Mugabe confirms Zanu PF in chaos

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe has finally admitted that his brutal purging of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her perceived allies on untested allegations of plotting to oust him from power has neither dampened Zanu PF’s deadly factional and succession wars, nor mitigated endemic corruption among his lieutenants.

Addressing his party’s Youth League in Harare at the weekend, the nonagenarian confirmed what the Daily News has exclusively and consistently written about over the past six months, that vicious infighting continues to disembowel Zanu PF and that vice presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko are locked in a nasty succession struggle.

Mugabe told the youths in a rare candid address that he had received intelligence to the effect that the party was polarising around Mnangagwa and Mphoko, adding ominously that people who were pushing for either of the two men to succeed him needed to stop doing so forthwith.

“If you are choosing between my two vice presidents, you are beginning your own Gamatox (Mujuru faction).

“They (the VPs) occupy equal sphere. If you say you want this one to succeed, you are already bringing division within the people and this so soon after our election.

“The people will choose when the time comes, and you will be part of that process, but don’t get divided by that question now,” he said.

He also admitted pointedly that many Zanu PF bigwigs were abusing their party positions and engaging in gross corruption.

“There are some amongst us who are corrupt .... Everywhere, there is corruption, corruption, corruption . . . With less business opportunities in the country there is a far better room for corruption, there is far better room for crime,” he lamented resignedly.

Responding to the youths’ request for land, the nonagenarian bemoaned the underutilisation of farms by party leaders, further pointing out that some new farmers were holding on to properties solely for prestige purposes.

The Daily News has run a number of exclusives and exposes on the ruling party since late last year, highlighting its seemingly unstoppable factional fights spawned by its unresolved succession question as rival interest groups within the party prepare for life after Mugabe.

Well-placed sources have highlighted the existence of a faction around Mnangagwa that is tussling for power with the party’s ambitious Young Turks, who operate under the moniker Generation 40 (G40) — with a few prominent ones among them also now derisively known as the Gang of Four and allegedly including party political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

Insiders have also claimed that to neutralise Mnangagwa’s growing influence, the ever-scheming G40, specifically the Gang of Four, has since allegedly moved to rope in Mphoko in the fight against Mnangagwa in a fraught political climate in which Mphoko has been vehemently asserting his equality to Mnangagwa.

A senior civil servant told the Daily News recently that in addition to the tension between Mnangagwa and Mphoko being “rooted in Zanu PF’s succession politics, another contributing factor was that the structure set up is not clear on whether there is a first vice president or not” both at party and government level.

“I sympathise with both men as things are only clear when President Mugabe is away and one of them is acting president,” the official said.

Another senior Zanu PF official said he understood that the problem was now so bad that Mphoko had allegedly recently approached Mugabe to complain that Mnangagwa was “always undermining him and treating him like a junior vice president” when the two men were equal, “at least in theory”.

In the meantime, other sources say Mugabe’s assertion that his successor will be popularly elected has given fresh impetus to the G40’s assault on power, as they appeared to believe that it’s “now open season” — and particularly given their view that Mnangagwa is allegedly “unpopular and unelectable”.

“The president may have unwittingly exacerbated the infighting in the party by suggesting that anyone can aspire to succeed him.

“The Generation 40 camp believes as a result it is now open season,” a youth official told the Daily News yesterday.

Apparently strengthened by the powers bestowed on him as the political commissar, Kasukuwere has also allegedly been using the party’s current restructuring exercise to establish the critical mass base that the Young Turks hope will get them into power.

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 29 June 2015

the youth in zanu are already corrupt themselves. if they are going to be the leaders of the future government then we are in yet in big trouble. remember most of them have already been taught to kill anything which is not zanu. not to respect elders who are not zanu. in fact kill them. we have seen these youth being taught and shown how to be corrupt at road blocks. if they can be bused to voting area to rig elections they are already rotten before they start. no future for zimbabwe as long as zanu is in control. GOD help us.

see - 30 June 2015

Nothing lasts forever Zanu Pf get me right.

skulu ncube - 30 June 2015

Regardless of who finally emerges from this vicious power struggle that has literally torn the party to pieces, a power struggle created by none other than our very leader himself, one has to realize that the chances of recreating a unified and strong ZANU PF is now a thought too ridiculous for words. Zimbabwe is fast evolving into another Somalia type situation with war lords in control of factions fighting for control and all backed by external sources. Why can't people see it coming?

Bornwell Gumbo - 30 June 2015

The friction between the vice presidents is man made. Its aim is to make the dear leader indespensable and the rest devisive. So one party one leader till death do us a favour.

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lovemore - 30 June 2015

Everyone in ZANU PF is wrong except the God-given leader himself. And the ZANU dimwits have taken this rubbish to the core - reason why the accuse each other of this and that except Mugabe himself. @Bornwell you are soo right - Mugabe is doing nobody in Zimbabwe a favour by clinging to power and not sorting the succession issue. When he goes everyone will claim to have been anointed by Mugabe in private. And that will be the beginning of toughtimes for us. Why should this man be so possessive? To the extend of saying "my Vice Presidents"! In "my party", "my Zimbabwe" and "my people". Damn!!

Kunda Kinde - 30 June 2015

Robert is talking nonsense!!! He has failed to manage the succession issue. He has presided over a corrupt system for so long that he does not know that he Robert is the most corrupt person...the rest followed suit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Garikayi - 30 June 2015

Can someone tell Mr President that it is not enough to admit the chaos within the party without doing something about it. It is this chaos that has filtered into the economy and for sure Mugabe can not brace himself to walk the streets of Harare or any city in zimbabwe for that matter. No wonder why he is always in the sky

pride - 30 June 2015

All this whilst my beloved country cries.......God have mercy...

Den - 30 June 2015

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