Mnangagwa's test has come

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted ambitions to succeed President Robert Mugabe may have suffered a fatal blow yesterday after the post-congress Zanu PF’s politburo appeared to embrace growing calls for a return of the women’s quota system in the warring ruling party.

Addressing the media soon after the politburo’s meeting in Harare, Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo said the various resolutions that had been made by provinces, including on this contentious issue, were set to be tabled at the party’s annual conference that is being held in the resort town of Victoria Falls.

A well-placed source told the Daily News last night that there was now broad, albeit “tactically conflictual agreement” among the party’s various factions on the need to re-introduce the women’s quota system — a development that is destined to spark a battle of titanic proportions in the coming days.

Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks, who are commonly referred to as the Generation 40, and who are said to be backing First Lady Grace Mugabe to succeed her increasingly-frail husband and not Mnangagwa, have been at the forefront of the demand that at least one of the two party vice presidents should be a woman — a move insiders say is designed to block the Midlands godfather’s alleged presidential aspirations.

“Inter-district conferences have been held in all provinces, coming up of course with their various resolutions which will be presented to the (Victoria Falls) conference,” Khaya Moyo told the media after yesterday’s politburo meeting.

And with the majority in the party now appearing to be demanding a return of the women’s quota system which was expediently discarded late last year as former Vice President Joice Mujuru was being hounded out of the party on untested allegations of plotting to oust and kill Mugabe, Mnangagwa’s days in the presidium may be numbered.

But the insider who spoke to the Daily News last night said Mnangagwa’s supporters were plotting to turn the tables on their party enemies who were agitating for the return of this affirmative action dictate by agreeing to its re-introduction — as long as this would benefit former PF Zapu cadres.

Zimbabwe National War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) Mashonaland West provincial chairperson, Cornelius Muwoni, appeared to confirm this when he spoke to the Daily News last night, saying his organisation was not opposed to a woman vice president being appointed to be one of Mugabe’s deputies, although he said they would want that this be done on a rotational basis to accommodate former Zapu cadres.

“As war veterans, we support equality between men and women, so we have no problems with a woman from the party being one of the vice presidents.

“We would however, want that to be done on a rotational basis to also include Zapu, seeing that when it was first introduced it benefitted a Zanu cadre in Joice Mujuru. So, it only makes sense that this time, should it be returned, it should also benefit the other side,” Muwoni said.

This thinking was shared by former Zipra cadre Zenzo Ncube, a member of ZNLWVA’s council of elders, who argued that if war veterans had allowed a takeover of the leadership of the association by Christopher Mutsvangwa from the executive led by former Zapu cadre Jabulani Sibanda, it was only fair that this arrangement be followed for the party’s vice presidency.

“We are currently discussing the issue as former Zapu cadres. We want to come up with a preferred candidate for the position should it (the proposal) sail through,” Ncube said.

The move by Team Lacoste, as the Mnangagwa camp calls itself, is designed to ensure that they neutralise Grace, the G4O and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko — thus keeping Mnangagwa as one of the party’s two deputies, and therefore well-positioned to succeed Mugabe.

Further to this, Team Lacoste is said to be pushing Mugabe to make changes to the party’s leadership, with war veterans in particular calling for the ouster of national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere —  arguing that he is supposedly divisive, in addition to lacking liberation struggle credentials.

In addition, the restive war veterans also want their own to monopolise the posts for lands and security in the politburo.

On the other hand, the G40 want War veterans minister Mutsvangwa axed from his post as war veterans chairperson and be replaced by Patrick Nyaruwata.

However, Khaya Moyo emphasised after yesterday’s politburo meeting that the buck on all pending matters stopped with Mugabe.

“I want to emphasise that this is not an elective conference, it’s only the congress which is elective. So, we must not spread rumours. You are aware that his Excellency the president is the only one after the amendment of the constitution last December who is elected ... all of us we are appointees and he can appoint at his leisure.

“So, we must not mix up the purpose of this conference,” the Zanu PF information tsar said.

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.

And with Mnangagwa embroiled in the bitter fight to succeed Mugabe with the G40, this is 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. This means that this week’s annual conference 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.

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 (30)

yes I told yu so ,didnt I ?about this qota thing,only from zapu.Now G40 is scatered.They neva saw it coming even tho I told yu their mouth piece 2 weeks ago.Now here is another shocker,this other vp is now making toomuch noise for Gire.We will get him moved to bulawayo n do work there for his people for a change.He needs more wofk on his table,developmental work for bulawayo,n he can have some work to do.this we will push for,TEAM croc

viola gwena - 8 December 2015

what's good about team croc? some of us fear that man. we don't want another gukurahundi so its better to have g40 led by dr mother than madders

taurai - 8 December 2015

Mnangagwa is the most feared person to become the president of ZanuPF and Zimbabwe. Whether it is true or not his opponents label him a killer. He sends others to his 'job' that of killing particularly for Mugabe. So with this fresh in people's minds the man is unelectable, he is hard to sell. He has a full record of all people killed or disappeared. He knows where Itai Dzamara is dead or alive. I have a feeling that he is alive and one day they will release him unharmed. Let continue pray for his release. So this is how the man they call Ngwena do to his opponents. He is not even wanted in his own province Midlands. He cannot be the province's godfather, if so what title is given to people like VaMsipa?

Jonathiel Moyowaonda - 8 December 2015

Last year they got rid of the quota system in order to ditch Mujuru and this year they are reinstating it to ditch Mnangagwa?? Nothing has been more disastrous for this nation that ZPF: ever in its entire history.

TruthBTold - 8 December 2015

Samson never imagined that is downfall was in his own bedroom...kkkkk pane zvakawanda zvinogon kuitika uvete...kkkk

zim pipo - 8 December 2015

Zanu pf and the GVT is headed for three VPs. Its practically impossible for Mugabe to demote ED.

X-MAN IV - 8 December 2015

Meanwhile, I will continue to pray for the end of Zanu. At last it looks so real.kkkkkkkk. and the countru will come back from hell

richie - 8 December 2015

those who think ngwena is unelectable ,wait for 2018.for now its zanupf and our leaders are per seniority1.Robert Mugabe-President.2 Emmerson Mnangagwa -VP 3 Phekezela Mphoko 2nd VP. 4 Simon Khaya Moyo. Thats our party top 4.It has always bn top4. Yu then get chairpersons of variouse organs like youth ,women n so on.The problem with few people including G40,is that yu cannot make a difference between a national election to party conferences.yu start barking wrong trees.and without checking yo egoes n plans.we do Ngwena team,we look,listern and act.we have thwarted this qota thing for good.we have passed it on to our fellow comrades in zipra who r mo than too hapy to handle.G40 now want to push Mphoko as their team leader ,now that Gire is now a failed project.we welcome him.n by the way we love bla Kiri war vets minister.

viola gwena - 8 December 2015

something like a condom user syndrome. gratify, dump!!!

jeredzwa - 8 December 2015

Why do you continue to give this man airtime. The guy cant even win a seat in his home turf where supposedly he is the don. They had to manufacture a special constituency just for him after twice losing. Zanu is unelectable and rigs elections yes but some rigging is too obvious if this guy was to win even a primary in his own party let alone in the country.

Lt General - 8 December 2015

i respect munangagwa enough to think that he will respect the "will" of his beloved people as before. life goes on. as the legal man that he is, may be he can help our legal system before 2018. long live the people's struggle!!! pasi nemhandu!!!

hombarume - 8 December 2015

"You are aware that his Excellency the president is the only one after the amendment of the constitution last December who is elected ... all of us we are appointees and he can appoint at his leisure." These nutters are a joke the lot of them, they give a senile old man unbridled powers when his incompetent brain is already on accelerated decline & they harbour ambitions to rule one day using those same dictatorial powers they have given him. Ask Mujuru and Zvobgo how that all ended for them.

Lt General - 8 December 2015

For over 40 years maZezuru have made everyone believe that Karangas are murderers so that they continue to rule unopposed. Gwendo guno hazviitiki. MaKaranga, maNdebele, vanasaManyika, maNadu nevamwe vose takazosvunura. Kana vaChida VP weChikadzi tonoisa Cde Masuku

dick mboko - 8 December 2015

What if ZANUPF or President Mugabe adopts the motion to appoint a Woman as VP and axes Mphoko instead and appoints a Woman from the former ZAPU as what alsomost happened to Lesabe. Over the years I have learnt never to underestimate the shrewdness of Mugabe the politician he has too many tricks up his sleeve we can only wait and see, He may chose to do nothing despite the motions from the provinces.

Kambiri - 8 December 2015

Munangagwa is evil and as such no sane individual can even wish him to be president in this country .His citizen ship is questionable as his whole family are Zambian citizens and also was staying with them during the whole war period and when independence came He was very active in the gukurahundi program killing thousands in the process . How about appointing a former zapu woman remove Munangagwa bcoz zanu has a president already that way factionalism will die fast .

Diibulaanyika - 8 December 2015

Why should zanu have 2 presidential people the president and the other deputy are from zanu while zapu have one always . this time around Munangagwa must be deleted from the system and a former zapu woman official brought in as the second vice president . Actually it must be that way .

Diibulaanyika - 8 December 2015

Midlands neMasvingo tisazungunuke ipapo kusvika rinhi tichivonekwa sembwa wavona mkaranga woda kuita mhandu hazvigoni kana ichiwondomoka ngaiwondomeke zvachose . Viva baba Mnangagwa Viva . Shumba Mrambwe tinemwi sevana vokwenyu tinokutsigirain chose nyangwe zvodii vangokubvisa topinda netribal strategy chete kuti Mazezuru haadi kuvona Mkaranga ugoti 2018 ZANU PF inohwina inhema . Watema Ngwena watema Makaranga toda kuzvivona izvozvo

MukarangawekuMberengwa - 8 December 2015

l would want to buy the same idea that its not easy for His Excellency to boot out ED, above all President Mugabe is gifted a leader, he will appoint anyone as deemed by his instincts

beegee - 8 December 2015

If they want a woman VP, the five star hotel guy may lose his position to be replaced by a female Zapu VP. The presidium is now three people these days so no one can complain. The move could save so much money in hotel bills.

Inyika - 8 December 2015

Daily News, I am confused. What does it mean when an issue is to be tabled? It means consideration of the issue is to be postponed. Is that what you meant in this story, that the quota system issue's consideration is to be postponed and not be brought up for discussion at the congress (or whatever that meeting is?)

Joseph M - 9 December 2015

Nonsense even you can have a karanga in power still you suffer . As zimbabwean we want a capable leader not this barbaric stone age way of choosing leaders on tribal line . To hell with those who want that type of politics .Munangagwa is not a leader do not force rubbish onto people we have suffered bcoz the present rubbish this time we want a break in the form of a proper leader not gate crushers ,

Diibulaanyika - 9 December 2015

gwendo gwino muchariwona Garwe and also not to forget, the conference is in the Zambezi river which means we're at an advantage, Cde July muriko here uko Viva Team Lacoste....

torasabutiende - 10 December 2015

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