Another big blow for Mnangagwa

HARARE - It appears as if it does not rain but pour for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF camp, as well as the VP’s mooted ambitions to succeed President Robert Mugabe.

Harare became the latest province yesterday to formally agitate for a return of a women’s quota system in the warring ruling party, setting the stage for a stormy meeting when the former liberation movement meets for its annual conference this week.



Bulawayo, Mashonaland East, Mashonaland West and Mashonaland Central have already called for the re-incorporation of the women’s quota system in the party’s constitution — which was successfully used to hinder Mnangagwa’s rise to power in 2004.

If the proposal sails through at the party’s conference that is being held in Victoria Falls, it would most likely see Mnangagwa once again paving the way for a woman vice president as he did a decade ago — as the other VP, Phelekezela Mphoko, looks safe as he is the face of the Unity Accord signed between Zapu and Zanu PF in 1987.

The embattled Mnangagwa is said to be 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 he may go down in the same manner that former Vice President Joice Mujuru was deposed from power late last year.

To that extent, insiders say this week could prove to be one of the most important and significant periods in the long political life of Mnangagwa as the war to succeed Mugabe gets hotter and nastier by the day.

“We have resolved that as the women’s league, we would want to be well represented at all levels of the party in line with the national constitution,” a Harare provincial executive member told the Daily News yesterday.

Mphoko unexpectedly attended Harare province’s meeting yesterday and is said to have urged it to push for strict discipline in the party “to get rid of rotten apples” that were not supportive of Mugabe.

“Those who are insulting the first lady are insulting the president. When you say she is leading a faction, then you are saying the president is also leading a faction.

“Can you say because I support Mai Mugabe so I am a member of G40 even when I am 40 years? These are the things you must address in your resolutions chairman. Deal with these crimes, the treason that is being committed under the cover of darkness,” Mphoko said.

The decision by the party’s Harare province sets the stage for an explosive conference, amid revelations of plots and counterplots by the two antagonistic camps to outdo each other at the increasingly-important annual gathering. 

Comments (11)

Lacoste knows its that mbokoloid that will be kicked out, he is an embarrassment to himself .... Lacoste is mbokological, but better the mboko we know than this new mboko

John Siyapapa Madhiri - 7 December 2015

This will make for an interesting conference. I can see Mnangagwa coming back with his position intact but you just never know.

Inyika - 7 December 2015

Iwe G40 supporter you enjoy writting negative about Lacoste which does not make sense, so are you saying in Matebeleland there ARE no intelligent ladies to replace Mboko . Was the unity accord only to benefit Ndebele men not women ? Are the ndebele men the only ones who went to war. So stop this Moyo propaganda , if the women's league wants a lady boss both tribes should be vetted , more so there was a shona before , then a ndebele lady should be selected. Donot be so engrossed in Zanu Pf factional wars and fail to see reason. There are a lot of intelligent ndebele ladies with more brains than Mboko and Grace combined . Whats your beef with Ngwena becoz he is a threat to your G40 . Matatdza kumubvisa ngwena its not easy mamboti madii ko.....You flopped

Haiwa - 7 December 2015

A woman vice president can still come from the former Zapu members. So Mphoko can still go.

tsholofelo - 7 December 2015

ko nhai mboko aivepi all along only to appear now with lots of confusion

wangu - 7 December 2015

No Big blow at all, VP Mnangagwa will be the president and Grace Mugabe the VP. Poor Journalism at its worst

Sekuru Mtsipa - 7 December 2015

Just saddened by the naivety that raises its ugly head in Zimbabwe's politics. Zimbabwe is not for Ndebeles and Shonas. Respect other tribes too. Be political mature

Nkosilathi Ncube - 7 December 2015

I strongly agree with so called G40 Generation. War vets time is over. We thank you for your job well-done. You must be reminded that you were 50k dollars for your service, you undeservedly promoted to all parastatals. The rest is history. Its time for bye bye.

Nkosilathi Ncube - 7 December 2015

mpoko munhu kwaye. muri kurasika papi hama? arinani pane vamwe vacho vakapedza vanhu muma mid 80s. hutsinye ndiho hurikutyiwa nevanhu.

taurai - 7 December 2015

Im here in vic falls.what the daily is reporting on is fiction.nothing like that.The isue of female vp is now dead.not even on agenda.bT THE COMRADES HAD COME IN LARGE NUMBERS TO CHECK MATE ON THAT .the g40s seem to be very scared as we know some of them.they hardly come out to talk in the open.Bt shuld the qouta thing come up Zapu are more than ready to provide a female cadre as everyone knows its their turn to have a female vp.Im very sure this killed it.the g40 cannot turn grace into zapu.or donate her.but this Kasu is in trouble.we may not be given space bt we will make it clear we dont want this chap,this week.VP ngwena will stay put .and so we stay.

viola gwena - 8 December 2015

Good morning Mr Choppies. Smell the stink now hey

Dread Cz 2-march - 10 December 2015

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