Mnangagwa dumps Mutsvangwa

HARARE - Zanu PF foes of embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa claim that history is repeating itself, with the Midlands godfather allegedly moving “to save his bacon” by dumping under-fire War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa.

Party insiders opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding President Robert Mugabe told the Daily News yesterday that they “always knew” that when it came to the crunch, the beleaguered VP would not protect his allies who are on the receiving end of a savage and unrelenting factional mauling in the former liberation movement.

“It’s typical Ngwena (Mnangagwa). When the heat is on, he will do anything to save his own bacon. He has already dumped Mutsvangwa, just as he did to many in 2004 after the so-called Tsholotsho Declaration. I pity all his supporters who are sacrificing limb and resources for him,” a senior party official said.

An angry Mugabe — thoroughly fed up with his warring underlings — savaged Mutsvangwa in a televised address to the nation on Friday evening, virtually signalling the end of the career both in the former liberation movement and in government of the former leader of the war veterans, an alleged kingpin of the party faction loyal to Mnangagwa.

The long-ruling nonagenarian was flanked by his two deputies as he made his unusual address — with a decidedly surly-looking Mnangagwa to his right, and a comparatively relaxed Phelekezela Mphoko to his left.

Without mincing his words, Mugabe pointedly accused the garullous Mutsvangwa of having misled war veterans into trooping into Harare last Thursday — where they were battered by police — after they were made to believe that the nonagenarian would address them.

“For him (Mutsvangwa) to have called a meeting about which we knew nothing about, in circumstances in which he had not clearly sought permission from the authorities in violation therefore of the law, and he being a minister, he cannot at the end after the law and order officers have taken action against the meeting and the war veterans complain that he was ill-treated.

“He must bear the responsibility,” Mugabe thundered, adding ominously that Mutsvangwa would pay for his misdemeanours.

“He (Mutsvangwa) has acted in a manner we describe as irresponsible and a manner that brings the name of the party and government into disrepute. We regret that they (war veterans) suffered this (police battering) but the man to blame is their minister and of course he has to answer why he did that without authority,” the nonagenarian fumed further.

Mugabe’s outburst followed the unprecedented move by riot police last Thursday, who clamped down on a group of war veterans loyal to Mnangagwa — tear-gassing and water-spraying them before unyieldingly forcing them to disperse — after the former freedom fighters attempted to flex their muscles and congregate unlawfully in Harare.

The chaos, which the Daily News had accurately predicted in its editions of the previous weeks, came as Zanu PF’s ugly internal ructions get deadlier and dirtier, with the party faction linked to Mnangagwa increasingly mounting an open rebellion against Mugabe and Grace.

So in-your-face and aggressive had some of the utterances and tactics being employed by Team Lacoste become, that there had been for some time real fear within Zanu PF that the ruling party’s escalating brawls could soon boil over into bloody conflict.

Many disinterested bystanders and journalists were caught up in the Thursday mayhem, as police threw teargas and sprayed water on the gathered group of war veterans who had trickled into the capital to attend their rally at the City Sports Stadium — with the apparent objective of baying for First Lady Grace’s blood, who recently excoriated Mnangagwa.

The sources who spoke to the Daily News yesterday further claimed that Mnangagwa “has a history of abandoning” his followers, and that Mutsvangwa would not be “the first or last one to suffer this fate”.

Among other alleged VP allies who are currently under the cosh in the ruling party are the provincial leaders of Midlands, Masvingo and Mashonaland East — namely Kizito Chivamba, Ezra Chadzamira and Biggie Matiza respectively — who are all facing the big boot.

In addition, Masvingo Province also made moves yesterday to fire other alleged top Mnangagwa kingpins — politburo members Josiah Hungwe and Lovemore Matuke.

Meanwhile, University of Kent academic, Alex Magaisa, wrote on his blog at the weekend that Mugabe’s apology to war veterans last Friday was deliberately designed to isolate Mutsvangwa from his core constituency in Zanu PF’s succession battle.

“While the attack was on Mutsvangwa, there is no doubting who the real casualty was here. It was the man sitting to the right of the president, Mnangagwa.

“After all, it was his interest that Mutsvangwa was representing all along. He has been the most vociferous ambassador of Team Lacoste and silencing him will leave the faction weaker,” Magaisa said.

He added that although Mugabe had also denounced the two warring factions in the party — the G40 and Team Lacoste — the nonagenarian’s attack had weighed heavily against the latter, which was a huge dent on Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential ambitions.

This is not the first time that critics have claimed that Mnangagwa never supports his followers.

Late last year, other Zanu PF insiders said the VP “always struggled” to live up to the popular caricature of his nickname, that of a ruthless crocodile, in the party’s seemingly-unstoppable factional and succession wars.

They pointed to 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 Mugabe from power, and said history would repeat itself as his close allies were again being picked off one by one by their party enemies, like lambs to the slaughter.

Comments (36)

How ironic; the same boot that one licked for several years is kicking the licker right in the mouth that polished it clean! Will these zanu guys ever learn! Leave the party, gvt & politics now and let progressive minds rehabilitate the handcapped economy!

SaManyika Chaiye - 22 February 2016

Smile , smile, smile Mutsvangwa. You are a clueless liberator. See what is happening now. This is called beautiful politics. Good bye!!

dhurun'aru - 22 February 2016

Haiwah bodo all this is hogwash.... Ngwena to rule Zim,....and Uncle Bob is gone. Last kicks of a dying horse........ Viva Locaste....... Down with Grace and imbwa dzake....... Divide and rule tactics for old Bob....haikona. We are not afraid of you Uncle Bob other wise its a matter of respect chete. Hatichakuda uncle, Zvakwana.....we need Croco to take over cz wachembera bedzi. Kana vans vako chaivo havachada nokuti wachembera....... Last kicks of a dying horse. ZANU PF yamama......

Clemence Tashaya - 22 February 2016

Croc burger lol. Where is one of his small house commentators Viola Ngwena now? Seeking cover under a cabbage? Mnangagwa could not win an election in that country, he cant even win an election in his constituency, twice he got hammered and they zanuoids ended up cobbling together a designer constituency less chic than Lacoste but designer none the less.

Galore 123 - 22 February 2016

ZANU should get rid of the trouble maker who is Mugabe himself. As long as Mugabe remains on the helm of ZANU, the hill-top of ZANU will crumble to its foot. Target the problem maker and solve that problem.

Ziziharinanyanga - 22 February 2016

people around bob create confusion and then loot in the ensuing mayhem & pandemonium. We are being tricked day in day out. The miltary must take over from bob and then pave way for elections in which bob & company shouldn't participate. that seems to be the only way now because the bullfrogs are showing no signsof giving up as they have an unquenchable desire to rule & loot. They loot and do nothing for the people that they constantly pretend to be defending!

SaManyika Chaiye - 22 February 2016

all those fired from zanu have a home in pockets first. for anyone who thinks joice can lead this country, just look at the destination of those cashiered from zanu to see that PF is just a reserve tank for zanu!!! pasi nezanu nepf zvese!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 22 February 2016

Manyepo ana Moyo, trying everything to derail Ngwena team. Taka batana nyepa all you want Moyo we are watching zvima projects zviri kufaira. You got no people to appoint to do your dirty work hence asking Mandi chimene to do everything , Chair of WV m then Mutare wahtever cna not even keep track. Now runnign to Jabu , Jbu refused , The EDINA Madzongwe theory failed , tried Sekeramayi didnot work . so who is going to do your dirty work besides Kasuku and Chimene???? Everyone is runnign away from you and no one listens to Mugabe coz everyone knows its you and Grace using Bob,

Manyepo - 22 February 2016

@Galore famaba nenguva 7 provinces are behind Ngwena while 3 if not 2 are supporting Gire .Masvingo and Midlands are staunch supporters saka famba nenguva update yourself with the current politics , if ZANU was to go congres today Ngwena will win thats why Gire is making a lot of noise to cover up

famba nenguva - 22 February 2016

hapana nyaya apa vanhu kunongedzana asi munhu aputsa ZanuPf vachimuziva.Grace hure remakoko!!!!! Anopa wesewese haagonikuramba murume chero zvachose kkkkkk

henzo - 22 February 2016

Kasukuwere arikutema izvezvi panaGire.Izvezvi!!!!!

henzo - 22 February 2016

When it comes to be dumped President Mugabe is the expert, look at how he dumped Mujuru and 150 other party big-wigs for no other reason than they were getting popular support from the members!

Wilbert Mukori - 23 February 2016

Sensational reporting. DAILY NEWS, YOU ARE AT IT AGAIN. The opinion of one party official is no evidence that Ngewna has dumped Mutsvangwa. Marshal undisputed evidence to support your claims. It is annoying to make such a claim in a leading paper and fail to produce evidence. Who are you trying to prop here - G40 or what? Rethink your headlines and the content therein

Munyazozo - 23 February 2016

Just like in a divorce - NOONE WINS as divorce is failure of 2 parties to resolve their differences amicably. It's a pity that the Media wants to portray Mugabe; Mutsvangwa & Mnangagwa (all War Veterans) against each other. Well we know the tricks as fellow Liberation War Heroes. This situation is just repeating itself and WE SHALL NOT BUY THIS HOGWASH.

Mimi - 23 February 2016

Yes I thought the same that the heading is a bit misleading. Nothing in the details shows that Mnangagwa has dumped Mutswanga. I am not a faction person. Veduwe, nyika dzakawanda dzemu Africa dzanga dzichiseka ma Zimbabweans that how can we keep up with such an old president, takapusa. What they did not know is that we are very inteligent and we new the good price of waiting, of respect to our leaders and the aged and also had the capacity to forgo reason for the sake of appreciating what our president have done and did not mind to let him rule up to death as he is the father of Zimbabwe and the founder of Zimbabwe. But let people not take us for granted and take this long waiting for a success as a weakness and idiocy. No. We deserve a better successor than Grace. Grace please sit back as a wife of the most respected man in Africa and preserve the wealth of your children. Avoid making a lot of enemies. Let those who are able to rule rule. Your husband did not fight alone. Let those that he fought side by side with take over. This is what we have been waiting for. There are many, Mujuru, Opha, Sekeramayi, Mungagwa,and a lot. Grace, please respect our intelect and allow us to be ruled by the deserving.

naome - 23 February 2016

regai zvimbokweshana takatarisa zvedu isi vana mhofela

mhofela - 23 February 2016

Please abscord sensatinal reporting by the Daily News, they hate Mnangagwa to the extent that they are reporting in such a biased way. Newsday is much neutral now. Jump sheep G40 in control here

Prof Moyo - 23 February 2016

Zanoids are funny people. They want Daily News to hide their deadly factional battles. Just finish each other already! Nomakanjani!

Khumalo - 23 February 2016

but the old man once said he is fed up with these so called 'vote of no confidence'. but they are continuing in his face. it seems noone listens to him now.

r munemo - 23 February 2016

@khumalo taurai henyu. daily does not sensationalise anything! I used to think so but due to recent events, i chewed a very humble pie. the fight in zanu is very epic. the zanu guys are the ones who actually leak these stories to daily news as part of the fights. daily news simply inform us AS IT IS without fear or favour. hogwash is in the herald and right now the herald has no place to hide because its now bare for all to see, disGrace is all over the place shouting obcenities in wrong english and in broad day light while instruments of cruelity are paraded in every open space ready to pounce on any dissenting voice. why did ngwena no defend chris when bob shellacked him, ngwena even sat by rhobhati's side, quet and stone faced! what more dumping do we want to see.

SaManyika Chaiye - 23 February 2016

you guys are showing us yr real characters not concerned with the people,,,,iribho!

chief nemangwe - 23 February 2016

I am not sure what people expected Mnangagwa to do: stand up to Mugabe and say "No old man, that is my supporter, don't dare touch him or else.."?

Biggie Taapatsi - 23 February 2016

Viola ,whr r u.tinzwe

oliver - 23 February 2016

Viola is in rome wth vp.kkkkk

pada - 23 February 2016

This is not the first time that Munangagwa has betrayed those who support him we remember how he left Jonathan in cold at tsholotsho declaration .That is why Moyo and Munangagwa do not see each other eye to eye bcoz Chituta ichii just can jikaka majika just like what he has done to Chris again . So if anyone can trust such a dubious character to be a president them that person must have his head squashed to check wrong things in it . Never trust Munangagwa he is confused ,not straight forward ,very unstable and coward and no one normal can want a president like that .He can not stand up and cleanse him self from these nonsense la coste like what Mahoka challenged him to do . The guy is a nyoka .

Diibulaanyika - 23 February 2016

@Dibulaanyika suck it up, Mugabe is a user and an abuser..dumped war vets, dumped Mujuru right now he wants to dump Ngwena but for fighitng back. Mugabe killed Rex who prompted him to the Pres position , so whats new in Politics. This needy, whinny, whingy Moyo who suffers from attachment disorder issues is too clingy...No friends or enemies in politics suck it up this Moyo rubbish ..a lot have been assassinated on the way Chitepo, Tongo etc,,,,not that ist good but , politicians are cold hearted and heartless if you keep a grudge when still living what about the dead. If Ngwena changed his mind he is entiltled to it so What...Please mOYO GET A LIFE donot be like tick Clingy

Ibva - 23 February 2016

As a VP Croc did what anyone would have done when one looks at the culture and DNA of zanu pf. I got so interested in the picture from media briefing on factions and mutsvangwa. That croc's face tells a different story. He appears to have lost some weight. Bob and Mphoko dressed formal, suits. Croc was on casual, I am just wondering if croc has tendered his resignation or is now on suspension.

X-MAN IV - 23 February 2016

The rumour is that he went to meet with Mugabe on Sat after Grace's Chiweshe rally and he xpressed his concerns around Grace accusatios and divisive ways thne later on went ot meet with Chiwenga,,Then Monday heard something Ngwena wanted to resign , but Mugabe would not have non of it Probably scared of a coup ...since Chiwenga has been in the line of firing after pledging his support around Lacoste ...these are just romours not sure if its true. ..As his supporte we support what he choses, however the team needs to set up Parallel structures so that if he gets the boot which i doubt very much because once Ngwena goes Gire and Bob are nothing or if he decides to resign at least he can camapign and negotiate his way innto politics come 2018, if e wins anyhting. At the moment this bitch is making a lot of noise while Ngwena does all the donkey work and she gets credit for it. If i WAS ngwena i had rather be on Campaign Trail and not leave it late when you can not campaign or set structures or third option to have his security crew negotiate a big deal with Mugabe so that his position s secure , this can only be done by support from friends in the security system

rumour - 23 February 2016

Zimbabwe is in need of a transitional change in leadership (2018) that will set the groundwork for a true legitimate presidency within the next 8 years or so (2024). This transitional leadership change will enable normalisation of the economy such that we are nolonger a parriah state under sanctions and FDI sabotage, we are open for business to the world not just the mercenary Chinese, and we return our agriculture, mining, industry etc to pre-2000 levels, just as a start, whites and other races very welcome, and security of tenure for investment, progressive indigenisation/BEE laws that dont kill the goose that lays the golden egg so to speak.

Ndakambokuudzayi - 24 February 2016

This transitional leadership cannot be Grace and her G40 backers as that would be an extension of the RGM dynasty now run by opportunists pretending to be loyal to Grace (until hubby gets called by the Lord) who will continue their timetable of loot, repress, loot, repress for another 4-5 decades and during that time create another 20 factions out of G40. It cannot be MT because Chematama is not a unifying force in Zim and has proven before to simply be power hungry and will sup with the devil in order to live in a fancy mansion and drive fancy offroaders, and he is therefore way too young for the position of Zim President. The last time a power hungry 60-year old took the reigns of power he stayed on for 36 years and counting. Whats required is someone whose years have advanced a fair bit say 74 years who will not be concerned with staying on forever but doing at least one term of his former bosses job and retire after that. Someone who is more of a loyal executer of his bosses instructions rather than an architect of one of the most repressive and brutal regimes. That quality of loyalty to a higher authority and lack of megalomaniac tendencies makes for a very approachable president willing to make concessions for the greater good rather than someone who will do everything possible to bend the world to his will like RGM. Someone who is surprisingly very acceptable by all the major powers East and West and can thus unlock Zim's much needed US$40 billion bale-out package to really get the milk and honey flowing in this land. Someone who is exceptionally business-savvy and is willing to live and let live. Viva Lacoste

Ndakambokuudzayi - 24 February 2016

When you write like this, why don't you go on to suggest to us how abandoning his cohorts will benefit Munangagwa?

duzvi - 24 February 2016

Hmmnn interesting! Daily News or Daily Ruse???? Why should I believe or place a bet on a paper that incessantly has headlines generated from anonymous 'well-placed sources' who obviously hide behind their vails like Taliban women?? These are the so-called G-40 wanton cowards and pseudo liberators with no clue where the front part of the barrel of a gun is! You ask them to form a firing squad and they will form a circle kkkkk! Go Lacoste!

Chabhururuka - 24 February 2016

@duzvi - Where you are getting it wrong is assuming that ED is abandoning his cohorts and therefore he is no good as Zim Pres. Recall that ED has been an RGM loyalist for the last 5 decades and carving out his own path separate from RGM is uncharted territory for him, however much he may want to be Pres. For ED a good RGM is a retired RGM not necessarily a dead RGM but this was clearly not going to happen even after patiently waiting 4 decades for his time in the presidential limelight. ED wants RGM out before 2018 whatever that requirement my spell for RGMs health. We all do, even G40 do, except that for them Grace will be the defacto replacement for RGM and "long live life president RGM" is simply a way to keep themselves in power long after RGM has turned into a cabbage on life support. In a normal democracy ED would have finished his 2 presidential terms by now and enjoying retirement in his much loved Zvishavane homeland. Zim would be way way ahead economically, socially, politically (2 terms max for Pres etc) and we would possibly be the 6th member of the BRICS countries by now, for the benefit of all Zimbos due to the countless benefits that come from a transparent democratic system. Turning the country around does not require ED to win a personality/character contest where he can answer impressively on how he didnt kill anyone or didnt abandon any "perceived followers" along the way. Turning the country around simply requires a level headed determined leader who can convince all and sundry that he is out to finally get us back on the map, particularly convincing those East and West (not just China) with the capacity to jump-start / re-finance this country and catch up on the time we have all lost as Zimbos due to RGM's murderous dictatorial antics - ED himself conceeded "we have lost 20 years"

Ndakambokuudzayi - 24 February 2016

Also @ duzvi - Our economy is about 20% of what it was just before farms got raided in 2000. If you seriously think "ivhu kuvanhu" worked wake up, drop what you smoking, and smell the coffee coz its been 16 years and we have almost 3 million rural folk facing starvation in the face every morning. Absolutely no grain reserves to talk about hence the frenzied need for US$1,5 billion to feed our starving people between now and March 2017, that's $1,5 billion per year. With what RGM has cost this economy, in retrospect it would have been more beneficial to the collective good if a deal had been done to simply ask him to step down in 2000, offer him a golden parachute of 1% of Zimbabwe's GDP, and our economy would have been 5 times as big as what it was in 2000, which is about 20 times as big as what it is now. This clinging onto power helps noone, not even those clinging onto power in the long run, as they are setting themselves up for a Ciaucescu type reprisal by the people.

Ndakambokuudzayi - 24 February 2016

Ndakambokuudzayi We are so much behind Morgan Tsvangirai and MDC,forget of any arrangement for Zim that excludes MT.He is the only one for this moment to take us to freedom.Zimbabwe can prosper with people who have MT's leadership.Whatever it might take we will get there and God is on our side.

midlands patriot - 25 February 2016

Yes @ndaka.yu damn rite n good.zimbabwe must move forward now.ngwena is the man,the brother to unlock this potential.china hav put their trust in him,so does EU,.south africa n tanzania all think ngwena is the point man.china liked him bcoz of ngwena being strait wth them,honour up yo promises or shipout.thats wht ngwena told took 3 weeks for chinese president to follow up to zim .and ngwena promises to do 1 or 2 terms thats it.not a forever president.

viola gwena - 25 February 2016

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