Mugabe tightens his Zanu PF grip

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe apparently railroaded his ruling Zanu PF party into changing its constitution at the weekend, a move that now allows him to sideline his embattled number two, Vice President Joice Mujuru, and appoint his preferred successor.

The changes, which were forced through at Saturday’s tense politburo meeting in Harare, will empower the nonagenarian to appoint his party deputies once they are formally adopted, a marked change from the current status quo where his lieutenants have been elected into their positions — which also saw them automatically taking up the same posts in government.

Although the party’s chairman and acting spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo, declined to give details of the changes after the politburo's all-night meeting, he did say the party had agreed “far-reaching amendments” to its constitution.

But politburo sources confirmed to the Daily News yesterday that Mugabe now had “unchallengeable powers” in the party, a development that analysts say was solely designed to thwart the leadership aspirations of Mujuru, who has since been accused by the lickspittle State media of being part of a plot to assassinate her long-ruling boss.

Comments (18)

What else would we expect from the bunch of ass-lickers. They nod their brainless heads in agreement to everything bob says regardless of effect on the party, country and economy. Who is next out of the Big Bro zanupf house. kikikikiki

Tichaonerera - 24 November 2014

This behaviour reminds me of how communists used to conduct a voting process ...they would ask ''who is against so ans so being appointed to a position..'' knowing very well no one would dare go against the nomination, so at the end of the day 99.999999% voted for so and so. Circus continues.

garikayi - 24 November 2014

Daily News you spoiled Mujuru"s career

dugas - 24 November 2014

Mugabe has not only failed but failed dismally. Whoever supports Mugabe is as rock-thick as Kasukuwere.

selele - 24 November 2014

ZANU PF belongs to the people. This is one problem in Zimbabwe we allow one person to dictate everything from Farms to people. What is so wrong with Zimbabweans. Nyika yose kushungurudzwa nevanhu vairi murume nemu kadzi this is a pity

Karigamombe - 24 November 2014

Is there any doubt now that Joshua Nkomo was forever the best candidate to be Zim's first Prime minister? Unfortunately its late for the country, with the economy in the doldrums and half the country in exile. People in Mashonaland are just crazy........

Nduna - 24 November 2014

we do not have any sympathy at anyone who is or was involved in this gravy train. let them finish each other and turn their bloody weapons against themselves. its just a true reflection of their preferred arson and tactics in their handbags.

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chiremb - 25 November 2014

Its game over after ammendments. Congress is just a retreat now. Mujuru faction should have refused ammendments and forced bob to illegally ammend the constitution. Whatever would have come even from congress as a result of this would have been challengable in a court of law but alas the cowards have capitulated. this however will be a shortlived victory for ngwena bcoz post bob he will be in trouble given lis lack of grassroots support. Suarez got his country into the 2010 world cup semis but bcoz it was by hook and crook they could not get to the final.

magame - 25 November 2014

Mugabe's grip on ZANU PF has always been tight. So many terms have been used by his boot lickers to describe him such as 'Moses', 'the Messanger of God' and many more. Obert Mpofu told us he will always be an obedient son and Mutasa said something almost similar when the sun was still shining for him. I find it very ironic that someone who is responsible for security would divulge sensitive information to a woman of loose morals and that hit men from S.A and Israel would be hired to finish off an almost extinct being. All the accusations are being fabricated to get rid of Mujuru and secure Grace, her family and property when Mugabe leaves office in not too distant a future before finally packing up to the big blue above.

Dr Know - 25 November 2014


knola - 25 November 2014

Point pf correction, Selele, Kasukuwere is not "rock thick" - he is making and protecting his loot!

Johno - 25 November 2014

This system of amendments time after time to suit a person who has overstayed! No wonder why we have been rendered thoughtless because of this dictatorship system that was supposed to have been kept in bud. Yes we need to defend our sovereignty but this issue of having leadership that needs to protect their family interests rather than majority interest has led us to suffer. We can no longer exercise our democratic rights as purported to have been fought for. This governance system continues to ruin our future generations for longer.

Mhanduwe Ndanetanazvo - 25 November 2014

nkomo and mujuru the same day nduna they were day dreamers

gora - 25 November 2014

nkomo and mujuru the same day nduna they were day dreamers

gora - 25 November 2014

nkomo and mujuru the same day nduna they were day dreamers

gora - 25 November 2014


CRITIC - 25 November 2014

Mugabe & his wife are taking zimbabwe for a ride.These guys are ruling our country as their private property, Zimbabweans refuse to be used as toilets papers by these shameless,heartless people they are distroying our future.

patriot - 25 November 2014

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