D-Day for Mujuru

HARARE - Vice President Joice Mujuru's fate is likely to be sealed this weekend after several Zanu PF committees sat down to deliberate on the state of the party yesterday, amid strong indications that the beleaguered party and government number two will be axed summarily.

And with Mujuru's well-choreographed annihilation virtually achieved by her party enemies, insiders and analysts say the hot seat that she will vacate is now Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa's to lose.

"I can assure you that Mai Mujuru is gone and Ngwena ave panyanga (Mnangagwa is in). We expect an announcement on this between tomorrow (today) and the next two weeks," said a politburo member last night.

But another source said President Robert Mugabe had surprisingly intervened in the "violent calls for Mujuru's immediate sacking" yesterday, telling supporters through National Assembly Speaker Jacob Mudenda - who has been accommodated temporarily at the high table in the absence of Mujuru and indisposed secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa - that her fate needed to be dealt with properly through the right channels.

Mudenda - one of the dark horses tipped for appointment as Mugabe's second deputy - subsequently went on to chronicle to the gathering a litany of allegations against the embattled VP and her perceived allies.

Among the battery of allegations levelled against her was the murky plot to topple and assassinate Mugabe, as well as the allegations of gross corruption, abuse of office and fanning factionalism within the ruling party.

Sources say Mujuru had also been accused of having over-weening ambition that allegedly saw her try to call for "illegal" Cabinet and politburo meetings when Mugabe had been away.

It had also been alleged that Mujuru and her allies had been working with the Americans who had allegedly promised them that they were going to pour billions of dollars into the country's ailing economy if they succeeded in toppling Mugabe from power.

Mudenda is alleged to have further claimed that Mujuru and her allies had created parallel centres of power, causing confusion and factionalism within the party.

He also said that the revelation of the plots by Mugabe's wife Grace had saved the nonagenarian from being toppled from power.

"Thanks to the revelations made the by the mother of revelations Dr Mugabe, this helped us to know what was happening," Mudenda said.

Other sources said a committee chaired by Simon Khaya Moyo then sat after lunch to deliberate on all recommendations that had been made, one of which was to expel Mujuru and her allies from the party.

Analysts said it would not be surprising if Mujuru and her allies were expelled from the party, given that her bravest sympathisers, former spokesperson Rugare Gumbo and former war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda, had been similarly expelled.

Mugabe set the stage for the expulsion of Mujuru and her key allies on Thursday by stating that all leaders fingered in the alleged coup plots against him would go down.

He has since ratcheted up his brutal assault on his VP, branding her a thief and a coward who was too scared to attend Zanu PF's ongoing congress.

The long-ruling nonagenarian also warned of the possible arrest of Mujuru and her supporters if concrete evidence of their alleged treasonous plots against him is brought forward.

"We heard a lot about corruption involving diamonds and gold in which she (Mujuru) is being implicated.

"Now, if you are the leader and you are not honest, how does that work? Who will apprehend the thieves?

"You can never set a thief to catch another thief. Leaders are supposed to be morally upright," Mugabe thundered ominously.

"If you are a minister, deputy or civil servant and you are found guilty, you will be prosecuted and we will in turn dismiss you from your position in government and the party," he added.

Meanwhile, speculation is mounting that Mnangagwa is set to be appointed the country's next VP if his long-time rival Mujuru is removed this weekend.

The party strongman has long been touted as a possible heir to Mugabe - although six months ago his chances appeared slim after Mujuru had seized control of nine of Zanu PF's provinces - with his high office ambitions only being revived after Grace's entrance in mainstream politics a few months ago.

After leading a vicious campaign against Mujuru, both Mugabe and his wife have seemingly rallied behind Mnangagwa, with the nonagenarian butchering the party's constitution to ensure that he gets to decide how the party operates and who works under him.

This is what has caused many analysts to say that the VP contest is now for Mnangagwa to lose.

"Mnangagwa is almost there given that the First Family seems to trust him as someone who can safeguard their interests once in power," said another politburo member who requested anonymity.

"He has been patient with Mugabe since independence, even when the president seemed to play around with his emotions, promoting and demoting him at will and notwithstanding that in most cases he would have mobilised support for the president," the politburo member added.

Eldred Masunungure, a University of Zimbabwe (UZ) political science lecturer, said Mnangagwa was probably in the pounds seats.

However, Masunungure believes that Mnangagwa's pending elevation would not signify victory for him as Mugabe could use it as a way of watering down his influence in the party.

Masunungure also said the Zanu PF succession fight appeared to be "a three-headed beast", adding that the factional contest was not about whether Mujuru's loss would turn into her enemies' gain, but rather which group would remain dominant.

In his estimation, that group was the Gushungo faction, particularly with Mugabe also widely expected to name Senate president Edna Madzongwe as one of his deputies.

But some insiders also say that it is possible that Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko would be appointed first and second vice presidents - which would leave another aspirant Khaya Moyo in limbo.

On the other hand, Mudenda is also tipped to become national chairman while the outgoing women's league boss Oppah Muchinguri was likely to be rewarded with the post of secretary for administration that is currently held by Mutasa.

This, sources said, would allow Mugabe to make sure that power was centred on him and not others.

Political analyst Pedzisai Ruhanya said since Mugabe had been given a "blank cheque" to choose who he wanted to work with, thanks to the party's constitutional amendments, it was difficult to tell what he would do.

"Now that Mugabe is effectively the party's provinces and also the congress' delegates, so in the absence of electoral democracy he will obviously consider those that he trusts most to take care of his political and economic interests," he said.

However, Ruhanya emphasised that the Zanu PF strongman would also consider the future of his young family when he settled for his deputies.

Given that the First Lady had almost become the country's de facto prime minister, she would also influence Mugabe's choice, he added.VP contest for Mnangagwa to lose.

Comments (14)

The country has moved on, and the hyenas are fighting over the ZANU-PF carcass

david taylor - 6 December 2014

Mnangagwa will not be appointed Vice-President because Mugabe does not want someone who will, in future, threaten his old on power. I still think Gideon Gono and a Ndebele woman, Sithembiso Nyoni will be the 2 Vice-Presidents. He is unlikely to appoint a Ndebele man who will pose a threat to him. He has to appoint a Ndebele to maintain a TRIBAL balance. Mugabe himself is in a catch-22 situation here - he wants the wife to play a prominent role but appointing her Vice-President will be nepotism gone too far. Will he appoint the wife to be chairperson? Mugabe will be around for too long and he has to make final appointments before he dies making sure he leaves his wife in an unassailable position. This is how primitive African politics works - look after your own kin first and foremost while pretending to be altruistic. He definitely won't be appointing the other hyenas like Mnangagwa, Mudenda, Mpofu et al who are pretending to be loyal to him.

Musona - 6 December 2014

Zimbabweans wake up this old fool is going to be buried with the country he is so selfish that he is publicly telling US that the west is ready to bail US out of our poverty but he does not want becoz he hates white so we must suffer until amen whilst his family is lavishing in Gucci and channel 5s how crazy is this and some people think it's ok nxaaa wake up people stop kissing the wrinkled bum of this old idiot fool

poporoza - 6 December 2014

You can waffle as much as you can, Bob is a cut above the best not only in Zimbabwe and Africa, but the world over. His IRON SHIELD IS THE LORD. His is the Lord's program. Anyone who tempers with that program the heavenly flames will devour him.

dungas - 6 December 2014

@dungas - your Bob is not even the tallest dwarf in African politics let alone the world. Lord's program? Is that the same lord who led him to massacre over 80 000 unarmed civilians in Gukurahundi? You must be one of the blind followers by the way you sound. Brainwashed.

Musona - 6 December 2014

dungas uridinga mugodhoyo programme yezim ngeya Satan haisi yamwa peverty 95% to try to save one family soryy /////////////////sorry

dofo - 6 December 2014

dungas uridinga mugodhoyo programme yezim ngeya Satan haisi yamwari poverty 95% to try to save one family soryy /////////////////sorry

dofo - 6 December 2014

Mugabe is a 3-faced beast and soon we will be shocked with his ultimate choice. He might appoint Munangagwa just to make sure he fails to perform given the current economic shambles, in the meantime coaching his wife to become president...watch out Zimbos..a dynasty in the making

garikayi - 6 December 2014

Mugabe can never change. Mugabe can never learn. He thinks about himself only and nothing will ever change. Any hope is misplaced. Any dreams will be nightmares. Zimbabwe is going nowhere s.l.o.w.l.y.............

Nduna - 6 December 2014

its a dis-grace on how the zanu-pf party behaves. why the need for a congress when only one man can nominate people of his own choice. its not secret that the president has become the congress itself. why waste resources by holding such an event where people would gather to see mugebe hand-pick his loyalists. shame to zimbabwe for having such leaders

tnash - 7 December 2014

The writings were very clear and bold on the wall. From the time dr Gire [giraffe] started her relentless attack on the Mujuru camp, it was for everybody to see that gire call the shorts, and not mdhara. If Mother Mujuru did not see that coming, then she will never see anything coming her way. Now its time for Mujuru and company to wake up and realise that leaking somebody's ass doesn't work in politics. At least you know most of the tricks zpf has been using to make you "win" elections, go ahead and form your own party and challenge this monstrous party. That is if you are not going to be thrown mutirongo on trumped up charges. Good luck guys. isu maZimbo takajaira nhamo kwete nekuda, but because of you. Wellcome to njodo-njodo world.

Tichaonerera - 7 December 2014

Grace or Opha is coming in Mujuru's place. wait & see.

allofus - 7 December 2014

Kkkkkkk yu lost it the President doesnt think like most of you. Infact in as far we have alo soughts of bad to day abt African politics we must remember we are Africans n not American zimbabweans have lost objectivity n analysing matters dont be subjective it disturbs n gives false judgement

Emmanuel - 8 December 2014

Mugabe remember the words of Jesus"“He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Indeed, who, in ZANU P,F is without sin?

Johno - 8 December 2014

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