Mugabe being abused — Dongo

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe is being abused by the Emmerson Mnangagwa faction ahead of Zanu PF watershed congress, outspoken ex-ruling party legislator Margaret Dongo said yesterday.

With a faction led by beleaguered vice president Joice Mujuru being purged, Dongo told the Daily News yesterday that the Mnangagwa faction has successfully manipulated Mugabe for its own political ends.

Accused of engaging in “illicit business dealings”, abuse of office, and facing increasing pressure to go, Mujuru is expected to fight back today when the politburo meets to fine-tune preparations for the December congress.

Ahead of the politburo meeting, Dongo told the Daily News yesterday that Mugabe is discarding loyalists who helped him controversially win last year’s harmonised elections.

“Emmerson is smart and more intelligent than Gushungo (Mugabe),” Dongo said.

“He has managed to play around with his mind. He is a schemer and one of the best strategists.”

During an ill-tempered cross-country tour, involving 10 rallies, the First Lady Grace Mugabe repeatedly called for the 59-year-old vice president’s resignation and endorsed as a replacement the 76-year-old Justice minister Mnangagwa, one of the party’s hard men.

The current events echo the 2004 botched palace coup that sought to block Mujuru’s ascendancy to the vice presidency, when an attempt to discredit her backfired against the Mnangagwa faction and led to her ascendency to her current post.

Mnangagwa and his allies were accused of plotting a “coup” in what is now known as the Tsholotsho debacle.

In the aftermath of that episode, Mnangagwa was relegated to manage a backwater ministry for Social Amenities and Rural Housing.

He was, however, rewarded with a Defence ministerial post after the bloody 2008 poll, where he was Mugabe’s chief election agent and allegedly spearheaded the vanquished party’s brutal campaigns as de facto leader of the Joint Operations Command — a think-tank of top security commanders.

“Hanzi chinonyenga chinohwarara chinosumudza musoro chawana (He who courts a woman approaches cap in hand, and only shows their true colours after winning the suitor’s hand),” Dongo said.

“He knew it was not going to be long before he regained lost ground. Now Zanu PF is witnessing an unprecedented passing of votes of no confidence for persons that are aligned to the VP. This is a strategy that favours Mnangagwa.”

Jabulani Sibanda, the war veterans’ leader who Mugabe now wants ousted, vigorously campaigned for the 90-year-old Zanu PF leader ahead of the 2013 harmonised elections which he controversially won amid accusations of ballot fraud by the vanquished opposition. 

“Gushungo cannot see that he is being used,” Dongo said.

“How can he allow the people who ensured that he wins elections last year to be treated like this?”

While Grace’s campaign has been marked by unrestrained attacks on Mujuru, the first lady has spared the rod on the Mnangagwa faction, even though she claims to be wholly against factionalism.

Although the country’s Constitution places Mujuru as front runner to succeed Mugabe, Mnangagwa has not only emerged as the octogenarian ruler and his wife’s choice, but other hard-line elements’ preferred successor.

Amid calls for an investigation into Mujuru’s alleged corruption scandals, Dongo said everyone in the ruling party, especially those in the top echelons, must be investigated.

“It is common that there is serious corruption in this country and what is coming out has some truth in it. This calls for a cleansing exercise for the whole leadership before congress so that we can have a corrupt-free leadership,” Dongo said, adding that no one in the ruling party is observing their socialist leadership code of conduct.

“If you ask them who has declared their assets to the public, none of them has. How many have been fired for corruption?” queried Dongo

Comments (25)

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sheps - 13 November 2014

kingdoms come and go. even the untouchables will one day meet their end.

mkt - 13 November 2014

WHO IN ZANUPF IS NOT CORRUPT? lets have answers

hameno??? - 13 November 2014

I would want to think that it is now irrelevant to talk about Mugabe being abused by the Mnangagwa faction because Mugabe has strived on divide and rule tactics for the past 34 years. Mugabe is very much obsessed with power that he does not think of himself ever having any life besides being the President. He is very much aware of what is happening and this is good for him because he will come in as the unifier, the glue that holds the party together and in the process maintaining his power. People must also learn that Mugabe is good at using others and then discarding them. Jabulani is a case of reference. The only danger is whether the factions will listen to Mugabe. Mugabe is now dividing the war veterans for his own personal gain. By the time we come to Congress we will have gone to the Heroes Acre to bury yet another dedicated and consistent revolutionary.

Dunga - 13 November 2014

what intelligence, what strategist. intelligence dzekuponda vamwe nekurigira nyika pasi. this is more a case of celebrating mediocrity. these people have destroyed a nation's whole economy and social fabric and yu call them strategists

Mediocrity peddled as intelligence - 13 November 2014

Nonsense, Mugabe is responsible he not an invalid...why do people keep making excuses for his incompetence and corruption? For 34yrs plus people keep making excuses for the man, that is why he never takes responsibility for the mess he creates.

Lt General - 13 November 2014

EDM is not 76 year old. He was born in 1968!!

Munya - 13 November 2014

I think Margaret Dongo is short changing us as Zimbabweans. She is one of the first people to enter into post independence opposition politics and tell Mugabe in the face it was time to go, and being a woman at that. Back then that took a lot of guts, now she has reduced herself to a mere political analyst. We need people like you in active opposition politics Dongo, you are one bright brave woman. Where she seems to be getting it wrong though in her analysis is that both Mugabe and the Mnangagwa faction have entered into a marriage of convenience where they both believe they are indestructible, but at the same time watching their backs. The same tactic they were using when fighting the opposition of uniting first against the common enemy and then dealing with each other later on is the same one they are using now against Mujuru's faction.

Dr Know - 13 November 2014

So he was 12 years in 1980 at independence ? At this rate of lying someone will believe that a goat is an elephant .

VaGudo - 13 November 2014

@M DONGO WELL IF THE TRUTH MUST BE TOLD, AND IT MUST, MARGARET DONGO, IS NOT A BRIL-LIANT POLITICAL STRATEGIST HERSELF, IN FACT SHE IS NOT A BRILLIANT ANYTHING! AND SO HER REMARK THAT MUGABE IS BEING “ABUSED” BY THE MNANGAGWA FAC-TION MUST BE TAKEN WITH A DISHING SPOON OF SALT, INDEED SHE CONTRADICTS HERSELF A MINUTE LATER. “EMMERSON IS SMART AND MORE INTELLIGENT THAN GUSHUNGO (MUGABE)” MS DONGO TELLS US. “HE HAS MANAGED TO PLAY AROUND HIS MIND. HE IS A SCHEMER AND ONE OF THE BEST STRATEGISTS.” WELL IF THAT WAS TRUE (I WOULD READY ADMIT THAT THE MNANGAGWA FACTION HAS SOME STRATEGIC THINKERS WHEREAS THE MUJURU FACTION HAS NO ONE WITH COMMON SENSE LET ALONE A STRATEGIC THINKER) THEN SURELY IT IS BETTER FOR MUGABE TO JOIN THE FACTION WITH STRATEGIC SCHEMERS THAN TO JOIN THE FAC-TION WITH DIM WITS THAT IS GUARANTEED TO LOSE! MUGABE IS NOT AS DUM AS MS DONGO WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE HE IS OTHERWISE HE WOULD NOT HAVE SUCCESSFUL PLAYED ONE FACTION OF THE PARTY AGAINST THE OTHER AND THUS STAY IN POWER ALL THESE YEARS. MUGABE OUTWITTED MS DONGO, EVEN SHE CANNOT DENY THAT ONE. SHE IS NOTHING MORE THAN A STUDENT WHO GOT AN “F” GRADE TELLING THE STUDENT WITH AN “A” GRADE HOW HE COULD HAVE GOT AN “A+” GRADE! IN OTHER WORDS PEOPLE SHOULD NOT TAKE MS DONGO'S RANTING SERIOUSLY!

Wilbert Mukori - 13 November 2014

Mai Dongo tipeivo ma serious kani. One day you claim they are all Mugabe's wives. Now mava kuti someone else is dictating him.

cash talk - 13 November 2014

this woman is brave for sure. she stood for what she believed then when it was very dangerous to oppose vakuru and still does the same today. we need people like maggie in zim politics so there is real opposition not vaya vemichato mizhinji.

zvirozviyedzwa - 13 November 2014

Munangagwa is 68 not 76. Editor do your job properly, no factionalism with someones age pls

Mwana Wevhu - 13 November 2014

Dongo is emotional , Ndosaka achikasira kuprerwa. Hapana intelligence apa . Zimbabwe is a lawless country ne kuda kwevanhu ivava vanoda kuita kunge zvinoshamisira ku Analyser maiitiro avo. Kubva journalist we daily news wotogara kumba kwa Dongo

chipazhamongo - 14 November 2014

The whole fffffff lot are thiefs and murderers

jack - 14 November 2014

@Zvirozviedzwa, Dongo is finished, a flip floper, last week she claimed they are Mugabe wives now she claims Mugabe is being abused. Its on record that RGM is the Abuser in Chief. Honestly today's politics needs someone very consistent when it comes to his judgement of RGM's character, you only underestimate him at own risk.

Dr Munhuwo - 14 November 2014

DONGO IS TELLING THE TRUTH NONSENSES DZEGA DZEGA DZIRI KUITWA. ZANU PF ALL OF THEM ARE CURRUPT

@cat - 14 November 2014

dzemudanga rimwe dzopaza danga ma1 kusvika musi wa 2 Dec tinengetaona zvizhinji

nyoka musango - 14 November 2014

It's not Mugabe being abused but the whole of Zanu Pf party being used by Mugabe. Just as I, many people have been trying to make sense out of the current ZANU PF madness starring “Dr” “Amai” Grace Mugabe and I believe I stumbled on the answer from her “Final Push” speech; - blood is thicker than water. God made us in His likeness, however out of the humans' failure we denied ourselves physical immortality making death inevitable to mankind no matter how powerful and rich you can be especially when we advance in age. This reality seems to have taken a deep siting in the mind of Zimbabwe's nonagenarian head of state and before expiring he has to make sure that his family's future is ensured as it is still very youthful and still has a long way ahead. So all this drama is revolving around the Mugabe family's selfish future insurance policy which they have to sell at all cost and Dr Joyce Mujuru has fallen victim in the advertising of this policy because she cannot be trusted to guarantee the upholding of the policy ahead of the now preferred Emerson Mnangagwa.

wezhira - 14 November 2014

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