Factionalism an attempt to dethrone Mugabe: Zhuwao

BULAWAYO - Zanu PF politburo member Patrick Zhuwao says the current ugly internecine fights between two factions in the ruling party ahead of the crucial December congress  were aimed at toppling President Robert Mugabe.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday at the Bulawayo Press Club, Zhuwao admitted that there was factionalism in the party although both factions have denied this.

“Factionalism within Zanu PF is really driven by the succession issue,” said Zhuwao, who is also Mugabe’s nephew.

“It is about positioning specific candidates to take over from President Robert Mugabe and that is what drives factions. What is now happening is people are now running to the person that they believe should succeed president Mugabe. And they say no, no shef tinemi thereby creating an alternative sector of power.”

Zhuwao, who in recent weeks has been heavily involved in the Zanu PF succession dogfights, said while factionalism was against democracy, it cannot be ignored.

“Admitting that there is factionalism in Zanu PF is like someone going to a New Start centre and getting help. These days nobody dies of Aids, it does not kill, what kills people is ignorance and fear,” said Zhuwao.

Zhuwao, who recently published a controversial opinion piece in the State media claiming that Mugabe faced a palace coup in Zanu PF, said his party was now divided into groupings.

“What is now happening is that we are now in different groupings.

“We are now attempting to have multiple centres of power and some of those centres I have described them as paper tigers because they have no real power and real mandate.”

He said the systematic solution to the rot in Zanu PF was the “institutionalisation of a singular source of power within Zanu PF.”

Mugabe’s nephew, who is one of the senior Zanu PF officials on tour with Grace Mugabe, said it was factionalism that led to Zanu PF in 2005 being reduced from a “constitutional majority to a parliamentary minority.”

Zhuwao however said talking about succession at this point in time was a misplaced idea as Mugabe was only a year into his term.

“Bringing forward such a discussion at this point in time is undemocratic because Mugabe was not elected to be succeeded immediately,” he said.


Comments (6)

What is wrong with succession dog fights? What is wrong with trying to dethrone clueless Mugabe?

Musona - 17 October 2014

How can you dethrone someone with no throne. Mugabe is an 'elected' official of Zanu and can be removed and someone elected in his place. Perfectly normal in a democracy that he fought for! If Mujuru wants to take over, so be it! If Mutasa wants to be president, so be it. Let members choose the best leader.

Nduna - 17 October 2014

whatever fight it is for as long as musangano is preserved. zvakaipa kupunza musangano from inside zanu pf. be worry of that machinda.

taurai - 17 October 2014

Whatever these Zhuwao and company guys smoke, I would also like. It is perfectly healthy to have a succession plan in place, however the president is playing his cards so close to his chest thereby fueling speculation and factionalism. Should the inevitable happen then Zanu pf will be left with a power vacuum, a void that will be so difficult to cover hence the need to make hay whilst the sun shines.

ndozvo - 17 October 2014

Patric have you ever tried to tell your uncle that he must go for a rest bcoz he is too old to run a country. Have you ever told him that every thing has changed in zanu except him although physically he now looks like a scarecrow at a maize plantation scaring wild pigs and baboons . Pliz tell him not to leave his wife behind he must go with her so that she can nurse him, . It seems your malume wants his wife to take over from him but unfortunately soldiers wont salute her as she never went to war remind him of that he seems to have forgotten that zim soldiers only salute those who went to war his wife is a civilian so she does not qualify for a presidential post.Tell him that

Diibulaanyika - 17 October 2014

Succession dog fights? Why fights? the constitution is clear. It says young Joyce takes over. If she is as corrupt as Gire says, then throw the book at her. But we ask, why only now? Everybody in Zpf has skeletons in the cupboard. Then shutdown the party. You Zhuwao, have your own scandals. If you want, we can compile a dosier about you! You are a corrupty party, and have ruined this lovely country. The general public are now worse off than they were in Rhodesia. That is how bad things are right now!

Mbareboy - 18 October 2014

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