Mnangagwa camp feels Zanu PF heat

HARARE - With embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa struggling to live up to the popular caricature of his nickname, that of a ruthless crocodile, in Zanu PF’s seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars, his supporters are being pummelled left, right and centre by their marauding party foes.

Just like what happened a decade ago when many of his most ardent supporters were decimated after the so-called Tsholotsho Declaration, after being accused of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe from power, history appears to be repeating itself with his close allies again being picked off one by one by their party enemies, like lambs to the slaughter.

And Lacoste himself, as Mnangagwa is fondly referred to by his loyal followers, once again stands accused of doing little that is visible in the public domain to protect leading members of his support group who are on the receiving end of the savage and unrelenting factional mauling.

At the heart of the Midlands godfather’s political travails and those of his supporters, is his long-mooted aspiration to succeed Mugabe — an ambition that is rabidly opposed by the post-congress Zanu PF’s Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40), who claim that he is “patently unelectable”.

Party insiders have previously claimed in various interviews with the Daily News that the G40 — which allegedly includes Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao, Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo — are trying to nudge First Lady Grace Mugabe to join the succession bun-fight.

Among the alleged allies of Mnangagwa who have recently come under severe pressure from inside Zanu PF are Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena, Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, former Manicaland women’s league chairperson Happiness Nyakuedzwa, and the power couple of Monica and Christopher Mutsvangwa.

Wadyajena stands accused of denigrating Grace while he was allegedly engaging in “political banter” with businessman and fellow Zanu PF official Jimayi Muduvuri during the ruling party’s just-ended annual conference that was held in Victoria Falls.

Nyakuedzwa and another alleged VP close ally, former Mashonaland Central youth league chairperson Godfrey Tsenengamu, were recently suspended from the ruling party for five years on allegations of fanning factionalism.

Former Harare provincial chairperson Godwills Masimirembwa, former Harare women’s league chairperson Ratidzo Mukarati and former Masvingo chairperson Paradzai Chakona — all perceived strong backers of Mnangagwa — have also suffered votes of no confidence that were upheld by the party.

On Monday, Mutsvangwa — one of Mnangagwa’s closest and most vocal allies — also received a vote of no confidence from Mashonaland West province, for putting his party and government in jeopardy after he tried to take Kasukuwere head-on.

Mutsvangwa’s wife, Monica — a deputy minister — was also recently booted out of the women’s league for defying the First Family, while Muchinguri-Kashiri came under severe shellacking in Manicaland and in a recent politburo meeting.

Muchinguri-Kashiri’s troubles, according to insiders who spoke to the Daily News, came after she allegedly told Grace in the politburo meeting that she was the most senior party official in Manicaland, and thus always needed to be consulted on important decisions impacting on the region — in addition to insinuating that Grace had allegedly failed to run the women’s league properly.

“This angered Amai (Grace) and as she spoke, she got angrier and angrier, saying ‘wakabvira kare uchindijairira ... (You have never respected me)” — apparently going on to give Muchinguri-Kashiri a severe tongue-lashing which resulted in the Water minister crying.

And there is no record in all these cases that Mnangagwa has done much to support or protect his allies, a failing that well-placed sources say the VP was guilty of in 2004/5 when his supporters who allegedly included Daniel Shumba, Mike Madiro, Josiah Hungwe and July Moyo were cast into the political wilderness for fighting for him.

But one supposed Mnangagwa ally, Tsenengamu, is valiantly trying to fight back on his own, vowing at the weekend that he would not go down without a fight after writing to Kasukuwere accusing the Local Government minister of fanning factionalism.

“I am not afraid of you neither do I fear your thuggery as a self-confessed ‘biggest political thug’ in Zanu PF. If you wish to deal with me in any way you are free to do so since you have the power and ultimate authority over me. I don’t fear being harmed, injured or maimed.

“I don’t fear any continued arrests on trumped-up charges but remember one of these days the prison doors will open for you as you will not continue to wield so much power and influence.

“All that you are doing is temporary and unsustainable. I don’t fear death because it is only God who has the ultimate authority over all including yourself,” Tsenengamu wrote in his combative letter.

Comments (17)

Hapna chitsva apa, G4o you want Ngwena's head and you are not going to get it no matter how many articles you write about Ngwena . Ngwena showed that he is Ngwena when he hit back about women quota system. The whole yeAR of planning by G40 running around like headless chicken was given one massive blow and the plan went to pieces. Thats Ngwena for you not the yepi yapi. Of course Ngwena is an underdog fightinG the pres and will suffer casualities , so what the important is to have turn around massive decision . The women quota system and create the divide and rule , NgWena offering the position to Sandi Moyo , Grace ally . Ndidzo strategy not some poor EGO TRIPS TO nEWS AGENCY BY g40. We the Ngwenites understand thats what matters .

Ngwenites - 16 December 2015

Any experienced Forrester will tell you that you have to prune off all the dead and dying wood on a tree for it to flourish and grow bigger and stronger. This comrades is precisely what is happening in ZANU PF right now. Our tree is being pruned and fertilized with the assistance of some of our external friends and comrades, countries who supported our hard fought liberation struggle and supported us right from the very beginning.. Politics is a continual revolution with changes made to people and policies to suit changing times and situations. Now is not the time for doubting, stand firm and have trust in our leadership....a new day and era is dawning.

Pruning Time - 16 December 2015

It looks like these purges were planned a long time ago. They are merely following the script. The plan is to deceminate the Lizard and his supporters with the aim of positioning Amai and G40 to takeover the reigns of power very soon. While the Lizard's supporters are being slaughtered like lamb there is no word of protest from the Lizard himself. By the time he responds he will be out of the equation. What Prof Jonso Moyo predicted last year is now unraveling in our eyes. So the plan was to get rid of Mai Mujuru first, then Lacoste and the actual leader will emerge thereafter. The so called dark horse Sydney Sekeramayi? 2016 will be an eventful year. Wait and see!

Ben Tembo - 16 December 2015

We always suspected that Oppah and the First Lady would not see eye to eye.

machakachaka - 16 December 2015

l will not waste my vote ndichivhotera sisi Gire kkkkkkkkkkkkk

JBEE - 16 December 2015

vanhu kuswerera kurwa vana vachirara nenzara zvinemusoro here mazanu pf? why not give way to proper leaders in the mold of musiiwa, chanakira, mai mujuru than these fighting all year long. chawanikwa weye zero.

taurai - 16 December 2015

So whats next . The goblin goes down six feet and chaos reigns. The Chihuris will take over

Hwindingwi - 16 December 2015

Vana Moyo papi pacho haiwa maruza imi , maruza imi , when i hear about G40 rubbish this song comes to mind . Star rallies which were scheduled for Gire to meet the people and thank them for appointing her VP have been cancelled .kwaaaa!!!!!. The G40 running out of time flopped very soon Mujuru will be hounding them .Maruza ini bwahahahah! So transparent how Moyo wants to be recognised as a good strategist , he failed dismally , elections are around the corner and when are they going to start campaigning . POOR STRATEGIST EVER MOYO , THE PURGING PEOPLE IS THEIR MAIN DOWNFALL ND POOREST STRATEGY IN THE HISTORY OF POLITICS . Its so uncontrollable and every one is purging everyone talk about poor strategy. VANA Ray Kaukonde are talking over Mash east while G40 are like a dog with a bone in their pursuit of Ngwena's head bwahahahah!!!!!

Tino - 16 December 2015

PROPHESY TIME People of God I see good things lie ahead. God has heard all your cries. Now that he is preparing the way for a totally new system do not be amused. They will destroy themselves, weaken their system, have no power over the povo, security structures and the chiefs. In the end there will emerge a new leader from the wilderness. Not among the current crop of noise makers be it the Ngwenas, G-Whatever, Tsvangson, Mujurus and so on. God has anointed a new leader for Zimbabwe. It will be less than 5 years and the good times are certainly near.

NoMugabeNoZanuPf - 17 December 2015

INI ZII ZVANGU SAMUNANGAGWA KKKKKKKKKKK

V. Mutanda(Mabelreign Girls High) - 17 December 2015

sure iyoyo Ophah akatanga kujairira first lady kubva kuhondo chaiko haana kumbo varespecta kubva kuma70s aitovajairira kare ko

kutapira - 17 December 2015

Muchinguri,it's payback time.The dressdown to you by Grace is a reminder that the time of reckoning is nigh.uchatonyatsochema

jerenyenje - 17 December 2015

Zvokwadizve musavona ngwena kuvarairwa mukati hudofo booodo tsvoo havarwi napasi chavo vanorwisira munmvura, pasi pepasi. mati madii. Ngwena For prez. and we are many outa there wishing ngwena all the best. and it shall Happen.

Wezhira deverangwena - 17 December 2015

tinadzo ngetani dzinotikochakera kuvanhu vakoshwa vanofanigwa kusandura mafortunes enyika all in the basket black pink white, red, maroon all are here to turn around ZIM. but ngwena kana yanzi panyanga dziiiiiiiiii??? vanakasuk-uwere kubvunda kuhla huhori ndava isu hatina muti unoira demo. kukazha chete. Kana pane anehumbowo hezvatakaita wobudisa pachena zve. ko handi ndojekerere yacho

Wezhira deverangwena - 17 December 2015

akanyatsochema ndiani mupolltiburo meeting iyo...?nhasi zvombonzi ndi Oppah mangwana zvonzi fake Doctor saka which is which

kungotaurawo - 17 December 2015

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