'Mugabe ouster story far-fetched'

HARARE - A senior Zanu PF official yesterday described a State media story at the weekend alleging that American Embassy officials tried to get legislators to pass a vote of no confidence in President Robert Mugabe as “complete bunkum and a sign of desperation by a destructive faction in the party”.

The official (name withheld at his request), said the story was a “clear fabrication meant to curry favour” with Mugabe.

“That story is complete bunkum and a sign of desperation by a destructive faction in the party that’s bent on creating anarchy in our movement. Let me repeat, it is a clear fabrication (that is also) meant to curry favour with the president, and particularly the First Lady (Grace Mugabe) who has appeared to encourage these anarchists recently,” the official said.

The Sunday Mail reported yesterday that the purported vote of no confidence by MPs was allegedly part of “a double-pronged strategy” that included Mugabe being challenged at Zanu PF’s forthcoming elective congress to be held in Harare in December.

“As such, President Mugabe would have first lost control of Zanu PF, and then lost the State presidency via Parliamentary procedures hinged on Section 97 (Removal of President or Vice President from office) of the Constitution.

“This ties in with revelations last Thursday by the First Lady and Zanu PF Women’s League Secretary-elect Amai Grace Mugabe that Vice President Mujuru, working with other party officials and their private sector financiers, were pushing for President Mugabe’s ouster just a year after he resoundingly won the July 31 election,” the weekly said.

The paper also quoted an unnamed party source saying: “While Amai Mugabe is busy drumming up support for the removal of VP Mujuru, the Electoral College is eyeing to remove the President at congress.”

In this plot, the alleged “conspirators” allegedly expected Mugabe to sack Mujuru and Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa when the president returned from his vacation in Italy last week.

In that case, the VP and her backers would have allegedly teamed up with opposition parties such as the MDC to remove Mugabe from power. But since Mugabe had not fired his deputy, the second option was for Mujuru to resign before congress and leave the party together with all her backers.

“We are ready to pull out of Zanu PF with the VP. As provincial leaders, we are young radicals. He (the President) forgets that we have the people in the provinces and we can sway them to our direction. We can get funding from the Americans and we can emerge a stronger party after the collapse of Zanu PF.

“There is backing from senior politburo members who felt belittled by Amai Mugabe during her rallies,” an unnamed party provincial leader is quoted telling the paper.

Analyst Shephered Mntungwa described the alleged conspiracy as “too far-fetched”.

“The alleged plot comes across as mere paranoia. It is too far-fetched and meant to bolster the First Lady’s claims that the president’s senior colleagues were out to remove him from power irregularly.

“It’s also very possible that one of the factions in the party’s worsening succession duels is getting very desperate after trying every trick in the book to get on top and failing to get significant traction. They may therefore now want to agitate Mugabe sufficiently so that he hammers his deputy by weaving this improbable conspiracy,” he said.

Comments (20)

For sure that story in the Sunday Mail is fit for the "fiction story of the year" award. How can grown up pple belittle us Zimbo like this. Now you can how the Professor of fiction was misleading Zimbos at the height of MDC/Zanu election campaigns. Now the propaganda is directed "in-house" This is pathetic

s shumba - 27 October 2014

And the propaganda cresendo against the VP is only starting. We havn't seen anything yet. Remember this is happening with Mugabe's blessin, and its going to be worse as we herd towards congress in December. By the time we get to congress, Mujuru will be potrayed as a fugitive living in mountains like baboons together with those that support her. remember the vitriol against MDC-T towards the June 2008 election re-run. this is how smith used to do it. all these tricks, Mnangagwa learnt them hook line and sinker from Ken Flower, the former CIO boss.

You ain't seen anything yet - 27 October 2014

So that people know..... that young legislator called Justice Mayor Wadyajena is Mnangagwa`s secret key. I used to see Mnangagwa visit lot at Wadyajena`s office at Fidelity Life Tower along Raleigh road. Mayor Wadyajena is the one who handles all of Mnangagwa`s corrupt dealings. We all know that all his monies actually belong to Mnangagwa. Please Zanu pf investigate this. That is why this Mayor Wadyajena is so arrogant.

KTM - 27 October 2014

Pasi neGamatox! We were trying to assess Joice's polularity. The compromise in our party is Cde ED will become chair. Joice remains as VP or we demote her to National Chair while Cde Mnangagwa becomes VP. Asi Joice will never become President. Icho chigaro chaBaba wedu waMugabe kusvika wachiramba wega. We didnt know that Joice was not a Ndabaningi, or a Tekere or a Simba makoni who had no supporters except their prostitutes. So we will keep her mudhuze. Keep your enemy padhuze so that you manage her properly but Cde Mnangagwa will rise at congress. Watch this space.

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GALLERYCRTRIDGES - 27 October 2014

We will never accept stories coming from ghost sources. If your source is genuine he or she must identify him/herself.

Ndugu - 27 October 2014

the source of all this is the tsholotsho architect. his idea is neither helping mnangagwa nor the president but the destruction of the party. he once hinted that zanu is too big a party to destroy from without but rather from within. he joined the party for a reason. cdes be careful our dear revolutionary party is under the radar of the political science guru. lets unite against him and protect our party.

sunga - 27 October 2014

If it is Tsholotsho boy who is causing in zanu he is doing a great job bulala zonke satan.

Diibulaanyika - 27 October 2014

I believe a vote of no confidence cannot passed by parliament because it contains opposition, and whatever motives they may have for passing a vote of no confidence. However that does not mean that a vote of no confidence cannot be passed by the politburo or cabinet but more likely the politburo rather than cabinet which can contain opposition if the ruling party so chooses.

Significant Watemwa - 28 October 2014

Any faction in ZANU PF with the right numbers can pass a vote of no confidence in the president in the politburo, a precedence has already been set by the Mnangagwa faction on Mliswa. Not that Mliswa belongs to a particular faction.

Significant Watemwa - 28 October 2014

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dextor - 28 October 2014

Where is musona

kasnet - 28 October 2014

I really think these greedy ZANU PF tycoons are playing with our minds. Instead of us focusing on their failure to revive the economy or implement the so called ZIMASSET, we are glued to their drama. Opposition leaders its time to rise, do rallies, capitalise on these ZANU PF weakenesses, decampaign them. But iiiiiiiiiiii ana Simba, Biti panzvimbo yekublaster ZANU vakuprotector Mujuru. Zvakaoma muZimbabwe nyika yazara maChina takutodzidzira karate

kasnet - 28 October 2014

It is time for the people of God to rise up and stand in teh gap for our beloved nation, Zimbabwe. Lets cry for our land, we have no other. If you believe and i believe, and toether we pray, the Holy Spirit might come down and Zimbabwe shall be safe

intercessor - 28 October 2014

weevils busy destroying the party, good for the people of Zimbabwe, the herald and sunday mail is run by weevils and to foolishness and late of political intelligence, dokotera giresi has allowed herself to used.

nyaradzo - 28 October 2014

weevils busy destroying the party, good for the people of Zimbabwe, the herald and sunday mail is run by weevils and to her foolishness and late of political intelligence, dokotera giresi has allowed herself to used.

nyaradzo - 28 October 2014

weevils busy destroying the party, good for the people of Zimbabwe, the herald and sunday mail is run by weevils and to her foolishness and late of political intelligence, dokotera giresi has allowed herself to be used.

nyaradzo - 28 October 2014

weevils are manufacturing fiction and some not so intelligent people agree with that . shaaaaame

hezvoka - 29 October 2014

weevils are manufacturing fiction and some not so intelligent people agree with that . shaaaaame

hezvoka - 29 October 2014

Someone should just kill Jonathan Moyo. Enough is enough!

Johno - 30 October 2014

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