Grace rocks Mnangagwa

HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe’s presumed ambitions to elbow out Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the post-congress Zanu PF’s bitter war to succeed President Robert Mugabe got a massive boost yesterday.

The ruling party’s women’s league in Mashonaland West province openly moved to demand the mooted return of a women’s quota system in the Zanu PF constitution, a clear statement that they want the first lady to take over from Mnangagwa as party vice president.

Mnangagwa, who has since late last year been heavily tipped to take over from the increasingly frail Mugabe, was derailed by the same policy in 2004 when the women’s league again pushed for the elevation of former Vice President Joice Mujuru to be one of the nonagenarian’s deputies.

The move to return the party quota system which was discarded last year was deliberated in Chinhoyi yesterday during the women’s Mashonaland West provincial meeting.

?Sources who attended the meeting and spoke to the Daily News on Sunday afterwards said there was “unanimous agreement” on the need for a woman to be in the party’s presidium.

This confirmed what the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper, the Daily News, accurately reported on last week.

“Provincial members, central committee members, national executive members and politburo members, including Senate president Edna Madzongwe, were among the more than 300 members of the women’s league who demanded a return to the quota system.

“This means that Amai is our candidate to occupy the VP post. It was also recommended that the youth leader, Vengai Musengi, be relieved of his duties on allegations that he was campaigning for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa,” the impeccable source said.

Under this arrangement, the women — with the assistance of Zanu PF’s Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) — will push for the party to revert to its old constitution at next month’s Victoria Falls conference, so that among the party’s top three leaders “one shall be a woman”.

Were this proposal to be adopted, it would put paid to Mnangagwa’s long mooted ambition to succeed Mugabe.

The embattled VP is currently embroiled in a bitter fight with the G40 in the bitter fight to succeed Mugabe, raising growing fears among his supporters that the Midlands godfather may go down in the same manner that Mujuru was deposed.

To add to Mnangagwa’s woes, the Harare youth provincial executive yesterday also moved to endorse Mugabe as the party’s presidential candidate for the 2018 national elections, while “decidedly refusing” to name the VP as the nonagenarian’s deputy — leaving the man known as Ngwena (Crocodile) in limbo.

Sources also say all of Zanu PF’s provinces, except for Masvingo and Midlands, are pushing for Grace to become vice president as exclusively revealed by the Daily News last week.

Comments (10)

What else can one expect from the women`s league from MASHONALAND WEST ? With the backing of Mugabe Grace can be what she wants to be in Zimbabwe - President. Vana Ngwena navamwe vake nokupusa kwavo spent their life time propping up Mugabe kunge vasingamuzivi zwaari. Now its a bit too late to save themselves. Vorohwa neisina mutsindo, tsvimbo yarova dapi.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 15 November 2015

hanzi na margaret dongo vese maidzimai a president. zvakaoma hama weye. nyaka yaenda njanja vanhu vakatarisa.

taurai - 15 November 2015

Zanu Pf chefs blindly followed Mugabe, giving him sweeping powers at the last congress, happy that Mai Mujuru was being kicked out. Now the chickens are coming home to roast, what goes around comes around. Mugabe is going to do what will be best for his family when he is gone, no doubt, he has no trust in Mnangagwa and will better trust Tsvangirai than Ngwena because he knows him like the back of his hand. Mnangagwa is likely to meet his Waterloo come December, he will be given the chairmanship position and Dr Fugu will be elevated into the presidium as VP in preparation for takeover which might be any time soon. And the guys are on the lookout to flush out any bad apples. Those who oppose what the emperor wants, watch your steps, its now a minefield. Takakuudzai mukaita nharo, kutopfugamira Grace kuti azokutongai, hezvo chiitai tione.

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gift mather - 15 November 2015

I said before and I will say it again kuti Grace can't be ptesident of Zimbabwe but she is a useful fool in as far as preventing this cruel man from becoming president.This man does not believe in fair play,he is behind all the dirty games played by zanupf.This time he will lick his fingers after he is beaten at his own game,His politics of elimination is dangerous.His tribalistic tendencies are a high risk to the nation.He is worse than his boss Mugabe.Actually, ED believes in being feared than respected.Anozviita ndiye akakodzera kupinda panyanga.Kuzviita jinfa guru achitarisira vanhu pasi.This idiot Chihwenga must be fired now for endorsing this cruel crocodile.He must not involve himself into these party politics coz he has a duty to defend the nation otherwise he must know where his bread is buttered.Thumps up to Doctor Gire and theG40 crew for standing up to this Ngwena bully.He thought he would have it easyly after he eliminated The General and pushed Teurai out.He created this situation let's see how he is giong negotiate his wat out otherwise he will be fired from the party.Who cares.

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bremand bremand - 15 November 2015

Ngwena has got a very bad and dirty political history that nobody loves him to say the least. Yes lam a Karanga and he is a Karanga but l can not endorse a Karanga who butchered other Karangas for presidency. People must learn to play clean and safe politics to gain public favour, support and peaceful future. Yes, be your own character but not the character of using state machinery to kill other innocent and defenseless citizens. 2008 is in your hands Ngwena and denga rinotonga ufunge. Chiona zvava kuitika. It could be better to have Grace (Amai) than Ngwena for Presidency. Ngwena will never win it in Victoria Falls, l tell you.

Dhurun'aru - 16 November 2015

Ngwena is as bad as Mugabe ,therefore he can succeed munhu waainanzwa.Hapana difference. Grace akanonoka

Che - 16 November 2015

It only takes a good man to be quiet for evil to prevail. The good people in these ZANU PF provinces must resist this monarch style.

Kollen - 16 November 2015

those who want ngwena to rule really dont know the man well,let grace rule temporarily she will be easier to remove than garwe

tofara - 16 November 2015

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