Mnangagwa headed for trouble?

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa could run into some serious “political headwinds” with his countrywide tours to explain the new constitutional reforms, analysts say.

This comes as his predecessor Joice Mujuru was pretty much felled for “marketing herself through the Zimbabwe Agenda for Sustainable Social and Economic Transformation (ZimAsset)” – a fate, which could also befall the Zanu PF strongman under the party’s treacherous succession politics.

Already, Mashonaland East provincial chiefs’ head Enos Musarurwa’s statements that the turnout by many at a Marondera meeting on Friday and including some legislators seen as Mujuru’s allies was a huge “endorsement of the current leadership” has set tongues wagging.

“For a man who counts the current governor Joel Matiza among his allies, you cannot exactly understand what he (Musarurwa) was talking about when he was going on and on about endorsement of the current leadership at a government meeting,” said an observer.

“In the meantime, you will also remember that Mujuru was floored for taking a whole Women’s League structure and entourage for her ZimAsset meetings, yet Mnangagwa saunters in with government officials to largely talk about party issues,” they said.

While the meeting was also attended by people like Ray Kaukonde, Olivia Muchena and Simbaneuta Mudarikwa – as part of a routine act by Zanu PF members of parliament – Musarurwa’s statements could have equally been primed to project a view that those fighting for order in the party were isolated.

Crucially, the rebel chief could have been simply “parroting some factional leaders’ desperate bid for legitimacy” among the party’s supporters or rank and file.

The development also comes as ex-Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa and Rugare Gumbo have launched various steps to overturn several decisions taken at President Robert Mugabe, and his wife Grace’s behest.

These include the leadership changes at the party’s sixth national congress and where up to 16 ministers, including Mujuru, were unceremoniously ejected.

At Friday’s meeting, Mnangagwa also seemed to contradict Matiza’s view that a handful of white commercial farmers still remaining in the province were being protected by Kaukonde’s former executive.

“When we are now distributing this land there is no law that forbids us to grant pieces of land in the same manner we do to blacks… to whites. To do that, we asked each provincial land committee to provide to the national land committee those you… have agreed that you would (want) to retain,” Mnangagwa said, adding provincial leaders only gave recommendations, which would only be ratified at national levels.

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 17 March 2015

Ngwena is not a strong man . Noone likes hin in ZPF. He is an imposed caricature

hey - 17 March 2015

Let him utilise his ruthlessness to get rid of corruption and looting which has killed Zimbabwe. Thereafter he will be a darling of all Zimbabweans who expect leaders to do the right things for the country. He knows very well where the problem lies with his government but his hands are tied. Ruthless as he is I see him as the only man who can rid Zimbabwe of the deseases of corruption. But he has to unsoak himself from the cesspool of corruption first.

Chorosi - 17 March 2015

iwe Hey if u don't like ngwena ndiwe wega ISU tinomuda. So shut up and that imposed issue is for his advantage. Chimera ndikubatise truth kana uchirutsa urutse KANA uchibuda ZImb wobuda. MNANGAGWA EMMERSON IS THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THIS CONTRY. DO U GET IT

Murambwi - 17 March 2015

I agreee with ngwena`s echos, and what he is trying to do with his road shows concerning our constitution, isnt it whagt we want a respect of the constitution and full application of it?Sometimes zimboz lets not oppose for the sake of nt liking the individual in actual fact we should not like politicians at all but rather stand with them on matters that resonate with our aspirations for this country.

NgwenaIsRight - 18 March 2015

Ngwena is evil, Iwas ku chikurubi he is the one who ordered the prison guards to open fire to the 422 prisoners in the hall. About 17 died on the spot while the number is likely to increase. The deputy commissioner was given the order by ngwena to brutalise the prisoners. Thats cruelty

Shwan - 18 March 2015

Do you really know this sodomite whose hobby is poisons?

Kingdom citizen - 18 March 2015

I think Mai Mujuru was fired along with her collegues in the Presidium for advising the President to take a rest seeing that the age is not doing him well. The President was not happy with this advice, ndokubva avarongera. Zimbabwe just woke up to realise a plan in motion.

Scooter Tembo - 18 March 2015

What the VP said whether we like him or not its a sober fact and he showed he is a national leader by embracing all his compatriots irrespctive of race,ethnic group and others.While the misguided lots in Zanu Pf wanted him to take it the otherway.

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