HARARE - Zanu PF insiders say the ongoing suspensions and expulsions of party officials loyal to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa had left the Midlands godfather “in the cold” as the brutal war within the former liberation movement to succeed President Robert Mugabe begins to peter towards an anti-climax.
This sentiment follows last week’s savage purging of yet more of the beleaguered VP’s alleged supporters — with dozens more said to be preparing to jump Team Lacoste’s sinking ship, as they seek to save their political careers.
Among some of the party bigwigs said to be loyal to Mnangagwa who were shown the exit door last Thursday are fired War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and his wife Monica, who were both suspended from the party for three years.
In addition, the party also summarily expelled from within its ranks 14 youth leaders — including Godfrey Gomwe, Godfrey Tsenengamu, Vengai Musengi and Edmore Samambwa — all of them seen as key allies of Mnangagwa.
“Look, Ngwena (Mnangagwa) is on his knees, if not down and out in the war to succeed Gushungo (Mugabe). He is standing on his own now, with many of his generals and foot soldiers lying dead in the battlefield.
“We even understand that some of his men such as (the three suspended provincial chairpersons) Biggie Matiza (Mashonaland East), Kizito Chivamba (Midlands) and Ezra Chadzamira (Masvingo) have apologised to the party.
“They are said to have approached key members of the G40 camp, asking for forgiveness,” one of the Daily News’ sources said, adding that there was “total despair” among the ranks of Team Lacoste.
“Many of Mnangagwa’s allies have learnt the hard way that their leader is a coward and toothless bulldog. He is currently fighting for his own survival, leaving his team facing purges, without him raising a finger,” another source linked to the G40 said scathingly.
“In Masvingo, the whole provincial executive that used to be behind him is now aligned to G40. They shifted to G40 after they discovered that Ngwena and Team Lacoste are completely finished,” the source added derisively.
Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, Zanu PF Masvingo political commissar, Jappy Jaboon, said to be a staunch G40 member, said the province was fully behind Mugabe and his powerful wife Grace.
“The province is fully behind President Robert Mugabe and Amai (Grace). There were some elements who were trying to fan factionalism but we got rid of them,” he added.