Anti-Mujuru demo flops

HARARE - Plans by the Zanu PF faction loyal to Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa to unseat all provincial chairpersons perceived to be sympathetic to Vice President Joice Mujuru swung into high gear in Mashonaland East yesterday with a choreographed but failed demonstration against regional party boss Ray Kaukonde in Marondera.

This latest assault on a sitting provincial chairperson — following similar recent thuggish attacks in Mashonaland West, Masvingo, Midlands and Manicaland — motivated party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo to observe ruefully yesterday that Zanu PF’s ugly factional and succession wars were now a threat to both the country’s precarious economy and President Robert Mugabe’s legacy.

The poorly-executed anti-Kaukonde demonstration — fronted by a few youths bussed-in from Harare and surrounding farms, as well as a smattering of war veterans — turned out to be an anti-Mujuru event in effect, with Gumbo describing the demo as “a total flop”.

“It flopped. People who attended that so-called demonstration are farm workers and grassroots supporters, including those who lost primary elections last year. It was a total flop.”



HUMAN BARRICADE: Anti-riot police block a group of war veterans and youths who were demonstrating for the ouster of Ray Kaukonde and his Zanu PF Mashonaland East provincial executive in Marondera.

Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, who was in the area and was accosted by the toyi-toying yobs, told the mob that the fate of Kaukonde could only be addressed when the party holds its congress in December next month.

“I have heard your grievances. I will take them up. Some of them take time to address while others might be dealt with quickly.”

Pressured by some among the crowd to dump Kaukonde, Sekeramayi said, “There are ways in which party leaders, be they at cell, district or province are elected or removed”.

Kaukonde, seen as a key Mujuru ally, has come under pressure from both Mugabe and his wife Grace to step down. But to the dismay of the First Family and his other party enemies, this is proving to be a difficult task as he enjoys overwhelming support in Mashonaland East.

Analysts have said the plans by some party bigwigs to unseat Zanu PF provincial chairpersons perceived to be sympathetic to Mujuru ahead of the party’s crucial elective congress in early December, were generally proving to be a failure.

The Mashonaland East provincial coordinating committee (PCC) defied Mugabe, Grace and Mnangagwa’s supporters at the weekend, saying they had full confidence in the beleaguered Kaukonde.

Sources who attended that PCC meeting said central committee member and Marondera West legislator, Retired Brigadier-General Ambrose Mutinhiri moved the motion that the province fully backed Kaukonde.

“Mutinhiri was the one who got the ball rolling by stating that the province fully backs the executive, including plans to expel Mujuru allies.... (David) Chapfika seconded the motion and said the province was united in its support of the executive,” one of the sources said.

In the Midlands PCC meeting held on Saturday, plans to suspend provincial chairman Jason Machaya also hit a brick wall after his supporters apparently mobilised youths and war veterans to demonstrate against his ouster.

“The attempted vote-of-no-confidence failed to take place as war veterans, youths and women who support Machaya countered it at the conference, waving placards and denouncing factionalism,” a party insider who attended the meeting said.

“So, in the end they, (Mnangagwa’s supporters) could not go ahead with their plan. The meeting then went ahead with deliberations on the forthcoming congress,” the source added.

Similarly, a provincial executive council (PEC) meeting held on Saturday in Masvingo and attended by 35 members, affirmed Retired Brigadier-General Callisto Gwanetsa’s leadership of the province.

The PEC meeting also unanimously resolved to pass a vote of no confidence in Gwanetsa’s deputy, Paradzai Chakona.

Gwanetsa is said to have argued that his purported suspension was a nullity as Chakona had not followed proper procedures.

In Harare, sources said there are continuing plots to oust chairperson Amos Midzi also for allegedly fanning factionalism, a fate also facing Zanu PF Manicaland provincial chairperson John Mvundura.

All these machinations led party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo to speak against the expulsions of provincial chairmen on Friday.

“I have heard about Gwanetsa and am surprised. Is this how things are done? We are aware that there is a congress but some of the things happening are not okay,” Gumbo said then.

Temba Mliswa was ousted as the Mashonaland West chairman earlier this month and the politburo has since moved to affirm the decision against all expectations.

In a statement yesterday, Gumbo said the country’s battered economy had been the biggest casualty of the protracted and ugly wars devouring Zanu PF.

Gumbo, one of only two remaining members of the Dare ReChimurenga council that directed the liberation war, said the factional fights have caused “unprecedented levels of tension within the party with the result that our focus has shifted from our core business as the party of government”.

With the majority of Zimbabweans living on less than a dollar a day, and social services such as health bogged down by strikes and serious underfunding, Gumbo said it was now time that the ruling party addressed the pressing economic challenges facing the country.

“The time has come to redirect that focus back to our main purpose and to ensure that we chart the best economic way forward for the Zimbabwean people in line with our election pledges and consistent with the aspirations of the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Socio-economic Transformation (ZimAsset),” he said.

In a rare admission by the ruling class of the many crises bedevilling the country, Gumbo said it was an open secret that “many of our people are struggling to make ends meet as the current economic climate, exacerbated by years of damaging economic sanctions, takes its toll”.

According to the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU), more than 80 percent of the economically active people are unemployed.

Water and electricity remain in critically short supply while Zanu PF heavyweights are involved in a war of attrition that many fear could lead to bloodbath and the final death of the local economy.

Referring to the current economic situation as “desperate”, Gumbo said it was time “for an urgent change of priorities”.

With the economy in freefall and the business community pensive, primarily because of the infighting in Zanu PF, Gumbo said Mugabe’s legacy was also at stake.

“Anyone who seeks to push personal and factional interests at a time like this, where millions of our people are suffering and many investors are sitting on the fence pursuing a wait-and-see-approach, is not only selfish, insensitive and on the wrong side of history, but is also tarnishing the good name of the party and drawing unnecessary hatred towards the same.

“This is not only detrimental to our future electoral prospects but has the real danger of tarnishing President Mugabe’s otherwise splendid reputation and legacy,” Gumbo said.

The Marondera demonstrators were carrying placards written, “Ray and His Executive Must Go”, “Pamberi NaBaba NaMai Mugabe”, “War Vets Varamba Tonga-Watonga” and “Baba Havagarwe Nhaka Vari Vapenyu”.

Comments (31)

kikiki, Daily rubbish, you have chose to peddle lies in support of another dead horse just like the Chematama team, who you have now dumped in favour of the corrupt Mai Mujuru, Its a waste of time the fake helicopter downer is gone and gone for ever. Her image has been heavily soiled by her deeds.

reason - 5 November 2014

@reason if you don't like this paper read the pro mnangagwa herald. let this paper report in their own format. we cannot wish the daily news was the herald - there has to be a difference.

zvirozviyedzwa - 5 November 2014

@ Zvirozviyedzwa you are very shallow and myopic, your daftness probably vacillates between utter foolery and unabated boot-licking, No one is asking the Daily news to be like the Herald but if you follow their articles of late, you will realize that they tend to side with the Mujuru faction and their articles have become barely unbalanced. considering that the paper was one of the most balanced and neutral dailies we had this deterioration and tendency to fight in one political corner does not do them any good. just like the herald is biased towards the Weevils the daily news has openly sided with the Gamatoxicans and this is gutter journalism at its best......for the record I support neither faction but what we want is just balanced news.....COME ON daily news you can do better

Ngwena - 5 November 2014

The government has an office of Vice President and currently there is no vacant post. Mai Mujuru is still in the office and surely she deserve respect. Why can't we respect our VIPs' ? Every Jack and Tom now has the propensity to throw mud at such a high office. Aah, chokwadi ngative nenyadzi. Idzi handidzo tsika dzekwedu.

ndizvo - 5 November 2014

Its too early to say the plan to remove all PCC Chairman. The Weevils are determined to unseat Mujuru at the Congress and will direct all PCCs on which way to vote at the Congress. Failure is not an option so the plan will have to work by wook or crook. So Team Gamatox can kiss goodbye to their posts in the party and govt. Too bad but that is the way things are in 2014.

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 5 November 2014

I have been sleeping all these years. Sei zvirikunzi Mugabe nekamukadzi kake ndivo chete vasingakwikwidzwe pasaruro dzeKongresi??

selele - 5 November 2014

Mbiba and Kwaramba how much money has Kaukonde given you to blatantly side with him like this? Pliz dont take us for a ride by angling these stories, simply give us the facts and we readers will judge if any demo was a flop.

Observer - 5 November 2014

It is the grass that suffers when elephants fight. The economy needs a mend, but can only be through a united front. The crack in the party just needs to be patched and we will see the economic response. With sanctions being removed, investors knocking on doors, the party needs to come out as one for the good of the country, for the good of the next generation. If the government forgave the likes of Ian Smith for war transgressions, why cant the party gurus forgive each other for cause, national recovery and prosperity? It is a choice really.

gz - 5 November 2014

the people must not be given chance to choose RGM successor at this razorwire time let the president choose and trust me you will like his choice. naturally grace wants a safe future that is what she is shouting for . vakuru hwe this is not time for a popular choice you will get hurt.

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gamafucto - 5 November 2014

Sure sure with sanctions being removed, investors knocking on doors, the party leaders are still divided. They now need to come up with proper strategies to revive the country not fighting.

sure here - 5 November 2014

Kaukonde is going umfazi kaMugabe said it clearly and loud that Kaukonde is a marked man must be removed .What else do you want to hear daily news the man 's feature is bleak The wife of the owner of zanu has said it and its a bye bye to corrupt kaukonde hamba kahle mfowethu.

Diibulaanyika - 5 November 2014

I think ZANU PF has lost the plot. The total disregard of the economy and the people of Zimbabwe can only mark the beginning of the end of an otherwise great party. We must remember Zimbabwe is greater than all the members of the Politubro put together. And neither ZANU PF nor the country is the property of any family or faction however educated.

Ndaneta - 5 November 2014

Herald for Mnangagwa, Daily News for Mujuru-that's balance!

Johno - 6 November 2014

The people of Zimbabwe never seize to amaze me judging by their sudden sympathy to J Mujuru who has over the past 34 years failed us with her party Zanu pf. A snake will always be a snake.

observer - 6 November 2014

Those that are allowed to demostrate against VP should do the same against Gono who is being fingured in corruption, fraud and abuse of office and indeed againsnt all crooks like Mohadi ,Obert,Mnangagwa ,Mahofa,Chombo ,Kasukuwere ,etcccc

asi chii - 6 November 2014

In a country like ours that boasts of Africa's highest literacy rates, it's so disturbing how we are taken for fools especially with how the media takes us for a ride. The Herald will try all their best to have us believe Mnangagwa has an upper hand, Newsday is pulling strings for the Renewal team and Daily News seems to have found new love in Mujuru's camp. We are left with no choice but to carefully analyse the situation on ourselves from the little chunks of the truth peddled by the media. The truth always has a way of coming out though and it sure will, it not so distant a future.

Dr Know - 6 November 2014

The Weevils have hatched a plot to write a lot of hogwash on this forum. Personally I agree with theb sentiments expressed by Johna and Dr Know about the official editorial lines adopted by the Herald and The Daily News. Its actually very healthy . No matter how much lies may be peddled, people already know where the truth lies. Daily News I say thank you for exposing what is already known by the people.

rudi - 6 November 2014

There has never been&will never be democracy in ZANU PF.This has never been&will never be a party for the people.Right now people fear showing who in ZANU PF they support.Terrible fear is ruling in ZANU PF right now.How on earth can a mere first lady openly call for the ouster of a VP? I am not a ZPF supporter myself but Mugabe&the VP are president & vice president of Zimbabwe as a whole.Thus,they are my leaders as well&I've to respect them as such.

mashura - 6 November 2014

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plc - 6 November 2014

It'a total lie that, "as the party that ended minority white rule has begun to lose its appeal among black Zimbabweans.." - the is the same as the lie that Joice Mujuru downed a helicopter. Where and when did they defeat the whites? I was working in Salisbury and I have a very different account of events leading up to Zanu being voted into power in 1980. Ordinary people's votes got Zanu into power not this so-called fighting. That is a lie. Anyone who thinks Zanu's fighting got this country black rule is an ignorant idiot. Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo were forced by the Front Line State presidents Machel, Kaunda and Nyerere to attend the Lancaster House Conference. Nkomo and Mugabe were given an ultimatum by these Front Line state presidents to attend the Lancaster House Conference or risk getting kicked out of Mozambique and Zambia. Nkomo and Mugabe were aiming for a military victory which the Front Line presidents felt was never going to happen. The Front Line state presidents had had enough of the battles happened in their countries making their countries unsafe. This is what I know about Zanu being voted into power in 1980. The fighting by Zanu and Zapu has no connection whatsoever with the attainment of black rule in this land.

Musona - 6 November 2014

One sentence should read, "The Front Line State presidents had had enough of the battles happening in their countries making their countries unsafe".

Musona - 6 November 2014

@Musona. With the way you've put it, I couldn't agree with you more. Depending on doctored accounts of history to paint a certain clique with bright colours has done so much damage tainting the true events as they happened and it is such a pity lies that have printed into textbooks have been study material for pupils over the past 30 years.

Dr Know - 6 November 2014

I noticed a few more errors - it should read as follows -- It's total lie that, "as the party that ended minority white rule has begun to lose its appeal among black Zimbabweans.." - the is the same as the lie that Joice Mujuru downed a helicopter. Where and when did they defeat the whites? I was working in Salisbury and I have a very different account of events leading up to Zanu being voted into power in 1980. Ordinary people's votes got Zanu into power not this so-called fighting. That is a lie. Anyone who thinks Zanu's fighting got this country black rule is an ignorant idiot. Mugabe and Joshua Nkomo were forced by the Front Line State presidents Machel, Kaunda and Nyerere to attend the Lancaster House Conference. Nkomo and Mugabe were given an ultimatum by these Front Line state presidents to attend the Lancaster House Conference or risk getting kicked out of Mozambique and Zambia. Nkomo and Mugabe were aiming for a military victory which the Front Line presidents felt was never going to happen. The Front Line state presidents had had enough of the battles happening in their countries making their countries unsafe. This is what I know about Zanu being voted into power in 1980.

Musona - 6 November 2014

@reason's handlers must be paying this nincompoop extremely well for him to pore through the Daily News the way he does and to try and rubbish the newspaper as he always does. He must pray that his fellow hyenas in Zanu PF don't turn against him one day the way they have turned against Mujuru as he will then see the importance of this newspaper in Zimbabwe compared to the State Pravda publications.

Fat Obedient Son - 6 November 2014

Dr know apa wadyira kuna musona. whites also where using propagnda during the war. ndivo vaiti panational tv and radio 'magandanga' (meaning the fredom fighters) ane nyanga huye anodya vanhu. nhema dza smith dzaitova worse that kuti musikana akadonhedza ndege. in any case musona's position is made flawed by the fact that he did not arrive at his conclusion about white supremacy from materials produced by black people or even by his-self but from books that where written by whites. that on its own makes his argument biased towards those who wrote the material he used to obtain his diploma in colonialism. that does not mean that i agree with what is happening in our party no. i wish our coutry was run in a progressive manner. i feel the pain that all suffering zimbos do. however, we will retrograde if we allow the thinking of white handled people like musona to poison us. there was nothing good to blacks that smith did. as a matter of fact, he and his people were busy looting our wealth and siphoning it to hingirandi.

taurai - 6 November 2014

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