War over Mugabe birthday worsens

HARARE - The Zanu PF war over President Robert Mugabe’s 92nd birthday bash to be held in Masvingo on Saturday continues unabated — amid claims that the party faction rallying behind embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential aspirations is still planning to scuttle the event.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News yesterday that as a result, authorities had effected a heavy security presence in the province, in anticipation of potentially bloody conflict between Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa faction) and the party’s Young Turks known as the              Generation 40 (G40).

“We know for sure that there are some people who were sent to destabilise the president’s birthday. However, we are not too worried because there is nothing that they can do to us,” Zanu PF interim chairperson for Masvingo, Amassa Nenjana, told the Daily News yesterday.

Mugabe’s birthday bash comes in a fortnight filled with drama, which has included war veterans receiving a severe battering by police — leading to Mugabe savagely shellacking their former leader Christopher Mutsvangwa in a televised address to the nation, in which he also apologised to the ex-combatants.

Zanu PF sources told the Daily News that the atmosphere in both Masvingo town and the province was tense.

“The political climate is not good. The security is very tight, which clearly shows that all is not well in the party ahead of the president’s birthday bash,” one of the sources said.

Zanu PF political commissar for Masvingo province Jappy Jaboon said they were going to slaughter more than 54 beasts to cater for an estimated crowd of about 50 000 people expected at the birthday bash.

The claimed sabotage of Mugabe’s birthday bash was first exposed by Zanu PF deputy secretary for the youth league Kudzai Chipanga — who is also a politburo member.

Speaking to youths in Bindura last week, Chipanga sensationally claimed that pamphlets were being distributed around the country with the false message that Mugabe’s birthday celebrations had been cancelled.

“They are writing some pamphlets saying that the president’s birthday bash has been cancelled, but we are saying that the event is going ahead in broad daylight as scheduled, whether you like it or not,” he said.

Comments (14)

mmmmmm ma1

Mr Tapsey - 25 February 2016

Nhema dzea dzega here dzana dr Mafiro kureva nhema....Kokungoita bhavhadhi munyere pane kunyepa....its so funny how G40 are now using vana Chipanga nana Mzembi kuzvichikise nekuti vanhu vaneta na Manditawepi chimene naKasuku ...zvino tuvanhu twacho tuno tumirwa tuchihuahua twega twega

Grace dofo - 25 February 2016

Instead of slaughtering 54 beast I will be happy to see 54 zanupf mongrels killing each other!!! Then when it gets to this then we know we are talking. Got now it's all child play

Jojo Madiro - 25 February 2016

I find it strange for media personnel to put words in some people's mouths.The president never mentioned the word "apologise"instead,he used the word "regrettable" and went on to heap blame on Mutsvanga for that brutal attack on war veterans by the police.The media personnel should not twist words that end up giving a different picture of the incident and make those who are supposed to address the issues look innocent and blameless.

general spinola - 25 February 2016

regai zvitiburane. it gives mai mujuru an advantage. kufa kwe zanu ndiko kumuka kwe people first. all those who are purged should join pf.

zvirozviyedzwa - 25 February 2016

Vamwe vanocelebrater success. VaMugabe vanocelebrater Zimbabwe-in-ruins. Ndasvoda ini !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 25 February 2016

Its a shame that Mugabe has decided to dine at the Zim ruins while thousands in the same province. Why not do the noble thing of donating all the money that was raised to the needy, the ailing health system and those starving, Enjoy Mr President but your time is coming, even the likes of Kamuzu never saw it coming so did the apartheid regime in South Africa, Happy birthday Louis the 16th of Zim.

Joe Tsoka - 25 February 2016

I feel sorry for the beats for they know not for what purpose their end cometh.

tonyme - 26 February 2016

Nonsense. How can any serious politician take hid of what Chipanga says. He is just on course to inflame non existent plots.During the war of liberation, many took part in the destruction of schools and bridges. They were heroes then. Post independence, most have experienced how difficult it is to build schools and bridges. Fools never learn. Sewing seeds of division to achieve narrow goals will prove extremely difficulty to forge unity in future.

Mwenyendiyani - 26 February 2016

the bash z gonna be held @ the Zimbabwe Ruins ....n thy wanna leave Zimbabwe in Ruins

gnomic - 26 February 2016

The AU used to be something during the time of colonilism. Then, those who were behind it had a goal and were focussed in their actions. After Africa was ridden off colonialism then came in this crop of leadership- the looters, swindlers, the me-and-my-relatives onlies - in short, the ruiners. Now Robby is taking 300 of our Zim cattle to give to this organisation of failed states. In Zimbabwe we have millions of kids suffering from mulnutrition and hunger. Baba vake Robby pavakasvika muno mu Zimbabwe vakangange vane mugwada (jokosaimani) chete. Nhasi uno adziigwa nezvituta zvirikumuridzira mupururu avakutora mombe dzedu 300 kupa masaskamu anomupemberedza, ayo edzimwe nyika dzemuAfrica. Paunopereka mombe dzacho wobva wawoneka newevo zwekare, zwimwe tingatonhoregwa munyika yedu. Ndaneta newe.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 27 February 2016

hanzi ndokuti behind evry greed man they is a powerful bitch ka regai zvipembere ivo vanhu vanongopiswa havo nezuva iri vakagariswa muvhu kumba kusina chiriko hahahaha wat a dis- Grace

mukanya - 27 February 2016

happy birthday president mugabe. I wish you many happy years.

taurai - 28 February 2016

takanga tiriko nd makazviruza...taiite kuvanda nenyama nezvinwiwa tichigeze nazvo KO UNGATIDII ???? HAKUNA HAKUNAZVE


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