Mugabe fires Mutsvangwa

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday rubbed salt into the gaping wounds of the Zanu PF faction that is rallying behind embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he fired War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa from his Cabinet team.

Mutsvangwa and his wife Monica were among the nearly two dozen Zanu PF bigwigs, who are linked to the Midlands godfather’s mooted presidential aspirations, who were booted out of the ruling party last Thursday.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources who spoke to the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper, the Daily News, revealed then that the power couple would also lose their ministerial positions.

The insiders also suggested that the latest pummelling to befall Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa’s faction), meant that it was “all over bar the shouting” for the beleaguered camp in its wilting quest to get the Midlands godfather to succeed Mugabe.

Mutsvangwa was yesterday replaced by his deputy Tshinga Dube as the new War Veterans minister — as the ruthless demolition of Team Lacoste continues unabated — who promised to work towards uniting the country’s divided war veterans.

“I am feeling great. In actual fact I am very humbled that the president has put so much trust in me, I didn’t expect that ... and when I came here I didn’t think I was coming to be appointed.

“I thought he (Mugabe) wanted me to brief him on certain issues. So, I was very delighted to see that I was appointed as a minister,” Dube said, adding that it was very likely that the meeting that bickering war veterans want to have with Mugabe would not happen this week.

“We have 34 000 war veterans but we can’t bring all those people to Harare. So, we still have to get some delegations from these people and know if His Excellency says he will be ready for them this coming week … but it might as well be postponed until preparations are properly done,” he said.

Dube also said he would not be supporting any war veterans’ faction, but would work towards bringing them together and empowering them.

In addition to suspending the now fired Mutsvangwa and his wife from the party for three years last Thursday, the former liberation movement also summarily expelled from within its ranks 14 youth leaders — including Godfrey Gomwe, Godfrey Tsenengamu, Vengai Musengi and Edmore Samambwa.

Addressing the media just after the politburo had met and dealt with scores of disciplinary cases that had been brought before it by the national disciplinary committee, spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo revealed that more than 20 officials had been banished from the party.

“All in all, nine cases were presented and extensively discussed by the politburo. Three people were suspended for three years.

“I will start with Mashonaland West where Chris Mutsvangwa has been suspended and therefore must not hold any position in the party for the same period, but remains a member of the party and a Member of Parliament.

“In Midlands, Espinah Nhari also lost her position in the women’s league. She was secretary for administration and also has been suspended for three years.

“Monica Mutsvangwa lost her position in the women’s league and is suspended for three years. We also have Rosewita Chinyaure, I’m not sure of her province, who has been expelled from the party. Another one expelled is Taurai Pasirayi,” Khaya Moyo said.

While Mnangagwa did not attend the meeting to witness the brutal demolition job on his support base first hand, as he was said to be out of the country, his protégé, Mutsvangwa — who has been a member of the politburo — immediately left the meeting in disgust after his suspension was announced.

“Seven provincial youth chairmen were expelled from the party for gross  indiscipline and misconduct and these are Godfrey Tsenengamu (Mashonaland Central), Godwin Gomwe (Harare province), Vengai Musengi (Mashonaland West), Khumbulani Mpofu (Bulawayo), Edmore Samambwa (Midlands), Tamuka Nyoni (Matabeleland North) and Washington Nkomo (Matabeleland South).

“Another seven youth leaders representing associations aligned to Zanu PF  have also been expelled from the party for indiscipline and misconduct and these are Tonderai Chidawa (Zicosu), Norest Makururu (Youth in mining organisation), Collen Machingura (youth in farming), Memory Masengu (youth against sanctions), Absalom Mabuse (youth service graduates association), Gabriel Togarepi (Ziliwaco Trust) and Innocent Mhlanga (children of war veterans,” he added.

Comments (8)

Zimbabwe is now undemocratic than any country in the world....are the current political trends following proper principles,is the current ZANU PF leadership focusing on what the life of tomorow will be?,why expelling people at the time we should focus on team building.....we need politics with principles kwete kungosiya Gay 40 ichingodzinga vanhu.

LACOSTE PRINCE - 7 March 2016

While you are busy expelling true cadres who have ZANU PF at heart, people who are seeking justice and fairplay, people who came along way with the party...murikugona kuchengetedza vauyi vasina kana yavo.....anywhere pedzisai zvenyu hant ndiwo here msangano wamakadai kuuraya kare.

LACOSTE PRINCE - 7 March 2016

Mutsvangwa had gone too far to the point of forgetting that Zanu PF is owned by Robert and Grace and they do whatever they want whenever they want. When he went to the NDC with a lawyer to defend him he thought he was safe but Grace had already made a decision to get him fired from cabinet well before then. Now he is no longer a cabinet minister and he will be replaced as chairman of the war veterans and maybe then it will dawn on him what exactly Zanu PF stands for. He will now join Sibanda on the scrap heap.

Inyika - 7 March 2016

People should learn to follow procedures. When it comes to Tsvangirai meetings, the police need to be notified, why did Mutsvangwa think he doesn't need to notify the police of his meeting? The police have shown consistence in applying the law (this time). Mutsvangwa thinks being Zanu PF and being War Vet means you are above the law. You messed up the support base of Mugabe, the war Vets, and your leader does not take kindly to people threatening his power. Reducing him to an "apologizing guy" made it worse. Mutsvangwa, you give unnecessary ammunition to your opponents by these emotional, irrational undertakings.

MBT - 7 March 2016

LACOSTE PRINCE..........nyarara zvako. When Mujuru was being purged you smiled wide, when opposition parties were being bombarded loeft, right and centre maizhinya. nhasi zvakuwanayi makublamer G40.Just like G40 makashandiswa, ivo varikushandiswawo to consolidate his power.

Ndazvitaura - 7 March 2016

Now I am beginning to doubt the actual reasoning of the people of Zimbabwe. Who is behind all the suspensions and expulsion of the members from their positions. When you tell people point blank that there is no democracy in Zimbabwe they get angry. It is happening during light that people are chased from the party and only those that are good at boot leaking are left to enjoy in ZANU PF. Good people it is high time when chased do not try to go back at night and plead to be readmitted into the party. There are democratic opposition parties ready to take you up.

Chihwemukudu - 7 March 2016

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