'Mnangagwa tasting own bitter medicine'

HARARE - With embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa remaining under the cosh in the warring post-congress Zanu PF, insiders and analysts alike say the Midlands godfather is getting a taste of his own bitter medicine as his party enemies plot to replace him with a woman.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources were adamant in interviews with the Daily News yesterday that Mnangagwa, who is facing an ignominious demotion from both his party and government positions, was the “chief architect and ultimate beneficiary” of the humiliating fall from power of former Vice President Joice Mujuru.

And just as former Presidential Affairs minister and former close confidante to President Robert Mugabe, Didymus Mutasa, has asserted, the insiders claim that it was the beleaguered VP, then Zanu PF’s secretary for legal affairs, who tinkered with the party’s constitution last year to give Mugabe unfettered powers, including appointing his deputies — instead of having them elected by provinces as was the practice previously.

“Ngwena (Mnangagwa) is a victim of his own unbridled ambition and machinations. His schemes are coming back to haunt him as the sole centre of power, president Mugabe, now has the power to appoint anyone he wants as his deputy.

“The dreaded hunter crocodile has now become a hunted tame lizard,” a Zanu PF central committee member, who is seen as opposed to the VP, said unsympathetically.

Following recent demands by the Zanu PF women’s league, egged on by the party’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) — who are rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa — Mugabe is under pressure to appoint a woman vice president, with the under-pressure VP the most likely casualty of this move if it materialises.

“For Mnangagwa, it is more than a case of the chickens coming home to roost. A lot of what is happening to him and his supposed supporters is a result of the Frankenstein monster that he helped to create in his bid to pip Mujuru to the presidency of Zanu PF in the event of Mugabe’s demise.

“He and his allies are fast realising that indeed those who appoint can also dis-appoint, with them being the victims,” political analyst and civic society activist Macdonald Lewanika told the Daily News yesterday.

Lewanika pointed out that Mnangagwa was guilty of cultivating a “patently undemocratic culture and way of choosing leaders in the party”, and not realising that with Mugabe having the sole authority to appoint, “no one can ever be secure in their place because rather than serving at the pleasure of congress, with clear terms, they will be serving at the pleasure of the president”.

He also accused Mnangagwa of having effectively destabilised Zanu PF’s key pacts such as the Unity Accord of 1987.

“This settlement was destabilised when Mnangagwa and his allies decided to go for broke by purging Mujuru and her supporters, setting up the current party contest for a winner-takes-all showdown which is not informed by either constitutionalism or democratic practices.

“That being the case, the fluidity that exists in the lawless hunt for ascendancy to the presidency is now beginning to drown some of its architects, including those who like crocodiles were expected to be able to swim rather than sink in it,” Lewanika said.

He predicted that Mnangagwa’s allies would remain under the cosh “for as long as the manner and practice of politics in the party is undemocratic and subject to the whims of self-interested people”.

United Kingdom-based law lecturer, Alex Magaisa, said events of the past few months within the warring ruling party pointed to the fact that there were some bigwigs who were being targeted by First Lady Grace Mugabe and that this had been manifest when she addressed her numerous rallies around the country.

“I think we are seeing a familiar pattern here where public rallies are used to mobilise people against targeted rivals. It’s easier to work through mobs than in committee rooms,” Magaisa told the Daily News.

“Even if they don’t get Mnangagwa removed, they will probably purge his top allies, leaving him exposed,” he added.

Another political analyst, Maxwell Saungweme, said like what happened in the Mujuru debacle, the G40’s tilt at Mnangagwa was a sign that Zanu PF was fractured and no longer functional.

“The biggest losers in all this are Zimbabweans whose whole year was stolen by Zanu PF’s factional and succession fights that spilled over to crippling the functioning of the government.

“We have all been reduced to victims of fights in a party most don’t belong to,” Saungweme said.

Many erstwhile comrades of Mnangagwa have also been rubbing it in by inviting him to join the “original” Zanu PF that uses the slogan People First.

Mutasa told the Daily News’s sister paper, the Daily News on Sunday recently that it appeared “all over bar the shouting” for Mnangagwa in the brawling ruling party — further advising the Midlands godfather to “smell the coffee, repent and join People First while there is still an opportunity”.

Mutasa, who was expelled from the post-congress Zanu PF, along with other liberation struggle stalwarts such as Rugare Gumbo and Mujuru, also said sarcastically that “what goes around comes around” — accusing Mnangagwa of having master-minded the ruling party’s constitutional amendments that precipitated last year’s chaos in the former liberation movement.

Probed further to elaborate on his claim that Mnangagwa had worked secretly and alone to effect Zanu PF’s constitutional changes last year, he claimed that this was “public information”.

“I was not aware of the constitutional changes. Emmerson is now being hoisted by his own petard. He is the one who wrote the constitution and he has himself to blame.

“I wish him well, but his problem is he likes to bury his head in the sand like an ostrich,” Mutasa said, adding “Haanzwi. Dai achibvunza vamwe (He does not listen to others. If he asked others) we would tell him what to do”.

“He should have asked those who were in that situation before him. That is what an astute leader does. Not to just say I will only listen to July (Moyo — Zanu PF deputy secretary for administration and his key ally).

“He should think about the people he went to the struggle with, those he shared prison with. If I was him I would have consulted others,” Mutasa said.

 

Comments (51)

grace wapedza vanhu.asi mwari vanongovona zvavo vakati zii.you reap wat you sow.you will never rule zimbabwe.vana zhuwao busy fighting those who are working hard to improve the economy.zhuwao,kasukuwere jontani moyo and grace are afraid of emerson...they know that once he bocomes president he will arest the likes of kasukuwere who killed many elephants and cecil the lion to gain millions.see his house in helensvale as proof of the millions he got through his illicit deals.right now the dangotes,the belarussians and chinese brought by emerson are folding hands as they cant put money into a country wher grace can simply wake up say she is taking over the company.and we want to create 2m jobs according to zimassert.God will help us and give us a new era...no...not with the tsvangirais or mujurus...with zxanu pf people but not vana grace ava ...we will have a person from God who will lead the nation out of this quagmire.watch it

mwana wevhu - 28 December 2015

Doesn't it occur to anyone that Mphoko could be the one to make way for the woman VP and that the woman VP isn't necessarily going to be Grace. Having said that these machinations look like a waste of everybody's time - none of these moves benefit the ordinary people.

Inyika - 28 December 2015

inyka...no mpoko is busy licking the boots of grace for him to be made vp

mwana wevhu - 28 December 2015

Ngwena hapana kwaari kuenda you have been dying for him to be purged zvikashaya basa. The quota system affects Mboko . The strategy was for Grace to go around the country 2015 , then replace Ngwena via Quota system because their sill rallies had failed they failed to realize that the qouta system affects Mboko more than Ngwena just like you deny and keep on write same information for the past 6 months.Zviroto zve Daily news izvo hauziwe here wakati G40 goes for the kill uchida Ngwena abviswe paconference hapana apo. As for he poor analysts Magaisa there is nothing new there , kungotaura zviri kuitika so what. Grace flopped 2015 zvese neG40. Itai serious mutipe news svinu. So if Nyakuedzwa is purged so what Ngwena is an underdog and will have casualities. Mutasa is just bitter just like you kuti Ngwena haina kwaanoenda

Tino - 28 December 2015

Iye Mutasa wacho anoti he should ask chii chacho iye akaitei achidzingwa , what resistance did he put up ???Whats there to ask ? Saka iwe you think Ngwena coined this plan and did not anticipate betrayal from Gire et al , when he faced the same 2004. He knew all this was coming he is a seasoned politician not some green horn like Gire et al . Its only that Ngwena does not say much, he knew all this was coming hence haumuwanw musoro wake mamboti madiko???mucha nyora mugonyora iyo Ngwena ichingotonga

Tino - 28 December 2015

Very very Good. Question of chickens coming home to roost. Thank you God oh. Chineke God you are so good. Feel the heat.

v - 28 December 2015

Ngwena amended the ZPF constitution in order to please Bob and get appointed to be VP. This he achieved but forgot that concentrating all powers in Mugabe would come to hound him. Now Mugabe can appoint whoever he chooses to be VP and his successor. Ngwena now depends on Bob's benevolence. Unfortunately for Ngwena Bob has to choose between him and his wife Grace. Given that blood is thicker than water Ngwena's chances of succeeding Mugabe look dim. Ngwena will have to swallow this bitter medicine!

Benjamin - 28 December 2015

ndokunge zvadzoka kwazvaaenda.

vemaromo - 28 December 2015

Maungu marema anodya muti waagere.This man you call Nhwena is very silly.He was buzy smiling when Teurai was being insulted left right and center kupururudzira n'anga inobata mai.Dyiwa uri nyama iwewe.Hakuna kwaunoenda blazo kustate hausvike.Zviri name utoramba uchitaura nyaya dzaTongogara maybe tingatombo kuteerera.

rex mutema - 28 December 2015

If EM had half a wise brain cell he would repent before God and the nation, tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth-God would honour that and nothing less-and go on bended knee to the MT and the other opposition and help chart a way forward for this nation: before its too late for him!!!!

TruthBTold - 28 December 2015

Zviroto zve dailynews.for yo own info,ngwena doesnt rely on anyone bt his comrades in arms,military,n warvets,besides his suporters.mujuru dumped these structures for insider dealers who wr upstarts in strategy.its a tired story.mphoko is more valnerable to fall than ngwena.of the 3 in presidium,ngwena is the most stable.age on his side,provinces on his side,experience in government his side,miitary on his side.so for anyone to suggest anything else is just dreaming.period.

gwena - 28 December 2015

It boggles the mind that people actually believe grace is plotting anything. She is merely implementing Bob's plan. This is the reason why anyone who thinks Ngwena and faction can push for a female vp can succeed are dreaming. In zanu pf politics always ask yourself , "What is Bobs view on this" and you have the answer of what will actually happen never mind the constitution.

magame - 28 December 2015

In 2004 Ngwena betrayed his supporters and the chairmen were suspended from the party for 5 years. Now Ngwena's supporters are being purged from the party and it seems Ngwena is helplessly not protecting them from the Amai and G40 vote of no confidence. Just like mai Mujru did Ngwena is not raising a finger to protect his supporters and one by one his supporters will be pruned and Ngwena will be left naked.

Betrayal - 28 December 2015

Like I said before this Ngwena guy is overated. He is not a astute strategist . Yes he is going nowhere and he will. Never rule Zimbabwe. He is starting to talk about Tongogara. now, who cares much about that . A lot of freedom fighters died too before and after independence. He should be protecting his comrades in those meetings. He does not say much because he has nothing sensible to say. As much as people hate the so called G40 , they are more focused than this so guy. Any ot those guys will bring a more democratic space than Ngwena and his group.

Be Warned! - 28 December 2015

This ngwena is a workholic,scheming day nite.g40s way too young for him.this man was scheming for gen tongo,for mugabe agaist smith, ngwena is the reasn zanu is stil in power.va mugabe is never blind to this.vana mutasa wr nt schemers for zanu.thats why bob discarded them easily.no use for them.but on ngwena its a different ballgame.its like a bus driver removing the steering wheel n expects to control the bus.dreams.ont forget when its election time,every state arm is handed over to ngwena for victory,by non other than bob ega.if mujuru or mutasa new anything bob wuld hav been careful on tem bt no he dismsed them like an empty beer can

gwena - 28 December 2015

chero muchida chero musingadi ngwena yatopinda panyanga zvimwe zvose inagano cause he he is the only one qualified enough for the straight jacket

crown prince - 28 December 2015

Like I said before this Ngwena guy is overated. He is not an astute strategist as claimed. Yes he is going nowhere and he will never rule Zimbabwe. He is starting to talk about Tongogara. now, who cares much about that . A lot of freedom fighters died too before and after independence. He should be protecting his comrades in those meetings. He does not say much because he has nothing sensible to say. As much as people hate the so called G40 , they are more focused than this so guy. Any ot those guys will bring a more democratic space than Ngwena and his group.

Be Warned! - 28 December 2015

Like I said before this Ngwena guy is overated. He is not an astute strategist as claimed. Yes he is going nowhere and he will never rule Zimbabwe. He is starting to talk about Tongogara. now, who cares much about that . A lot of freedom fighters died too before and after independence. He should be protecting his comrades in those meetings. He does not say much because he has nothing sensible to say. As much as people hate the so called G40 , they are more focused than this so guy. Any ot those guys will bring a more democratic space than Ngwena and his group.

Be Warned! - 28 December 2015

He is just a mere lizard at the mercy of Bob and Grace. He can be fired anytime, if Bob so wishes. Kuzvigarira mabhora chaiko.

Real Croc - 28 December 2015

Kurota g40.yu said vicfals,bt nothing hapened.yu sift agenders n goal posts to suit yo dreams.itaika marally enyu mutuke tione.ngwena wont even bother to respond to yo crap.bob will stop yu bcoz he knows murizvindumurwa,saka muchimanikidza mukadzi pamberi penyu magwara.yu always run to her for cover,cowering under her skirts.can anything goodcome out of cowards?nope.so who is yo leader for a start?tell us if yu cowards.yu cant even say.

Buena - 28 December 2015

Yes true magwara.budai pachena.gire refused n said she is not yo leader.so who is?between jonso,kasuku,zhuwawo n chiyangwa.maybe.so sure can anything good be expected from any of yu.ndaramba ini.he 3 musketeers n no prostitute to hold on to yo loot.dont waste peoples time n energy wth noise.budapachena upinde panyanga.

gwena - 28 December 2015

Bring it on,we not scared of yu.dont hide.promises of this fire n that fire,just bring it on,cowards.

gwena - 28 December 2015

If Ngwena is so brilliant, why cant he prove it in his home province which is by far the richest in minerals. Shabani, ZISCO, ZIMASCO, Sabi, Sandawana, Zim Alloys, BIMCO, Lancashire steel...giants that can turnaround this economy dead in his back yard. Murowa, Mimosa and UNKI to follow thanks to policy and rhetoric

Dragon - 28 December 2015

Dragon, you forgot Sable, chrome export talk show

Observer - 28 December 2015

Ngwena, Ngwena Ngwena. Oh please give us a break! You mean that lizard. That lizard has been within this mafia cult called Zanu PF for the past 35 years. Within that time he always had influential ministries and nothing of importance did he introduce. He is of one of the recycled wood to date, What positive changes is he going to introduce which he can not do do now? All we know is his ruthless contributions during the Gukura Hundi period. We do not want murderers as our leader! That lizard must go go hell. I mean hell and be the devil's partner!

Mbareboy - 28 December 2015

Muchapedza 2016 muchida musoro wengwena haulume. You do all the VONCs all you want zvino tadzisa Ngwena kuita Pres pachii ..If Bob WANTS TO CHOOSE HIS WIFE AKAREGEREII KUVIC FALLS, chaito bvondoka fair ndosaka akaita ka speech to calm down tempers , Vanhu hava chike bob anymore. Ngwena so far 2 provinces in the bag Masvingo and Midlands Gire ane chii besides waffling . Pamberi neNgwena ...concetrate on elections kwete Zvamusinga kwanisi ....2016 tapinda tapinda bring it on G40 muri vana vazuro no one is scared of the idot Bob ..Muno perera kuma VONCs ichess game iyi Mapawns will be scraficied for the King so what ???

Tino - 28 December 2015

Hanzi Ngwena i lizard you are now sounding like a broken record, Makazvionera mega 2015 , kupedza gore sema penzi muchi mhanya nenyika in the end mot wema paper wkati mbombombo. Jonso nhasi ane croc buster patwitter aitadza Ngwena now looking for a buster. hehehehe!!!!musoro weNgwena mala

Ann - 28 December 2015

ngwena is bad but better than grace

mangau - 29 December 2015

Mpoko is the acting president, meaning Mugabe handed over to Mphoko. In the event that he dies abroad where he has gone on annual vacation, Mphoko will become the president of Zimbabwe whilst his party looks for a new leader. Will he allow Ngwena to be chosen as the president? ichoo!

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 29 December 2015

We now need VP from ZAPU women s league,ZANU takatonga kwemakore

chitayitayi - 29 December 2015

People are just wasting time talking about Zanu succession. This country is doomed. Zanu people including the Mutasas and Mujurus are all fools who were played by Mugabe and that diesel conwoman....then there was jatropha!!! Fools. Lets talk about serious people guys

Ndabambi - 29 December 2015

mazimba takajairira kepembedza vanhu even those who persecute us. tisu tinova jaidza nekurumbudza zvakapfuurira. these guys have failed our country again and again. I do not see what this croc face will do to change the direction the country is headed. inzara ndakarima chaiyo.

zvirozviyedzwa - 29 December 2015

mazimba takajairira kepembedza vanhu even those who persecute us. tisu tinova jaidza nekurumbudza zvakapfuurira. these guys have failed our country again and again. I do not see what this croc face will do to change the direction the country is headed. inzara ndakarima chaiyo.

zvirozviyedzwa - 29 December 2015

Zanu pf people are all fighting a losing battle, and will not stop the inevitable demise of the entire party's existance. The worst part is that it does not have reverse gear. Over the years gone by, it transformed itself into mafia cult and choose a path of one life span and it will end with Mugabe.Zanu is dying a natural ,slow,cheap,painful death. Bob+Croc+Mphoko=Over 240years. There is no innovation going forward. The country and all political parties' constitutions should ban people over 70yrs of being MP, Minister and President.

X-MAN IV - 29 December 2015

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Gorejena Chiseve - 30 December 2015

NGEZVENHANDO

CHAPUTIKA - 30 December 2015

Pamberi neZANU PF (BUT NOT GRACE NGWENA AND OTHER THUGS LIKE KASUKUWERE) WE WANT PEOPLE WHO CAN LEAD US TO A BETTER ZIMBABWE THAN THIS ONE INOTORERA MATEACHER MARI DZAVO ICHITI IPENSION IYO ICHIDA KUVHARA ZVIMWE ZVIKWERETI.

pabviwaipfumvu - 30 December 2015

Urimwana wevhu ripi usingazivi kukosha kwaTsvangirai?Who do you think can deliver Zimbabwe from the mess it is in? Zimbas do not be misled by people who think we can do without MT.For now he is the commander of the army to take us to real freedom.And why should we call for another when we are in the middle of the battle.Yes we accept that there has to be change in life but sometimes we don't just have to change without good reasons.Save ndizvo,we have not had serious flaws in his leadership.Lets all embrace Save and MDC for real change SAVE God is on your side

midlands patriot - 1 January 2016

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