More VP allies face chop as party meets

HARARE - The Zanu PF politburo meets in Harare today in what is expected to be a stormy affair, amid the party’s worsening factional and succession wars, and as its former deputy, Joice Mujuru, has just formally entered the local political scene with panache.

Well-placed party sources told the Daily News yesterday that the politburo was likely to endorse the suspension and expulsion of a number of key allies of embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as well as deliberate on the government’s recent controversial decision to seize Chiadzwa diamond mines.

“We are all anticipating another heated meeting, with factions taking each other on with malicious intent. Remember too that a number of Ngwena (Mnangagwa)’s top lieutenants are facing the dreaded chop and the factions are also bickering over Chiadzwa,” one of the sources said.

If the decision to expropriate diamond mines does make it on the politburo’s agenda, such a discussion would come as a brooding China has warned Zimbabwe to beware after President Robert Mugabe’s government ill-advisedly moved to seize all diamond mining claims in Chiadzwa last week, including those in which Chinese companies have interests.

China, which has been one of the few powers that have kept their relations with Harare warm over the past 16 years of political and economic turmoil in Zimbabwe, told the Daily News earlier this week that Zimbabwe must respect property rights in the country.

“We hope that the Zimbabwean side would earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights of the Chinese companies and employees, according to the local laws and the ‘Agreement on the encouragement and reciprocal protection of investments between China and Zimbabwe,” Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Huang Ping said in a terse email response to questions.

“The Chinese side is willing to enhance communication and negotiation with the Zimbabwean side, and together create a conducive environment for companies from both sides to conduct mutually-beneficial cooperation,” Ping added.

Analysts canvassed by the Daily News said although the statement was couched in diplomatic language, its message was “clear and hard-hitting” — and amounted to Zimbabwe being “put on notice” by the Asian giant.

Zanu PF insiders yesterday also claimed that security chiefs had allegedly asked Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi to approach Mugabe over the controversial decision to seize the diamond mining companies that include Anjin — a joint venture between the Zimbabwe Defence Forces and Chinese investors.

There are also likely to be heated discussions on Zanu PF’s escalating factional and succession wars during the politburo meeting, with the political careers of a number of Mnangagwa’s alleged close allies on the line, including under-fire War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and the suspended party leaders for Midlands, Masvingo and Mashonaland East — Kizito Chivamba, Ezra Chadzamira and Biggie Matiza respectively.

Matiza, Chivamba and Chadzamira appeared before a sub-committee of the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) last week, accused of a variety of serious party transgressions, including indiscipline, inciting insolence, and engaging in violent conduct.

The trio also stands accused of sabotaging a recent rally that was staged by the women’s league in Harare to thank Mugabe for his “sterling” leadership of the African Union (AU), as well as harassing the league’s members and blocking buses that had been hired to ferry the women to the event in the capital.

Comments (6)

They are going to pass a Vote-of-No Confidence in their leader. Watch this space. This will shock everyone and everything.

Vote-of-No Confidence - 3 March 2016

Indeed caught off guard out of water, all crocodiles turn into sitting ducks!!!

Membathisi - 3 March 2016

VanaMutsvangwa vatorova pasi vave kumusha kunorima mbambaira vachiteerera' Nora'.Hatizive kunowira tsvimbo nedohwe.Zvirikuitika MuZanu makunun'unu maodza mwoyo kune vanoida ,vari kunze varikushevedzera Ebenezer.Rinamanyanga hariputirwe mumushunje ,panosvika June mimba yeZanu inenge yakura.Relax guys Zimbabwean political landscape will never be the same again but keep in mind the ode of"... Straight Jacket...". Who the cap fits ........ Tsvangirai is feeling the heat .

view from the gazebo - 4 March 2016

We been in the tranches for almost 20 years! I have had enough of Chematama winning elections but failing to capture state power. Hazvibatsire to keep on hoping and placing our votes in the wrong basket. Zimbabwe yakuda vanhu vane zvivindi kwete vanotya kufa. Shuwa unoti wahwina election vakutiza nyika! Remember in 2008 what happened? Biti na Chamisa vakasara woita press conference ku Miekles Tsvangirai atiza nyika kare! Guys lets give change a change zvinoda vakashinga izvi. I doubt that if Mujuru wins an elections she will run and hide in the Netherlands Embassy.

Chibaya T - 4 March 2016

China must not even be asking for any reprieve, they have denied the people of Zimbabwe, freedom through their continued violation of human right in their mining concerns, underpaying and taking all the minerals to China and other places without even paying taxes on the profits.

amina - 4 March 2016

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