Mnangagwa's woes mount

HARARE - It certainly does not rain but pours for Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa after it was learnt last night that the embattled Midlands godfather’s party foes were initiating a petition within the warring post-congress Zanu PF to oust him from both his party and government positions.

Well-placed sources told the Daily News, which has consistently and accurately written about the ugly goings-on in the ruling party over the past five years, that so fed-up with him and his allies were Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF detractors that they had resolved that now was the time to move in for the kill.

“Successionists (Zanu PF code for Mnangagwa faction) have caused enough damage in the party as seen in the Midlands fiasco of the past few weeks. The party cannot be allowed to crumble because of the misplaced ambitions of one man and his suicide bombers.

“Because of this, comrades have resolved to campaign vigorously for a petition in all the party’s provinces calling for the ouster of Ngwena (Mnangagwa), as a way of ending the terrible fights and unnecessary confusion engulfing the party. We are now sick of it all,” a party official linked to the Generation 40 (G40) who are opposed to the VP, and who see him as “unelectable”, said.

Another reliable party source said those opposed to Mnangagwa were planning to mobilise at least 60 000 signatures from each of the country’s 10 provinces, as the raging Zanu PF war to succeed an increasingly-frail President Robert Mugabe escalates.

“Among some of the charges that Mnangagwa will face are the fact that he is dividing the party and also always abuses his powers each time he is left as the acting president,” the central committee member claimed, adding that it was also “revealing” that the VP had not disassociated himself from his supporters who publicly posed for pictures at the weekend wearing T-shirts labelled “Team Lacoste”.

“This was an open act of defiance against the president’s repeated calls for an end to the factionalism eating the party. Team Lacoste is in effect much, much worse than the cabal that was linked to former Vice President Joice Mujuru,” he said.

The G40 — who allegedly include Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Mugabe’s nephew and Indigenisation minister Patrick Zhuwao, and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo among others — are said to enjoy the backing of Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and influential First Lady Grace Mugabe.

Others who strongly support the first lady in the deadly succession wars are businessman Philip Chiyangwa, Labour minister Prisca Mupfumira, Harare South MP Shadreck Mashayamombe and Zanu PF heavyweights, Sandi Moyo and Sarah Mahoka.

At the same time, the fate of Mnangagwa’s alleged close allies — who are under the cosh in his Midlands heartland — now firmly lies in the hands of his co-deputy and high-office competitor Mphoko, who heads the ruling party’s national disciplinary committee (NDC).

In a move that puts paid to the premature celebrations of the past few days by Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa faction), following the acquittal at the weekend of the VP’s alleged allies on a litany of serious charges by a regional disciplinary committee, the three ministers at the heart of the saga have now moved to formally appeal for Mphoko’s intervention.

This latest body blow on Team Lacoste comes after Zanu PF national political commissar Kasukuwere also confirmed to the Daily News on Monday that the party officials who are under the gun in the Midlands were not off the hook — adding emphatically that only the NDC, and not the regional disciplinary committee, could finalise their matter.

At the heart of the Midlands crisis, linked to the ruling party’s escalating succession wars, are claims by ministers Makhosini Hlongwane, Tapiwa Matangaidze and Annastancia Ndhlovu that they have been the victims of harassment by Gokwe Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena, his Gokwe-Kana counterpart Owen Ncube and Midlands youth league secretary Edmore Samambwa.

But in a hotly-disputed verdict, the regional disciplinary committee, which was tasked by Kasukuwere to look into the ministers’ complaints — and which now stands accused of having been led by alleged allies of Mnangagwa, and of reaching “a decidedly factional” verdict — concluded that the ministers had failed to substantiate their claims.

Not only did the ministers savage the verdict as “shamelessly partisan” on Monday, they have now written to Mphoko asking him to intervene and raising what they said were their “serious reservations” about the process followed by the Midlands disciplinary committee.

In their letter, the ministers argued that while the Midlands provincial executive had discussed and agreed to set up a disciplinary committee chaired by Zvishavane Ngezi MP John Holder regarding their complaints, the one that had been chaired by Mackenzie Ncube had been set up instead, allegedly at the behest of Zanu PF deputy secretary for administration July Moyo — allegedly to influence the outcome of the matter.

“That disciplinary committee (chaired by Holder) has not been disbanded by the provincial executive committee and true to the predictable culture of impunity and disregard of party processes and bullying of the executive, another committee was set up on January 8, 2016.

“Further, the fact that the decision of the first disciplinary committee was ignored in favour of setting up another one means that the disciplinary process is subject to manipulation and undue influence by external forces to itself,” the trio charged in their letter.

They also claimed that party protocol had been breached in the process of setting up the second disciplinary committee, further arguing that Mackenzie Ncube as a central committee member from Kwekwe was never going to hand down a fair hearing “given the well-documented relationship of all but one of the accused as they share the same neighbourhood in Kwekwe”.

“Thirdly, Cde Mackenzie Ncube, once appointed the vice chairman of the provincial executive committee, went on to preside over the preliminary stages of the disciplinary hearing, this notwithstanding the fact that he had not formally withdrawn his membership of the central committee, thereby creating a situation where a central committee member was presiding over provincial disciplinary processes,” they added.

In their Monday statement, the ministers — initially seen as Mnangagwa’s allies but now perceived to be aligned to the G40 — described the Midlands disciplinary committee as “shamelessly partisan”.

“If the committee has concluded the hearings, can it tell the nation, instead of engaging in cheap propaganda, where it carried out its investigations? Did it go to Mberengwa, Mataga for example?

“Did they talk to witnesses who were in Victoria Falls during the pre-budget meeting for example? Did they speak to minister A Ndhlovu? In short, did they conduct an inquiry to establish the facts and where did they do so?” they charged.

A Zanu PF politburo member who claims that he is “non-aligned” in the ruling party’s seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars said it appeared that Mnangagwa was beginning to “run out of both rope and oxygen”.

“Like Mai Mujuru before him, there is an impression that he is beginning to run out of both rope and oxygen in the party, unless the president rescues him like now.

“Remember that the women’s league quota system demands within the presidium are also still hanging around his neck like the proverbial sword of Damocles,” the senior party official said.


Comments (21)

Penga lacoste we now have 7 provinces in the bag.yu can hav yo signatures n all but only 1province likes yu, come we are always ahead of yu.all yo plans,shananigans plans fail.

viola gwena - 27 January 2016

You can see that from about 1977, Zanu PF has slowly but surely got rid of its senior cadres. This went on even after independence, where now the agenda is very clear. Some liberation war cadres are being ousted, and others are just falling away through natural waste. But you can't miss a clear agenda to get rid of wartime activists and fighters. At the centre of all this could be senior politiburo members who are working for external Zanu PF enemies, and so far they really succeeded in distabilising that party. They got rid of Mujuru and if they get rid of Mnangagwa, Sekeramayi will be next, then after that all the others, including Bob, will be easy meat. The idea is to cleanse the Zanu PF and make sure no liberation activists/fighters are in leadership positions. For all his emotional approach, Mutsvangwa is the only person seeing the plot, but I know Zanu PF doesn't listen.

machakachaka - 27 January 2016

Very corect machakachaka.its axactly the same methord used to oust started when mujuru suspended moyo for a yr ,bt he came back wth a vegeans n thru papers ,herald that timethey got rid of her.stories were thrown in herald till president started to the same operation is on mnangagwa now bt using the cadres are aware now.mutsvangwa is the target coz of being a war heroe,a comrade.yes g40 will try,or let me say moyo will go forit bt this time we take on him.we dont care who suports him in the presidium.what the general did to him 2008 was nothing.this time ,he better be very afraid.

viola gwena - 27 January 2016

You do not know politics. Munangagwa is impossible to remove. I can see you seem to think that the G40 has won all seven provinces. You are dreaming. Munangagwa, yes he is not a luminary political figure, but vis a vis Grace Mugabe, Munangagwa will come out winning clean. The big risk is that if you oust Munangagwa, he will simply partner Mujuru, and you know what that means for Mugabe faction. Infact, Mugabe left it too late as well as adopting a rather ingenuous idea of bringing his wife to succeed him as is now obvious. If he Mugabe were to collapse today, Grace will see the true colours of politics by peeping from as far as Malayisa where will she be in exile - self imposed or otherwise. Mark my words.

Danai Pazvagozha - 27 January 2016

If ever that is going to happen ther better for this country .We have been wishing and thinking for such thing to take place .Some of us who know how evil is this guy Munangagwa from the days of gukurahundi it will be a blessing in disguise and punishment from god that would be the best thing ever to all gukurahundi victims .

Diibulaanyika - 27 January 2016

Daily News you fast losing credibility through your obsession with ZPF and Mnangagwa in particular. No day goes without you penning an article about ZPF and Mnangagwa. When Mujuru was still in fighting for her life you appeared to be her PR mouthpiece. Now you seem to have become a G40 mouthpiece. Be a newspaper for once.

Makwinja - 27 January 2016

if the paper does write things you do not like just do not read it as most zimbabweans do they do not read the herald .We like the stuff churned by this paper that is what we call independent writing .Asingadi ngarege chete .Pliz bring the news as they are we like it keep on doing the good work Daily news

Chimedza matombo - 27 January 2016

Rubbish Gire is causing all the chaos and has been beaten at her own game . She thought by this time, she will be goinng from province to province thanking them ffor chosing her as VP chachaya , now throwing Edina Madzongwe in the mix nyadzi dzino kunda rufu ..Mboko ndiye arikuenda ..ko ivo vane plan vanoudzirei vanhu . We had so many things from this dumb G40 and no action magwara kwakwa!!!!!!!!!!1

Tino - 27 January 2016

@ Danai you mis understood Viola is saying Team Lacoste has 7 provinces in the bag and always ahead of Dumb G40, inongo swero reketa zvisingaitii, now they are getting desperate cause they are running out of time. Grace azvitadza atiza hence Edina Madzongwe now in the pic, or they were advised that it did not look goo for Gire and Bob to head any faction , so now they will be in the background what a massive Flop

Tino - 27 January 2016

Lacoste team shld do the same campaign for petitions against Moyo and Kasukuwere and Gire for causing havoc in the country and party

Ane - 27 January 2016

Yes tino thanx.was lacoste 7 provinces.why waste time n energy looking for signatures from pre scuul kids.

viola gwena - 27 January 2016

ngwena has a lot of institutional memory for the revolutionary part to let him go,even if he himself opts out,they wont let him go, check the records.......he is the most trusted guy and some charlatans are bitter about it

maurice - 28 January 2016

delusional talk from maggots like viola will never influence the very happenings of tomorrow.

mhofu - 28 January 2016

delusional talk from maggots like viola will never influence the very happenings of tomorrow.

mhofu - 28 January 2016

We are at a critical crossroads of our history and its saddening when the media (independent media and daily news in particular) reduces itself to nothing but a tiger-house of cheque-book journalism that is bent on unleashing a disinformation operation targeting President Mugabe himself to alienate him from his true cadres...Pathetic journalism

Tongoman - 28 January 2016


mkarang weMBERENGWA - 28 January 2016

Mhofu ibvapo.insults is all yo brain can manage.sister Vee dont even respond to this dofo.

mujubeki - 28 January 2016

Let it go midlands. Garwe ndizvo. as hard as Robert himself . Vari kuti akaoma moyo vari right but vakafanana naGushungo . Hakuna chingochani chinofa chakaitika kana pakapinda Mnangagwa. His principles and Robert"s are just the same. Let him rule . who is Mphokho in zanu-pf Vanhu vanosungwa vakomana kana mukaisa vana Mphoko venyu ava nenhau yegukura hundi iyi. iko kusadzidza kwenyu vakomana hapana chamuri kuona nazvino . Open up your eyes. ndiro basa raJonathan Moyo. he is always working on your mind and brains achiona kuti poor mashona anoda kurwa ega . UNITED we stand DIVIDED we fall lets unite guys

simbi - 28 January 2016

Vakomana naVasikana tambai nezvimwe, nhopi inozvimbira Mnangagwa igandanga guru.Akairwira nyika ino ende iwe neni tinozviziva.G40 is made up of greedy people who doesnt think and its high time they should respect their leaders. Chenjera iwe mutengesi vana Mukoma vanovova, vanorova nematanda.

uncle Fidza - 29 January 2016

for 2 years before 2013 elections Daily news misled people by writing about baba jukwa, and a lot of of them including the MDC relaxed and only realised after the elections kuti they were taken for a ride. for the next 2 years, a lot of people are gona be confused again about these daily headlines about Mnangagwa and only will only realize after 2018 elections. It's good to criticize but mmmmmmmmm , is dailynews practical?????? even in a changed gvnt these guys won't be of any developmental help, they are BITTER

chaby jay - 29 January 2016

for 2 years before 2013 elections Daily news misled people by writing about baba jukwa, and a lot of of them including the MDC relaxed and only realised after the elections kuti they were taken for a ride. for the next 2 years, a lot of people are gona be confused again about these daily headlines about Mnangagwa and only will only realize after 2018 elections. It's good to criticize but mmmmmmmmm , is dailynews practical?????? even in a changed gvnt these guys won't be of any developmental help, they are BITTER

chaby jay - 29 January 2016

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