Mugabe cautions army, police, CIO

HARARE - In a sensational pronouncement, President Robert Mugabe yesterday warned the army, the police and the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) against participating and meddling in the post-congress Zanu PF’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars.

Contrary to expectations, the party’s deadly factional fights have worsened since the brutal ouster from power of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her close allies on untested claims of plotting to remove Mugabe from office illegally and even planning to assassinate the long-ruling nonagenarian.

Addressing party members at Zanu PF’s annual conference in Victoria Falls, Mugabe revealed both his frustration with, and impotence in the face of the ugly brawls that are ripping the former liberation movement apart.

“Apa patasvika pekuti vamwe vava kupindira hapana kunaka. Vanhu vari kuuya kwandiri vachinditi zvakanaka here izvi? Inga vamwe vava kupindira, vechisoja, vechipurisa, veintelligence vaakufamba vachiti ava vanodavo ngana avo ndovokwangana. Havadi ngana vanoda party.

“Let’s stop that. We are ruining the party. Gwara reparty riripo (We have now entered a dangerous era. People are telling me that what is happening is not good and that soldiers, the police and the intelligence services are now also involved in the party’s factional wars),” Mugabe said.

Unexpectedly, Mugabe also went on to openly show his unwavering support for his wife Grace who some bigwigs allege is working with the party’s Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) — which is embroiled in a bitter succession war with embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allies.

Mugabe even said “Pamberi naAmai Mugabe (forward with Grace)” in his introductory remarks, — a move that was interpreted by some delegates as a clear sign that he is strongly behind the first lady and the G40.

And despite, some pathetic claims by a few bootlicking bigwigs and their lackeys in State media that the party’s succession wars are allegedly the creation of the private media, Mugabe — not for the first time — said yesterday that the fights were not only real, but were also threatening to split the party.

“We must know that we are one family. Fights are always there, but at the end of the day, we need to sit down and find a common solution.

“Ndakataura nyaya yekuti vamwe vanoda zvigaro. Kuita shungu yekuda zvigaro hazvingarambidzwi. Asika shungu iyoyo ngaiitwe negwara. Shungu iyoyo haifanirwi  kuita kuti vanhu vakakatidzane.

“Izvo zvinozoita kuti zvinzi ava ndovokwangana, ava ndivo vokwangana hazvifanirwe kudaro (being ambitious is not a problem in itself, but you should follow laid down procedures as you do so, rather than create factions).

“If you say these are my people, what about others, where do they belong? This issue is causing instability in the party and (opposition leader Morgan) Tsvangirai is now happy with what is happening ... all this must come to an end. You must stop it,” Mugabe thundered.

“Tikati ava ndevaVaMnangagwa, ava ndevaMphoko ko ini vangu ndevapi? (If we say these people belong to Mnangagwa or Mphoko, who is then in my camp)? We cannot succeed if we continue quarrelling. Divided we fall, united we stand.

“There is no comrade who is more special than the other, whether you went to war or not. As long as you are a member of the party you are all comrades. Even if you are a comrade who is a groundnuts farmer I want to say to you we are same in the party. We need to unite for the good of the party,” Mugabe added.

Mphoko, who spoke earlier and has been strongly linked to the G40, warned errant party members who he said were fanning the rampant factionalism.

After having accompanied Grace to most of her recent rallies around the country, Mphoko said if people said the first lady was leading a faction this necessarily meant that those people also thought that Mugabe was a “factional leader”.

“Your Excellency, as the first secretary and president of the party, you are the only centre of power. The country must rally behind you as a united people and united party.

“Hence, insinuations that Her Excellency the first lady leads a faction implies that you Your Excellency that you are in it too.

“The insinuation implies that you are a faction leader as it is impossible to separate the first lady from the first secretary and the president,” he said.

Mphoko said the worsening party factionalism was now threatening to destroy the former liberation movement.

“We must never allow tribalism, factionalism and corruption. That must be clear and understood by all of us. Factionalism will weaken the party because it causes the comrades to be suspicious of each other.

“If factionalism occurs among the leadership it will cause leaders to divert their focus or their principles, which is to fulfil what we have promised to do for the people of Zimbabwe through our manifesto,” he said.

“As a country, we must also put a full stop on corruption. We need to draw a line and ensure that anyone who is found on the wrong side of the law must be prosecuted.

“It must be understood that corruption is derailing the development of the country. It is also sad to note that cases of rape are escalating. Anyone found guilty of raping an under 16 should be castrated and also those who rape over 65 years should also be castrated,” Mphoko added.

Comments (11)

Its now clear that the biggest worry in zanu is their factional wars. They once said the media is creating this but now we hear it from their mouth. Even the congress' agenda is about factional wars. When are they going to talk about economic issues facing the country? And Mnangagwa u have heard it from ur boss "PAMBERI NAAMAI" There is nothing for u my bra. Mutasa once told us that Gire is now our presdent I now see it. l am just happy to hear Mugabe mention only Tsvangirai out of all the oposition leaders. No one is in his mind.... Dabengwa, Biti, Mangoma, Madhuku, Makoni or even Joyce.... only Tsvangirai Save chematama. Now let it be known by everyone that Tsvangirai ndizvo nomater how long it may take he will rule Zimbabwe.

dembo - 12 December 2015

@Dembo, Mugabe spoke about people first. Just read other newspapers not daily news only. He said he can't say much about people first becoz he is not sure if they are now a political party yet

Mentalist - 12 December 2015

@Dembo, it shows how scared he is of his former comrades. I however agree with u on Ngwena and Fire. How can he say pamberi namai Mugabe, the old chap is losing it.

Mentalist - 12 December 2015

Useless Bob..your house is in disarray, failure after failure. F&%$#ng useless leader who lost vision. You are the biggest idiot in ZANU

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bremand bremand - 12 December 2015

Zanu pf is full of cowards from Mugabe himself. You wonder, did they fight during chimurenga. How can they allow this monster Mugabe carry on like this. ?

ahmad - 12 December 2015

It is Mugabe and Zanu pf who over the years gone by caused, the security sector to be partisan. This have left the security sector virtually a Zanu pf province. The current status leaves zanu pf and security inseperable. Their fate [ prosecution, assets freeze] lies in zanu pf. When opposition spoke about security meddling in politics, What did zanu pf say? Ko nhasi chaipa chii? If Mugabe dont want the security sector he must hand over them to opposition. Chakadyiwa ne zanu pf chapfuka!!

X-MAN IV - 12 December 2015

That's it MaComrades! Nyika yaenda naana mujibha makatarisa.

machakchaka - 13 December 2015

Zvatosvorana Gozho naChin'ai. Nhasi masoja nemapurisa neCIO vavakunzi vakaipa. Ko zvavaikusupporter vachiponda veMDC handiti maiti Chenga ose manhanga hapana risina mhunzi. Saka nhasi Dindingwe rogwadzi nemavara ozare vhu as nezuro raivhuvhurudza vamwe muvhu dzvuku

dick mboko - 13 December 2015

If Mugabe and ZANU-PF die this moment, I have no doubt that the Daily News will also die because they seem to be the only news, albeit all recycled

Biggie Taapatsi - 13 December 2015

But the opposition once complained about this that The army, CIO and the police are dabbling in politics now you are seeing it .

Zvonetsazvino - 15 December 2015

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