Mnangagwa in a tight spot

VICTORIA FALLS - President Robert Mugabe finds himself between a rock and a hard place after Zanu PF members opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding him agitated yesterday for a firm timetable on the appointment of a woman to the ruling party’s presidium.

This means that Mugabe is now under severe pressure to ensure that one of his two deputies is a woman, a move which insiders say is “a fait accompli” (done deal) which is likely to see Mnangagwa demoted to a lower position — and which in turn would blight the Midlands godfather’s chances of becoming the next Zanu PF leader.


Well-placed sources who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday yesterday said the Zanu PF women’s league, backed by the party’s     ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40, had successfully pushed the former liberation movement to adopt 50-50 gender representation in all its power structures.

First Lady Grace Mugabe — who is being nudged by her growing legion of party supporters to be the female presidium representative — had apparently been the first one to formally present the women’s league resolution in a closed door meeting of the conference, albeit in “a roundabout manner”.

Not satisfied with the lack of clarity on the crucial matter, the league’s vice chairperson, Sandi Moyo, intervened immediately, asking another league member “to make the demand more forcefully”.

“The first lady put across the message modestly and Mai Sandi Moyo then asked Beater Nyamupinga to resolutely announce the women’s resolutions, which included a clear message for the president to give a timeline on when he would appoint the female VP,” the reliable source said.

Another source corroborated this saying the influential women’s league wanted Mugabe to announce “clearly the date, time frame and process” of how this resolution would be implemented.

Amid fears that the warring party factions could clash at the conference, police tried their level best to maintain law and order — mounting myriad roadblocks along the roads leading to the venue of the get-together.

Still, it was later revealed that Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena had been reported to the police for allegedly abusing Kadoma businessman Jimayi Muduvuri — as factional tensions raged.

With the majority in Zanu PF now in favour of a return of the women’s quota system in the party 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, an insider said Mnangagwa was “in a spot of bother”.

However, others who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper, the Daily News, last week said the VP’s supporters were plotting to turn the tables on their party enemies who were agitating for the return of the women’s quota 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, confirmed this, saying his organisation was not opposed to a woman vice president being appointed to be one of Mugabe’s deputies, but 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.

All this is designed to ensure that Team Lacoste, as the Mnangagwa camp is referred to by its members, neutralises 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 wants War veterans minister Mutsvangwa axed from his post as war veterans chairperson and be replaced by Patrick Nyaruwata.

Comments (12)

The female VP could come from the Zapu side which means Mphoko will have to make way for the new VP. This just shows that these people serve at the pleasure of Mugabe who can make changes whenever he feels like. This is why its better for officials to be elected rather than be appointed.

Inyika - 13 December 2015

Politicians are always there to enrich themselves, if there's anyone who thinks politicians are there to serve them then i'm sorry you are completely wrong. I feel sorry for the crowds who attend these useless congresses and other stupid meetings in this scotching heat. Please people wake up and stop being used by these people, it's time to see what you can do with your life instead of expecting politicians to come to your rescue because they WILL NEVER!! Only use you to get political mileage and momentum. To Grace Mugabe, I say, if you think people love you so much just wait until your husband vacates the office either through retirement (unlikely), or death, that's when you will realize that you were just being used by the real politicians. You are not a politician and you better play your cards fast and wisely before the old man is gone otherwise all your perceived political friends will disappear as fast as they appeared.

misty - 13 December 2015

Why divide the country as either Mashonaland or Matabeleland for Unity Accord purpose? Where is the unity?

Chief Dotito - 13 December 2015

Behold zimbabwe end time is near

chingaira - 13 December 2015

yes the conference came n gone now.n yes those r our resolutions as combatants.we want to remove kasukuwere n put a war veteran becoz zanu and zapu have always been peoples parties,now zanu pf is slowly turned into a private party for a few.What hapened to these get togethers being peoples congresses?we wanted as comrades this congress to be held either at Mutoko centre or Chitungwiza,near people.we have always known our congresses to be people centred near people.kana tsuro ngaauye.thats what we know as veterans of the yu hold it in vic falls?acreditation only to selected members,who r flown by aeroplane.?in Goromonzi ,the last correct congress ,even farmers attended in their overalls .thats why we need the party back to our standards of chimurenga.People s power.In Chitungwiza we wanted to woe MDC supporters and talk to them ,show case our resolutions to try n get back our members .In mutoko we wanted to hold there as thank yu for standing by the party always.Vic falls?no.

viola gwena - 14 December 2015

all these g40s r not realy seriouse on geting the country bak on economy.they very afraid of what ngwena said,look in the eye of all crooks n theives.thats their bone of contention.this vp wants to get on the job on corruption,multiple farm owners ,parastatal looters .so G40 not amused.some ,like jonathan moyo now see it is the right thing todo n have now distanced themselves to this g40.crooks bend on protecting their thats what we need to do 1st ,then world will work wth us.if yu took more than 1 farm ,give bak the others, amnesty is coming.Mind yu who proved that ngwena is power hungry?he just needs to do the job n clar.

viola gwena - 14 December 2015

Mugabe himself must be replaced by a Zipra combatant. Thats the only move that might slow down the collapse of the liberation movement.

X-MAN IV - 14 December 2015

hapana nyaya apa. things remain the same. vp is mnangagwa period.

taurai - 14 December 2015

Actually it should read Mugabe's back on the wall. Women's league yapembedza n'anga neino bata mai . Now this needs to be taken into account and a ndebele lady should be VP. The Quota system plan never thought thru , these low lives are now regretting their lack of intelligence , especially being led by the fake dr.

Anesu - 14 December 2015

There is already a "vacancy" in the presidium, that is The party 'chairman' position. This was left with no taker for strategic reasons. Grace will be party chairperson, and ED will take over from HE. this zpf "factionalism of G40 vs Lacoste is Version. 2.0 of "Baba Jukwa". A good diversion therapy for struggling zimbo's. Come 2018, ED president, Grace would have acquired sufficient clout to sustain her even after HE. she will be appointed VP by ED. ED is the only person the president can trust with his family, and definitely NOT G40

joe - 14 December 2015 what we want!

Goal Worth Global Network Employment Agency - 16 December 2015

Save lets call for more prayers for this country.Everyone should pray.We do not fight by the blood but by God's spirit and prayers.God the Almighty will answer our prayers.He has done it before when he got you into govt.He can also do it if we pray hard

midlands patriot - 17 December 2015

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