Lacoste expulsions isolate Mnangagwa

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.


Comments (16)

this man is strong. given the shellacking the first lady gave him during her usual tours, i thought by now he would have been history but alas the guy is still around. inenge sure that baba ava ndivo zanu yacho. but heyi machinda, isu vamwe tinovatya angwena ivavo.

zvirozviyedzwa - 7 March 2016

Dai ndiri ini zvangu aNgwena ndaingosiyana nazvo nekuti mari yavapo, mapurazi jahwi .Kwangova kudya chete and managing mabusinesses and travelling overseas on holidays.

chimuti - 7 March 2016

How do yu isolate Ngwena.8 provinces r wth him.The most populouse province masvingo solid behind community want him,Warvets all behind how do yu isolate a man like mutoko they now pronounce him mnangahwa,in theBudya do yu isolate him.The comrades r thinking of making him the warvets chairman,the supreme do yu isolate such a man.I dont think so.

viola gwena - 7 March 2016

A congress can only prove how democratic zanu will prove who the people want to lead zanu.thats the real deal.anything else is pretendencies.theris way too many suspensions,very soon Mahoka will be suspended for disrespecting vp.Ist lady will be suspended for lying n spreading unfounded rumours about vp wanting to kill her son.these r all suspensions in a congress will bring peece in the party.why is g40 scared of congress.why.the mere fact that the party membership is now more shaped thru suspensions means thr is chaos.the leadership is crumbling.a congress wil put to rest all these crookery.Chairman Chitepo wuld hv calld for one,Tongogara wuld hv,.why not?

viola gwena - 7 March 2016

Ngwena is not yet finished. What kind of ZANU are you going to have without both TRM & EDM? The G40 Crew are pretenders to the throne and no one likes them coz they have managed to destroy the revolutionary party from within. If the truth be told, ZANU is imploding and it is time all liberation fighters team up with the likes of Ngwena, Morgan Tsvangirai, Dumiso Dabengwa, Mai Mujuru and Tendai Biti to form a grand coalition to bring about genuine independence and freedom.

Chief Charumbira - 7 March 2016

The Dailynews `s obssession with Ngwena can lead people who do not know the Zimbabwean political scene to think that he is the president of the country.They have forgotten who is solely responsible for ruining our country. At the same time they are sugar-coating Joice Mujuru and his late kingmaker husband who (both of them) were co-steering the the country with Mugabe into ruins. Its now clear the paper is now team PF and team Lacoste is sending shivers down their spines. Never before had I witnesssed people so afraid of Ngwena. They will rather team-up with Mugabe`s G40 to destroy Ngwena. The chances of them misfiring are growing every time they show such characteristics because they are virtually campaigning for Ngwena.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 7 March 2016

Ngwena will never fall my dear comrades. He is the one who set up the security of this country called Zimbabwe. He can run a parallel hit squad regai muone. Tinotanga kuuraya kana huku dzemuvengi chaiiye. The way everything is unfolding, you will here a lot of accidence and unexplained death in 10 months to come. If Ngwena resign today Matibili will call him to reconsider his actions because he is a strong man dont be fooled. Ngwena is no fool you daily news. In shona we say NGWENA HAIDYE CHEBAMBA CHAYO CHINOZA(chinouya) NERONGA. Those who fool themselves i say your days are numbered. These guys have got mines in DRC so they are filthy reach and complicated.

KingZaka|| - 7 March 2016

mugabe ndiyo zanu yacho,truely the man is very strong indeed, bt wauraya nyika.zanu is mugabe no other person is like him in zanu

GABARINOCHEKS - 8 March 2016

It is a well known fact that Morgan Tsvangirai is now a spent force. Having such a weak leader like Tsvangirai, will turn the country into a haven of Gays and Lesbians. The reason being the MDC is easily dictated to by the West. We will never accept Gays and Lesbians in Zimbabwe. Some will think that it is Mugabe`s stance, but let it be known that Zimbabweans are united when it comes to Gays.

Yago - 8 March 2016

“Do not insult the crocodile until you've crossed the river” “Never insult an alligator until after you have crossed the river” “Don't call the alligator big mouth till you have crossed the river” “Only when you have crossed the river can you say the crocodile has a lump on his snout” “You must have crossed the river before you tell the crocodile he has bad breath.”

Shoko Ndirori - 8 March 2016

the talk about mnangagwa being a strong man is just empty talk from people who are aligned ro him. We can see for ourselves than hear it from you that Ngwena is not so smart as you want us to believe. The truth is Ngwena is the last thing Zimbabwe needs at this point in time.He is a real failure

mhofu - 8 March 2016

the talk about mnangagwa being a strong man is just empty talk from people who are aligned ro him. We can see for ourselves than hear it from you that Ngwena is not so smart as you want us to believe. The truth is Ngwena is the last thing Zimbabwe needs at this point in time.He is a real failure

mhofu - 8 March 2016

Varume pedzeranai , isu takatarisa , makaumba mukaputsa mukaumba zvakare , Iyezvino makuputsa zvachose. There is nothing that lives forever even nzizi dzaityisa dzakapwa wani kana makarwe akatizira kune mvura madziva apwa

wesley svosve - 9 March 2016

Munangagwa, just like the other foot soldiers of the the grand old man Bob, is a weakling and cannot stand up to the oldman on matters of principle.It is naive to expect that he will defend any in his clique.Its called self peservation.

mzilankatha - 9 March 2016


Shoko Ndirori - 9 March 2016

what is Mnangagwa is a loser okwaziyo yikuthumela ama CIO ukuthi abulale amaNdebele

jabu - 10 March 2016

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