Mnangagwa's allies defy Grace

HARARE - As the factional and succession wars devouring President Robert Mugabe’s post-congress Zanu PF continue to escalate, Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allies say the nonagenarian’s controversial wife, Grace, is working overtime to weaken the VP through “devious means” as well as through her proxies.

This emerged at a tense meeting of the Zanu PF Manicaland women’s league that was held in Mutare yesterday, which defiantly overturned a purported vote of no confidence that was passed last week against the regional leader of the structure perceived to be anti-Grace and pro-Mnangagwa.

To underscore the defiance, the highly-charged meeting was chaired by the supposedly suspended provincial women’s league chairperson, Happiness Nyakuedzwa.

Attendees who spoke at the emotive meeting claimed that Grace was using the party’s co-Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere to annihilate all the perceived allies of Mnangagwa — in the same manner in which former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters had been decimated late last year.

They said Kasukuwere, who is in charge of the party’s divisive restructuring programme, and Mphoko, who heads its disciplinary committee, were working as “a destructive tag team” in pursuit of their and Grace’s claimed agenda to stem Mnangagwa’s alleged presidential ambitions.

All the league’s Manicaland districts, except for Mutare, attended the meeting, while regional minister Mandi Chimene — an avowed ally of the First Lady — was absent from the tense indaba as she had reportedly travelled with Grace to China.

And although the original petition to kick out Nyakuedzwa was said to have been signed by 28 members of the league, 23 of them “changed their minds” yesterday, attending the meeting and endorsing the leadership of their regional chairperson, while the other five sent apologies.

Buhera women’s quarter legislator, Kerenia Uta Chimuso, said at the meeting that she had been called last week by one of Grace’s runners, who told her that the petition against Nyakuedzwa had originated from the first lady’s office. The alleged runner even asked to sign the petition on Chimuso’s behalf.

“I told them that if you sign for me I will have you arrested for forgery,” Chimuso said.

A Buhera delegate also said she had been threatened “for three hours”, after which she had been forced to sign the vote of no confidence petition against Nyakuedzwa.

Another woman revealed that she been told “point blank by Amai (Grace)’s foot soldiers” that all of Mnangagwa’s allies, who include top government officials and senior party officials, would be booted out from the party before year end.

Yet another women’s league member said she had been told by the same runners for the first lady that after Nyakuedzwa’s purported ouster from her position at the weekend, Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and deputy minister Monica Mutsvangwa — wife of War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa — would be next.”

The deputy political commissar in the provincial women’s league structures, Tendai Nyabanga, also claimed that members had been forced to sign the anti-Nyakuedzwa petition by Grace’s emissaries.

Monica Mutsvangwa, who was part of four national women’s league executive members monitoring the meeting, cunningly tried to absolve the first lady from the debacle, saying Mugabe’s wife would never impose leaders on the people, adding that Zanu PF had a clear constitution which had not been followed in the attempt to dethrone Nyakuedzwa.

“If we follow the constitution, we would not get lost ... Zanu PF has procedures that need to be followed. According to the constitution, a vote of no confidence should be passed in a meeting and not clandestinely as happened.

“The first lady does not impose leadership, munhu mukuru (she is too senior to do that),” Mutsvangwa said.

Thus, despite having received the purported vote of no confidence last week, Nyakuedzwa — who stood up against Grace at the first lady’s Chimanimani rally — not only gave a firm signal that she was going nowhere, but also demonstrated that she had the support of the regional structure.

And notwithstanding Zanu PF officials’ frantic denials over the past few days that there are no factions in the party, it was evident at yesterday’s meeting that the party is sharply divided along factional lines.

Meanwhile, well-placed sources told the Daily News yesterday that more senior officials loyal to Mnangagwa were set to face the chop as his party enemies ratcheted up the pressure on him and his supporters.

Last week, a number of youth league leaders in Mashonaland Central who are seen as loyal to the VP — including Godfrey Tsenengamu and Paul Rwodzi — were booted out of their positions on what insiders claimed were “dubious reasons” instigated by a hardline party faction comprising ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) and who are closely linked to Grace.

“Ngwena (Mnangagwa)’s enemies are going for broke against him and his allies. The G40, supported by Dr Amai (Grace) want to make sure that by the time the party’s December conference in Victoria Falls comes, they would  have completely castrated him,” one of the sources said.

Another source claimed that Mnangagwa’s “misfortune” was that “two of his biggest party rivals”, Kasukuwere and Mphoko, were allegedly “squeezing him and his allies” on two fronts.

Two weeks ago, Muchinguri-Kashiri was roasted by Grace who asked her why she was assuming the godmother role in Manicaland, and openly told her that she could be expelled from the party if she became big headed.

This, insiders said, came after Chimene told Grace that the party was facing challenges with senior officials, particularly Muchinguri-Kashiri and central committee member, Mike Madiro, running parallel structures and stalling Zanu PF’s development projects in the process.

Chimene is said to have also informed Grace that Nyakuedzwa had refused to take instructions from anyone else besides Muchinguri-Kashiri.

“Tyson (Kasukuwere) is restructuring the party in a way that disadvantages the VP and his allies.

“On the other hand, Mphoko and Grace are in charge of the national disciplinary committee which always endorses whatever Tyson would have engineered at grassroots level, which means Ngwena is burning on all fronts. It’s a complete hatchet job,” the second source said.

Comments (31)

thats the test of a true leader, he has t pass through thick and thin. be courageoue ngwena victory is yours

chimwe chana kuhondo - 21 October 2015

Yebo Yes....Ngwena we are fully behind you cde....since those days. Never despair and fear useless barking dogs....trying to intimidate you. How can you be intimidated by useless dogs (l mean those belonging to Dr Amai.....and her cabals. Play your politics to the chest as you have been doing please. ZANU PF will never be the same with those power hungry maggots. Don't ever give a comment about this noise ...remember the Joshua Nkomo comments went viral on social media and remember they are there to find scapegoats for your silly mistake and they will celebrate you downfall...hence merrymaking and following Dr Amai Disgrace wherever she is going for her rather useless rallies. What is she campaigning for bakwetu? No we can't accept such nonsense when able men like Ngwena "Crocodile" is still alive. Grace and her cabals should forget and smile....they will never rule Zimbabwe as long silent supporters of the crocodile are still in Zimbabwe and here in diaspora.

Clemence Tashaya - 21 October 2015

llHe whom the gods wants to kill will make them mad first. i am enjoying the self destructive button that political midgets and lilluptians in zanu pf are all scrambling to press. Total annihilation is what this diabolical party is heads towards to. make it quicker

mhofu - 21 October 2015

ngwena yapinda biz iyi chegorero . apa yakuto chembera isina kutonga saka hungwena hwacho huripakayi .

ngwena - 21 October 2015

It's inevitable that some big names will be booted out of zanu once again with the way things are going, so when booted they will make a coalition with MDC, mai mujuru etc? To those that are wise this means a coalition with anyone who has zanu dna is not a good idea. The coalition will be over diluted, too much zanu, in fact it will be zanu with a bit of MDC. To hell with coalition, MDC should stand on its on, it's well supported we all know that. Our weakness is that we are getting carried away by these silly zanu dramas instead of making sure come election time the reforms are made and the environment is conducive for a free and fair election. Without this MDC must forget, zanu will still be in power after 2018.

misty - 21 October 2015

Ya-ah, zvaiwana Ngwena, but the game is too tricky to imagine especially for Grace and the G40 walk over. Its not a simple game but then Ngwena has no innovative manpower as was before when he dribbled mai Mujuru. He used Tyson and Johnso to push him up and sort out mai Mujuru downfall. But the biggest question is who will back him now. The two boys are now after his throat and a bleeding throat for Ngwena is likely. He may not have even a single innovative supporter like Johnso and Tyson. Lets see.

Dhurun'aru - 21 October 2015

All odds are against ngwena.You haven't seen anything yet.The worst is yetto come people will be shocked.Ngwena is history already.just wait and see what's going to happen before xmas.Mark my words.Zanupf is now Gushungo holdings (pvt ltd).Dr Amai netimhu handiti vaenda kuChina bhora rose riri kurongwa ikoko,pavanodzoka amai!!!!!!!!!.Basopo ngwena.

ziyaphapha - 21 October 2015

Without her belligerent Klingon husband (now KLINGing onto life as well as power) she is no match for this seasoned politician.

Nooshie - 21 October 2015

@nooshie.it no longer a matter of being season or takaenda kuhondo,all that has been thrown through the window.Its all about power now and the one who has the power now is going to win the battle.It all pointing to Grace now coz she has the backing of the Commander-in-chief of the defence forces.This ngwena is gone the signs are there for us to see.He was smiling when the axe fell on GT today its him ari kudamburwa nemastirateji ake.

ziyaphapha - 21 October 2015

Kkkkkkkkkkkkkk vanguard munondinakidza why do you think Mnangangwa is so powerful . That man is not at all .You are only powerful if the president is on your side I tell . His demise will be worse than that of Mai mujuru . He is already finished that man.

Admire - 22 October 2015

This belligerent RGM is not going to live much longer and even if he does he MAY not be able to do anything about his opponents. I say MAY because his mere presence could be used to give authority to what Grace says, RGM's death could also create an empathy that Grace could abuse thoroughly. I see an enormous opportunity for the opposition, the warring ZanuPF factions and I must reluctantly add Grace. It will all come down to timing, vigilance, leadership and opportunity

Nooshie - 22 October 2015

Ngwena should just resign and join hands with Joice Mujuru to BUILD the country

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Comrade Nungu - 22 October 2015

the weak are going to cry foul.

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