Mphoko 'overtakes' shaken Mnangagwa

HARARE - The jostling for power between President Robert Mugabe’s feuding deputies Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko is intensifying — amid suggestions that Mphoko, for long seen as junior to Mnangagwa, is now overtaking his counterpart in the Zanu PF and State pecking order.

Insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said Mphoko’s freshly-awarded responsibilities to supervise all Cabinet ministers and permanent secretaries were hugely significant in the context of the worsening post-congress Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars.

“Things are looking ominous for Ngwena (Mnangagwa). Until recently, most people looked at him as the first deputy, while Mphoko was to all intents and purposes the junior partner.

“Now, the situation is changing dramatically, thanks to Zanu PF’s wars and Mphoko’s clever handling of Dr Amai (Mugabe’s wife Grace), the power behind the throne.

“The fact that the president has given him (Mphoko) these new responsibilities also means that Ngwena’s powers are being whittled down openly,” one of the well-placed sources said.

Analysts who spoke to the Daily News yesterday also warned that with the way the ruling party’s politics were panning out, Mnangagwa could soon find himself in the cold, as Mphoko now appeared to be very close to the controversial but increasingly influential Grace.

The analysts also found it curious that it was Mphoko himself, and not the President’s Office, who announced via lapdog State media yesterday that he was “greatly honoured by the trust His Excellency the President has bestowed on me by giving me additional responsibilities”.

The obsequious Mphoko has ingratiated himself to Grace in recent months, with his new additional duties seemingly being to accompany and introduce the First Lady at her disruptive rallies around the country, even though he is senior to her, at least on paper.

And clearly embarrassed by this humiliating situation, Mphoko himself offered an unsolicited and unconvincing explanation last week, saying he was happy to be subordinate to  Grace as she was Mugabe’s wife and thus represented the president wherever she went.

On the other hand, Mnangagwa has not accompanied Grace to any of her recent rallies, as talk gathers steam that he and the First Lady are not seeing eye to eye and that they are competing to succeed Mugabe.

“At a glance, it appears as if Mugabe is now trusting Mphoko more or maybe paying him back for displaying his loyalty,” political analyst Shakespear Hamauswa said yesterday of the VP’s new responsibilities.

He added that the move to empower Mphoko could also be viewed as a warning shot by Mugabe to Mnangagwa that the Chirumhanzu-Zibagwe legislator needs to be patient if he wanted to rise further.

“So a leader can just do certain actions to show that one is still in control. Possibly, Mnangagwa has breached one of the laws of power that says ‘never outshine your leader’.

“Again those currently being favoured should not think they have won the battle as they need to read more about how Uncle Bob (Mugabe) operates,” Hamauswa said.

Another political analyst Maxwell Saungweme said it was clear that Mphoko was being rewarded for his loyalty.

“Mphoko is being rewarded for following the queen (Grace) and taking notes during the queen’s rantings. He is being rewarded for being loyal and unambitious and for not threatening her ambitions,” he said.

Saungweme said Grace was known for being brutal with anyone who posed a threat to her ambitions, after fronting the political decapitation of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her allies who she accused of plotting to oust her husband from power.

“Mujuru is an example and Mnangagwa could be next. You can even hear the hymns being sung by Grace’s running dogs. Mnangagwa has been demoted, next is probably the boot or coercing him to resign. He has to smell the coffee,” Saungweme added.

However, University of Zimbabwe political scientist Eldred Masunungure said there was nothing amiss about the additional tasks that had been bestowed on Mphoko.

“I don’t think there is anything new about that,” he said, adding that Mugabe had recently adopted the division of labour principle in policy co-ordination.

He said that Mphoko’s task to oversee the ministers was a finer delineation of that policy co-ordination.

“I don’t think it’s entirely new or significant as we would want to believe. I wouldn’t read much into this,” Masunungure said.

Comments (32)

Hehehehehehe fellow country men and women the crocodile (ngwena) waits for its prey do not be mislead ny the private media no-one will dare stop the crocodile (ngwena) to the throne

Colonel - 19 October 2015

Whether Mpoko takes over from Mugabe or not but the bottom line is he is not going to be the president of this country . People know their next president and it is Morgan that is how things stand at present hate it or not that is how it is .Mpoko will just end his political career as zanu president finish and klaa .Anyone disputing that must have their heads squashed to check something wrong and if some thing wrong is found their heads must be left squashed so that we do not have spoiled votes .Hoza year 2018 uze ne njabulo

Diibulaanyika - 19 October 2015

In the life after Mugabe Zimbabwe should develop a brand new culture of "successions" if thats what u want to call them. This example of whats going on right now is nauseating to say the least. Why should it be so difficult and dicey to get to be president of this country. And who says it should come from this band of clowns called zanupf. Mphoko is apparently being used as some kind of pawn and whos's interested anyway while this country burns... My heart aches for my Zimbabwe. Time to give it back to the creator, Psalms 24:1

Realist - 19 October 2015

morgen is out of picture here

buja365 - 19 October 2015

Ngwena blindly followed grace when Mujuru was chucked out, he was used by Grace. Now Mpoko will be used to sideline Ngwena. After which it will be Mhoko time to go.Watch this space.It is all Bob plan to throw his wife at the core.

Mwana Wevhu - 19 October 2015

Mnangagwa and Mujuru will not see eye to eye, so will Ngwena and Mpoko,Muchinguri and--- all working in favour of Grace.

Mwana Wevhu - 19 October 2015

Mnangagwa is half Zambian,. He has no business in Zimbabwean affairs.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 19 October 2015

None of those men tend will rule Zimbabwe. Mugabe will shock the nation and the world when he announce his successor. Grace is just a pawn in the gave of thrones.

Be Warnec! - 19 October 2015

None of those mentioned will rule Zimbabwe. Mugabe will shock the nation and the world when he announce his successor. Grace is just a pawn in the game of thrones.

Be Warnec! - 19 October 2015

@Buja365 well Morgan is out of pic for cio like you and in pic for 3m voters . I he has been not in yo pic any way .

Diibulaanyika - 19 October 2015

I also agree that Grace knows what she is doing. She doesnt even want the presidency!! Mnangagwa thought he had it all figured out.... but it will be easy sorting this guy out than it was for Mujuru

Phaphamani - 19 October 2015

Sekeramayi zii zvake.

Kufandada - 19 October 2015

RGM and gang fell from grace, pardon the pun, and can be compared to Satan and his angels. For Zimbabweans to talk about a fallen angel ruling Zimbabwe is a waste of time. New uncontaminated leaders are a must.

Okech - 19 October 2015

Crocodile's survival in zanu pf clan lies at heroes acre.

X-MAN IV - 19 October 2015

wishful thinking - 19 October 2015

Zimbabwe has a new kind of "Democracy" where a successor is appointed. The voters then rubber stamps the decision. The country can never advance under such a system.

Zikomu - 19 October 2015

As the king edged closer for his date with the bucket [to kick it] the vulgar queen started positioning herself to take over the throne…Time has to come when we say enough of this madness - Zimbabwe. Together we can create a democracy and blast away this evil monarchy. To find out what role you can play visit httpsdotbackslashbackslash wwwdotfacebookdotcom backslashpagesbackslash UniteddashRepublicdashofdashNewdashZimbabwedashForum backslash1231969226818860 and be sure to tell another Zimbabwean about this.

Comrade Nungu - 20 October 2015

Here is the address quoted above by Comrade Nungu "goo dot gl backslash 6t0PKy" . The Klingons must go! RGM, Grace and Mphoko are all "KLINGing ON" on by their fingernails, national bankruptcy will decide their fate.

Nooshie - 20 October 2015

the only person to succeed Mugabe is his son, Robert. Remember right now hes under the Rushian training - and you know what i mean. I also want to draw your attention to Robert junior 21st birthday, where the father, in his speech mentioned that my son said he would want to be a president. i told my colleagues then that lets not take that speech lightly. Here we are. If Grace will be president, it will just be buying time for the right time for her son to take over. Be warned

zvsngu zii - 20 October 2015

It pains those who do not feed on the same plate with the king. What if the grapevine contains the successor for Bob as the eloquent Cde Psychology Maziwisa as the best choice to succeed and takeover the throne!!!? Just saying how I view it from the llok of things. Do not undermine that young man, he is a genius even though he has been very quite for sometime taking the back seat of late. This will shock the masses gauging that young man's way of doing party activities.

dokonda nyamakate - 20 October 2015

Grace should pray hard and hope mugabe doesn't die soon, dzungu rese iri it's because mugabe is still alive.

misty - 20 October 2015

I get shocked with people who speak about succession.In politics,ladies and gentlemen,there is no succession.Succession is done through democratic,free and fair elections either at political part level,or national elections.Which country does practice succession politics,USA,UK,Australia etc.None? Who is the predecessor of Tsvangira,should he wins 2018 elections.This is politics,no company management or royal type of politics.Does our constitution provides for presidential succession,or it simply talks about elections.Good journalists please,there is no succession in politics.

Gaba - 20 October 2015

It is common knowledge that the President loves power as hi stay in office spaeks on its own.Now it would be foolish for any rational leader to sideline his erstwhile comrades especially during his dark days in power.These are the only people he can count on now if he decides to mess it then he would be on his own and exposed.from look of things its still his divide and rule tactic which is now refurbished or newly termed factionalism that is making him force his stay in power irrespective of the fact that Zanu Pf gave him a clear vote of no confidence at the last congress.Gushungu people no longer want you to lead them

carson macate - 20 October 2015

tsvangirai is out of the picture. he misjudged people and behaved the zanu way when he was prime minister. more so, he has gone past his legal mandate to lead mdc. in order to overstay, he had to manipulate the constitution. there is no difference between tsvangirai and mugabe. he is out of the picture.

zvirozviyedzwa - 20 October 2015

Morgan is out next president that all zimbabweans know it including his haters . Save ndidzo the rest rubbish .

Chimedza matombo - 20 October 2015

Morgan is our next president where hot , cold , raining or windy Save chete the rest is rubbish

Chimedza matombo - 20 October 2015

Oh, please stop mentioning CIO Tswangirai, he is meat full of maggots, he has expired, he will only save ZANU from certain defeat - anything else forget it.

Yimindoda Ndoda - 20 October 2015

morgan is out next president @chimedza. i agree with your first statement "he is out next president".

zvirozviyedzwa - 20 October 2015

@Kufandada. Zii zvake Sekeramayi kunge asipo.But zviri kutomubatsira hake.

ziyaphapha - 20 October 2015

away with Mogiza he doesnt knw how to play the game nor fit to lead bt power hungry and naivee

taurai - 21 October 2015

Mugabe is a real sh#thole! How can the succession drag on for so long. His stay did enough damage to the country. Now his succession politics

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