'Zanu PF factional wars engineered by Mugabe'

HARARE - One of Zimbabwe’s leading political scientists, Eldred Masunungure, says Zanu PF’s deadly factional and succession wars are part of President Robert Mugabe’s “Machiavellian game” to remain in power.

“He is playing games, setting these people up against each other,” Masunungure told the Daily News yesterday.

His observations came as the battle to succeed Mugabe shifted a gear up, with Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporters now going all-out to smear and scandalise Vice President Joice Mujuru’s allies ahead of next month’s Zanu PF elective congress.

Analysts said yesterday, these vicious attacks on Mujuru’s perceived supporters, including party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and provincial chairpersons, was meant to annihilate the VP’s voting base ahead of next month’s congress.

This way, she would lose her party power base, a development which resonated with First Lady Grace Mugabe’s publicly-stated wishes.

Masunungure said the current waves of votes of no confidence against incumbent provincial chairpersons that had been witnessed over the past few weeks were definitely part of a deliberate strategy by Mnangagwa’s supporters against Mujuru’s sympathisers.

He said the aim of the votes of no confidence was to weaken the vice president’s political position and her chances of taking over from Mugabe.

Temba Mliswa has already fallen victim to the strategy, following his recent suspension as Mashonaland West provincial chairperson, after being accused of disrespecting party leadership, fanning factionalism and getting into “bed with the enemy” — after the Hurungwe West MP was accused of receiving money for development projects in his constituency from the United States Embassy.

Masunungure said: “It’s a comprehensive strategy made to isolate Mujuru via provinces.”

He said the suspensions were meant to ensure that the nomination of candidates to the presidium would weigh heavily against Mujuru, and in favour of the Mnangagwa faction.

Masunungure also said the current Zanu PF fissures were part of Mugabe’s Machiavellian game, where he routinely played one faction against the other for his benefit.

“He is playing games, setting these people up against each other,” he said, adding that there could also be a third force which desired to take over from the nonagenarian leader other than those that were being mentioned the most.

He said when Mugabe appointed Mujuru as the deputy president a decade ago, he had encouraged her to aim higher, making observers wonder what had changed since then.

“Someone else whom we probably do not know may be destined for State House,” he said.

However, another political scientist Charity Manyeruke said the removal of the party’s  provincial chairpersons had nothing to do with factionalism, but went to the core of the party’s other deep-seated problems.

“The way I look at it, it’s not factionalism,” she said, adding that it was normal to have alignments within a political party.

On his part, Gumbo has not been spared in the vicious propaganda hatchet jobs. He has recently been attacked left, right and centre in the State media, and presented as eminently unfit to speak on behalf of the party.

Among many allegations, he has even been accused of bringing on board the shadowy Facebook character Baba Jukwa, who revealed the party’s dirty secrets during the build-up to last year’s disputed elections.

Authorities have since moved to claim that the shadowy character is none other than former Sunday Mail editor Edmund Kudzayi.

But Gumbo has vehemently refuted the claims as lies manufactured by regime change agents aligned to Mnangagwa, who want to topple Mugabe.

Among the provincial chairpersons  who have suffered attacks are Harare boss, Amos Midzi; Mashonaland East provincial chairperson Ray Kaukonde; and Masvingo provincial chairperson Callisto Gwanetsa.

The popular chairperson of the War Veterans Association, Jabulani Sibanda, has also come under severe attack from Mugabe, Mnangagwa and the State media.

Asked if the Zanu PF elective congress would bring an end to Mujuru’s political career, Masunungure said this was difficult to say.

“She was on the up in 2004,” he noted, adding that during that year Mnangagwa was on the downward slide — which meant things could change.

However, he said, what was clear was that the current political situation in Zanu PF was dirtier than that of 2004. In 2004, Mnangagwa was accused of being part of a scheme to topple Mugabe, through what became to be known as the Tsholotsho Declaration.

“It’s not a product of systematic thinking, and that is why it is becoming embarrassing to the perpetrators,” he said in apparent reference to Grace’s direct attack on Mujuru and her call on the VP to resign.

Masunungure said what was going on in Mujuru’s political life was normal, adding she would get another chance to rise again in future.

 

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 10 November 2014

Those who have followed Zimbabwean politics for the past ten or so years have come to know that Mugabe feels safe sitting in the middle, with two factions fighting each other on both sides. When ever one side starts to get the upper hand, he turns to the other to prop it up. Remember how Mujuru was elevated to the VP post, and then there was also the DCC elections at one time? And now he is busy down trodding the Mujuru faction, do not be too surprised when from nowhere he decides to flip flop and turns against his current beloveds. They say in politics there are no permanent friends, only permanent interests.

Dr Know - 10 November 2014

Sidney Sekeramayi was send to china recently to get a chance of being liked by the chinese. My fear is Cde Ngwena is being used. Come 15 November when the First Lady goes around again muchanzwa the new slate for congress. I can also assure you that the constitutional changes which allows the President to appoint the VPs and national chair will sail through. One thing for sure is Mujuru will go come congress. But I want to urge her never to quit ZANU PF. Her faction will regroup but will never be anywhere near power again

Irene - 10 November 2014

Is Charity manyeruke a political scientis? She reasons like my boy at the creche. She cannot see what others are clearly seeing, and she is a political scientist, hopefully not from UZ because those PHDs at UZ have become sexually transimitted.

maita - 10 November 2014

Zanu-Pf of Mugabe is a gang of criminals, stealing from the Nation and hiding the loot. The Question is they all dont trust each other. Their interests are for self and not for the Nation. Whether Mujuru goes and Grace Mugabe becomes a VIP, then we will know that they all lack brains to see beyond Mugabe and themselves. Protecting their own interests.

themba - 10 November 2014

The time is now to welcome in the new era; lets put the arguments aside and all join hands in celebrating our new Hon. President Grace Mugabe

Jongwe - 10 November 2014

In Mazoe when addressing puported war vets Grace chuckled and send a satirical smile when when she "leave Mugabe and his one wife blaa blaaa.."and JONGWE above says new era Hon.Pre. Grace Mugabe that sly serpent shame......

imagine - 11 November 2014

The rent for hire so called war vets will be used again in the not so distant future to elevate Grace to the presidency.Mugabe is under his wife's spell and will do anything to please her even if it means destroying his party as well as Zimbabwe.

Malaika waMalaika - 11 November 2014

No matter how much you try to hoodwink the people and twisting the facts on ground, Zimbabweans are tired of corruption, the first one to be exposed shall be made an example and that is the way it should be. This has God's blessings, the corrupt will fall surely one by one, its now unstoppable. The VP must just hit the road or if she really wants via chikurubi and the states takes whatever was acquired corruptly, period.

reason - 11 November 2014

@Reason. I've reason to believe you are a very unreasonable person. Who in ZANU PF is not corrupt, name just one and you will be shocked to learn how wrong you are.

Dr Know - 11 November 2014

There are people in ZANUPf that are very dull, academically, socially, and even politically. Mujuru is one of them, and so is everyone in ZANU who wants to oppose Grace Mugabe's ascendancy. The chief culprits here are Kaukonde, Rugare Gumbo and Jabulani Sibanda. Mutasa is somewhat politically literate as he has hibernated, conscious of the inevitable. ZANU has all these years deliberately developed unnecessary fear (and not respect) for Mugabe. This is something that Grace and Jonathan Moyo read very well. Hence, it must be admited that whatever one wants to do in ZANU, one must first buy or borrow Mugabe's jacket. Evidence of this is the unnecessary and sometimes childish praises and accolades that members of ZANU extend to Mugabe, even when he has just sneezed. And when some ZANU people saw Grace on her national whirlwind tour, they dull awkwardly thought Grace and Mugabe were not on talking terms or were not singing from same verse. These include Jabulani Sibanda and Kaukonde, who went on to defy Grace. it was very obvious that Grace was not the one speaking, but Mugabe was speaking through Grace. And I quote "ndakati kuna baba itayi baby dumping munhu uyu". This statement by Grace is quite loaded to those who can think, and the academics like professor J Moyo can even projuce a dissertation worth recording in political journals. It shows that Grace and Mugabe had had an extensive and deep discussion about the "munhu uyu", which apparently referred to Joyce Mujuru. Hence, whatever message Grace carried, it was really from Mugabe himself. For Joyce, the fear of Mugabe that you and others carelessly allowed to flourish in ZANU is the same thing that is hounding you, the same fear that in 2004 forced those opposed to you to cower into silence whilst you were selected to be VP post. Joyce, can you see how uncomfortable and disgraceful it is?

Danai Pazvagozha - 11 November 2014

a very correct article mugabe is being mugabe again outwitting people by using their own greed, if the 2 camps were to unite and push mugabe out it would be good for zimbabwe, but noone should be allowed to persecute mugabe he is an independence president and made many mistakes becoz he simoply didnt know better

Harare - 11 November 2014

Danai Pazvagozha, wakapenga wena unoona, chawataura ndochokwadi chaicho chiri kutadza kuwonekwa nevamwe vanhu

Nyamhangambiri - 11 November 2014

I am very surprised that you describe Jabulani Sibanda as "popular" war veterans chairman." Notorious" would be more befitting.

Johno - 12 November 2014

Is it amazing that politicians cannot stand on their own merits. Their political campaigns are based on running down or demeriting the opposition. Cant you stand on your own two feet. Dont you have anything positive to offer???

vortex - 14 November 2014

All this bickering nd infighting does not cast a good image of governance. ZANUPF behaves like a bunch of illiterate savages, who cannot stand on their own merits - they dont have ny!!

vortex - 14 November 2014

Vanhu vachadzidza muZimbabwe kuti ATAKURA NGWENA HUIDA

chikwature - 27 November 2014

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