G40, Mphoko gang up

HARARE - As the battle to succeed President Robert Mugabe gets nastier and messier, Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks have apparently roped in co-Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko to counter party strongman, VP Emmerson Mnangagwa, in a bid to advance their ambitions.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News on Sunday yesterday that President Robert Mugabe was aware of this development and that he had allegedly made it “abundantly clear” at Thursday’s explosive Zanu PF politburo meeting in Harare that he was not happy with this, and that he completely trusted Mnangagwa.

One of the sources said the Young Turks — who are known as the Generation 40 (G40) group, and some of them as the Gang of Four — had realised that “they needed more ammunition to thwart Ngwena (Mnangagwa)”, hence the incorporation of Mphoko in their alleged plot.

With Mugabe now old and frail, in addition to being seized with regional matters as chairperson of both Sadc and the African Union — his two deputies, Mphoko and Mnangagwa, have been slugging it out of late, battling for supremacy.

Mphoko has since made it openly clear that he will not play second fiddle to Mnangagwa, saying bluntly recently that there is no second Vice President in both the country’s and ruling party’s constitutions — as Mnangagwa’s supporters are wont to claim.

“This latest development (G40 working with Mphoko) effectively makes Mphoko the leader of the Generation 40 and Gang of Four. As you may have noted, (Zanu PF political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere recently criss-crossed the country on a campaign trail ahead of the by-elections in the company of the VP,” a senior Zanu PF official seen as close to Mnangagwa said.

“It was thus not a coincidence that just before (Zanu PF’s) politburo meeting on Thursday, Mphoko was the more visible of the two Vice Presidents as he campaigned from Manicaland to Mashonaland West,” he added.

Another source claimed that while Mphoko had publicly blamed the West on the emotive Gukurahundi killings of the early 1980s, “he secretly abhors any person who is linked to the gruesome killings” of an estimated 20 000 innocent civilians by the army, mainly in the Matabeleland and Midlands regions.

Speaking at a rally on Wednesday, Zanu PF candidate for the hotly-contested Harare East constituency, Terence Mukupe, said that Mphoko would grace his rally but that suddenly changed after the party’s Thursday politburo meeting, where Mugabe is said to have made it clear that he trusted Mnangagwa.

“The Gang of Four wants to take power through Mphoko. It was brought to the politburo that Mnangagwa was being sidelined by the wily gang and that is why you see the Vice President now going about with them at rallies.

“Remember it is the prerogative of the commissariat to invite officials to rallies and they deliberately left out Mnangagwa,” one of the sources said.

Other Zanu PF and government sources who spoke to our sister paper, the Daily News, last week said the war between Mphoko and Mnangagwa was a “manifestation of the ruling party’s undecided succession issue”, adding that it was so deep-rooted and apparent to the extent that it was becoming “an embarrassing problem” at both party and State level.

According to one source, Mugabe made it clear during Thursday’s politburo meeting that he had a “perfect working relationship with Mnangagwa” and allegedly stated clearly that all the decisions that his deputy made had his explicit approval.

But as the fall-out between Mnangagwa and the Gang of Four deepened, Information minister Jonathan Moyo, who is said to be a key member of the Gang of Four, revealed rather contemptuously during an interview with the BBC that Mnangagwa was not Mugabe’s chosen successor.

Asked why Zimbabwe was considering Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe given his alleged ruthlessness against rivals, Moyo retorted: “This reference to him as the next president is really yours and a burden that you should unravel yourself and not state as a fact. You can ask those who see him that way but he is an appointed vice president.

“The president did not appoint him so that he could succeed him, but he appointed him so that he could assist him to implement the policy programme of government”.

While Moyo may have meant this well, while also sticking to party policy, this angered Mnangagwa’s allies who are now baying for the blood of the Young Turks.

“It was in this light that both Mugabe and Mnangagwa attacked the Young Turks (in the politburo), with the president also taking serious umbrage with the contemptuous statement that Kasukuwere directed towards war veterans when he attacked them as drunkards.

“The president was not happy with the Gang of Four, especially the attack on War Veterans. Chris Mutsvangwa, (the minister of War Veterans) stood up and attacked Kasukuwere and he had the ear of the president and many others in the party who now want them to be reined in,” the source said.

Although Mugabe managed to contain the storm caused by the fielding of two candidates in Harare East — Terence Mukupe and Mavis Gumbo — the party failed to paper the cracks that have been caused by the debacle.

At a rally in Kambuzuma yesterday, Mnangagwa admitted that Gumbo and Mukupe were mere pawns in Zanu PF’s vicious factional and succession wars that show no signs of ending.

Mnangagwa jokingly but tellingly told party supporters that it was his first time to address party supporters ahead of the by-elections that have been boycotted by the opposition, in what insiders said was a dig at Kasukuwere for sidelining him.

Comments (19)

repetition of same news please be serious

general - 24 May 2015

Hate them or like them, the G40 group are bringing something new in the Zimbabwean politics. Very soon, they will be the first ones, within ZANU PF, to face Mugabe directly and tell him that he is a liability to the country, something which no one within ZANU PF has ever dared to tell Mugabe. Imagine, Mujuru and the rest of the so-called ZANU People First are still praising the old man saying that he has good intentions for the country, after ruining the country and ruining them! The G40 may not have good intentions but the question is, should Zimbabwe continue with Mugabe at the helm and wrecking the country or should Zimbabwe try any other leadership, whatever it is? Can Uncle Bob play his tricks now? I wish G40s are so greedy for power that they will not let go, instead of waiting for the so-called smooth operators who are dumped at will! Even the so-called cunning Ngwena is now being tossed here and there! Why should you dislike G40 after all this? People want jobs, food, security, good health. Finito. - even if it will be a dog at the helm!

Peter - 24 May 2015

Peter, you're insane. Go see the doctor immediately.

binya - 24 May 2015

G40 will be good for Zimbabwe . We need young people to takeover now. Emmer son is too cruel and very old for that matter. He will never win a free and fair election in Zimbabwe. He is also hated by the west for many reasons and he is not the type of leader who can attract much needed. Investment. BBC interview revealed a lot about the dynamics of politics in Zimbabwe. The battle for Zimbabwe is just starting and real those with balls will prevail. Mugabe knows very well that ED stands no chance in a free and fair election and he has been the brain behind the rigging machinery .We are also told the army is now backing the G40 contrary to some claims by online newspapers that the army is behind ED.

Dzasukwa - 24 May 2015

Is G40 not the Gushungo Dynasty?So are you guys accepting President Grace Mugabe in the name of G40?

Kufandada - 24 May 2015

I agree with Peter. At this point, we need power hungry and to an extent careless pple who are not afraid to mix it up with the old guard. Lets face it Zimbabwe, we need change of leadership, we need transition and we need it quick. With the R GM at the helm, nothing will change. We have to be prepared for some nasty transition, in fact I can argue that we need it to rid ourselves of politics of patronage, cronyism etc. So go young turks... as long as you know that you too, may just be tools in the grand scheme of things

tino16 - 24 May 2015

Mugabe likes it when there are two forces pulling on both sides in Zanu PF. That guy killed and is killing us !

Mugabe - 24 May 2015

patasvika paipa hama. It will be bitter for some of respect who the president. one day we will wakeup with someone else. change is hard to accept but slowly I can see the dynamics of our politics changing.

taurai - 24 May 2015

Well Mpoko is fool bcoz up to now he does not know that zanu policy does not allow people from Matebeleland to be president of this country . Under zanu please Mpoko you can go as far as second vp and that is the end that is according to the zanu we know . You are being used baba you will not get any way sipukupuku.You are going to wake up when its too late like Jabulani Sibanda

Diibulaanyika - 24 May 2015

Taurai unotaura sei? Kana usingagone chirungu purizi shandisa mutauro waamai. Urikuda kuti chii kana uchinyora kuti "It will be bitter for some of respect who the president... one day we will wakeup with someone else" Kasi waimbove DOFO kuchikoro? Kana kuti uchiridofo? Kana uchiridofo ndapota regedza kushandisa chirungu chausingazive nekuti isu vana Chatunga tinozokunyadzisa kana topindura

Chatungs Mugabe - 25 May 2015

Aya ndiwo mapishapisha muzanu.Pamberi ne zanupfiefu.

chitsiga - 25 May 2015

Aya ndiwo mapishapisha muzanu.Pamberi ne zanupfiefu.

chitsiga - 25 May 2015

@Diibulaanyika Let that blind Mpoko sell out as much as he wants, just like his predecessor John Nkomo. Its an open secrete in Zim that no Mthwakazi can be President of the Gukurahundi Republic. Its not just a ZANU PF unwritten law; its a general Shona law. Why do you think they hate Welshman Ncube so much? Its because he is trying to upstage the Shonas, Mugabe and Tswangirayi. And being intelligent, young and highly educated; he is far more bigger threat than Dumiso Dabengwa. This is why they don't bother themselves that much with Dabengwa. That is The Republic of Shona Gukurahundi Zimbabwe for you my friend - where the necklacing against Shonas in South Africa totally pales into insignificance when compared to the evils they have been done to Matebeleland; which evils still continue today!!

Phunyukabemphethe - 25 May 2015

president Mboko ehh sorry i mean mphoko

Harare - 25 May 2015

What's good about G40?A bunch of power hungry fellows.They may even be worse off.Worse still, what is this Mboko thing up to?Does he have ambitions to be the president of the country?my oh my...

Tahir Iqbal - 25 May 2015

Mboko and E.D are two old time information "gurus" in Zanu pf. Thats the reason Mugabe put them as V.Ps. A lot of people will be flushed if not careful by associating with the two. Mugabe will die in office and will take zanu pf with him. The battle for control of the party that will follow will have no winner.

X-MAN IV - 25 May 2015

guys president mugabe is the centre of power in pf. there are good reasons for the current purges in pf. the g40s is just a mere waste of time. they are just there on paper come 2018.

Tony - 26 May 2015

Am really laughing my lungs out at a number of poor and dull minded people who buy this fiction and even go on to comment, Really, is the so called infighting pairing the names mentioned above?. Only idiots who do not know the zanu pf politics are believing this hog wash created by the daily lies.

reason - 26 May 2015

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