Mnangagwa on the ropes

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted ambitions to succeed President Robert Mugabe suffered another hammer blow at the weekend after Mashonaland East and Bulawayo became the latest Zanu PF provinces to call for a return of the women’s quota system in the warring ruling party.

The two provinces join party structures in Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central which have also said that they would like to see women represented in the former liberation movement’s presidium as soon as possible — a proposal that is likely to prejudice Mnangagwa if adopted.

Commenting on the critically-significant development to the Daily News yesterday, Zanu PF Goromonzi West MP, Beatrice Nyamupinga — who is also the chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Women’s Affairs, Gender and Community Development — said she was in full support of the return of the quota system within Zanu PF.

“I am not the secretary for information, but as a woman I support the proposal. I see nothing wrong with what Mashonaland East has said for example.

“I applaud the women of Mashonaland East for their proposal. It is actually a requirement in our national Constitution that there should be a 50-50 percent representation between men and women, and the party presidium is not an exception,” Nyamupinga said.

Zanu PF insiders say if the push for a return of the party’s quota system succeeds, it will place in jeopardy Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential ambitions as it would be unlikely that he would be part of the party’s presidium in that event­ — with First Lady Grace Mugabe well-placed to replace him.

Were that to happen, it would be déjà vu for Mnangagwa, as the same quota system was also used against him in 2004, which saw the elevation of former Vice President Joice Mujuru to the presidium ahead of him then.

Nyamupinga said it was not right that any organisation or forum should sit in the total absence of women, adding that it was her duty as the chairperson of the parliamentary portfolio committee on Gender to ensure that issues relating to the equal representation of women were pushed forward.

This, she said, would protect the rights and interests of women and the girl-child.

The Mashonaland West women’s league was the first to openly move to demand the return of a women’s quota system in the Zanu PF constitution, a clear statement that they wanted Grace to take over from Mnangagwa as party vice president.

The move to return the party quota system comes after it was discarded late last year, at the height of the post-congress Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars.

The embattled VP is currently embroiled in a bitter fight with the ruling party’s ambitious Young Turks, the Generation 40 (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 from power last year.

All this also means that next week could prove to be one of the most important and significant periods in the long political life of Mnangagwa when Zanu PF meets at its Victoria Falls conference, and as the war to succeed Mugabe gets hotter and nastier by the day.

Party insiders say the G40 are rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding the increasingly-frail nonagenarian, and that the ambitious Young Turks are backing Grace to take over from her husband.

There is also growing talk that Harare will soon move to support the resolution by the other provinces, that the ruling party returns the women’s quota system at next month’s increasingly-important conference.

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


Comments (21)

The best xmas gift to Zimbabweans is for Mugabe to appoint his wife VP in place of the Lizard and subsequently the President of Zimbabwe. That will quicken the destruction of ZPF as the factional wars intensify.

Thomas - 30 November 2015

I support this move. That will be the end of Zanu PF as we know it. Viva Dr Amai.

Mabori - 30 November 2015

"Sources also claim that all of Zanu PF's provinces, except for Masvingo and Midlands, are pushing for Grace to become vice president as was recently and exclusively revealed by the Daily News." I would be very much surprised if Masvingo and the Midlands , in their right senses as I know them, would do the same. One thing anybody cannot do to Makaranga is threaten them - no matter who you are.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 30 November 2015

Ngwena is obviously overated. He is not a shrewd strategist as we used to hear. His comrades were kicked out I and he is said to have said nothing. Yet he had the opportunity to defend them and refuse to be pushed around. The battle now is the battle of minds , he must sit down with his team and try to up with counter strategies rather than to wait for Bob to rescue him again.

Be warned!! - 30 November 2015

Stupid games of politics while the masses suffer!! Unbelievable! Some people think politicians are there to help them yet there are only there to use them. The youths must stop refuse to be used by these evil politicians to harass and kill their neighbours and relatives...the youth should now realise that life, brotherhood and love is more important than the cheap food, beer and little money that they get as reward for harassing and killing their neighbours and relatives while the politicians enjoy themselves in their ill-gotten mansions. They make your life so hard and when you ask for food your brother's got to be your enemy.

misty - 30 November 2015

The Zanu PF women are right, there should be women representation in the presidium. However, it doesn't mean that EDM has to make way, Mugabe did not appoint a chairperson last time and he could appoint a woman in that position. That would at least bring the representation to 25% which is better than 0%.

Inyika - 30 November 2015

Isu Midlands neWezhira tinoti hatirashi mwana wokwedu panaShumba Mrambwe ASIJIKI taneta neZEZURU propaganda yokusada kuti Makaranga atonge . Toda kuzvivona 2018 kana vachifunga nyika inotongwa nemavotes eMashonaland chete . Kana Ngwena angobva Tinoti bhora Musango vakomana pa2018 . Mugabe hwava 2018

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 30 November 2015

MukarangawekuMbertngwa is one I am tempted to call 'idiotic tribalist'. Listen, my brother/sister whoever whatever you are: tribal politics dzauri kutaura hadzibatsiri panguva ino vanhu veZimbabwe vatambura kudai. Zimbabwe needs a wise, level-headed, peolle oriented Leader be he/she Mukaranga, muZezuru MuManyika, muNdebele .... to lead us from the doldrums, the quagmire and the darkness that we are sucked in.

Killian Mwanaka - 1 December 2015

It seems someone in the politiburo were hired to destroy Zanu pf. They succeeded in getting Mujuru fired, leaving the party divided and weak. Now they seem to be on the brink of successfully getting Emmerson fired or demoted, leaving Zanu pf weaker still. Zanu pf has been infiltrated big time, and Bob doesn't seem to realize this. Before he knows it, all the leaders who went to war will be replaced by those with ONLY their business interests. MaComrades avakupera ku leadership ye Zanu pf muchingoti ma Young Turks. PamaYoung Turks ipapa ndipo pane CIA. Watch this space.

machakachaka - 1 December 2015

Inyika's comment above is correct. The strategy is for Mugabe for now to appoint his wife to the Presidium as Chairman and then later depending on the mood in ZPF consider appointing her President. From last year's ZPF Congress this was the plan. The plan is on track so far and next year events will move another gear up.The idea is to leave the Lizard a lame duck VP who can be dis-appointed easily at the right time. Time will tell.

Mambo Wenyu - 1 December 2015

Mashandiro aMwari haazivikanwe nemunhu. Murikuti Mnagagwa, Grace non of them will be voted in. They can only fight to finish Mugabes term but come 2018 they will be history. So many evil have been committed by this regime, innocent souls have been killed. Vamwe vakaitiswa nherera nechirikadzi ne vanhu ava. bhaibheri rangu roti ndiri Mwari we nherera nechirikadzi. These are people vakatotesa ma pillow avo nemisodzi vachichema kunaMwari wavo, munoti Mwari havazvioni here izvozvi. Before 2018 you shall see a change in attitude of the security sector the judicial system. Kuchachemwa but my prayer is for people not to take revenge, kutsviva ndokwa Jehova

Hokoyo - 1 December 2015

we don't have a vacancy within the Zanu PF Presidium and this is more of just but a fallacy cdes, lets put our effort to realising the goals of ZIMASSET Cde Nyamupinga

simon phoenix - 1 December 2015

Haiwa ndi Moyo uyu arikungo tamba nefungwa dze vanhu hapana iripo , Moyo ticha tomuti Amai Ngwena, ndo new name yake he is so obssesed with Ngwena

Haiwa - 1 December 2015

@makachaka are very right, however you should also note that ZPF is a laggard kana tave kutaura nyaya dzechange management. Musangano unlike other parties in Southern Africa still operates like in the 80s or 90s ignoring the fact that its time to change n change is a constant. Issue of succession is never openly discussed hence the factions, if it was open everyone would be wipped into line knowing their positions but because its unheard of ndizvo zvichaparadza ZPF. Look at all the countries surrounding us vakuenda round 4 re succession and its not sensitive sezvinoitwa muno. VaMugabe constitutionally speaking vachatonga kusvika 2023 zvobva zvaguma anotevera ndiani ..??????????

muti - 1 December 2015

hamusi kuriziva garwe, tinocherera vakawanda. he was trained to kill that man

Deeman - 1 December 2015

For the first time VP ED's mythical character will be put to test, Zanu pf is likely to use its majority to push for three VPs. ED is unlikely to be demoted. Zanu is jungle there is no rules a win is win.It does not matter how one does it.Grace is in control of this bhora resimbi. The question is for how long can she control it because RG will never step down alive. What will stop the same provinces from barring non Combatants from its Presidium post RG era.With Grace its a question of being near yet so far. The best shot for Grace is for Mugabe while alive to remain Zanu pf president and she pushes to become zanu pf candidate 2018 or sooner.

X-MAN IV - 1 December 2015


socrates choya - 3 December 2015


socrates choya - 3 December 2015

The strategy is very clear. Grace will be appointed Chairman first then later ZPF's Presidential candidate for 2018. Bob will remain President until he leaves. By then Grace will have consolidated her position in ZPF and ED will have been sidelined. This has always been the plan from the time mai Mujuru was sacked. ED is being used as a stepping stone for Grace on her way to the throne. The Lizard has no where to hide and does not know what to do. Sly Bob is doing his thing!

Gondo - 5 December 2015


mitsy - 7 December 2015

let's just wait for 2018. we can only cross the bridge when we get to the river. on this ED issue...i am a MIDLANDA and obviously i will go for him but remember.... when these guys won in 1980 they msde promises among them so lets just wait to hear from number1 kuti achati kudii sezvo muviri waakudzimba...Viva Chikara

BASECOMMANDER - 13 January 2017

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