'VP surviving on Mugabe's charity'

HARARE – Despite the widespread belief among many Zimbabweans that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is a powerful man in the warring post-congress Zanu PF, he is, like other party bigwigs, surviving solely on President Robert Mugabe’s benevolence, a local think-tank has said.

Commenting on the goings-on in the ruling party and the country in a recent report, the Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI) said Mnangagwa would also depend on the benevolence and goodwill of Mugabe if he was to ever become Zimbabwe’s next leader.

According to the report titled “Complexities around Zanu PF succession: State and party constitutions”, Mnangagwa’s ruling party foes, the ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40), also controlled‘VP surviving on Mugabe’s charity’ critical party structures — which worked against his interests.

Thus, for Mnangagwa to power ahead and overcome these constraints, he needed the intervention of Mugabe, who was the ultimate puppet master.

“Despite the possibilities, the vice president’s mere occupancy of the position does not mean that he will be automatically nominated in the event of Mugabe’s death, resignation or incapacitation.

“As a presumptive heir, instead, this will depend on Mnangagwa’s successful exercise of his position as state vice president, and those positions as the second in command of Zanu PF, to consolidate power, and not his colleagues’ acknowledgement that they must obey him because he occupies these offices.

“Thus, Mnangagwa needs to use these positions to institutionalise his authority in order to entrench himself within the party system if he is to stand a better chance at winning the party’s nomination,” ZDI added.

The report also points out that due to the concentration of power in both the party and the country in Mugabe’s hands, Mnangagwa had a significant disadvantage as he did not possess the necessary powers that he needed to consolidate his authority over the party in preparation for the departure from office by Mugabe.

“As head of the party, president Mugabe has immense powers that allow him control of the main organisational and appointment machinery of the party.

“This is at the expense of other party institutions such as the central committee, the politburo and the office of his deputy, Mnangagwa,” ZDI said.

The Pedzisai Ruhanya-led think-tank also believed that analysts had prematurely concluded that as vice president Mnangagwa was better positioned to take over the party leadership than other party bigwigs, which was not entirely true.

“Unlike the president of the party, Mnangagwa cannot bump enemies from influential positions within the party, and replace them with allies.

“For example, he cannot re-assign his opponent Saviour Kasukuwere from the influential position of political commissar, nor can he have Jonathan Moyo booted out of the politburo, thereby weakening the powerbase of the G40,” it added.

Comments (12)

he has no power base, no brains, no charm, no valour, no vigour. he is the most lame duck and useless politician that I have ever seen. in fact he is just Mugabe's wife in all the circus that is going on. the man doesn't have balls as seen by his continued stomaching of grace insults. it's better G40 stops him in his tracks because he is just another zilch like Mugabe himself!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 25 November 2015

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uhuru - 25 November 2015

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Blessing - 25 November 2015

everyone in the party is at the mercy of the president.yes he has total power,and is also helped by the infights for power by his juniors.besides the power he has ,he also plays his politics well to his advantage,by pitting the aspiring candidates against each other.they fight each other will he is watching who to push for a win,conviniently.if the G40 is finnished as it seems,mujuru mite be pardoned to come back and balance the matrics.mark my words.So to just pik on mnangagwa as a beneficiary when the whole party is ?

viola gwena - 25 November 2015

Uncle K has refused to be silenced and he continued to speak out against the hate, the torture, the abuse and whats next. Caught live on video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sU2n-tXPueg

Richby - 25 November 2015

Absolutely no sympathy for Mnangagwa, Mujuru (including her late husband) , Mutasa, Rugare Gumbo and a lot more old Zanoids who are seeing fire from the empty tin Grace. They are the ones who made Mugabe a monster he is. A demi-god who takes the nation as his own private property. History will judge these blocks harsher than Mugabe himself. They felt it was okay as long as they themselves personally benefitted when the demi-god destroyed a country with superb working system and a culture of doing business hard to find in any country. Now, come whoever will succeed this destroyer, Zimbabwe will never be the jewel of Africa again. It can only become worse. Look at the way they are squabbling in their Zanu-PF - exactly like baboons fighting for chakata, chabuda tsvo. Mungati ndivo vanhu vanonzi vatungamiriri venyika ivava ? Ndasvoda ini !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 25 November 2015

I am the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. For f**** sake !

3 in 1 - 25 November 2015

That widespread belief is only in the media. There is no one in Zanu who is powerful, everyone owes their place to his benevolence and hence why he demands total loyalty or else you are out. Even 'elected' ZANU MPs owe their seats to him not to their constituents.

Lt General - 25 November 2015

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bremand bremand - 25 November 2015

In God have I put my trust that Zimbabwe will ultimately get a President who turn around the country to an economic giant. Not by might nor by power but by the Holy Spirit, the extraordinary strategist.

Dee - 25 November 2015

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