BLOODBATH: Zanu PF wars claim 2 lives

HARARE - As long feared by political analysts and rational ruling party bigwigs, the deadly factional and succession wars devouring President Robert Mugabe’s post-congress Zanu PF turned fatal yesterday, after two people were axed to death in bloody intra-party ructions in the dormitory town of Chitungwiza.

When a crew from the Daily News on Sunday visited the sprawling township, the tension among the warring Zanu PF factions was palpable, amid real fears the brutal murders could spawn more faction-related deaths as the battle to succeed Mugabe within the bitterly divided party escalates.

GRUESOME: Two Zanu PF members were reportedly fatally axed by fellow party member in St Mary's, Chitungwiza yesterday. 

The Daily News on Sunday was told that the two men who were killed yesterday were only recently elected into the post-congress Zanu PF’s district executive and had been part of a group of members who clashed violently the previous night.

Police identified the deceased as Lloyd Jambawu (31) and Marko Masenda (37).

It was also claimed that the murder accused, Proud Mupambwa, went into a fit of rage after accusing the two of belonging in “the wrong basket” (Zanu PF code for factions) and blocking his ascendancy to the district vice chairmanship position.

“As Zanu PF, we condemn any form of violence, we are a democratic party. But I’m still to get full details of what transpired as  I have not yet been briefed on what exactly transpired leading to people killing each other,” said ruling party national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

Police confirmed the murders: “The brief circumstances are that the accused, Proud Mupambwa (30), arrived at House Number 3655 Manyame Park, which is owned by Elphas Chawira intending to collect his friend Abraham Chawira and go with him to a meeting.

 

“Whilst Chawira was still preparing to join him, the accused asked for an axe to help chop two logs that were in the yard for firewood.

“After a few minutes, the now deceased Lloyd Jambawu (31) and Marko Masenda (37), who were friends to the accused person, arrived intending to join him to go to the meeting.

“Suddenly, and without warning, the accused charged towards Jambawu and struck him once on the head, whilst Masenda took to his heels. The accused pursued Masenda and caught up with him a few metres away and also struck him twice on the head,” police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said in a statement.

“The accused has been arrested and is now assisting police with investigations. Police are warning members of the public against taking the law into their own hands.

“Rather, they should find amicable ways of resolving disputes wherever they arise,” Nyathi added.

Both victims died on the spot and their bodies were taken to Chitungwiza Central Hospital for post mortems.

With Mugabe looking increasingly frail and unable to stop the factional and succession wars devouring his party, analysts warned in interviews with the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper, the Daily News, last week that Zanu PF’s ugly infighting could turn violent before, during and after its annual conference to be held in Victoria Falls next month.

While such gatherings have traditionally been uneventful and boring, this year’s is promising fireworks as bitterly-opposed factions linked to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Grace Mugabe jostle to gain decisive advantage in the brutal succession war.

And with the opposing camps ratcheting up their rhetoric against each other over the past few weeks as tension rises, analysts said the threat of serious intra-party violence was becoming a distinct possibility, particularly given the ruling party’s tendency to default to violence when its hold on power was threatened.

The warnings came amid disconcerting threats within ruling party circles that unaccredited rival youth groups may be bussed to Victoria Falls, which if it happens, would further raise the chances of more violence breaking out at the conference.

The Zimbabwe Youth Action Platform (ZYAP) — a youth group that supports Mnangagwa — has already not only savaged the party’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40, who are opposed to the VP, they have also threatened violence against alleged G40 kingpins that include Kasukuwere and Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao.

Another group calling itself the Children of Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association has also threatened the same party bigwigs.

The political analysts who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday said given this “fraught climate” — as well as the fact that Mnangagwa had recently been reported to have upped his personal security, while some of the ruling party’s stalwarts such as Solomon Mujuru and Border Gezi had died in disputed circumstances — the spectre of bloody disagreements could soon be a common occurrence.

All this is happening as Grace’s allies are ratcheting up their efforts to “checkmate” Mnangagwa’s presidential aspirations at the ruling party’s annual conference next month.

Well-placed sources linked to the G40 — who are rallying behind Grace as the race to succeed Mugabe hots up — told the Daily News on Wednesday that the embattled VP would face his Waterloo at the increasingly-important Victoria Falls gathering.

“Everyone agrees that it is now time to end all these misguided plots by successionists (G40 code for Mnangagwa camp) that the president plans to retire soon and that their man will finally be king.

“We will end all this silly excitement once and for all in Victoria Falls, as it will be checkmate time. Just keep watching this space,” one of the sources, a senior Zanu PF official, declared boldly without giving details.

But further investigations by the Daily News showed that just like the VP’s allies, the G40 are also hedging their bets on the Victoria Falls gathering becoming an elective conference.

This would see constitutional changes catapulting Grace to the party’s vice presidency using Zanu PF’s abandoned women’s quota system — which would in turn see Mnangagwa relegated to a lower position, possibly that of party chairperson which was dropped last year.

Under this scheme, the G40 would push for Zanu PF to revert to its old constitution, under whose Article 7 (31) it declared that four members of the party’s central committee were supposed to be a president and first secretary, two vice presidents and second secretaries — “one of whom shall be a woman” — and a national chairperson.

On its part, the Mnangagwa faction is moving to push Mugabe to announce his retirement and anoint a successor at the party’s conference, with well-placed sources telling the Daily News on Sunday last week that the VP’s allies were sensing that they had “weathered the political storm” that had surrounded the camp over the past few months, and that they now needed to move with speed to press home their advantage.

All this comes as the warring ruling party is awash with talk about the possibility of Mugabe relinquishing power before the end of his current term, which ends in 2018 — amid a counter push by Grace’s supporters that the first lady should take over in that unlikely event.

Comments (40)

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Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 15 November 2015

Eiisssh toko maningi two murderers killed in a befitting way their heads squashed like water melons hey now we are less too thugs and we wish many more from that political party of satan to be killed the same way . Shuwa nyanisi today at least god has answered us hence siya jabula ngoba obhinya bafile . Why one would die for zanu a party that is on the brink of total collapse bcoz its owner Mugabe can die anytime bcoz of age . I have said it before that only mazanga are still in that party and few malema of course .A sane person knows zanu will never turn around the economics of this country even if they can be given 1000 years to stay in power and some mazanga can not see that . Once again toko .

Diibulaanyika - 15 November 2015

Zvirinani kuendazvako kundari than kutevererana neZANU PF wofa wotambudza vapenyu nenhamo . Vushe hwezevezeve hwune rima

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 15 November 2015

They have lost their lives because of stupid politics that benefit only the top guys.....these are just very small fish who will never be remembered by any top zanu guys.

misty - 15 November 2015

It's too much now. Something should be done before it's too late.

The-End-Is-Nearer - 15 November 2015

zanu ne mdc t zvakango fanana. better kuenda kuchikoro than to be a follower of these two parties. both leaders of these two are handiende types who will stick to power at all costs. sorry maningi.

zvirozviyedzwa - 15 November 2015

Zanu pf should put an end to all forms of violence or violence will end its existance.

X-MAN IV - 15 November 2015

so sweet hey good so far so far munhu wese kuna tsvangirai

charitoto - 15 November 2015

Hanya nani chidhoma chekaChivi.

mtape - 15 November 2015

This is where I get really mad. Where is Jonathan Moyo, and ZANU PF who went crazy about xenophobic attacks in SA. Is this not worse? We as Zimbabweans should stop throwing stones because our houses are built of glass. We have a lot of violence and and criminality in politics and yet we too quick to blame others and see ourselves as saints. Mugabe is the devil. And his lieutenants are the devil's disciples. We need to put our leaders' feet to to the fire. They must give a credible explanation as to why we see such gruesome murders on our streets because of politics.

tino16 - 15 November 2015

Chitungwiza is for Save what do these idiots want here . Shame dying for rotten zanu bastard .

Gammatox - 15 November 2015

Just yesterday Morgan said Grace was brewing violence less than 24 hours two zanu thugs are hacked too much to our amusement and what visionary leader is Save .

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gift mather - 15 November 2015

Izwi likamdala kalisoze liwele phansi. wathi yena " umlili uzaqala khonale this is the beggining madoda" this what Zanu Pf is unfortunately now uthango selusidla amakhomane

Firebomb - 15 November 2015

Zimpapers have not even given the deaths of these men a mention. Focusing instead on some MDC internal political stuff. How blind...er.. .low can you go. The death of anyone in senseless violence is tragic, while abhorring some of the comments above, some Zimpapers shows greater callousness through its silence.

Nooshie - 15 November 2015

We haven't seen anything yet dzicharira pa Vic-falls apa ngagani maskati machena.You live by the sword you die by the sword.

rex mutema - 15 November 2015

I'm making $86 an hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was averaging $95 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I'm my own boss. This is what I do, ?????? w­w­w­.j­o­b­s­c­u­t­7­.c­o­mCOPY THE LINK

bremand bremand - 15 November 2015

vekwaMupambwa vanobvepiko zviya? hmmmm, havana funny maface iwaya. vanotema musoro chaiwo. vahawanzopotsa!

toti - 15 November 2015

And then they were not laid at the heroes acre kkkkkk lol

kk - 16 November 2015

Hanya nani Bafethu these are the same guys who rapped,maimed,tortured and gruesomely murdered our brothers,sisters and parents.They must enjoy a test of their own medicine.Now they are short of victims and they take it upon themselves to massacre themselves.Why should we worry of three idiots who in this era and day still support a fading sunset regime..............

Chief Bingo - 16 November 2015

rest in peace brother. the gap will never be filled .

KUDZANAI MASENDA - 16 November 2015

ukatamba nedemo aheyaaaa unofa nedemo aheyaaaa singing.......... so pathetic but a clear indication that people now lack love and could not see that we are now leaving in the last days.... Mwari tibatsirei.....

cmrde - 16 November 2015

This is bad, very bad. People should be able to disagree and agree but with no one suffering physically.

Inyika - 16 November 2015

Hey Savior there's no such thing as 'killing each other' Chirungu sha!!

Realist - 16 November 2015

Zanu ndeyeropa

chimuti - 16 November 2015

visionary ya save ndeye michato pese pese. hapana vision yaainayo murume uyu kunze kwe madhirezi. politics dzvinomuvhara. already he signaled that he will not take part in election if zanu field grace mugabe. forget him becoming the president of zimbabwe. regai aite zve madzimai.

zvirozviyedzwa - 16 November 2015

What you do to others will soon befall on you, its a principle. It starts from the ground going up. Hokoyoi varikumusoro.

Gunz&Roses - 16 November 2015

Listen I been saying this time and time again. Zimbabwe is a land of savages. The monkeys who are fighting have nothing to show except blood. How does killing one another feed your family APE?

Tapera - 16 November 2015

It's so sad my lovely young brother that you have left us suddenly, May your soul REST IN PEACE

Webstar Masenda - 16 November 2015

my deepest condolences to the two families tichiti chemai mune tariro but that bastard who did this will surely pay and it is with great joy don noe how far true kuti the bastard is dead now hanzi dzakafira mujeri nekuzvirovera...

tee - 18 November 2015

Rambai makashinaga hahahahahah

mukanya - 18 November 2015

Its good that ZANU pf agents are taking their usual violence to each other.Can they continue and finish each other off so we can have peaceful elections come 2018.Kufira mahara coz you don't want change?How stupid is that!!Everything everywhere is changing including Zim weather.Its only in Zanu pf politics that leadership and ideas don't change.The end is near!!

Billy - 18 November 2015

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