Vic Falls meet crucial for VP

HARARE -  Amid claims that up to a third of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s camp has already been wiped out through exclusions, suspensions and expulsions from the warring post-congress Zanu PF, insiders say the embattled VP should expect a frosty reception at the party’s annual conference in Victoria Falls next week.

Well-placed sources who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said with more senior party officials loyal to Mnangagwa set to face the chop in the next few months, as the post-congress Zanu PF’s factional and succession wars continued to escalate, the conference would be an important battleground.

“All this talk of harmony ahead of Victoria Falls is untrue. The G40 (Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks) are still planning to deal with Ngwena (Mnangagwa). The recent votes of no confidence and suspensions have sent a clear message to the VP and his allies that they are under siege.

“As you have seen, we have now moved from a perception that Ngwena is a cunning and fierce fighter to one where his juniors are openly taking him on with impugnity.

“Last week’s politburo meeting, for example, exposed him as a weak and timid leader when it comes to the crunch as he failed to defend his allies. And things will only get worse for him from here till Victoria Falls,” one of the sources said.

Another senior Zanu PF official also claimed that there was “palpable fear” within the Mnangagwa camp as a result of the recent suspensions and expulsions of Team Lacoste members —  which he said was likely to see many people deserting the faction to safeguard their interests.

Among the VP’s perceived close allies who were shown the exit door last week are former Manicaland women’s league boss Happiness Nyakuedzwa and former Mashonaland Central youth league chairperson Godfrey Tsenengamu.

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

This also came amid the recent warning by Mnangagwa’s ally, former Mashonaland West youth leader Vengai Musengi, that there was a plot by the VP’s enemies to boo him in Victoria Falls.

However, and even as many things appear to be working against Mnangagwa, University of Zimbabwe Political Science lecturer Eldred Masungure said Mugabe was unlikely to sideline Mnangagwa anytime soon.

“I wouldn’t want to believe that Mnangagwa is falling at the December conference. From my understanding of Zanu PF politics, it’s a matter of ups and downs.

“I doubt the president will allow Mnangagwa to be removed. It will be a risk for the party to do that taking into consideration that the after-effects of the 2014 political ‘Tsunami’ are still being felt in Zanu PF,” Masunungure told the Daily News yesterday.

However, other analysts say Mnangagwa is living on borrowed time, as he is surviving on Mugabe’s charity, making the Victoria Falls conference a crucial moment for “Lacoste”, as the VP is affectionately known by his supporters.

The Zimbabwe Democracy Institute (ZDI), a local think-tank, said last week that for Mnangagwa to power ahead and overcome all the constraints ranged against him, he needed the intervention of Mugabe, who was the ultimate puppet master in the party.

“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,” 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 true.

Comments (13)

Who cares!

Mabori - 30 November 2015

These papers kungo rwisanisa vanhu daily news seems like vari pa payroll yamoyo. Pane munhu we G40 anongo mhanya ku spreada manyepo kudaily news. Its so funny the way the Chakona issue is mixed up to suit their Agenda . Initially Chakona was reported to be a Mujuru ally then he went to Grace rally in Manica and was booted by Ngwena allies now ave Ngwena ally get your facts right . Ngwena has a strategy munhu wese hango paparike se G40 , dai Moyo akangwara aizourayirwa mwana tibvirwe zvedu. G40 NDIYO IRI WEAK BEACUSE THEIR STRATEGY IS A FLOP

Haiwa - 1 December 2015

We have suffered as a people of this nation. We need peace. We traveled a long distance 35 years of oppression is a long time. The sun is now peeping us from the east. Where did the Marange diamonds go? Who is killing our elephants for ivory? Who in govt facilitates the killing of these elephants? Who looted NSSA, PSMAS,ZISCO, ZUPCO,NRZ, ZESA etc? Who benefited in the land refom programme? These are some of the questions that need answers.

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 1 December 2015

Haiwa ,yu see what I see .Daily news yu now very 1 sided.Ngwena is as strong as his skin .Tell us the trueths only plz.yu seem to have a born to crush on ngwena.can yu see also what he is doing on the economy front ,n what this G40 of yours is doing?can yu compare.Ngwena went to China n his straight talk has brot a whole Chinese President into the country.When last yu saw Grace doing any economic development in this country?I think yu baking a dead horse in G40.They may need a long term leader who will survive after Mugabe.Grace ,I realy dont think so.The kasukus will probably dump her soon after Heroes acre.

viola gwena - 1 December 2015

can anyone imagine this,the disciplinery commettee in politburo is made of ,Grace ,Mphoko,n they make up the chair n vice.they determine which case must be looked at n which to throw out,these 2.And Grace is a contender of the high post.This commettee must be reorganised at this congress.Besides this time its Zapu Pf to give a female vp ,not zanu.Its zapu s turn.women in zapu also want to be vp.Mnangagwa gave way on mujuru,now its zapu s turn to give way .Mphoko should make way.

viola gwena - 1 December 2015

@Viola. You are dead right. Mphoko out,,,,,,and let a Zapu female in the presidium. Mnangagwa is working hard to revive the economy. Lets not disturb his efforts for the sake of our beloved Zimbabwe.

KeyDee - 1 December 2015

Ko iyo G40 asi yakafomewa ku Daily News?

KeyDee - 1 December 2015

it looks like they love this G40,but what they cant see is its finished.J Moyo has recoiled,Philip chiyangwa ,their financier has run away to soccer,Zhuwawo is somewhr in sofala province.Its finnished.A woman can only come from zapu this tyme,not zanu.Grace beter start speaking in ndebele n campaign there.ndookune chimuko.zanu side no vacancy.ngwena can only move up if ther shuld be a vacancy,then maybe but there are very senior zanu ladies than grace.Muchinguri is too senior to grace.she deserves to move into presedium,shuld ngwena move up.simple.

viola gwena - 1 December 2015

I agree Ngwena is no pushover & the G40 Crew is in for a big rude shock. Remember Ngwena & Amai Mujuru have impeccable liberation war credentials unlike those in G40 Gang who have forgotten that the positions they currently occupy came up because of the immense sacrifices of the likes of Ngwena, Joyce Mujuru, Oppah Muchinguri, Chris Mutsvangwa and many others I have not mentioned in this narrative.

Chief Charumbira - 1 December 2015

I agree Ngwena is no pushover & the G40 Crew is in for a big rude shock. Remember Ngwena & Amai Mujuru have impeccable liberation war credentials unlike those in G40 Gang who have forgotten that the positions they currently occupy came up because of the immense sacrifices of the likes of Ngwena, Joyce Mujuru, Oppah Muchinguri, Chris Mutsvangwa and many others I have not mentioned in this narrative.

Chief Charumbira - 1 December 2015

I agree Ngwena is no pushover & the G40 Crew is in for a big rude shock. Remember Ngwena & Amai Mujuru have impeccable liberation war credentials unlike those in G40 Gang who have forgotten that the positions they currently occupy came up because of the immense sacrifices of the likes of Ngwena, Joyce Mujuru, Oppah Muchinguri, Chris Mutsvangwa and many others I have not mentioned in this narrative.

Chief Charumbira - 1 December 2015

Let them not messy up with our ED , we all know that Zanu pf is still there because of him.Remember the 2008 Clause.Where were you the stupid G40.Zanu pf belongs to Mnangagwa ,get it in your thick scopes.

MUDMK - 2 December 2015

regai dzirwe dzemudanga rimwe

ngwena - 3 December 2015

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