Zanu PF wars: Aluta continua

VICTORIA FALLS - Instead of healing the gaping wounds in the body politic of President Robert Mugabe’s warring post-congress Zanu PF, last week’s party conference only managed to paper over the cracks — with rival factions departing Mosi-oa-Tunya as determined as ever to fight to the death over control of the former liberation movement.

And after three days of contrived harmony — marked by gluttonous eating, excessive drinking, exaggerated unity and mostly vacuous speeches — party insiders who spoke to the Daily News on Saturday evening said it was “definitely aluta continua” (Portuguese for the struggle continues) as far as the party’s seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars are concerned.

“It’s back to reality for the party, its supporters and senior officials, as nothing has changed. Until people know who will succeed president Mugabe, it’s definitely aluta continua. Everyone knows this,” a politburo member said emphatically.

Another conference delegate from the Midlands, who said he was rooting for embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe, said “only a fool will think the G40 (Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks) will stop plotting against Lacoste (Mnangagwa)”.

“We know that they will redouble their efforts to trip the VP. They wanted Lacoste dead at this conference but failed, and so they will come back with venom. We know that and we are ready,” he said.

But the VP’s party foes claimed that they had inflicted “a mortal wound” on him after the women’s league resolution demanding the reintroduction of 50-50 gender representation, including in the former liberation movement’s presidium was accepted by Mugabe.

“Ngwena is a dead man walking and the whole Team Lacoste camp knows that,” fired a central committee member opposed to the VP.

Indeed, the women’s league successfully demanded a return of the women’s quota in both the government and the ruling party, their target being Mnangagwa. Mugabe even said, in his typically shrewd way, “mission accomplished” to wild cheers after this resolution was read out.

The timeframe that women gave to have one of their own in the presidium, that this be implemented in 2016, also means that time is running out for Mnangagwa to draw on his legendary cunning to escape the impending guillotine.

But his equally determined supporters are already attempting to turn the tables on the Midlands godfather’s co-deputy, Phelekezela Mphoko.

“We want the woman quota to return, but the woman candidate should be from Zapu. As Mai Mujuru was from Zanu and was there for 10 years at the top, it is only fair that both sides get equal chances,” one Team Lacoste member said.

But there was to be more pain for Team Lacoste at the conference when Mugabe launched a thinly-disguised public attack on one of Mnangagwa’s key backers, War Veterans minister Chris Mutsvangwa.

Mutsvangwa, who stands accused of bragging about his liberation war credentials ad nauseum, kept staring at his mobile phone as Mugabe shellacked him, effectively backing his nemesis, national party political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

“We are all the same, peasants or those who went to the war. If you keep on bragging about participating in the war we will ask you how many guns were you carrying and did you fight alone,” Mugabe said.

In that regard, many left the conference believing that the days of the erudite Mutsvangwa, a senior party official and Cabinet minister may be numbered.

Comments (12)

Ma war vets honai

gumbo - 14 December 2015

Lacoste? how original. They had to co-opt a French brand to make their unelectable faction in vogue.

Galore 123 - 14 December 2015

What happened to your claims that Munangangwa will be removed @ the conference. The problem is that you always refer to sources instead of having first hand information.

Mentalist - 14 December 2015

Why do politicians talk about Gugukurahandi only when they they get to Matabeleland. I am so weary of this cheap politicing. This is a strategy to try and gain support from the province

Mentalist - 14 December 2015

Iwe Munangagwa waiswa naBob pachigaro ichocho,newe Mutsvangwa saka hamungamuudze zvekuita kuti you want a woman vp from zapu or mdc.You can't tell your master what to do.zanupf ndeyaBob and anoita zvaanoda nayo.He can appoint and disappoint you at anytime..Chero mwana wegrade one chaiye ukamubvudza anozviziva kuti kupikisana naBob kupedza nguva.Bob said nothing will stop his wife.Kureva kuti not even Mnangagwa,Mutvsangwa,Oppah kana Chihwenga.

rex mutema - 14 December 2015

Iwe Nex uno rwara Mugabe ndiyani mbwa yemunhu iyo hindava achi bvumirwa zvaka pusa kudaro

kurwara - 14 December 2015

Of course they will say that fear mongering is the game they have fallen flat on the face dzangove nyadzi

Tino - 14 December 2015

Rex ataura chokwadi. ZANU PF belongs to Mugabe and his wife. That is why Grace is behaving the way she is doing. Zimbabwe is their farm. We only helped him to grab it from Smith.

Ring Master - 14 December 2015

Hapana chisingpere...look at all the empires - Munhumutapa, Roman, Ottoman, Mongolian, British, Russian, Zulu etc etc. Where are they today. The day the donkey will die will be the end of Zanu PF

garikayi - 15 December 2015

Garikayi na Ringmaster muri kutaura chokwadi saka toita sei because mugabe uyu anyanya kuzvarwa achitonga chete kunge humbambo husingavhoteramwe here, munoziva kana husabhuku kwedu takato siirana dzimba dzatenderera katatu since 1980. Hauvhoterwi but democracy chete. Izvozvi ave kuda kuti mukadzi wake atonge isu tose takangotarisa, nevakarwa hondo vese vakazowedzera chikoro chaicho kwete zvake na grace zvekungopiwa mapepa naana UZ, ini chinondinetsa ndechekuti anombotyisa kudaro nei, mishonga here, kana kuti ane mhondi dzinoti ukamupisa wovurayiwa sezvakaitwa Dzamara, ko n'anga dzacho dzinomupa mishonga yakaipa kudaro dzichapindawo here denga hei pamwe ndimai va kasukuvere uyo waanongopa huminister pasina chaanogona

gumbo - 15 December 2015

ko mabonus ave papi nhai asi ndiyo mari dzinotora na grace kundokambenesa nekuma congress ezanu kahi. Zanupf matsotsi kunyepera kuita mafundraising enhema vachiziva kuti vachatora mari mutreasury ndosaka mari dzichinetsa kunyanya kuma universities serious delay in payment of salaries....... tinozviziva hedu

gumbo - 15 December 2015

@kurwara.Unongotukirira tukirira point chaiyo hauna.ko kutaura point yako usingatukirite haugone here?

rex mutema - 15 December 2015

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