru is unstoppable. She has the people and Mugabe team will perish. The force is unstopable.

zvapera - 17 September 2014

Ko panofa Mugabe zimbabwe ichafawo here since they dont want any leadership challenge

rufu - 17 September 2014

nice to see musona and dr know agreeing. that is stweet. true dr know, zim can learn a few tricks from the chinese on how to turn things around that is if they want to change.

taurai - 17 September 2014

This nephew of the President is as clueless to issues as a nobody in the political scenario.He is playing a whistle blower to draw attention to serve his uncle dismal divide and rule policy.One thing that they are failing to see is that Zimbabweans are not fools.The President is being taken as an animal of burden covering for all unscrupulous cdes.On the other hand the other forward-looking cdes see now its now long-overdue the old man has to be replaced for the good of the country and they say there is factionalism.Why should we have the same view over an issue?Others want Cde Ngwena others go for Cde Teurairopa

carson Macate - 22 September 2014

Nhaimi, ndirikutsvakawo basa

jobless - 24 September 2014

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