Grace pins Mnangagwa

HARARE - There are growing fears among some of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporters that President Robert Mugabe’s controversial wife, Grace, is “hell-bent” on decapitating the embattled Midlands godfather in the same brutal way that she fronted the decimation of former Vice President Joice Mujuru late last year.

This comes as desperate attempts by Mnangagwa’s supporters to call for a politburo meeting tomorrow and a central committee meeting on Thursday, to block a rally by the First Lady set for tomorrow in Mashonaland Central failed.

The Daily News was told late last night that Grace and her backers, who include the Generation 40 (G40) group, which is said to be fronted by among others Zanu PF political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere successfully dissuaded the party from holding the two meetings, saying they could only be done after the First Lady’s rally in Rushinga.

At the same time, analysts told the Daily News yesterday that history appeared to be repeating itself within the bitterly-divided and faction-ridden post-congress Zanu PF, with Mugabe’s contested succession set to result in more purges of the party’s senior officials, possibly including Mnangagwa.

“For a long time we all thought it was just the Gamatox (Mujuru’s supporters) and the G40 sell-outs who wanted to destroy the VP, but recent events suggest that Dr Amai (Grace) is actively part of this plot and hell-bent on frustrating him,” a senior Zanu PF official said.

United Kingdom-based law lecturer, Alex Magaisa, said events of the past few months within the warring ruling party clearly pointed to the fact that there were some people being targeted by Grace, particularly when she addressed her numerous rallies around the country.

“I think we are seeing a familiar pattern here, where public rallies are used to mobilise people against targeted rivals. It’s easier to work through mobs than in committee rooms.

“By the time they go to their politburo meetings and the party’s conference in December, it may be a fait accompli. I think the conference is the target for the ultimate humiliation, just like what happened at last year’s disputed congress.

“Even if they don’t get Mnangagwa removed, they will probably purge his top allies, leaving him exposed,” Magaisa, a former advisor to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, said.

“The saying in politics is that if you catch the puppet, its owner will complain. They will target smaller officials in order to get Mnangagwa to come out in their defence because if he fails to defend them, others in his camp will desert him, just like what happened with Mujuru last year.

“When she failed to defend her people, many grew cold feet and deserted her, although they were still purged later on,” Magaisa added.

In a Facebook posting, political analyst and director of political think tank, the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI), Pedzisai Ruhanya, said Grace’s actions pointed to “one thing and that is elbowing Mnangagwa from the presidential race”.

“Dr Amai is de facto party and State President, (she) orders ministers and State institutions like ZBC-TV to cover her live events something all the VPs, dead or alive, never did.

“Through the live television coverage, she outlines government business and policies, dishes out food stuffs and farming inputs.

“This projects and positions Grace as Mugabe’s successor. What would be the purpose of this if not power? The two VPs, especially Mnangagwa, have no access and resources to distribute around the country and are not projected in a similar manner and measure.

“Whatever happens, what is becoming clear is that Grace or whoever she wants, not Mnangagwa, will succeed Mugabe, unless there are tectonic shifts. The Croco (Mnangagwa) could be a lizard after all,” Ruhanya said.

Another political analyst, Maxwell Saungweme, also said the events of the past few week presented “a dark cloud” for Mnangagwa, as Grace had the power “to do as she pleases in Zanu PF”.

He said things were looking very ominous for Mnangagwa, to the extent that he could even be expelled from the post-congress Zanu PF “in similar fashion to Mujuru” if the political climate within the party did not change for the better.

“Nothing is predictable, but based on recent history he may be facing the axe.

“But as much as Mugabe’s faculties are waning, he still has some modicum of sense on some issues and he may be forced to leave Mnangagwa there for some stability in the party and government.

“But then again, Zanu PF resembles a chaotic scene, a game of monkeys which is very difficult to predict in terms of what is coming next.

“Given Grace’s ego and her lack of touch on the damage caused by her shenanigans in the party and government, Mnangagwa might soon see his last days in that gravy train,” Saungweme said.

A senior Zanu PF member who spoke to the Daily News said it was ironic that when Mujuru “was being publicly undressed”, Mnangagwa had claimed that the revolution was undergoing “self-chlorination”.

“He said the revolution had a way of strengthening itself and that it moved in cycles. This means that this is another cycle where the revolution is ridding itself of elements that have become inconsistent with the correct line as Mnangagwa himself said,” the official said gleefully.

“He should take it like a man and not cry foul now because he claimed to be the grandmaster of Zimbabwean politics,” said the member, who is widely identified with the G40 camp.

In an ominous move, the increasingly-influential Grace has once again hit the road, mounting rallies across the country’s 10 provinces that insiders agree portend trouble for the Mnangagwa camp — as they are a repeat of her divisive nationwide tours ahead of Zanu PF’s congress last December.

Speaking in Manicaland last week, Grace said cryptically that there were some senior party officials who appeared dressed but, because of their corruption,  are actually naked — utterances that were ominously similar to her attacks on Mujuru and her allies last year.

And just like this time around, Grace and her apologists denied vehemently when she embarked on her Mujuru onslaughts then, that she was referring to the popular widow of the late liberation war struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru.

However, she eventually came out in the open — supported by her nonagenarian husband — and pinned all her bizarre charges on the former VP, history that is making some of Mnangagwa’s supporters very nervous.

The spokesperson of the “original” Zanu PF that uses the slogan People First, and which is presumptively led by Mujuru, Rugare Gumbo, also told the Daily News yesterday that history appeared to be repeating itself.

“He (Mnangagwa) is having a taste of his own medicine. We also all know that what comes around goes around,” he said.

Comments (37)

Ngwena is now history, all the Gukurahundi atrocities will be blamed on him we'll hear in the state media soon. Ngwena might have played a "part" in the Gukurahundi, this time he'll bear all the blame

Lyon - 13 October 2015

regai zvibayane. as long as tsvingirai is not handed an advantage. who ever is strong in zanu will eventually lead the country. I would put my money on people first. mdc is just like zanu pf.

zvirozviyedzwa - 13 October 2015

It seems history repeats itself. If the plan works then the Ngwena is in trouble and might even drown. The G40 and Grace are doing all these things and targeting the Ngwena's downfall. We were told a while ago that ED was not anointed successor. It seems what we are seeing was schemed some time ago and Nwgena's prospects for becoming Zimbabwe's President are receding unless he acts fast. Those who appoint can always disappoint. Somebody is paying the price for amending the ZPF constitution at the Congress last year. Mai Mujuru and PF must be saying "sorry thoko" to Ngwena.

Adam Bvumbe - 13 October 2015

The crocodile must feed otherwise it will be up for braii this December.

X-MAN IV - 13 October 2015

Well the idiot has a history of loosing in last minutes we all know how his ambitions of deputy president were squashed when he wanted to do final touches in Tsholotsho and Mujuru became DP. The same thing is going to happen Grace will be zanu president which will give her ticket to be presidential cadident representing zanu in 2018 which she will heavily loss .Bcoz a fool is a fool and will remain like that and be used like a toilet paper to whip shit Munangagwa is like that thoko .

Diibulaanyika - 13 October 2015

Mugabe is systematically outsmarting all his sycophants right in front of their faces rubbishing them and blatantly telling them they cant lead. He would rather impose his wife. And they call themselves MEN!!!! Margaret Dongo is now vindicated for calling all the men in Zanu PF Mugabe's wives, for indeed they are. Stupid idiots!!!!!!

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mama mather - 13 October 2015

no matter what the outcome Mnangagwa cant be president cause he wont win anything . Election hes never won any. His hands are bloodied with Gukurahindi. He will dump Grace and family as soon as he ascends to power. he is never to be trusted period

jomo nyathi - 13 October 2015

As I said it before that Mnangagwa hachinhuwe chigaro.The miskake he and his faction make was to allow zanupf to panel beat the party constitution to give Mugabe powers to apoint his deputies,now Mugabe can fire him any time and apoint Grace to be his deputy any time hence she is holding rallies across the country to market herself.She has the full blessings of Mugabe that's why she has the powers to dress anyone who challenges her authority.In few months time Mnangagwa and his faction ate going to be purged from the party.In fact Mnangagwa is not helping his situation either,he is making silly blanders along the way thereby playing into the hands of his enemies.Can someone from explain to me what the hell was he doing at Madzibaba Wimbo's church .The same reasons why Kasukuwere and all the G40 crew didn't want anything to do with his visit there coz they want to use it against him soon kwakunzi ari luds kupinda pachigaro nehuroyi.Its coming and its near.Makashandiswa sechikapira vakuru kugradesewa nzira yamusingafambe.Ko security zone yenyu yamaigadzirira kuSherwood muchazodini nayo.Makazvinonokera mukuru.You made your bed of thorn you can as well lay on it.

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Comrade Nungu - 14 October 2015

The only thing l am very happy of is.....the croc is just quite, it is seeing everything...soon u will see it yorova chamunyurududu mumvura....then suddenly uUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMM....there will be A BANG...........DZUNGU dzungu hakuzi kuziva....uye kumhanya handiko kusvika,....

makanaka - 14 October 2015

zanu pf is no more.whoever is going to contest under zanu pf will be trounced by mdc t.people rejected this party way back in 1999.they are forcing themselves on the masses.

kennus - 14 October 2015

Mugabe is the trouble causer, anyone who thinks mugabe is alright is fooling themselves. He's the one who causes all the hatred,....not that it's bad, I actually like the fact that they all fighting amongst themselves. It's high time these so called comrades wake up, mugabe is your problem and everyone else's. Very soon mugabe will run out of friends and it will only be him, grace and his nephew patrick zhuwawo

misty - 14 October 2015

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jaaa chindi - 14 October 2015

The croc is just doing it the croc way, waiting to pounce when drinkers are relaxed in his pool. i foresee bararamhanya kkkk

silent assasin - 14 October 2015

mdc t and zanu pf is same fanana. tsvangirai is also a handiende type who doctored the constitution so he could overstay. we should be able to recognize dictators in their infancy so that we do not allow them to take root. anyone who wants to see themselves as the only capable leader has to be reminded that in a democracy leadership is changed.

zvirozviyedzwa - 14 October 2015

What are the rallies all about?the country is bleeding and someone is embarking on rallies,to make matters worse she is a clueless someone as far as our situation is concerned

carson macate - 14 October 2015

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figo - 14 October 2015

I know one thing for sure-The people of that great country will some day soon get the leader they deserve; not through civil unrest but attrition within the ZANU-PF. Ngwena, even a crocodile never lives for ever.' Dalili ya mvua ni mawingo[when the clouds gather, we know for sure that it shall rain]' we say in Kiswahili

OBWOGE MAGARA - 14 October 2015

Mnangagwa is overrated apeteswa muswe na Gire saka chii chaakasiyana nachinotimba, zanu is full of corwards

rich - 14 October 2015

kkkkkkk. your enemy's enemy is your friend. Munangagwa is as dispicable a lout as Grace. Yekela basuzelane. All I want to see is the demise of their cradle, Zanny party. Something tells me the end is nigh. kkkkkk I will laugh myself silly that day

richola - 15 October 2015

Grace arikutamba chete.....azviona when the real time comes. What l know is she will probably find asylum in Asian countries when Uncle Bob kicks the bucket. I can't see here surviving and living in Zim when his old and senile Bob goes kwamupfiga nebwe. Vese in the ZANU PF with the exception of the few lunatics who are behind here but still they will leave nyika vachienda kunogara somewhere. Why l am saying this is Ngwena will take over and remember Ngwena is a non-nonsense animal. As usual, he will play is ugly games....why do these politicians forget easily.....Ngwena will silence them. The Croc is calculating his time and for real all this balderdash will come to an end as soon as Uncle Bob is gone. You will see who has the power in the security forces both army and the intelligence. All those making noise let them bark as dogs but our time with Ngwena is nearing....The truth shall prevail and Grace is just a barking dog with no teeth. Kutongwa naTypist from CCOSA..kwete.... and kuti kudofora chikoro yet we have a multitude of graduates loitering in the streets Dr wenhema.......

Clemence Tashaya - 15 October 2015

I think Ngwena knows very well what these outspoken mafikizolos are doing. Am of the opinion that the ammending of the constitution last year torwards the congress was to suit Ngwena's status as he calculated very well the situation in the party. Only that the G40 is full of wathogs who think their teeth can scare any animal when they frontically advance torwards each other. Croco is highly tactical though he is very quite at times. Look yesterday he made it clear before the parliament gathering that every MP who absconded the session must be brought to book. He is a legal expert, so he did that constitutional amendment knowingly. So let those who bark loudly on top of their voices do so on their peril. Who knows the relationship he has earned by the time he has stayed in the government rotating among the most powerful ministries such as Defence, State Security and Justice. He is not dull and do not think he is dump founded or else down and out, that first lady is misled and misguided. Let the times roll on for one day people shall recall this what I have put across. Ngwena is never down and out I bet.

Diramombe Nyamakate - 15 October 2015

In fit of rage , the beast is going to devour one of protected species, to the delight of many , Unfortunately the beast will be choked to death , again to the delight of many . Leaving an unlikely candidate to steer the ship

My Prophecy - 16 October 2015

Recklessness is not bravery. People cannot heave off the yoke of colonialism and then fail to pulverise under their feet a demented individual who wants to sit on their necks. Grace will not survive the political terrain. Grace is not powerful, in fact she has no power. This borrowed power is transitory.

masters - 17 October 2015

please Uncle Bob kindly put mai Chatunga on the throne before its too late.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 20 October 2015

please Uncle Bob kindly put mai Chatunga on the throne before its too late.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 20 October 2015

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