Mnangagwa camp fights over spoils

HARARE - With former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies now brutally shunted out of the way, supporters of new VP Emmerson Mnangagwa are now turning on each other viciously as the mindless bloodletting within Zanu PF refuses to go away.

The Daily News is reliably informed that the faction aligned to Mnangagwa  is now locked in a nasty and escalating fight for the spoils of their thuggish victory over Mujuru, with many hardliners in the camp apparently feeling that they have not been rewarded sufficiently for their role in annihilating the former VP’s camp.

So bad have relations become in the Mnangagwa camp that some of its members are even begrudging the fact that Mugabe rewarded Ngwena (Mnangagwa’s nickname) with the VP post despite the fact that he allegedly “played a lesser role in the ousting of Mai Mujuru”.

Well-placed sources alleged yesterday that the so-called “Gang of Four” — comprising senior party bigwigs Oppah Muchinguri, Jonathan Moyo, Patrick Zhuwao and Saviour Kasukuwere — were allegedly deeply mired in the intra-faction brawls, amid suggestions that they were looking to grab more power in the party.

This group, the sources alleged, was working closely with controversial First Lady Grace Mugabe, and at times operated as the brains trust of the Gushungo (Mugabe’s totem) clan — that looked after the interests of the nonagenarian and his family.

It is further alleged that this group has worked very hard to try and get Senate President Edna Madzongwe, or even Grace herself, to become vice president, and not Mnangagwa — whom they allegedly believed had not done enough in the lead-up to Zanu PF’s damp squib “elective” congress earlier this month to deserve the post.

One of the senior party officials who spoke to the Daily News yesterday likened the fight for power in the divided party as that of “baboons fighting to the death for a single cob of maize”.

Another official in the Mnangagwa camp pointed to the vicious assault yesterday in lapdog State media on one of Mnangagwa’s allies as yet another clear indication that temperatures were heating up within the faction.

“Things are very bad within the camp my friend and my own worry is that we may be reaching another point of no return soon,” the official said.

In a surprising turn of events, The Herald panned politburo member and Psychomotor minister Josaya Hungwe, bluntly criticising the fact that he had likened Mnangagwa to Jesus Christ.

The normally pliant daily quoted “analysts” saying “such slavish hero-worshipping (of Mnangagwa) had the danger of creating an alternative centre of power in Zanu-PF which the party’s just-ended 6th National People’s Congress rectified by killing factionalism”.

Hungwe had uttered the offending words at the weekend while praising Mnangagwa at the new VP’s celebration party at his rural home in Zvishavane.

Another party official said it had not escaped many in the camp that lickspittle State media had been used to decimate Mujuru and relentlessly erode both her legitimacy and standing in the party and within the broader Zimbabwean society.

“The fact of the matter is that our (State) media only attacks people when you are no longer wanted by those who wield power. You can say the most outrageous things and do the most despicable things but you won’t be attacked if all is well.

“What many people are not sure about now is whether the attack on Hungwe is on him per se or it is directed at Ngwena. But whatever it is, everyone is advised to hold on tightly to their chairs because it is getting rough again,” he said.

A senior Zanu PF official suggested that Moyo did not “entirely trust Mnangagwa” since the 2004 Tsholotsho Declaration fallout in which the new VP seemingly dumped his followers who were savagely dealt with by Mugabe for allegedly plotting a coup against the 90-year-old leader.

Moyo, Kusukuwere, Muchinguri and Zhuwawo reportedly wanted to be rewarded with more senior posts in the politburo but were disappointed by Mugabe’s choices.

“Moyo at the very least thought that after orchestrating the downfall of Rugare Gumbo, he would land the post of secretary for information but he was given the portfolio of science and technology.

Moyo also thought that after savaging Transport Minister Obert Mpofu, the filthy rich minister would be dropped but President Mugabe had other ideas.In terms of hierarchy, Moyo is effectively third from bottom in the politburo.

Mugabe trusts Mpofu to an extent of giving him the powerful post of finance in the politburo and this has infuriated the Gang of Four.

“Muchinguri is also livid that she was given the portfolio of secretary for transport after donating the women’s league portfolio to Grace and again this did not go down well with the gang which wanted her to be at least the party chairperson or even VP to replace Mujuru. The fight will be more brutal and dirtier than the war against Mujuru,” said another top politburo source.

He also claimed that Kasukuwere “has never liked Mnangagwa” to lead Zanu PF.

“All these people had one common enemy and that was Mujuru, who made it appear as if they were working together. But the truth of the matter is that Moyo and Kasukuwere are pushing their own agenda and it’s no surprise that the State media has now openly attacked Mnangagwa indirectly through one of his loyalists (Hungwe).

“To even suggest that Hungwe was trying to push for the creation of another centre of power in Mnangagwa is not only a clear fabrication, it is also testimony that all is not well in the party,” he added.

Eldred Masunungure, a University of Zimbabwe political scientist, said there were now two main factions in Zanu PF — namely the Gushungo and Mnangagwa factions.

He said the two factions had operated as one to destroy the Mujuru camp and it now remained to be seen if they could work together.

“The other two factions coalesced against Mujuru and now that they have decimated that faction, the question is, which one remains the most dominant?” Masunungure asked.

“To me the Gushungo faction is now in control of the party because Mugabe knows that real power lies in the party not in the government, so Mnangagwa may not be the winner after all.”

But Pedzisai Ruhanya, a media and democracy scholar, said the Mnangagwa camp had to rein in Hungwe because his statements were way off the mark.

“The thinking behind the powers that control State media and Mnangagwa himself is that Hungwe erred in likening Mnangagwa to Jesus,” Ruhanya said.

“This would have implied that Mnangagwa is greater than any person in the whole of Zimbabwe and this includes Mugabe. As you know Mugabe would not take this lightly, so the Mnangagwa camp felt that Hungwe had to be reined in,” he added.

Maxwell Saungweme, another Harare-based political analyst, said the savage attack on Hungwe was a clear testimony that Mnangagwa’s camp was made up of power-hungry individuals.

“It could be a sign of simmering divisions within the Mnangagwa faction which is expected as their marriage as a faction was one of people who are power hungry and whose immediate objective was to get rid of Mujuru, before coming back to their old selves,” he said.

“But the fact also remains that you cannot liken a mere mortal like Mnangagwa to Jesus. That is the worst form of blasphemy,” he added.

Comments (27)

ZANu PF we please give us a break...they are all a bunch of c****s and some gay gang of 4 think they can dislodge the top echelon of the party!! Dream on gay gang of 4. If you did not see that you were only foot soldiers so one questions for faculties and strategic thinking. Katsotsi ndiBob

Garikayi - 17 December 2014

Dzimwe mbavha dzakabayana pakugovana loot!

Nduwe - 17 December 2014

I think these four have no background history storng enough to challenge Ngwena and Grace will never want to want to be associated with these because she knows the age of her husband has reached a point of no return and she needs protection from Ngwena if she lifts a finger on him she maybe creating a fire in her eyes (kuzvisikira moto mumaziso)

maita - 17 December 2014

This is not a surprise to me. I mentioned it in my last few articles before the Congress that the whole thing was a clear setup and even warned that if Oppah was not going to be offered her peace of cake she was going to strike back. These are just the early stages just wait and see. Very soon she will be striking her vernomous poison to The President and his wife Grace. Gushungo be prepared for the second battle which I believe will be targeting your head

Karigamombe - 17 December 2014

Hungwe get too excited with his of Mugabe's wives Didmus Mutasa used to do the same and where is he now...

Galore 123 - 17 December 2014

vamwe vakuru vanorwara ne pfungwa. munhu should in no way be compared to God. this is where we shoot ourselves. we revere these leaders to divine levels. no they are just like any one of us.

taurai - 17 December 2014

Chaunodyara ndoochaunokohwa. Zvainaka panaMujuru, zvainaka panaGumbo, Zvainaka panaShamu, its now back to reality. Baboons will always be baboons!!

kkkkkkkkkkk - 17 December 2014

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kkkkkkkkkkkkk - 17 December 2014

This is politics, worse still zanu pf. There is nothing wrong with Hungwe's remarks. Its exactly the culture of zanu pf. The same bunch of lot from zanu that are complaining about Hungwe's remarks ,have been doing even worse worshiping Mugabe. Its about who get what and how much.Hungwe is just doing what is best for him on board zanu pirate ship. In zanu pf its either you eat somebody or get eaten, its all dirty and gravy. One can not look at zanu pf from a democratic perspective. Its criminal mafia syndicate, anything goes, its no holds bar.. and gloves are always off. Prof Moyo has been put on voice mail "Science and technology". Its a matter of small time before zanu dies of natural causes and everyone inside will be buried with it.

X-MAN IV - 17 December 2014

Those who advocated the sole-selection of deputies by Mugabe will soon regret because if Mugabe drops dead while he is on leave Mnangagwa will take over and select his own deputies who undoubtedly will not be everyone's cup of tea. Mnangagwa himself is not everyone's cup of tea. The decision will come back to bite them on their bottoms this is why it is always good and fair to enact policies which are good when you are not in office as well as when you are in office. These people cannot turn around and then say “No, the deputies should be elected not unilaterally appointed by the President”.

Musona - 17 December 2014

I don't think the story is true...... Jonathan Moyo trusts Mnangagwa..... but he knows Mnangagwa does not entirely call the shots. Jonathan was used at information to destroy Mujuru because he is good in that department.... but now that the job is done, they need someone to steady the ship. Probably a Mugabe, not Mnangagwa loyalist.

Nduna - 17 December 2014

People like Hungwe are actors in politics as it is known they once ran a programme for the Smith regime called 'Padare' which was for the denigration of the so called liberation war. How they changed camps and managed to win positions surprised those who know the details. He is the type that would look for comfort any how.

clement moyo - 18 December 2014

It's dog eat dog madoda let's wait and see.

Titus - 18 December 2014

I for one think Grace did herself a great disservice by entering mainstream politics & that her attacks on former VP Mujuru were most unfortunate.I have no sympathy or respect for Oppah whatever happens to her.She has been associated with evil things in her political life.Just recently,she back stabbed former VP Mujuru. One day,she will regret her evil actions.

chidhangachidhanga. - 18 December 2014

Jonathan ism the " Wise Worm" remember. He is destroying ZANU PF from within. It's unfortunate that he is no longer in control of the Herald. Soon the good Professor will unleash another strategy!

Chikatsa - 18 December 2014

History in the making . A few decades from now the happenings in zim will make a very good research subject for a real phd candidate

chemsoro - 18 December 2014

You can say all sorts of theories, but the truth is anoda Ngwena Hapana. Ngwena will take over from Bob very soon, but he wont last as president as the ARMY will remove him like a dog. Ngwena is where he is today through evil means, and the ARMY is aware of it. The army, the CIO, the Police and prison services know that this Ngwena Devil is nt capable of ruling this country. ndati batai mazwi aya hama dzangu. The ARMY will do this for the good of the country as it will immediately hand over power back to civilian rule, to a leader who will be democratically chosen by Zimbabweans.

Batai Mazwi - 18 December 2014

Yes one day the military will realize civilian rule is the best thing for the development of the country.The military men also have families who will benefit from a civilian gvt.For now we all know it's the army ruling the country using RGM.That's why election rigging continues while the country suffers.The economy will continue to sink as long as we have a military government.

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scot - 18 December 2014

I have recently become interested in the goings on in my neighbouring country, Zimbabwe. The sudden rise of Dr Grace Mugabe and the likewise demise of VP Mujuru was dramatic.

Balanganani Waniwa - 18 December 2014

But hey buys tell me isure here kuti Jonathan Moyo and Munangagwa vari one side. Uuuummmm it looks like two 2 enermies in one room???? mark my words!!!

gumbo - 19 December 2014

one thing for sure Oppa is not happy she was expecting more than that

ZUPCO - 19 December 2014

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