Pressure mounts on Mnangagwa

HARARE - Zanu PF’s Young Turks, who are known as the Generation 40 (G40) group, demonstrated beyond doubt yesterday that they currently have the upper hand in their brutal ruling party slugfest with the faction linked to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

And very ominously for the Midlands godfather and his Zanu PF allies, Mugabe also all but endorsed demands by the party’s women’s league for a return of the quota system, that is set to see the nonagenarian appointing a woman as one of his two deputies this year.

Addressing Zanu PF supporters in Harare yesterday — the majority of whom were G40 and women’s league members — ahead of the brawling ruling party’s keenly-watched politburo meeting, Mugabe emphasised the importance of the women’s league to the former liberation movement, and how it had a deserved history of always getting what it wanted.

This followed concerns by the forthright women’s league secretary for finance, Sarah Mahoka, who bemoaned the fact that there were elements in the party who were accusing the league of plotting against Mnangagwa because they were demanding that one of their own be elevated to the presidium.

She also claimed that Mnangagwa’s allies in the Midlands province had allegedly harassed the league’s members and blocked buses that had been hired to ferry the women to yesterday’s gathering in the capital, to thank Mugabe for his “achievements” during his tenure as African Union chairperson.

“Zvisinei nezvipingaidzo zvamunosangana nazvo apo neapo, maitiro amaita musangano uno maratidza varume kuti mada kuita chiro munobuda shudhu (With the way you have organised this meeting, you have demonstrated to men that when you want something you go for it as a united, determined force).

“We are sorry that some women who were coming for this meeting were beaten up and that is wrong. We do not tolerate that in the party.

“Even at the provincial level there are rules ... and it is those people who must be sanctioned for their behaviour. So, commissar will have to know kuti ndekupi nekupi kwaitwa izvozvo (who has been responsible for the anarchy),” Mugabe said.

The nonagenarian spoke in the wake of the women’s league resolution at the party’s annual conference last December that one of Mugabe’s two deputies should be a woman, and that this must happen in 2016.

Speaking ahead of Mugabe, Mahoka — who was the runaway star of the pre-politburo show — lashed The Herald newspaper for “lying”, savaged Information permanent secretary George Charamba for his factional politics, and panned senior party officials who she said were disrespectful of the First Lady Grace Mugabe.

She also reiterated the league’s challenge to Mnangagwa earlier this week to publicly declare his interest in succeeding Mugabe, in the light of the campaign for him by his allies.

Mahoka added that Mnangagwa’s seeming reluctance to distance himself from the claims that he wanted Mugabe to step down ahead of the 2018 national elections gave the impression that those campaigning for him had his blessings.

“The VP is my brother and today we are asking you to reprimand people abusing your name. Do not behave like a duck that looks down while its children are being eaten. Stand up and say something like what VP Mphoko has done.

“I will say it publicly because I am not afraid to say so, although I know that I am now a target ... tinoona vana vakapfeka ma T-shirts akanzi Team Lacoste (we see youths wearing T-shirts with the Team Lacoste label) and so if you want to be president tell us.

“We also want to know president if you are the one who sent George Charamba to attack Cabinet ministers that you appointed, because he said he was speaking on your behalf,” Mahoka said, as Mnangagwa watched stone-faced.

Responding to this, Mugabe said he expected the party’s leadership to act responsibly and respect women, whom he described as the cornerstone of the ruling party.

“Tisina women’s league chokwadi hatikunde kana election kana kuhwina, saka hamusi vanhu vekutsvinyirwa kwete (Without women we would not win a single election, so we must treat you with respect).

“Mai Mahoka vangobata bata apo neapo asi tazvinzwa zvavanga vachitaura.  (Mahoka has just touched on many things and we all got the gist of what she was saying).

“We need to look at the reasons why the people are complaining against us. We must talk about it so we can see. If the foundation is not well laid imba inodhirika (the house will fall). It will be affected by ants.

“Come out in the open and tell the leadership where they are going wrong, not to shout at each other. We cannot be the subject of discussion because of our infighting.

“We are giving ammunition to the likes of (MDC leader Morgan) Tsvangirai who now says government has been paralysed by the factional fights. He now thinks we are more divided than his party, forgetting that his party is no more,” Mugabe said.

Addressing the same gathering, First Lady Grace Mugabe blamed the recent attempt to bomb the First Family’s Gushungo Dairy on Zanu PF’s escalating factionalism.

“They wanted to bomb our farm. They even wanted to kill our children, but you know very well that the president is not one to be intimidated by that,” she said, adding that the party was now being forced to spend most of its time in the politburo dealing with disciplinary issues rather than bread and butter issues.

“Some people are now behaving as if they went to school to learn obscenities and the youths in particular are being used in this regard,” Grace said.

Comments (29)

kkkkkkkkkk no sane person can want to killing a moving grave . But some of us read the lines well from this woman Mahoka she spoke with confidence and , authority clearly it showed she had an assurance from the most highest inkosi in zanu to say what she said about dull Munangagwa .and if Munangagwa faction which is left in zanu does not chinja maitiro Munangagwa will be put down

Diibulaanyika - 11 February 2016

Stop twisting words we saw what happened and have the speech on youtube, ED haana kwaanoenda....Mozo reporta kana aenda. In the mean time the Lacoste team is the under dog but got what they wanted ban of abuse on SM...pedu pafamba zvedu zvaiita dzimwe dzangove nyambo. As for that self bleaching bitch hure rehurungwe who cares

Haiwa - 11 February 2016

The FL and Pres speeche were targetted on Moyo even herald reporting name and shamed him..even Kasuk aiti no discussion SM Politburo zvaka shaya basa wani. Grace na Bob chiiko isu hati rara mire those 2

Speeches - 11 February 2016

Yekela sibukele thina abanye umdlalo ongela mbhadalo. where is Viola today? His excellency is very smart despite his age, smarter than these young peopl. But be careful that this is all but nothing excepet that they want to divert us from the real issues affecting the country.

Jaluo - 11 February 2016

Its amazing that Mnangagwa and Jonathan Moyo, Grace Mugabe and Saviour Kasukwere transverse the country as real team mates. I recall Emmason acknowledging that he had been awakened to the bad of Mrs Mujuru and that its pity. Now what is he saying considering that even the army had been saying any one without war credentials will not lead this country. Grace Mugabe was just a school girl during the war is South Africa. Some even knows her. Mnangagwa all the effort and sleepless nights spend in Mozambique guarding Mugabe while he was busy with Fay Chung then his girlfriend, what then. Now you are a laughing stock. if you are truly a war veteran, I know war veterans would eat their heart to achieve something. Like Mujuru the leadership scepter was close, but check mate with Grace. poor soul, never betray another war veteran, Mhanda wrote is his book.

amina - 11 February 2016

Hello pple,zanu,mdc,pf,mavambo,and all.the meeting came about nw gone.president still a master when it comes to party politics n fatherly figure.the noises yu herd outside polutburo meeting inside it was different.a wzrni g ws given to twiters,last warning.thats all I cn say for now .party protocol has changed.bt we thot we wr giong face an I tellect G40,bt we wrconfronted by an ovazealous bunch of old ,unschooled women,wth wrap arounds on thier waists.one promised to kill vp,which we thot warranted police intervention,bt hey these are rural mbuyas ,no scuul.I neva gt sme of the stuff she ws saying,her english ws so bad I thot she culd hav just spoken in shona.so nothing much hapened.moyo ws trembling thruout.seemed lost.bt we now k ow one thing forsure.

viola gwena - 11 February 2016

Welcme sisy vee.longtime no hear.plse keep in touch.ndeipi tete

bob - 11 February 2016

Thank yu fo greeting us mdc.we wil soon have ours ,viola.yu welcome to our polutburo.

yuba - 11 February 2016

Viola ndiwe une yese, but jsut for your safety don't you think its wise to lie low or change identity since they are hot on Media abuse and your service provider is in zim they can catch you easily....Why wld Moyo tremble iye achizvi bigga patwitter

Concerned - 11 February 2016

Ndaseka hangu...Mugabe busy with Fay Chung?? I admit, iyi inyowani kwandiri. Ko hapana kamukaradhi kakabuda here pabusy yacho???

gamuchirayi - 11 February 2016

@ Jabulo agreed, my thoughts are that all this is judt dievrsion even Mujuru is still party of them. Whats happening now is Mujuru is Mobilizing grassroots young voters, while the alleged G40 and Ngwena team are fake fighting. Come election time all rural youth and old Mujur has mobilised, then Grace Ngwena nex year will be campaign hard in towns...Am sue the opposition have spies to see if these fights are genuine or an election tactic

elections - 11 February 2016

Thank yu concerned.I will mis yu al

viola gwena - 11 February 2016

Viola cn only be sold out by dailynews,noone else.them only

gire - 11 February 2016

pamberi ne Ngwena, inopinda chete

Ngwenana - 11 February 2016

Dr "stop it", hapana chozikanwa wee

Ngwenana - 11 February 2016

Dr "stop it", hapana chozikanwa wee

Ngwenana - 11 February 2016

KKKKKK yaa now Viola has seen some light that these MAGOGOS from reserves are idiots that is why they always vote for zanu they have no school .Any political party that boasts 100 pcent of such voters is as good as dead as those voters .For first time you at least said some sense .Rural voters bcoz they have no school they can be lied to easily by example saying a cell phone will see that they voted for Morgan ,if they do not vote for zanu they will be war in this country , if they do not vote for zanu all their fields will be taken if they do not vote for zanu they will all be killed and that whites want to takeover from Mugabe such sly thinks are believed by unschooled magogos from reserves and zanu has been deceiving these unschooled old ;ladies for donkey years to remain power .While in cities and towns we have clever schooled magogos that is why even the councilor at the ward where Mugabe resides in Harare is under MDC T KKKKKKKK.

Diibulaanyika - 11 February 2016

Ngwena's silence is not sign of weakness but strength. He is a wise man who speaks only when necessary. He is not a dende rinongo ridzwa nemhepo nokuti harina chiro mukati. He has a good brain and anopinda pachigaro chete whether the people like it or not. He was saved from the hangman's noose so that he can rule Zimbabwe. This is his time and no one can stop Ngwena kkkkkkkk!!!!

Ingram Washanda - 11 February 2016

Ngwena's silence is not sign of weakness but strength. He is a wise man who speaks only when necessary. He is not a dende rinongo ridzwa nemhepo nokuti harina chiro mukati. He has a good brain and anopinda pachigaro chete whether the people like it or not. He was saved from the hangman's noose so that he can rule Zimbabwe. This is his time and no one can stop Ngwena kkkkkkkk!!!!

Ingram Washanda - 11 February 2016

hapana sign of strength apa. hanzi na sister maggie dongo vese ava madzimai a president. the real soldier who is likely to go panyanga ndi mother mujuru. she is a moderate, respected by african heads of states and the international community as well as the asian communities. tsvangison lost the plot nekuda madzimai akawanda plus handiende style.

zvirozviyedzwa - 11 February 2016

Sista Viola people who are disillusioned always see what they want even if it is not reality. What I saw is totally different from what you saw. Johnso and Tyson were not trembling but triumphant. Zhuwawo is even pushing for the Drunken Rambo Mutswangwa to be expelled. The Lacoste VP just sat there like a delinquent pupil waiting to be flogged. Viola, did you hear the voive of authority from Dr. Gire, she spoke in the third person saying ''We''....That tells you who is in charge. Another thing you shuld have seen is that only G40 people were allowed to speak and Karate Kid Charamba was booed! Mahoko also warned your VP that he will be killed. Now you know who was trembling.

Rasta Hero - 12 February 2016

Sista Viola people who are disillusioned always see what they want even if it is not reality. What I saw is totally different from what you saw. Johnso and Tyson were not trembling but triumphant. Zhuwawo is even pushing for the Drunken Rambo Mutswangwa to be expelled. The Lacoste VP just sat there like a delinquent pupil waiting to be flogged. Viola, did you hear the voice of authority from Dr. Gire, she spoke in the third person saying ''We''....That tells you who is in charge. Another thing you shuld have seen is that only G40 people were allowed to speak and Karate Kid Charamba was booed! Mahoko also warned your VP that he will be killed. Now you know who was trembling.

Rasta Hero - 12 February 2016

Honestly can anyone sit in a boardroom to reasn wth women who wr hushily told to drop their mutsvairos n cme to zanu hdqotas?wuld anyone say we talking?no ,so for anyone to expect vp to standup n answer that mad cow insinuations?a d then think yu won.?everything that mattered ws to be tabled inside pb.those noisy fudgers went away back to finnishing off their street sweeping.clever ones frm mutare refused to cme to harare,who wuld respond to an sms delivered directive frm kasukuwere.8 provinces refused,they checked 1st wth kaya moyo,who advised them no such thing,to embaras vp.now yu round up a few bunch of rugtag ,loose head widows n thi k yu ready for a meeting?this is not a fuction at all,its 3 or 4 lunatics fooling n paying to organise chaos in zanu.vp did very well,not to respond to a mad cow howling insults ,for no reasn at all.we expected a fight in the board room,coz inside whr it matters these g40s wr chickens.all behind 1person.,like a class monitor at a primary school.

viola gwena - 12 February 2016

I knew it viola.they r nobodies this g40.uncouth. I also think vp behaved very presidential.and u sumarised well viola.

kc - 12 February 2016

@Viola the bottom line is the VP was ambushed and embarrassed in front of he nation Mbuyas or no mbuyas, where was Ngwena's team to let this happen. They let him walk in an open ambush.No one to protect him at all and the Ngwena team just sits back with this attitude like we got it all in the bag. Right now he is being pumelled left right and centre and his bigwig supporters are sitting on the fence waiting to see which direction the wind goes and dump him at the eleventh hour. We need action please to restore our faith

Ndini - 12 February 2016

Ndini dnt stress.it definatly was a calculated move on our part.not to tumble wth idiots.we came geard for boardroom fight and we pumeld them inside.outside we leav ruff thingsto sme of our raffer characters that we stoped frm coming to pb.bt yu know wht Ndini,vp was so cool like cucumber,he at one tyme laughed at that cow.so dont stress.

viola gwena - 12 February 2016

@ Viola thanks keep us updated but please next time, lets be more alert G40 does not have any strategies at all its same old same old , rallies and we have the Fake doctor howling las usaul kunge mwedzi mutete. Kumhanya kuchi weshe kunot taura nonsense after that stupid fake speech

Ndini - 12 February 2016

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