Chaos spoils Ndlovu burial

HARARE - The deadly factional and succession wars devouring President Robert Mugabe’s post-congress Zanu PF marred the sombre burial of former Cabinet minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu at the Heroes Acre yesterday, after two of the ruling party’s myriad opposing groups shamelessly took each other on at the national shrine.

The shocking drama — which took place in the full glare of the bereaved family, gathered dignitaries and other mourners — occurred when members of the National Youth Service (NYC), who are notoriously known as Green Bombers, bayed for the blood of Harare South legislator, Shadreck Mashayamombe, over the distribution of Zanu PF T-shirts campaigning for Mugabe’s controversial wife, Grace.

Mugabe only missed the ugly melee, which saw the Green Bombers roughing up and attempting to drag Mashayamombe from where he was sitting, as it took place at a time when the frail nonagenarian was witnessing the lowering of Ndlovu’s coffin into his grave.

A senior Zanu PF official described the commotion as “both shocking and embarrassing”, further exhorting the party to take “stern action” against all the people who had been involved in the disturbing episode.

“I know that we are going through a rough time in the party at the moment. But this is both shocking and embarrassing beyond words that people can bring their differences even to the Heroes Acre.

“It really is time that the president and other concerned leaders take decisive action to end this madness, where we are now even disturbing the dead. I urge the party to also take stern action against all those who have disgraced the president and our movement today,” the miffed bigwig said. The irate Green Bombers

accused Mashayamombe — who is linked to Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks, who are known as the Generation 40 (G40) group, and which is locked in a bitter fight with Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s camp — of distributing T-shirts emblazoned with Mugabe and the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo’s pictures in front, and at the back with the words, “The unity that shall never collapse. Munhu wese kuna Amai (Everyone must follow Grace)”.

Insiders who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday said the Green Bombers, who apparently are sympathetic to Mnangagwa, were angry with Mashayamombe because they believed that the T-shirts had been specifically printed as a direct attack on the VP and his faction — particularly considering his recent controversial statements on Nkomo.

“It’s total war everywhere, with no quarter asked or given. What will save our party?” another senior Zanu PF official said yesterday.

“The truth, however, is that many people have no confidence with any of the groups angling to take over from the president. While the G40 say they stand a better chance of winning the 2018 elections rather than ED (Mnangagwa), their motives, standing and track record is very suspect to say the least.

“On the other hand, many comrades say ED will be a hard-sell to the electorate come 2018, for many reasons, including allegations pertaining to his perceived ruthlessness and the internal demolition job that is being carried out on him by the G40,” the official added.

The increasingly influential Grace, who worked closely with Mnangagwa and others to annihilate former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies late last year, is now seen as the G40’s torch bearer.

Over the past few months, the open animosity between the Mnangagwa camp and the G40 has become nastier by the day, with Mugabe seemingly impotent or reluctant to put a stop to it.

Just yesterday, Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, who is seen as a key member of the G40, posted on his Twitter account jibes, not for the first time, that were interpreted as directed at the Mnangagwa faction.

“Successionists using the cover of interparty talks to stampede President Mugabe out of his electoral mandate are playing with fire,” Moyo said, commenting on unconfirmed reports that Zanu PF is talking to the opposition about resolving Zimbabwe’s unending challenges that observers say largely emanate from a lack of the ruling party’s political legitimacy.

Meanwhile, speaking at Ndlovu’s burial yesterday, the frail-looking Mugabe — who once again surprised many by speaking for a mere 20 minutes — extolled the former politburo member as a great educationist who had helped in the transformation of the education system in the country.

“At independence, we turned to educationists like Dr Ndlovu to show the way ... they did, which is why today we stand as a shining beacon in broad-based, inclusive education on the continent.

“The real challenge is now to give that education a qualitative leap so it speaks directly to the needs of our economy,” Mugabe said.

Ndlovu died last Tuesday at Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo, after suffering an asthma attack and a subsequent stroke. He was 78.


Comments (14)

pano paakuzonakidza manje mirai zvenyu muone musangano uya waparara

freedom - 21 September 2015

Let them fight like bobojans then we will finish them off in 2018 and then arrest them on top of that .

Diibulaanyika - 21 September 2015

Editor; Why does your comments counter show that there are 4 posts when we can only see two. three including mine now? Back to the story. ZANU PF is deceiving itself that it is growing stronger, taking irrelevant examples from what happened to Simba and Dabengwa and their MKD project. What is happening now is way different and in a different context. Watch this space - ZANU PF is gone. But this is the problem of following individuals while throwing away organizational principles out of the window...

Kundakinde - 21 September 2015

you will not finish anyone my friend. do not instigate violence. just tell your leader not to go women hunting because by the time he shows up the vote is already stolen. last election was nikuved while morgan was arguing with his wives in the courts. you don't need someone who sleeps on the job. give the leadership to someone like biti and the party will has a good chance to win in 2018.

zvirozviyedzwa - 21 September 2015

An event whose time has reached can never be stopped. ZANU-PF as presented by the old guard, is now irrelevant to the future of the nation and the people of Zimbabwe. Like KANU in Kenya, its place now is in historical files.

IGNATIUS MAGARA OBWOGE - 21 September 2015

All these succesion disputes in the ruling party which are always protracting clearly marks the begining of the collapse of Zanu pf giving Tsvangirai a chance to come into power .

mnt - 21 September 2015

No please. Mugabe lost elections long back. It is the army that is keeping him there. So please when looing at ZANU, do not conclude that ZANU is gone. The army generals hold the key. Thye can send the army out to beat people to vote for amai. What will you do? Rural people do not need the hussles of political violence. They quickily give the army the vote they want so they go back to barracks and leave villagers pursuing their own lives in peace, even if the life involves abysmal poverty. You see.

Danai Pazvagozha - 21 September 2015

Once more is that zanga Zvirozviyedza You are always out of topicbcoz your head is filled with sewage, blood swine .

Diibulaanyika - 21 September 2015

Rega zvipondane,hamheno ikoko!!!. Zvimwe zvichafa zvakaruma huswa senyati.

mukoma nhongo - 21 September 2015

@Zvirozviyedzwa: when the electiones were Nikuved, where was Mbiti? Shallow minded individuals blame everything on Morgan as if he was the MDC yet, there were so called 'clever' oranges busy scheming and under-mining Morgan. Iye Mbiti had bus-loads from Mutare in his constituency aripi? If that could happen in Mount Pleasant in his backyard, what more tikamupa matomu?

Kedu Tindo - 21 September 2015

Diibulaanyika please try to be civil.

Mr Dete - 22 September 2015

mbiti kupedza nguva vhivha sawe.kwatakabva nemi kure saka tinemi.zanu never sawe for ever

cd wangu - 22 September 2015

Countrymen we shouldnt forget in our country we have ambassadors and i would like to believe some got the sight of the barbarians we have who are always tarnishing the image of peace-loving Zimbabweans.It was a very special day for Zimbabwe when one of the fine sons of the land was being laid to rest and such thuggery activity takes place.We are lost

carson macate - 22 September 2015

@Dete what do you now about civil you just write about things that you have no idea about if you do not like what i write why read it just ignore it simply as 1234 I think you must be Zviro . you just push your head every way like ngulube .I enjoy freedom expression here so shut your beak . I am not in need of your ill advise hamba khatshana le nonsense.

Diibulaanyika - 22 September 2015

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