It's game on at Zanu PF meet

VICTORIA FALLS - Although many issues are up in the air at the post-congress Zanu PF’s fractious annual conference that is being held here this week, many ruling party bigwigs believe that the thorny question of who will ultimately succeed President Robert Mugabe is one of the few things that will be decided for sure.

Still, and with political temperatures at the get-together matching the typically hot weather in this part of the country at this time of the year, all are agreed that sparks are set to fly as rival factions butt heads furiously over who exactly will take over from the increasingly- frail nonagenarian when he leaves office.

Insiders say in one corner stands Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his supporters, and in the other, First Lady Grace Mugabe and Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 — camps that have for months now been embroiled in a brutal fight for supremacy in the party.

Sources seen as close to the G40 claimed in briefings with the Daily News yesterday that it was now “game over for Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa camp), particularly  if the women’s quota systems is re-introduced in the party as is expected to happen, and as has been overwhelmingly proposed by party structures countrywide.

“It’s game over for Team Lacoste, whose members have been dreaming big and who have already set up structures around the country in preparation for their ascendancy to power. By Sunday, there will be gnashing of teeth in that entire camp,” one of the sources said.

The increasingly-important conference is being held on the backdrop of serious factional and succession fights in the party, arguably the worst since Zanu PF came to power in April 1980.

“The irony of it all is that although Victoria Falls is one of the world’s premier holiday resorts, many delegates at the conference won’t even get an opportunity to sample it and take in its amazing scenery.

“The conference is in many respects a winner takes-all and life and death affair, which means that there is no time to see the smoke that thunders, take boat cruises or go for game viewing,” a local businessman said, adding that the future of the party and Zimbabwe were at stake.

Mugabe himself is not expected here until tomorrow when he officially opens the conference running under the deceptive theme, Consolidating People’s Power Through Zim-Asset.

Comments (7)

newsday yu can only hope for what yu want yo G40 to that we have seen all that they had in thier plan n non was achieved.Now to us the comrades here is our top isues for yu.1]Ngwena remaines vp.2]The qota for women must be for zapu cadrs.the chairman issue must stil be for zapu cadrs.It has always been that way.thats what our unity is based on.3]vp mphoko must move his residence to Bulawayo,Matabeleland.Bulawayo has been neglected all time bcoz of vps that fast move to harare upon upointment.He can have his mansion there in the heart of Bulawayo.The matabeland people deserve 1 vp in their area,like shonas.Shonas have the President ,vp mnangagwa ,now mphoko.why?Mphoko must move to skies ,or make way for a female zapu cadre who will reside in Bulawayo.this we are seriouse on it.

viola gwena - 10 December 2015

as vp based in Bulawayo ,he wil check on projects initiated by him.He can summorn ministers to his bulawayo offices or house and take them around bulawayo ,impliment projects.Min of finance shuld always be on plan to skies to meet vp .now the guy since his upointment he has not set foot in we hear he has opted to live in the grange in harare,my foot.We want a strong vp who lives in bulawayo ,wakes up in bulawayo,goes to work in bulawayo.sees his people daily,not weekends only.He has moved even his family out of bulawayo.comrades ,what nonsense is this.he has done nothing for us ndebeles.and he wont.becoz he doesnt live with us.he never did anyway.Doesnt ngwena go to his rurals every week to see his kindsforth,president mugabe goes zvimba.their people there have access to them.This one ,plz.If he cant do that then make way for a female zapu cadre who will live with us.

viola gwena - 10 December 2015

Why are CIOs in party regalia?

Galore 123 - 10 December 2015

Mpoko replaced the late John Nkomo and was not a woman Munangagwa Must surrender the post that was occupied Joice finish and klaa .Mpoko must stay put and zanu should replace the sellout Munangagwa who insulted the late father of nation J Nkomo by saying he was a sellout.All sane people will never want this moron near power .. He is satan.

Diibulaanyika - 10 December 2015

Hanzi winner take all , chimwe chirungu kungo kandira zviri irrelevant . What is there to be won and take all what.'@ Dibu kushaya chaiko i donot think you understand what the Unity Accord stand for , so go back to school and come back with a better argument, read a story FINGA which your comrades leaked

Haiwa - 10 December 2015

kuti team lacoste ndoko kunoita kuti vanhu vatye team iyoyo na leader wayo. we don't want another gukurahundi in our country. zvirinani tisarudze mai mugabe or dr joice mujuru or even tsvangirai than kurumwa nechekuchera.

taurai - 11 December 2015

Guess which crooked cadres will not be there ? (Sasha Jogi) See - 2015 12 09 - 3 Harare councillors arrested December 9, 2015 Innocent Ruwende and Tendai Rupapa Ruwende and Tendai Rupapa Three councillors and Harare Municipal Medical Aid Society (HMMAS) board chair Sasha Jogi have been arrested for allegedly siphoning over $70 000 from the society. Another councillor is reportedly on the run. One of the councillors is facing additional charges of using his position to acquire a commercial stand in Waterfalls, which he traded with a 30-tonne truck. More councillors are expected to be nabbed as investigations have been widened to include other council businesses from which they are suspected of benefiting. Several of the councillors were summoned and questioned yesterday, but were released pending further police investigations. The four councillors, who are HMMAS board members, are alleged to have awarded themselves hefty amounts as sitting allowances against the approved rates. It is not clear how much each of the councillors received. One of the councillors, Hammy Madzingira (Sunningdale), appeared in court yesterday charged with fraud or alternatively criminal abuse of duty as a public officer, while Budiriro councillor Panganai Charumbira and Mbare councillor Anthony Shangadeya were picked up yesterday. Mbare councillor Maureen Nyemba is on the run after she failed to report to police for questioning. Reports last night showed that HMMAS board chair Jogi had been arrested over the same matter.

alum mpofu - 11 December 2015

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