Is history repeating itself?

HARARE - If the level of aggression and the blatant disregard of procedures is a taste of the kind of leadership Zimbabweans will be subjected to should First Lady Grace Mugabe and Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporters win unfettered power at the Zanu PF congress next month, then the country is in deep trouble.

From the vicious attacks on Vice President Joice Mujuru — on untested graft and sedition charges — to the decimation of party structures under a vindictive power grab exercise and to the pursuance of selfish constitutional changes, which favour the appointment of senior officials rather than elections, one can only surmise that it is this crew  that appears more desperate for power than the embattled Zanu PF number two and her supporters.

As such, a look at a Zimbabwe Independent story published in April 2006 provides some interesting titbits about the shenanigans in the party, especially around the Tsholotsho Declaration and as articulated by Information minister Jonathan Moyo.

This exclusive expose also helps to clear the fog around what is happening in Zanu PF today.

“The first meeting of Zanu PF provincial chairmen and governors that specifically deliberated on the principles of the Tsholotsho Declaration, chaired by (Robson) Manyika, took place in Harare on August 16, 2004.

A week later on August 23, 2004 another meeting was again held in Harare,” he said, adding the meetings “were communicated to (President Robert) Mugabe through party structures and there was nothing clandestine or sinister about them”.

“During the August 23 meeting seven provinces, except Mashonaland East, Mashonaland Central and Harare, voted for the Tsholotsho principles,” Moyo said.

“A final meeting was held in Zvimba, President Mugabe’s home area, on August 30, 2004. At this crucial meeting, the vote for the declaration increased from seven to eight provinces after Chen Chimutengwende, as chairman of Mashonaland Central, added his vote.”

Apart from all this, we are also told that a group associated with the late Solomon Mujuru had also attempted to force Mugabe out at the December 2001 special congress in Victoria Falls.

Crucially, it was said that a team led by ex–Zvishavane member of parliament Pearson Mbalekwa allegedly “came within a whisker of moving a no confidence motion against Mugabe at a Zanu PF central committee” after the disputed 2002 presidential poll in favour of a reluctant Simba Makoni.

At that point, Moyo relates in the Zimbabwe Independent article, Mnangagwa was in the pounds seat until the plan to elevate him into power was scuttled by an emergency politburo meeting, which the Information minister says “unlawfully” changed the Zanu PF constitution for Mujuru’s rise.

Further, we are stunningly told in the article that Zanu PF’s “structural reforms” started at the beginning of the millennium, through a reform committee that was said to be led by Nkosana Moyo,

Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, the late Moven Mahachi, minister Olivia Muchena, Health supremo David Parirenyatwa and Moyo himself.

While the Tsholotsho main players have tried to convince the nation that the campaign was aimed at forestalling opposition advances after the new millennium electoral shocks and to achieve “ethnic balance, and regional diversity” in Zanu politics, this doesn’t add up when juxtaposed against today’s infighting within the party — something that one would expect to sound warning bells in Mugabe’s head.

This comes as many have alleged that the Dinyane saga was part of an intricate web of chicanery around the 90-year-old’s succession, with essentially the same cast of characters repackaging themselves as the “guardian angels” of the party in 2014 and Mugabe’s biggest defenders.

It is just fascinating and bewildering.

And as Zanu PF’s current factional and succession wars threaten to once again tear the party asunder, it is pertinent to ask whether Mugabe regards what is happening as being good for him, his family, the party and the country?

How, for example, does one explain the phenomenon that Callisto Gwanetsa, Ray Kaukonde, Andrew Langa, Jason Machaya and Amos Midzi are being felled by mobs claiming to be war veterans when such “affiliate” players are not even in provincial structures?

In addition, how does one justify the shenanigans around the hounding of these provincial chairpersons and their structures when they have so diligently delivered on votes time after time for Gushungo and the party?

To make matters worse, decorated cadres such as the Gwanetsas and the Kaukondes are being hounded by players some of whom are opposition party founders, whose claim to fame is suspect at best.

But clearly — and as the Daily News has consistently stated — Zanu PF is evidently devoid of voices of reason these days, and its current operating mojo buttresses the view that it is run by a bunch of chancers and palookas.

And as the saying goes nowadays, the revolution is devouring its own children — and unless something extra-ordinary happens soon, the party of liberation will be no more soon.


    Comments (7)

    Why do problems in ZANU PF bother you so much daily news?

    MaMoyo - 14 November 2014

    My only beef with the current situation is that members of Zanu are not fighting seriously! We want to see blood, they say "ndeyeropa", so why are they not living up to their motto!!??

    Nduna - 14 November 2014

    @MaMoyo its because what is happening in Zanu is affecting ordinary Zimbabweas, period!

    matt - 14 November 2014

    Whether its Mujuru or Mnangagwa who takes up the VP throne after the congress, does not matter.They are both cut from the same cloth.To the idiot maMoyo who does not want Daily News to report on what is happening in Zanu Pf ,I only feel sorry for him because the horse has already bolted.

    chimuti - 14 November 2014

    Whether its Mujuru or Mnangagwa who takes up the VP throne after the congress, does not matter.They are both cut from the same cloth.To the idiot maMoyo who does not want Daily News to report on what is happening in Zanu Pf ,I only feel sorry for him because the horse has already bolted.

    chimuti - 14 November 2014

    musatukane hama politics dzinonetsa. vanhu ivava vanodya vese. i game sometimes you win other times you lose. all the best mai mujuru.

    taurai - 14 November 2014

    We are Sick And Tired Of Zimbabwe,s Politics. True Democracy does not allow people to remain in Power. Taneta Wakomana . New Blood has to be Allowed to clear all this Pooh from these Old Guards

    Karigamombe - 14 November 2014

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