Zanu PF could split: Mugabe

HARARE - A worried President Robert Mugabe has expressed the fear that his post-congress Zanu PF could be heading for another devastating split owing to the party’s seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars.

Since the brutal ouster of former Vice President Joice Mujuru late last year over untested charges of plotting to remove from power and assassinate Mugabe, the deadly ructions — now pitting supporters of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa against those of First Lady Grace Mugabe — have worsened.

The increasingly-frail nonagenarian admitted yesterday while addressing the party’s central committee in Harare that the former liberation movement was now sitting on a cliff edge as it meets for its annual conference in Victoria Falls this week.

“The problem that we now have has to do with personalities, people wanting to advance themselves within the party, wanting this position or that position and so we have a problem that threatens to split the party.

“Some are looking at the forthcoming elections and the elections are still far, they come in the year 2018, but the ambitious ones are working, some openly, some behind the scenes in order to place themselves in positions which they think will enable them to be elected.

“Some want to be in those positions now. Hazviiite (it’s not possible) just now,” the seemingly-exasperated Mugabe said and called on party bigwigs to be patient until the country’s next elections in 2018 when “we will all resign and ambitious ones can line up”.

He said as there was still a long way before the 2018 national elections, party members should not disturb the smooth going, efficiency and competence of the ruling party to remain in power.

He bemoaned the senseless bloodletting which he said was now confusing its general membership as different groups jostled for power.

“That group opposite to that, and we have all kinds of manoeuvres ... what a shame. And then there are accusations across the board, this group accuses that group, another group now hits back saying A, B, C.

“That’s the information I am getting. In some cases one group might put a set of criticisms and then create this or opposition to that assertion and give the picture that there is opposition in the party,” Mugabe said.

“Then there are lies, manufacturing of lies, talking of the purported action of people which never happened. Kunyepa, tava vanyepi (we are now liars).

“Chii chiri kumboitika kumaprovince enyu? Chii chiri kumboitika kupolitburo (What is really happening in the provinces and in the politburo?” the visibly-anguished Mugabe asked rhetorically.

He said while there was nothing wrong per se with party officials being ambitious, there was need for them to use proper procedures.

“Chigaro ngachiuye netsika dzakanaka. Zvigaro hazviturunurwe samatamba, zvinouya nechimiro chako, nekudiwa kwako nevanhu (leadership should be assumed through good works and the correct channels),” he said.

Seemingly taking a cue from his wife Grace, who recently exonerated the private media in the party’s ugly goings-on, Mugabe accused his bickering underlings of feeding journalists with detailed inside information about what was happening inside Zanu PF behind closed doors.

“Tisu takutoita kuti zvimaopposition papers izvi zvirarame (we are the ones keeping the independent media afloat)”.

And in a move that insiders interpreted as a pat on the back of the G40, Mugabe praised the Zanu PF women’s league and the party commissariat, respectively headed by his wife Grace and Saviour Kasukuwere.

The two are said to have forged an alliance to block Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted ambitions to take over the reins from Mugabe.

“While credit for the good image and standing of the party is shared by all of us, allow me to single out the women’s league and the commissariat for working tirelessly in mobilising and keeping the party alive,” Mugabe said.

While acknowledging that in an organisation as big as the ruling party, differences in opinion were bound to happen, he called on the party to be united saying “there is no need of resorting to backbiting and character assassination”.

He further urged party structures to “remain calm, disciplined, and united in the face of the multi-faceted challenges”.

“Fighting within the party is not ending. Iwo mavotes of no confidence akadai kuuya aya ko nyaya dzacho hadzitaurirwane here (The votes of no confidence afflicting the party have become so fashionable, can’t you resolve your differences amicably?)

“And then those who think they know all, keep your own ideas to the party through appropriate organs. Kwete kungofamba uchingozhambatata (don’t just shout about), shut up your mouth, be disciplined and show us that you are a disciplined leader of the party and even if you have knowledge tell people in a decent manner,” Mugabe said.


Comments (13)

Its now beginning to sink that what started as a campaign to get rid of Mujuru at all costs has now continued to this day. Now the votes of no confidence are the weapon of choice for every disgruntled province against leaders they don't agree with. Also I thought Zanu was already split and this will be confirmed when People First or whatever form it takes is launched. But let Zanu split, that's what Mugabe has always wanted otherwise he would have had a succession plan in place all these years.

Inyika - 10 December 2015

This coming from the same dude who for years looked th other side pretending all was well in the party?? It's too late uncle Bobie, too late to save the sinking over mate, you failed dismally no matter what you say. Your f&%$#ng wife contributed to the demise of our party. THINGS HAVE COMPLETELY FALLEN APART. It's game over sekuru Bob. You systematically sidelined all right minded people from ZANU and remained with idiots that do not know how to scheme and play the game of's all over, resign now and save a quarter face if you still have one. Bye Zanu, bye Zanu pf, bye Bob and his henchmen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

garikayi - 10 December 2015

Vanhu vagara vanoreva nhema, ukangoteerera zvose sechokwadi, newe unoguma wava muipi. Munguva yehondo yechimurenga vanhu hobho vakapondwa nanaMujibha vachitumwa nevarwi verusunguko nenyaya dzamakuhwa.vanhu vaireverana nhema dzekuti ,hee anoroya, hee mutengesi,zvino makomuredhi nekusadzidza vototi batai munhu. Mashoko ndeehunzverawo

Jus sayin - 10 December 2015

Why do we even continue to debate this issue when all of us know know with absolute certainty that China will decide our fate and dictate who will be the next head of state. We must all now come to terms with reality and face facts.

Mbuya Nehanda - 10 December 2015

The problem is not in zanu only but the whole nation Mugabe and zanu are the problem and if i had known that we were fighting the white to make Mugabe president forever i would have supported the white govt by giving poison food to those who were fighting Smith govt . 35 years of doing nothing but destruction to the whole country is not a joke . He is luck bcoz people in this country a docile like old donkeys otherwise they would have freed themselves from this satan .long back . This gathering in vic falls is just a big nonsense of amazanga going to worship the son of a Malawian migrant . We all know if a party is followed by amazanga and reserves people who can be fooled that a cell phone would see them when they vote or those who think diesel can just jet from the bellies of the earth then that country is doomed . Clever people in all towns and big cities have stopped following zanu long back even vic fall is one of the towns that do not want zanu .in it .Lets work hard and remove zanu and Mugabe so that our country can be a better place to live in again

Diibulaanyika - 10 December 2015

4 sure vote of no confidence have now reached alarming rate in zpf

rmunemo - 11 December 2015

sometimes i don't understand. i want to smile when i am reading all that is happening in the Z party, but i fear that this might be a rebranding exercise. more true when i glance at the list of those being purged. is it not a fact that most of these people are dead wood anyway? mutasa, mujuru, nguni etc. these are people that i am very sure did nothing better than little me. why does anyone care? what are we doing to have a truly Zimbabwean party which can lead us to the promised land. God appear to have cursed us with a dearth of future leaders. i can not trust zimbabwe in the hands of biti, tsvangirai, mujuru, munangagwa and all the other small dreamers like the mavambo guy. my wish is that Zanu PF will not come out stronger from all this chaos. asi zvainonzi "mvura mvongodzeki ndiyo gadzikani"

murambatsvina - 11 December 2015

everyone in politics in zim is dead wood including morgan. mugabe played handiende so is morgan. If we are going to make any progress as a nation, we need to ensure that people serve limited terms. for mdc t it was 3 terms until morgan doctored the constitution to enable himself to continue as president of the party endlessly. no need to worry about zanu only but mdc t also.

zvirozviyedzwa - 11 December 2015

If i was one of the ZanuPf's Member i would have suggested the ouster of the following people for different crimes and un-told suffering they have caused to Zimbabweans. Zvinavashe, Vitalis Retired General (former Chief of Defence Staff)

Malcolm - 14 December 2015

Zanu Inoworora imi maivaka dzimba panhu pamusina kupihwa muHarare muno kwaa, dai yatopwanya dzese nedzaMabamba

chenje - 14 December 2015

Zanu Inoworora imi maivaka dzimba panhu pamusina kupihwa muHarare muno kwaa, dai yatopwanya dzese nedzaMabamba

chenje - 14 December 2015

chisingaperi chinoshura. wotoona kahure gire kachida kuzoitawo presiden, Asi mazimba kudyiswa kana kuti kudii? nxaa

kkkkkkkk - 17 December 2015

Why should we think of Tsvangirai as being bad yet we all witnessed his power from 2009-2013.Zimbabwe became its best in this period.All schools got textbooks.Even Smith did not achieve this.All civil servants got back to work,fuel was back,all business started to flourish.Zimbabwe was battered and tattered till Save and MDC came into the fold.Lets not forget the power prosperity he brought.You might hate him despise him the man is blessed like Joseph.Whatever he touches flourishes.He has God behind him.It is only time and God's time surely comes for all to witness his salvation.Let us all pray for our beloved country for we can only triumph in God's name.Save ndizvo,Save---Mwari chete udzai masupporters enyu kuti namatai zvinesimba.Nguva yaswedera

midlands patriot - 17 December 2015

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