Mnangagwa shoots down Mutsvangwa

HARARE - Divisions within a Zanu PF faction seeking to topple Vice President Joice Mujuru have widened amid revelations that Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa has “ruthlessly put down” Chris Mutsvangwa’s demands for war veterans’ greater representation in government.

This emerged at a party parliamentary caucus in Harare on Wednesday, although chief whip Joram Gumbo has declined to comment.

“Don’t involve me in these stories. I have nothing to comment on as I know nothing about it,” said Gumbo.

According to sources, the dramatic and eventful day not only started with Mujuru and Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi’s surprise appearance, but also degenerated into serious debate when Sanyati member of Parliament Blessed Runesu led the charge for ex-combatants to be rewarded or accommodated with top posts.

“After Runesu’s contribution, Mutsvangwa the Norton legislator, jumped onto the debate and said that his constituency needed more representation in the executive — to which Mnangagwa aggressively responded by asking whether the Deputy Foreign Affairs minister’s group was more ‘special’ than war veterans already in government,” said a source, adding the Zibagwe-Chirumanzu legislator used Mujuru, himself and Sekeramayi as examples of those former fighters in government.

“Apart from violently shooting down the new war veterans’ leader, who is presumably his ally, Mnangagwa made the point that the group must keep its sense of entitlement (to power) and who exactly was behind this hubris,” they added.

While the Midlands supremo also emphasised that it was President Robert Mugabe’s prerogative to appoint people to Cabinet, sources said the “very public spat or divergence of thought” between Mutsvangwa and the leader of government business also pointed out to growing schisms within the group vying for Mujuru’s seat.

According to the Norton legislator, war veterans want the august House to debate the War Veterans’ Bill, which would lay the foundation for catering for their needs socially, politically and economically.

However, Mnangagwa would have none of it as he reprimanded the boisterous group.

At the meeting, the Zanu PF legal honcho had plucked Mujuru from her seat among back-benchers and insisted that she sits on the top table.

Even though, the under-fire VP had insisted she was okay among ordinary MPs, Mnangagwa invited her to the high-table — to which she obliged and later addressed the gathering.

According to sources, Mujuru had not only “gate-crashed the caucus” to avert a no confidence vote in her — possibly at the instigation of Mnangagwa loyalists — but had not been to similar meetings in a very long time.

As such, this triggered theories that she had gotten wind of the plot, thereby scuttling the other faction’s plans or motion.

“There was a serious plan to oust her… and she could have found herself without any support, but the attendance changed all that. Now, it is back to the drawing board as she lived another day to fight,” said another source.

Comments (18)

kapepa aka kanonyepawo futi

ngwena ngwena - 21 November 2014

mai vako ndivo munyepi mukuru. vanoti uri mwana waNgwena iwe uchiti baba kuna Mugabe! mwana wehure!

Bwony - 21 November 2014

Kazopererwa kapepa aka zvino, kikikiki.

reason - 21 November 2014

@reason, pls take a chill pill for your sake. You risk suffering a heart attack at the rate u r going bro.

Shiri - 21 November 2014

Its all about power and who gets what in zanu. There is no production or direction. Mutsvangwa might get a new "Ministry of Phsyco-War vets " You never know with these gang when they share spoils of Mujuru.

X-MAN IV - 21 November 2014

confused cockroach

m - 22 November 2014

War vets have cost us millions. They are not democratic. 65 percent of the country is below 35. It's time to discuss this in depth. The generational discussion and needs need to be discussed. Youth vs war vets 2018. They are worse than Rhodesians. They are less. Than 1 percent of the population but command the majority. Enough is enough. ZANU Youth have let us down.

Chipoko chaTongogara - 22 November 2014

asingamame rinonhuhwa mese imi ndiyani? he, ndati taura anomama Black Forest. Bloody !

mashotopiyana - 22 November 2014

Mashotopiyana why use vulgar language. If you are a parent what will you children think of you, or even your mother or your suborninate assuming you have one. This is a platform for debate oh what a shame.

Mai faf - 22 November 2014

Mashotopiyana why use vulgar language. If you are a parent what will you children think of you, or even your mother or your suborninate assuming you have one. This is a platform for debate oh what a shame.

Mai faf - 22 November 2014

If she is not careful,MaiMUJURU will be buried pretty soon at Heroes Acre, Albeit her ashes, Just like her husband after an unexplained housefire right in front of body guards supplied by the state.

Abacus - 24 November 2014

Mai MUJURU, take whatever you got from Marange and run. Or else your ashes will be buried at Heroes Acre just like my hero Solomon REX.

Abacus - 24 November 2014

these guys must have focus about the current situation concerning rehabilitation of dilapidated industries,job creation and revitalisation of the economy than biting each other like dogs fighting for lady

connary - 25 November 2014

Tsvangirayi has been on record as saying Zanu PF has no clue whatsoever as to how a turnaround can be effected or worse still what is all about. The in-fighting is proving him right. Mumba munenzara munorwiwa kana baba nevana vasingagone kana nekuchera mbeva kose.

papa paddie - 26 November 2014

Mashotopiyana please zvinyarire wena hama usataura zvinonyadzisira chero Mwari musiki wako haadi vanhu vanotaura zvinyadzi chaizvo. Thank you

cale - 27 November 2014

Magandanga! A-looter-contiua! Ichooo-ooo!

Zimuto - 27 November 2014

serious stuff

zhou tafanana - 28 November 2014

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