Knives sharpen for Mnangagwa

HARARE - Political opponents of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa within President Robert Mugabe’s warring Zanu PF are said to be sharpening their knives against him and his allies — amid claims that “an elaborate and devious scheme” is being unrolled in a desperate bid to derail his presidential aspirations.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News yesterday that the under fire VP’s Zanu PF enemies were “working flat out to decapitate him and all his supporters” in the manner in which former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her perceived allies had been annihilated late last year after being accused of plotting to oust and kill Mugabe.

The sources spoke in the wake of the weekend expose by the Daily News’ sister paper, the Daily News on Sunday, which reported that Mugabe’s increasingly influential wife Grace was dreaming anew about succeeding her nonagenarian husband, with the ruling party’s ambitious Young Turks, the Generation 40 (G40) group, apparently playing a “sneaky role” in the plot to thwart Mnangagwa’s leadership dreams.

“That story (in the Daily News on Sunday) was probably an understatement of the year. Ngwena’s (Mnangagwa’s) enemies have hatched an elaborate and devious scheme against him and all his supporters.

“They are working flat out to decapitate him and all his supporters like they did to Mai Mujuru and her allies. They sense that the time is opportune to do this, and that it is now or never,” one of the sources said.

Since Mujuru’s brutal ouster from power late last year following Zanu PF’s damp squib “elective” congress, Mnangagwa has been tipped to be the most likely successor to Mugabe, even as other senior party officials have publicly pooh-poohed this.

Another source alleged that the reported alliance against Mnangagwa between Grace and the G40 “hyenas” had resulted in the VP’s camp being “taken on and matched pound for pound across the country” — with Mnangagwa’s allies generally coming out worse off wherever these confrontations were taking place.

“Ngwena’s boys are getting a heavy battering,” he claimed — citing an incident last week in Epworth where one of Graces’ alleged protégés, Zaleeh Makari, thumped a candidate who was said to be aligned to the Mnangagwa camp, Kudakwashe Damson, in a battle to represent the crisis-torn ruling party in the constituency.

Makari, apparently completely unknown in the constituency, but campaigning “on the coat-tails of Dr Amai (Grace)”, beat all odds to emerge victorious—- in a development that was seen as a massive blow to the Mnangagwa camp.

The vice president also suffered significant embarrassment in Mutare at the weekend, where he addressed a puny crowd at the launch of the youth games that are being held there — as the divided ruling party failed to mobilise enough supporters to attend the function.

But Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF enemies twisted things around and alleged that this betrayed the fact that the VP was an “unpopular and unelectable” leader.

“The plan is to weaken the power base that Mnangagwa has been quietly building since he was appointed vice president. He knew from the beginning that getting rid of Mujuru from the succession matrix was only half the job.

“He realised the need for support in the party then and has been working on that, but it looks like they (his enemies) have devised a counter-strategy. They are now using the party’s restructuring exercise to nail him and his allies,” a central committee member told the Daily News yesterday.

He added that the strategy also involved publicly-humiliating pro-Mnangagwa party officials by youths aligned to the G40 and national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere — with Zanu PF deputy secretary for administration July Moyo and self-confident Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena apparently among the prime targets.

Moyo is accused of being the brains behind the Mnangagwa camp, while Wadyajena is seen as having been

deployed to “sniff out dirt” on prominent G40 members in government.

Another insider claimed that Grace was “deliberately throwing calculated punches” at Mnangagwa, who is nicknamed Ngwena for his alleged ruthlessness and famed patience.

Speaking in Binga last week, the First Lady savaged ruling party bigwigs who were angling to succeed her husband, warning that the nonagenarian’s embattled deputies, who often acted in his place when he was away, were not guaranteed to succeed him.

“Acting as president ... does not mean one is an heir apparent. This is what destroyed Mai Mujuru. Do not be caught offside. Tamba nevamwe zvakanaka (interact well with each other),” Grace thundered in remarks that were widely interpreted as aimed at Mnangagwa.

“Factionalism yakuda kudzoka but tinoti pasi nayo (factionalism is back in Zanu PF and we say to hell with it). Do not lie to us about what you are capable of. We know you all and what you are capable of. Just ask yourself why God continues giving a 91-year-old (Mugabe) the strength to lead the country. Where have you seen a 91-year-old who can stand for 2 hours?” she added.

Other well-placed sources also told the Daily News yesterday that millions of dollars had been raised to be used in this “dirty plot” — apparently with thousands of T-shirts emblazoned with Grace’s face having been printed and being dished out to party supporters across the country.

Sources who spoke to the newspaper said “the ever-scheming G40 were encouraging Grace to “continue dreaming big”, adding that her recent rants against unnamed party bigwigs who she accused of fanning factionalism in the warring post-congress Zanu PF indicated that she was “being seduced by the Weevils (ruling party Johnny-come-latelies)” in the alleged plot against Mnangagwa.

“You will have noticed that Dr Amai has recently upped her public profile again, which many people say betrays her ambitions for the highest office in the land. Only last week she was in Binga as you know, doing the kind of work that is ordinarily done by either the president himself or members of his Cabinet.

“You will also have noted that State media have started following her everywhere again, after a period where she was in some political hibernation of some sort. It is also not a coincidence that even the broke ZBC is covering her programmes and business activities live.

“Of course, the G40 is actively encouraging her to continue dreaming big for their own personal ambitions and to thwart Ngwena (Mnangagwa). It is known that they (G40) think that if they thwart Ngwena they will then easily coast to power as they are of the view that Dr Amai is only powerful as long as President Mugabe is in the picture,” one of the sources said.

Comments (27)

Heish Guys. Again? This is catastrophic!

chunga - 19 August 2015

@ Rasta, I thought you were going to enlighten us on the dangers involved not just spewing unsubstantiated claims.I wonder who is shallower than the other , you or the editor.I think you are just being emotional about the article.

Tahir Iqbal - 19 August 2015

who really still needs zanu? whether led by joice, emma, prostitute grace, prostitute oppah, several katsukuluviri or anyone of the rest? isn't the current morass enough for us to say cheerio zanu?

josphat mugadzaweta - 19 August 2015

This is boyish report and it shows that the reporter is a young boy and a Johnie come late , please don't tell and lie to us about Zanu PF protocols , if you are suggesting say it you are suggesting otherwise you will end up telling lies like what you are doing , write stories with sources not just reliable source what is the meaning of reliable sources in today's journalist , are the Editors going through the stories before printing . Tell us the truth we are Zimbabweans and we have known Zanu PF for long now so don't dream write correct information. ICHO

Mudhara - 19 August 2015

Your paper has become very shallow and boring to read. Everyday you are always spewing out unsubstantiated news. Trust me I am a proponent of regime change in Zim but lying to people and dishing out hogwash is not at all a sure way of achieving this. Your fixation with Zanu Pf succession is becoming monotonous. Don't we have other news to report on? We hate the "source" you continuously refer to. We are better off hearing what MDCT and Mujuru are doing than telling us useless lies and raising hope based on nothing everyday. MR EDITOR PLEASE REPORT ON WHAT PROGRESSIVE FORCES ARE DOING and stop this Mngangagwa that, Mnangagwa this. Why not wait to report on the actual news of what has happened to the person than allege that something will happen which will in the end not even happen. That's being a useless Alarmist and STOP it we love the Daily News.

tonderai Gonzo snr - 19 August 2015

Mr editor you are fast loosing credibility if you continue publishing falsehoods. Propaganda is a tool which has been used worldwide to discredit the opponent in the political spheres but pre-empting what you perceive as a potential downfall of your enemy is preparing them for battle.

papa - 19 August 2015

it appears we have all rushed to discredit this report without giving it any form of doubt. What if the facts are true? Can a story be true only because the sources have been named? Are all stories with unnamed sources not factual? Yes, there are other issues to write about but remember, it cannot be mujuru and tsvangirayi day in day out. Besides, is the Daily News for a particular segment of our population. I thought it is everyone's paper regardless of political persuasion.

magara wadonono - 19 August 2015

Zanoids and spooks are, as usual, trying very hard to discredit Daily News on this site. Their problem, as always, is that Zimbabweans know better. Please keep up the pressure on the regime Daily News. Everyone, including Zanoids and spooks, knows that you write nothing but the truth. If they didn't know this they would be following their propaganda outlets such as Herald, Chronicle, ZBC, Newzimbabwe.com and that other fake regime site called @zimmediareview. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkk!

Jonso - 19 August 2015

Jonso you are 200% right mfana kithi. We all know that these savages are fighting and killing each other every day instead of minding the dead economy. Anyway, we will get there nomakanjani!

Khumalo - 19 August 2015

What goes around comes around.One can't just dismiss this story especially, when one takes into consideration the first lady's sentiments on factionalism when she addressed the Batonga crowd.

v v siziba - 19 August 2015

What goes around comes around.One can't just dismiss this story especially, when one takes into consideration the first lady's sentiments on factionalism when she addressed the Batonga crowd.

v v siziba - 19 August 2015

aaaaaaah Magetsi aenda.

ytb - 19 August 2015

zanu yaorera manje its time to act and bury it for good...we have suffered enough Zimbabweans....

nasty o - 20 August 2015

Ngwena inoruma kana nguva yasvika haiwinge munhu asi munhu ndiwe unotouya wega pairi.Haitsvage chikafu chayo chinouya irere zvayo.

Shosholoza Gandanga - 20 August 2015

factionalism yields no profit

slow poison - 20 August 2015

Emmerson Mnangagwa is about the one and only ZANU PF official who has a clear vision about our future and the direction we must proceed. He understands the principles of economics and possesses the leadership skills required to try and repair this ruined country. On the other hand those opposed to him are just jealous, devious and very underhand - leading the squad is Professor of lies and deceipt, Jonathan "big mouth" Moyo, a man who cannot resist stirring it all the time.

Undercover - 20 August 2015

i noted Daily News trick a long time ago. They are making money without putting a lot of effort. Most of their lead stories they just write them from the office with information they get from the likes Gumbo and some romour sources. At times they get interesting stories from this but now the tricky is being abused

chomboi - 20 August 2015

All those commenting utterly useless sentiments about this paper please read the Herald instead. We also know the truth so keep it to yourself

Collin - 20 August 2015

we knew it that joyce's gost will come to haunt zanu and Pliz joy mujuru dont hesitate you will win the 2018 vote by 52% tsvangirai will be following you at 35% so says nehanda mujuru woye

farai chauke - 21 August 2015

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