Mnangagwa's Zanu PF stress mounts

HARARE - As Zanu PF’s seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars become more manic, the party petition aimed at ousting embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa from both his party and government positions has taken off.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News — which has consistently and accurately written about the ugly goings-on in the former liberation movement over the past five years — that the VP’s determined party foes began gathering signatures on Saturday, amid fears of violence over the petition.

One of the sources, a central committee member linked to the ruling party’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) — who are rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa — claimed yesterday that there had been an “overwhelming response” to the petition.

He added that the sponsors of the petition were on track to gather more than the 600 000 signatures that they initially planned to solicit around the country — at an average of 60 000 signatures per province.

But the secretary-general of the pro-Mnangagwa Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), Victor Matemadanda, told the Daily News that liberation struggle fighters would strongly oppose the petition to ensure that it failed.

“Matemadanda is part of the minority in the party who are desperately trying to push a hard-sell candidate (Mnangagwa). Haatengeseki (Mnangagwa is unelectable).

“All the provinces are supporting this petition and it has started as we speak. There is no going back,” the central committee member who spoke to the Daily News said.

It is planned that the signed petition will be handed over to the party’s central committee and politburo “for actioning” in the next few weeks.

Another senior party official opposed to Mnangagwa alleged that the beleaguered VP’s “transgressions now far outweigh those of (former Vice President Joice) Mujuru” — in a clear hint that he could face the same brutal fate that befell the popular widow of the late liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru.

Mnangagwa’s enemies accuse the Midlands godfather of breaching party codes by allegedly leading a faction for the purpose of plotting to irregularly succeed President Robert Mugabe.

His faction also stands accused of setting up parallel party structures, including creating their own emblems under the so-called Team Lacoste label, as was publicly seen at a funeral a fortnight ago.

Mnangagwa’s party detractors say it is revealing that the VP has not looked interested in disassociating himself from the “suicidal actions” of his backers, such as those who publicly posed for pictures recently wearing controversial T-shirts labelled Team Lacoste.

Still, Matemadanda said the VP’s party foes were wrong to try and “decide who becomes vice president and who does not” as this could not be “decided by people on the streets”.

“They say they want to gather signatures against VP Mnangagwa but we will not allow that to happen, especially if the process is led by one who deserted the war and went to study in America,” he said in a thinly-veiled attack aimed at Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo.

“We are not going to allow people to disobey the president. So, we will stop whoever wants to solicit for those signatures by whatever means that will make them listen to us. If people do not want to respect our president, we will force them to do so.

“What we are also going to do is to make sure that Jonathan (Moyo) is not allowed into future politburo meetings until he learns to respect the president and his spokesperson (George Charamba). We will create barricades at the party headquarters to stop him from attending the politburo,” he said ominously.

Matemadanda also punted the same arguments that Charamba made last week in his controversial radio interviews, that some politburo members were leaking party secrets to the media.

In his rant, Charamba labelled ruling party officials opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe as “foolish successionists” who were bound to lose this war.

He also accused the G40 brains trust of harbouring “sinister minds that speak in the name of the president but who are in fact successionists” — sentiments that provoked an angry retort from Moyo, who said Charamba’s views had become more and more political beyond what was expected from civil servants as he worked “in aid of a desperate faction”.

Matemadanda accused Moyo of defying Mugabe through his continued posting of party debates via social media.

“The president spoke against people who use social media to attack others but some leaders in the politburo and Cabinet have continued to do that, especially the one who was attacked by the presidential spokesperson,” he said.

“When today the president says no to social media and the next morning you see six seven more tweets, that is alien to Zanu PF.

“Even during the war, anyone who disobeyed authority we said apisira (he has run foul of the rules) but this current crop of leaders do not care about obeying the president because they have an agenda.

“They are in Zanu PF for convenience and that is why they were attacked by the presidential spokesperson,” Matemadanda said, adding that it was outside the purview of the G40 to decide who became VP or didn’t, as this was Mugabe’s prerogative.

“We saw it a long time ago that they were up to no good and now as war veterans we are saying no, no and that is why we have been fighting them all along because they were attacking people appointed by our president.

“They want to decide who becomes vice president and who does not but that cannot be decided by people on the streets,” he said.

But so fed-up with Mnangagwa and his allies are his Zanu PF detractors that many of them have resolved that now is 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 G40 said last week.

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

 

Comments (35)

Bravo matemadanda.kesto.rite at the airport ,upon arrival,the president gave a stern warning to g40 ,led by moyo,kasukuwere,zhuwawo.this is the second warning wthin a month 1st one having been delivered by charamba.it is the same president giving these 2warnings .be warned g40.moreso moyo bcoz of late we hav noticed a stone silence from zhuwawo then kasukuwere.ZHUwawo bei g closetoresident at home now knows what not to dohe obviously advised his sekuru kasukuwere.moyo beter repent.he is doing a good job at education bt his ego needs no mo massaging.its time up.stop it or get cut.dont fight the president.yu will loose big time.dont fight vp,yu will loose big time.its time to turn yo energies to colleges.

viola gwena - 1 February 2016

Moyo s zanupf stress mounts.

viola gwena - 1 February 2016

Mnangagwa is un-electable! Are you people at Daily News now want to tell us that Mugabe is electable. All along you made us believe that Mugabe (ZANU) won elections thru rigging and violence. So chachinja chii? Electable or unelectable - ZANU haineyi nazvo. I now smell a rat here. Mnangagwa is not being haunted out becoz he is unelectable. Kwete! Bodo! Pane nyaya apa!. MaZezuru tinokuzivai. Munoda kutonga moga. Gwendo guno makanyangira yaona

dick mboko - 1 February 2016

this independent media campaign against ngwena will achieve non of its objectives,noone can reverse what the president's appointments thru stupid petitions,meanwhile,lets create a big dumpsite for those wasted pieces of paper

pasinemhandu - 1 February 2016

this independent media campaign against ngwena will achieve non of its objectives,noone can reverse what the president's appointments thru stupid petitions,meanwhile,lets create a big dumpsite for those wasted pieces of paper

pasinemhandu - 1 February 2016

kkkk tell them mutemadanda vajaira kuti ataura vorova musoro, it was monica mutswangwa, christopher mutswangwa, ana wadyajena now they want HIM V.P, ED NOOOOO they wont. ITS A NO GO AREA

mkarang weMBERENGWA - 1 February 2016

It's so typical of brainwashed Zanoids to blame other people and the Daily News for their self-generated problems. As for some of us, we do not care if they nuke each other off the face of the earth as it makes no difference to the lot of Zimbabweans.

Khumalo - 1 February 2016

i concur with u dick mboko,judging frm the fact tht the futile push for a woman on the presidium which ws targeted at unseating ngwena ws only driven by the three mashonaland provinces,i smell regionalism and tribalism in the whole thing........but now it is time for all zimbabweans to be united under the same banner and continue on the revolutionary path

maurice - 1 February 2016

Tel them sister viola.I think I love yu.show us yo pictr ,just once.im not zanu bt I love yo style.

mutoko wedu - 1 February 2016

Nonsense

Ingram Washanda - 1 February 2016

Haiwa hapana iripo, why talk abt it instead of reporting on the result . You did the same with the Quota system and it failed why waste time. You are now elavating Ngwena to an invincible position each time you fail Ngwena becomes more and more invincible. On provinces thats a lie, 7 provinces oppsed the quota system so these provinces are now 4 petition . Muri vadiki, since last year first lady akaedza aka tadza , VONCs akatadza, Quota system ikatadza, Conference bob pachake akatadza . Petition will be another flop. Are u one of the 4 juornalists being paid by Moyo to spread lies about Ngwena

nesu - 1 February 2016

Who would not plan for the day when Mugabe departs? Every Zimbabwean knows for certain he at some point he will be gone. Its only normal for people who see themselves as capable of taking over after him to prepare for the day otherwise there will exist a power vacuum that will end up like Somalia. There are only two things which are not normal here: (1.) Mugabe is behind a faction that pushes for a successor who will take care of his family and guarantee security of their fortunes - nothing to do with the nation and (2.) all the factions stemming from Zanu-PF are bent on continuing the trend set by Mugabe himself. Like wild jackals they have destroyed the country beyond redemption. Can anybody tell me how Mnangagwa or Mujuru (the much talked-about as likely successors) can change their way of corruption and restore Zimbabwe to its original beauty ? Its daydreaming for anybody to think that anybody from Zanu-PF (who has been dining with Mugabe all along) can all of a sudden change for the good. What is lamentable about Zimbabwe is the unusual nonexistence of individuals capable of leading our country. I do not know wether its because of fright or lack of interest on the part of these people - their unusually quietness makes me think they do not exist. In any case courage is one essential quality of a leader.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 1 February 2016

War was won and independence gained. War credentials do not add any meaningful value towards restoration of the Zim economy to were it was in the past. People want to be liberated from this state of the economy. To hell with war credentials

Mentalist - 1 February 2016

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Leeroy - 1 February 2016

Ngwena has been persecuted left right & centre and that will make GOD forgive him for any transgressions he is alleged to have committed. Zimbabwe needs leader like him, His Excellency the President & Amai Mujuru. The G40 crew cannot dislodge him as the whole lot is comprised of Mafikizolos whose liberation credentials are quite dubious.

Chief Charumbira - 1 February 2016

Ngwena has been persecuted left right & centre and that will make GOD forgive him for any transgressions he is alleged to have committed. Zimbabwe needs leader like him, His Excellency the President & Amai Mujuru. The G40 crew cannot dislodge him as the whole lot is comprised of Mafikizolos whose liberation credentials are quite dubious.

Chief Charumbira - 1 February 2016

Ngwena has been persecuted left right & centre and that will make GOD forgive him for any transgressions he is alleged to have committed. Zimbabwe needs leader like him, His Excellency the President & Amai Mujuru. The G40 crew cannot dislodge him as the whole lot is comprised of Mafikizolos whose liberation credentials are quite dubious.

Chief Charumbira - 1 February 2016

In this day and age it is sad that Zimbabweans are still opting and talking of preference of a leader with war credentials. War was won that was a great achievement and its time that the people in the republic look at ways of resuscitating the country from the state the so called veterans gang have plunged it. In all honesty if anything is to be used the issue of one being educated in America really? He had an opportunity now let's use what he knows for betterment. On the issue of Mr Charamba getting involved in politics it's argumentative on the fact unless he was speaking on behalf of the president of which much doubt is cast on it as he seems to have been attacking one man. If VP EM was not part of the gang trying to succeed the president he should be keen to put an end to the rumour abot the lacoste team. We see the People First case as an example of what happens when it started Mai Mujuru kept quiet did not even comment now we hear the part is coming alive and she is active. These seem to be the traits of Zimbabwean leaders doing hide and seek with each other. Of late there has been one man making sense as he is already planning way forward, anyone heard of Tendai Biti's party they are lining up people in different departments creating a shadow government that shows seriousness and commitment. It is time that opposition parties become alive and align themselves amid the fighting in Zanu Pf. It's high time the President deals with his party members and restore peace or Zimbabwe will start seeing death of politicians many other analysts have highlighted this and soon it will come alive. Mugabe knows what he wants to do but he has to be careful as he will have a lot of blood on his hands if he delays and hunger will kill people as the country continues to plunge into a melt down. Petitions or no petitions people of Zimbabwe must demonstrate on poor governance not the ouster of one man but the whole crew.

Zim Analyst - 1 February 2016

True- we need to completely eliminate the culture that ZANU of brought to our country. There is so much hatred in our beloved country. So many people have died for nothing. What is independence if we are not free? Sometimes I wonder if it was worth it to fight the white minority and replace it with with this # evil ZANU pf. Mayo and his G40 are doing just fine. We will raise money to fight these war monkers. Ed is hated by a lot of people for a very good reasons. He is worse than Bob.

Be Warned - 1 February 2016

True- we need to completely eliminate the culture that ZANU of brought to our country. There is so much hatred in our beloved country. So many people have died for nothing. What is independence if we are not free? Sometimes I wonder if it was worth it to fight the white minority and replace it with with this # evil ZANU pf. Mayo and his G40 are doing just fine. We will raise money to fight these war monkers. Ed is hated by a lot of people for very good reasons. He is worse than Bob.

Be Warned - 1 February 2016

this forum has few men and women of substance. the rest are c***k suckers who are spewing their shit trying to prop up their political midgets to power

mhofu - 2 February 2016

this forum has few men and women of substance. the rest are c***k suckers who are spewing their shit trying to prop up their political midgets to power

mhofu - 2 February 2016

Noone in their right senses can vote for EDM. The guy is ruthless beyond measure, he is not presidential or any leadership material.

Inyika - 2 February 2016

@Mhofu anything wrong with that, you do you and leave the rest to do them

Kushaya - 2 February 2016

E.D. never said he wants to take over from Mugabe. He is fine with his position but the G40 knows that he deserve the top job after Mugabe.Let the foolish group make their stupid noise.Their political future is finished, Zanu pf is a revolutionary part with history and well advised cadres knows who is next after Mugabe. I advise the G40 to quickly go and join their misguided old horses in People First.

Blaz FIDZA - 2 February 2016

Comparing Mnangagwa and Kasukuwere,Zhuwawo,Moyo for president of Zimbabwe please be serious citizents.Every nation knows better that war veterants or national war credentials are a great simble of patriotism and supreme sacrifice and love to own country.Working but not being motivated by monetary issues but being confronted by death every moment ,I believe this be respected by every citizen .Not considering regionalism Mnangagwa is the best candidate in ZANU PF to lead the party and this nation. Kasukuwere is young a barbaric ,not professional ,not principled , too much zeal without knowledge and an expert in causing confusion that's his best description.Moyo is not consistant or reliable both ZANU PF or Zimbabwe,

chikuni - 2 February 2016

Bottom line is whole ZANU PF machinery must vanish from face of Zim politics. Ngwena, Mujuru, Sekeramayi, Matenda... etc all belong to the past. I sympathise with Rugare and G40 becoz they have a genuine agenda of ushering in new political dispensation. G40, destroy current ZANU PF comprised of moribunds with phosilised ideas. Above all, we need our billionaire to take over for 5-10 years with support of pro-democracy zealots.

Save - 2 February 2016

All others are learning and becoming Doctors but Tyson is waiting for an honoroury or what. Hey try even a diploma probably you can not derive Zimbabwe astray.

chikuni - 2 February 2016

Iwe Chief, nyika inogona kutungamirirwa chero nani zvake. Kwete kutaura zvisina basa. Mafikizolo kuita sei. Even Jonathan Moyo wacho mukamuvhotera unoigona. You think wrong. Hapana anombonzi uyu ndiye wakasarudzirwa kutungamirira Zimbabwe. Everyone can easily lead a nation, chero Giringo mukamupa anotitungamirira tikafara chose kunge tiri muna 1985. Wezhira.

dhurun'aru - 3 February 2016

kana shungu.isu tiri london.zviriku flyer

funk master - 4 February 2016

i can help munangagwa and mugabe.0718555570

priest - 5 February 2016

munangagwa only me can save you and make you president. call me before its too late.0718555570

priest - 8 February 2016

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