'Dead man walking'

HARARE - Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere faces the political fight of his life after war veterans savaged him mercilessly on Tuesday ahead of the next crucial politburo meeting expected to take place soon at which the over weening ambition of the party’s Young Turks will come under the spotlight.

So bad could things ultimately turn for Kasukuwere that a senior Zanu PF official told the Daily News last night that, “Tyson (Kasukuwere’s nickname) is a dead man walking” — adding that, “unless the dynamics change very quickly in his favour him, his end is nigh”.

Other well-placed sources also told the Daily News yesterday that President Robert Mugabe, his influential wife Grace, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other senior politburo members like secretary for administration Ignatius Chombo were “not happy” with Kasukuwere who faced the real danger of being booted out of the party.

This was after war veterans openly and surprisingly accused the youthful Cabinet minister on Tuesday of “creating another centre of power” in an alleged bid to grab power from Mugabe.

Kasukuwere, who is also referred to as Obama by other party Young Turks who operate as the Generation 40 (G40) group, in reference to Barack Obama who defied all odds to become the first black president of the United States, is said to harbour ambitions for higher office — a move that has put him in the firing line of senior colleagues.

Members of the G40 and Gang of Four, working with Grace, masterminded the toppling of former Vice President Joice Mujuru as they saw the popular widow of liberation war icon General Solomon Mujuru as a stumbling block to their ambitions.

But no sooner had Mujuru fallen that Zanu PF split into two distinct and bitterly-opposed formations — with one initially led by Mnangagwa but also fragmenting, and the other by disaffected liberation struggle stalwarts who now operate as Zanu PF “People First”.

In their unexpected move on Tuesday, war veterans held a Press conference in Harare where they lashed Kasukuwere viciously, saying they would not allow him to take over power from Mugabe.

In addition, a war veteran and Zanu PF politburo member Oppah Muchinguri, who was part of the original Gang of Four, also recently fingered the G40 as responsible for the turmoil that continues to dog the ruling party — further accusing them of wanting to take over power from Mugabe and not wanting Mnangagwa as both party and State VP.

Similarly, Zanu PF Harare youth chairperson Godwin Gomwe, who is closely linked to Grace, has also rallied against Kasukuwere’s move to impose a relatively unknown party candidate, Terence Mukupe, in the capital city to represent it in Harare East in the forthcoming by-elections.

Kasukuwere defiantly ignored a directive by senior officials, who worked through Chombo, that the party be represented in Harare East by Mavis Gumbo.

Embarrassingly, Zanu PF will now field two candidates in the poll after Mukupe successfully appealed to the courts, against party policy, to also represent the party.

To further complicate Kasukuwere’s life, Mnangagwa’s supporters allege that the Gang of Four and G40 members, of which the national commissar is said to be a leading member, are complaining that they were not rewarded adequately for masterminding the demise of Mujuru and her allies on murky allegations of plotting to oust and kill Mugabe.

It is further claimed that Zanu PF hardliners are using Kasukuwere’s position and influence in the party, as well as its ongoing restructuring exercise and the controversial nomination of candidates for the June 10 by-elections, to strategically position themselves and their allies in the party and government in their alleged bid to outwit Mnangagwa and his allies.

It is also widely believed in the party that this is what has prompted the Mnangagwa camp to move, through the likes of Chombo, to reverse many of Kasukuwere’s decisions — including overturning the results of party primary elections which favour the Young Turks.

“Tyson is in the doo-doo with the leaders. The politburo meeting will decide whether he survives all this, which is looking increasingly unlikely if you analyse the events of the past few days alone,” a senior Zanu PF official said.

Pedzisai Ruhanya, a political analyst, said Kasukuwere would most likely be taken to task at the politburo meeting because he had angered Mugabe and other senior party officials.

“The problem with Kasukuwere and his group is that they don’t understand or appreciate how Zanu PF functions. When you see or hear some elements in Zanu PF making some statements it must ring alarm bells to Kasukuwere and his colleagues as this reflects the thinking of the party leader.

“You read Mugabe’s thinking from statements from the youths, women and war veterans. When they speak you know that it is the centre speaking,” he said.

Ruhanya further said the current ructions in Zanu PF were as a result of the continued weakening of party structures — although he added that Mugabe still held a lot of sway in the party.

“What is clear from the going-ons in Zanu PF is that there is low internal party cohesion, particularly elite cohesion among the leadership. So in such a situation Mugabe should confront rebellion as the authority.

“While signs are there that the president is ageing, he is still the centre of power and there is no authority breakdown. Although some party members may be fighting and causing all sorts of noise it is Mugabe who will prevail and have the final say,” Ruhanya said.

Maxwell Saungweme, another political analyst, also said Mugabe was likely to haul Kasukuwere before hot coals in the next politburo meeting.

“It’s likely to be an explosive meeting where Kasukuwere and others will be reigned on. Some political careers will be drastically changed after this meeting,” he said.

Another political analyst, Dewa Mavhinga, said the current fights in Zanu PF were linked to the succession issue.

“What is happening in Zanu PF is a continuation a vicious battle to succeed Mugabe which the expulsion of Joice Mujuru and the elevation of Mnangagwa failed to decisively resolve.

“It is a continuation of the deterioration and disintegration of the party which will be characterised by more infighting and jostling for advantage at the upcoming politburo meetings.

“Unfortunately, these Zanu PF meetings never focus on substantive issues to improve the lives of Zimbabweans. All they do is spend hours and hours talking about petty party positions.

“Zanu PF should devote serious attention to finding Itai Dzamara and to improving the human rights and economic environment for all,” Mavhinga said.

Comments (27)

Who cares

Tambai Njunga - 14 May 2015

This Pedzisai guy is foolish. He is merely pushing a tribal agenda trying to sound very learned. It takes a fool not to see that. Does he think that Kasukuwere and Jonathan are so stupid not to know and understand the mindset of the president?

Lucky - 14 May 2015

Things fall apart, doomsday is here for ZANU PF, thank you Blessed Father in the name of Jesus. Amen!!

Dee - 14 May 2015

The day idiots started roasting their own fingers is around. We stand, watch, laugh and keep our focus on that day the same idiots will through themselves in fire.

Ziziharinanyanga - 14 May 2015

MuchiTonga ingulube ilikangaa amafuta ayoo zanu is frying itself no whites .no Morgan , no uneducated baKalanga , or people without mutupo but zanu doing the frying much to our amusement we like it .As of Pedizsayi you see my brother Mugabe has totally lost control he is no longer making decision but Grace once Grace is not happy about something in zanu he will make sure her wishes are met and to me that is not how zanu was being ran before which means now umadala has lost control and is used to fight wars for those who feel frightened by others in the party simply as that . Mugabe is no longer in charge he is there as a scare crow . Now Kasukuwera where to? very soon all ill derived riches will vanish in thin air , Chesa mpama kankulukpnkulu!!!!!!!.

Diibulaanyika - 15 May 2015

imba iya yavakukoromoka zanu pf is on its way out.let us wait and see, by the way where are the 2 million jobs promised during elections

mbahva - 15 May 2015

Jobs will not be created unless they change their policies.

ZEEPU - 15 May 2015

We kindly ask the creator to give us the brains of human beings. So far the majority of us have demonstrated that they are sub humans you can ask PW botha. He has clearly described the black man and his machinations. He cannot plan his life for more than a year KUNYEPA HERE??? Give them guns they kill each other!!! When they get money they indulge in sex!! They are happy when they sing and play kongonya!!!they are good for nothing!!! God be merciful to us , we are your creatures

herber - 15 May 2015

Mugabe now needs help - Msipa. I wanted to volunteer to offer my help but nothing shows on this topic. Whats going on Daily News ? As for the dead man walking who cares about him ?

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 15 May 2015

You people or political analyst why being blind Mukupe is a Zimbabwean and entitled to contest and he won 659 votes and Gumbo is also entitled to contest and lost 362 votes meaning she lost but now Kasukuwere said Mukupe won and you a saying he should listen to this technoc Chombo who wants her girl friend to take party why despite G40 and young turk being sponsored by Grace to also topple Mugabe and Munangagwa Mukupe should stand for the party on the 10 june election.And if you are not working on assumption why cant remove the main actors in the G40 and Young Turk while the sun shines.We are sick and tiered with your cheap politics.Musanyepere vanhu Grace,Kasukuwere,Mnangagwa,Mphoko,Moyo,Zhuwau and Muchinguri worse Chombo ane macooperatives.

de joboringo - 15 May 2015

659<362 Where is my maths teacher?

Pompano - 15 May 2015

whatever...?????///?///??

hey - 15 May 2015

Kasukuwire is right. He is supporting the winner. Chombo and War vets are totally being unreasonable . Young people should be given chance to contests for the higher office. Zimbabwe is the only country with an old leadership. We need people who can move with time. ZANU of must give chance to the Digital Generation. The world is changing and therefore we need young leadership that can understand global technological changes. Pamperi na J Moyo & Kasukuwire. Down with those drunkards who parades with a 1963 flawed political ideology...

dzasukwa - 15 May 2015

Kasukuwire is right. He is supporting the winner. Chombo and War vets are totally being unreasonable . Young people should be given chance to contests for the higher office. Zimbabwe is the only country with an old leadership. We need people who can move with time. ZANU of must give chance to the Digital Generation. The world is changing and therefore we need young leadership that can understand global technological changes. Pamperi na J Moyo & Kasukuwire. Down with those drunkards who obsessed with & parades with a 1963 flawed political ideology...

dzasukwa - 15 May 2015

G40 is not going anywhere.Grace Mugabe is their patron.Grace Mugabe for President.

Kufandada - 15 May 2015

In terms of the ZanuPF constitution,Mukupe contested the primaries and won.Why do you want to stop him from contesting the election? The fact that Gumbo is being imposed will make Mukupe win.Mukupe is now Gamatox.

Kufandada - 15 May 2015

All those who had been fired from zanu had been right.I can not remember anyone fired by zanu who was wrong . But what ever is happening in zanu is very good for every sane citizen let them kill and cripple each other we enjoy it . But as of now Kasukuwera is finished so is Mukupe who sponsored zanu during last election to intimidate and kill those who never supported zanu .

Diibulaanyika - 15 May 2015

All those who had been fired from zanu had been right.I can not remember anyone fired by zanu who was wrong . But what ever is happening in zanu is very good for every sane citizen let them kill and cripple each other we enjoy it . But as of now Kasukuwera is finished so is Mukupe who sponsored zanu during last election to intimidate and kill those who never supported zanu .

Diibulaanyika - 15 May 2015

Ndiwe wakazvitangira wega nyaya yako yekuzviidza gamba @ Dibulanyika yu mean Mutasa was right so as Gumbo and Basikiti who was reported to steal Chingwizi aid and bloking Tsvangirai from seeing Chingwizi people you I don't think so even Mai Mujuru- she s said to have a hand on Tongogara and her husband was the first chief defence

juss asking - 15 May 2015

talk of ana M arget Dongo nana Edgar Tekere I WLL agree wt you

juss asking - 15 May 2015

Go on Tyson go on mate, scheme your way up there! Remember Border Gezi? He was also as overzealous as Tysom..and what happened is history. Viva Zanu PF

Garikayi - 15 May 2015

We wll wait and see the outcome of the byelections

Chinos - 17 May 2015

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