Mugabe will go soon: Top aide

HARARE - Controversial State media columnist, Nathaniel Manheru, widely believed to be President Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba, says the nonagenarian has, by expelling former vice president Joice Mujuru, finally resolved the succession puzzle and is now set to “bow out like all mortals”.

In his typically long and verbose column in The Herald yesterday, Manheru boasted about his proximity to the seat of power and which gives him intimate knowledge of the goings-on in Zanu PF.

Mujuru, for long viewed as the leading candidate to succeed Mugabe, was summarily expelled from Zanu PF last Thursday, having been brutally removed from both her State and party positions late last year — with insiders saying that the road had now been cleared for her main rival Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to eventually take over from the 91-year-old.

“There is stress on orderly succession. There is stress on bi-partisan political structure, with no median politics ever surviving. You are either Zanu PF or MDC-T, and in between is nothing, at least for now. In the case of Robert Mugabe, it is a matter of duty. Soon he will bow out like all mortals,” the often well-informed Manheru said.

Over the years, Mugabe has refused to anoint a successor, preferring to keep his ambitious lieutenants guessing. But things appeared to change ahead of the party’s damp squib “elective” congress last year when Mujuru was humiliated and reduced to an ordinary card carrying member.

“She (Mujuru) had continued to be a counterpoint within, enjoying a legitimacy to approach and use party structures for her own outcomes. And to organise against the party, to meet foreigners, to divide loyalties,” Manheru said in his column as he attempted to explain the former VP’s expulsion from the ruling party.

According to Manheru, Mujuru was allegedly using expelled Zanu PF stalwarts Rugare Gumbo and Didymus Mutasa “to push forward her campaign”.

“Occasionally she would emerge from the parapet, from twilight, take a shot at the President and party, thereby reminding the world she still existed, existed as the only one with the legitimacy and courage to tackle mukuru (Mugabe),” Manheru added, warning that more heads were likely to roll even if that could lead to more by-elections.

“Today she is out and no one in the party can hobnob with her, without declaring counter loyalties, without inviting disciplinary action. And from where I seat, there is a readiness to take hard decisions, to settle the whole matter comprehensively, even if it means another mini-general election.

“So let no sitting MP think that there is fear to expel, a fear to go back to the people. And the days ahead will have many eyes,” Manheru said.

In a rare admission from someone close to the establishment, Manheru also revealed that the deadly factional fights in Zanu PF presented a danger of degenerating into open warfare.

“He (Mugabe) can’t leave a dispute in his party, a dispute still unresolved and what is worse, one with real potential for gunpowder. Historically putsches in Zanu PF have always been a bloody affair.

“Thank heavens this one happened in the life of the commander in chief of politics. And for me, the man has discharged a key assignment to do with succession,” he said.

Mugabe is the only leader that Zimbabweans have known since the country’s independence from Britain 35 years ago, and in two weeks time the country will mark its Independence Day with the majority of its people wallowing in abject poverty.

On another note, the often media-unfriendly Manheru also threatened to use the report by the Information and Media Panel of Inquiry (IMPI) to clamp down on the country’s vocal independent media.

“Thankfully, IMPI has reported back, and far-reaching decisions will have to be taken to carry forward its recommendations. And the report came from the same journalists who abuse readers in its blatant way, fortified by a constitutionally ill-gotten sense of impunity. Bones have to rattle,” he warned ominously.

Comments (16)

Whose bones will have to rattle ? Better start with Charamba's own bones . For a start, can he tell us precise;y how much money he looted from the PSMAS where he used to masquerade as a board member ? He dipped his hands into the cookie jar. Charamba promised to resign over this. But true to Zanu PF mafia psyche, he has not done so . Nobody surrenders in Zanu PF. All known thieves in that that party even get promoted.Charamba,s hands are not clean. He should bow his head in singular shame and resign. In that way , bones will surely rattle.

MuChinja - 5 April 2015

Whose bones will have to rattle ? Better start with Charamba's own bones . For a start, can he tell us precise;y how much money he looted from the PSMAS where he used to masquerade as a board member ? He dipped his hands into the cookie jar. Charamba promised to resign over this. But true to Zanu PF mafia psyche, he has not done so . Nobody surrenders in Zanu PF. All known thieves in that that party even get promoted.Charamba,s hands are not clean. He should bow his head in singular shame and resign. In that way , bones will surely rattle.

MuChinja - 5 April 2015

What we know is that Mugabe wants to die in office or live Grace or Bona in charge. The so called Mnangagwa taking over is another propaganda meant to settle down the cyclone within ZANU PF that is calling for Mugabe to quit.

Ziziharinanyanga - 5 April 2015

What does it matter if one goes and another comes when Zimbabweans are all just cowardless re-aligning themselves with politics making them the arbiter of their lives. no freedom there just slaverly and depency of political goodwill, sham on all of them, bloody cowards and enemies of the freedom.

emperor - 5 April 2015

Mugabe can't anoint a successor because he isn't a prophet and neither is he God. Africa is very rich in natural resources including minerals and good climate but the continent has the poorest of the poor because of Idol worship, giving regard to medium spirits forsaking the Word of God. The reporter doesn't even know the meaning of ''to anoint'' surely you going straight to hell; be born again and you will know the term.

Ed - 5 April 2015

Please this man has overstayed. He must go today not soon. The country will never succeed with him, because his ministers and his wife are busy looting knowing very well that at 91 years he is now longer under the control of normal mind. Look he takes decisions or have Politburo meetings when the wife is back, that not whta we know of him when Sally was there.

Ephraim - 6 April 2015

How can a whole national newspaper like yourself run a dozen headlines with prophetic headlines...this is degeneration of news standards Daily news.

makudo - 6 April 2015

Zanu pf leaders and their acolytes thrive on their self-anointed immunity whilst looting, extorting, robbing, raping, brutalization, and murdering their victims . When they fall foul of others in their massive criminal enterprise, they suddenly start exposing the evil sins of their shameless fellow cowards and criminals in Zanu pf who are still riding high on the gravy train. In the hope of erasing their blemished trail of depravity these turncoats now seek to sell-out their former comrades in crime. All former and present Zanu pf criminals need their necks stretched by a noose. Only the likes of European Union ambassadors to Zimbabwe Xavier Marchal, Aldo Dell'Ariccia and Philippe van Damme, and their appeasing colleagues believe that these Zanu pf felons are heroes that need to be excused for their actions and should be rewarded with substantial western aid funds. Catrio-anus Laing felt that they were not asset pillagers, social parasites or barbarians but had all the necessary qualities of strong moral principles, honesty , integrity and decency.

Catriona Neville-Chamberlain - 6 April 2015

ZANU PF chiwororo chete...Bvuma kuchembera bvuma chete.....

Clemence Tashaya - 6 April 2015

ZANU PF chiwororo chete...Bvuma kuchembera bvuma chete.....

Clemence Tashaya - 6 April 2015

ZANU PF chiwororo chete...Bvuma kuchembera bvuma chete.....

Clemence Tashaya - 6 April 2015

Chikwambo chamudhara .....ZANU PF....mese mungataura chi chi asi mese muri mhata chete,.....hence mchitcha musangano wenyu mese even from MDC T yacho...you all came from musangano

Clemence Tashaya - 6 April 2015

Been there, done that and heard that many times before! Nothing new or exciting in that tired old announcement at all! Truth is; the old codger is as determined as ever to gain immortality or die in office if that phantom commodity is not attained!

Pullman - 7 April 2015

MABASA MABASA.TANZWA NEMI AKOMANA.

BB - 7 April 2015

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