Zanu PF boots out VP's allies

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted ambitions to succeed President Robert Mugabe suffered another devastating blow on Wednesday when a stormy Zanu PF politburo meeting endorsed the suspension and expulsion of dozens of his supporters around the country.

Well-placed sources who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said so explosive was the politburo get-together that a female Cabinet minister and perceived staunch Mnangagwa ally allegedly wept uncontrollably in the meeting, amid fierce factional fighting — and as a stunned Mugabe apparently watched the farce in stony silence.

One of the sources said more senior party officials loyal to Mnangagwa were set to face the chop in the next few months, as the post-congress Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars continue to escalate, and as the VP’s party enemies ratchet up the pressure on him and his supporters.

The embattled Mnangagwa is said to have not personally attempted to either oppose or stop Wednesday’s suspensions and expulsions during the politburo’s deliberations, appearing instead to “look up to president Mugabe for direction and help, but Gushungo (Mugabe) never said a thing”.

Among the officials who were either expelled or suspended on various allegations, including those related to fanning factionalism, included former Manicaland women’s league boss Happiness Nyakuedzwa and former Mashonaland Central youth league chairperson Godfrey Tsenengamu, who was suspended for five years.

In addition, former Harare provincial chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa, former Harare women’s league chairperson Ratidzo Mukararati, and former Masvingo chairperson Paradzai Chakona, all had their votes of no confidence upheld.

“Two MPs, Sylvester Nguni (Mhondoro Mubaira) and Chriswell Mutematsaka (Guruve South) were expelled outright from the party for having joined (former vice president Joice) Mujuru’s People First party.

“The politburo also resolved that all acting provincial chairpersons be made substantive with immediate effect, and Masvingo was directed to find a replacement for Chakona,” a politburo member revealed.

Another source claimed that there had also been “a fierce row” between First Lady Grace Mugabe and Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, which had allegedly left the latter battered and in tears.

“Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa camp) received a mighty beating in the meeting. People like (political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere and (deputy youth league secretary Kudzanai) Chipanga vigorously lobbied for the ouster of Mnangagwa’s supporters, especially in Manicaland where the vote of no confidence on Nyakuedzwa was upheld,” a politburo member who claimed to be “non-aligned” said.

Muchinguri-Kashiri — who is allegedly aligned to Mnangagwa and has recently been locked in a vicious power struggle with Grace’s supporters in Manicaland — is said to have started the fight with the first lady whom she accused of fuelling infighting in the troubled province.

Muchinguri-Kashiri, according to insiders, allegedly told Grace that she was the most senior party official in the province and thus always needed to be consulted on important decisions impacting on the region — apparently further insinuating that Grace had so far failed to run the women’s league properly.

“This angered Amai (Grace) and as she spoke, she got angrier and angrier saying ‘wakabvira kare uchindijairira ... (You have never respected me)”— apparently going on to give Muchinguri-Kashiri a severe tongue-lashing which resulted in the Water minister crying.

Ironically, the two women were buddies only last year when they worked together to oust former vice president Joice Mujuru from power. In addition, Muchinguri-Kashiri relinquished her post as women’s league secretary to make way for Grace.

Mugabe is said to have avoided joining the bust-up, only speaking much later when he appeared to admonish both Muchinguri-Kashiri and War veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa for often flaunting their liberation war credentials to get special treatment in the party.

“The president acknowledged the important role the war veterans had played, and continued to play, but warned that their continued deification could divide Zanu PF,” another source said.

According to this source, Kasukuwere reiterated his previous description of some war veterans as drunkards, saying “we respect war veterans but only if they are respectable themselves. If they are drunkards we will not respect such war veterans”.

Meanwhile, other well-placed sources have also told the Daily News 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.

One of the sources claimed that Mnangagwa’s “misfortune” was that “two of his biggest party rivals”, Kasukuwere and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko, were allegedly “squeezing him and his allies” on two fronts.

Comments (20)

Ngwena has very high respect for the president,very high.whether this wil cost us warvets,depends on the vp n president.This G40 is now clear is enermy of warvets.Mnangagwa,muchinguri,mutsvangwa, are warvets.They are our last men standing.Its time Ngwena recals Mujuru and wage our struggle.Zanu is a party formed by guerrilas of the armed struggle.All warvets back to structures now.Jabu,chinoz,mujibha,chimbwido.dzokai.hatingatongwe nembavha ,mharapatsetsetses,.we need to get these people out of our party ,all of them,grace n her zealots out of our party.

viola gwena - 27 November 2015

The reason why Oppah was crying is that she realises that the revolution has now been effectively snatched from the control of war veterans. She was crying for other war vets who she sees collectively having no stake in what they fought for. That's politics. Some sow, others reap.

machakachaka - 27 November 2015

kana maWar-Vet chaiwo achiona nekuziva kuti , sei vakaenda kuhondo, uye chii chavanoda munyika, pluz zvoreva here kuti kana asina kurwa haatonge nyika, lets vote ma-war-vet muri vashoma nevanhu vose vari munyika, dai mati imi munoda chete mukuru venyika anoita kuti zvinhu zvifambe, mabasa, industry, economy yosimuka vanorima vachirima chete, manje iyi yokuti Tsvangison anoda kutengesa nyika , haaaa hameno ndiye ani simba racho anoriwana kupi, manje gore rino muchabvunzwa MUBVUNZO, wamuchatadza kupindura asina kana kuridza pfuti awepanyanga, zvakaoma ndongotaurawo hangu semwana wevhu, hameno itai tione,asi mawar-vet mawarvet zvekutonga kwikwidzai tione

mmoyo - 27 November 2015

Hapana kani. Ngwena respect yake haina basa mhani as long as he is openly losing the standing battle. He must show us he has balls in zanu pf like what others are doing against him and not just say he has respect yamugabe. This will never save him from the chop but will lose the office to ..........

Dhurun'aru - 27 November 2015

@Viola and machakacha, were these same ex-war vets not at the fore-front of humiliating their fellow comrades late last year. You reap what you sow.

Tongo - 27 November 2015

Grace said it last week that there are 2 or 3 war veterans that think they are special and are fanning factionalism. Now Mugabe has pin pointed Muchinguri and Mutsvagwa. It means what Grace says Mugabe supports. Chasara is for Chris and Oppah to be fired from Government because they serve at the pleasure of the President and lastly to be expelled from the Party. Kasukuwere will move the motion and will be supported by Chipanga. That is the end. Politics dzaMugabe is to support his wife.

Dunga - 27 November 2015

kkkkkkkkkkkkk aah toko kkkkkkkkk now Jabu is vindicated .

Diibulaanyika - 27 November 2015

Its so disheartening that nothing was done to show for the state of the country and the economy. It was a meeting for pointing fingers and butressing power for the criminals. Nguva inotonga nedemo ndozvayakanakira!!!!

Phillip Kucherera - 27 November 2015

Haiwa regai Gire ambofara nema last days come 2018 she is gone anyways , chimbofara gire inguva yako only 2 years to go.

Zinebasa rei - 27 November 2015

The circus is back in town. Gushungo is 'quietly' leading the pack... Yes ndimi maiti long live our illustrious president. Hezvoka... Now you have to contend with his 'runaway' wife. The dead economy is not even an issue here. Just stupid squabblings by numb skulls.

Realist - 27 November 2015

let the, decimate one another to smithereens when the economy is in intensive care. a sure prelude to a new zimbabwe come 2018. chisingaperi chagara chinoshura wani. I hope the people of matebeleland are watching with keen interest as the gukurahundist party disintegrating!! VIVA SAVE 2018 VIVA! PASI NEZANU DISGUISED AS PEOPLE FIRST!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 27 November 2015

In these factionalism wars, noone will defend anyone. So Mnangagwa supporters have got it now, he will not defend them at any cost, he is there for himself.

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war vet - 28 November 2015

Wakazvinonokera Oppah. Dai paya pawakati : " Ndinozvitaura" wakarideura gura zvimwe ungadai uri pamwe - kusanganisa nenyika yeduwo. Zvino chiona zvigutsa vana Grace navana Kasukuvere vava kukurakasha pamadiro. Kana riri iri dhara Ngwena ini ndaka concluder kare "Training to kill" yaro yaive yokuuraya nhunzi. Here is a man who could have saved Zimbabwe from a destroyer but because he is dumb and lacks foresight nhasi uno ava kuitirwa wet navana Gire.

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muchaneta - 29 November 2015

What goes around comes around. the very people who played a crucial role in the ousting of the former VP Joice are the very people who are crying. Gehena riri pano pasi. Zvitema zvako zvose unotongerwa pano panyika.

chikonamombe - 2 December 2015

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