Mnangagwa allies arrested

HARARE - Three of embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s most vociferous supporters have been arrested on allegations of inciting public violence and attacking President Robert Mugabe, his powerful wife Grace, and other senior government officials.

The trio — Godfrey Tsenengamu, 33; Godwin Gomwe, 37; and Vengai Musengi, 36 — are part of a tight 14-member youth group that was summarily expelled from the warring Zanu PF last Thursday, as the ruling party’s factional and succession wars continue to escalate.

And before the ink on the letters formalising their expulsion from the former liberation movement has dried up, the youth leaders have now been dragged to court, where they appeared before Harare magistrate Vakayi Chikwekwe yesterday.

The trio stand accused of holding a media conference at New Ambassador Hotel in Harare on February 16 this year, two days before a scheduled war veterans meeting, with the alleged intention of inciting the liberation fighters to commit acts of public violence.

“The accused sent WhatsApp messages mobilising youths and war veterans inciting them to join them in what they termed the ‘Save Zanu PF Campaign’, which is a group formed to verbally attack the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe and other top government officials,” the State alleges.

It is further alleged that in pursuit of their agenda, the three men attended the war veterans’ intended City Sports Centre meeting of February 18, where they reportedly shouted, “Let’s start a war” — and allegedly going on to tear and burn T-shirts inscribed “Vanhu vose kuna amai (everyone should follow Grace)”.

Prosecutor Peter Kachirika said the trio’s actions were meant to provoke Grace and her supporters, adding that, at any event, the meeting that they attended was meant for war veterans and not the youths.

However, the planned war veterans meeting flopped after it was thwarted by police, who teargased and dispersed them using water cannons.

The arrest of the three men also comes following damaging weekend claims that they wrote a letter to Mugabe accusing the nonagenarian of using divide and rule tactics to remain in power.

In their letter, they also allegedly accused Mugabe of using them to hound former Vice President Joice Mujuru out of Zanu PF in 2014, following untested allegations that she wanted to oust from power and assassinate the long-ruling nonagenarian.

About two dozen Zanu PF bigwigs linked to Mnangagwa, including former War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and his wife Monica, were booted out of the ruling party last week.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News then, after the party’s politburo announced that latest carnage to hit Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa’s faction), said it was “all over bar the shouting” for the beleaguered camp in its wilting quest to get the Midlands godfather to succeed Mugabe.

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

“It’s all over bar the shouting. Team Lacoste is now dead and buried,” a senior party official linked to Zanu PF’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40) group said.

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

“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 (pictured) 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. He has since been fired from Cabinet.

“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.

The politburo, Khaya Moyo said, also received a report to the effect that the NDC was still considering the cases of suspended provincial chairpersons, Joel Biggie Matiza (Mashonaland East), Kizito Chivamba (Midlands) and Ezra Chadzamira (Masvingo).

“You are aware that there are three provincial chairpersons who are on suspension and we expected a report for them. But the national disciplinary committee told us that it is still to conclude the matter.

“Four people were given severe reprimands and these are Tendai Makunde (Murewa North MP), Felix Mhona (Chikomba Central), Washington Musvaire (Maramba Pfungwe) and G Katsande,” Khaya Moyo went further.

Mutsvangwa’s political fortunes nose-dived late last year after his home province of Mashonaland West expelled him, as the ruling party’s factional and succession wars continued to worsen.

His suspension at the time came just after his wife Monica was also banished from the brawling party’s women’s league, with the power couple standing accused of being close allies of the VP.

Among a litany of charges against them were those relating to them allegedly insulting the first family after Mutsvangwa said the party’s national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, was guilty of disrespecting “the institution of marriage and that of the State” — in apparent reference to Kasukuwere’s alleged close political association with powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe.

In the meantime, the political careers of the party’s three suspended provincial leaders for Midlands, Masvingo and Mashonaland East — who are all linked to Mnangagwa — are hanging in the balance

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News last week that it was “a matter of time and not one of if” the three bigwigs — Chivamba, Chadzamira and Matiza — would be booted out of the former liberation movement.

“These comrades simply have to go as they have been the source of too many problems in their respective provinces, which the party can no longer tolerate. It’s enough frankly,” one of the sources said.

Among the litany of charges that are being flung their way are those related to their alleged “continuing undermining” of Mugabe and Grace, as well as claims that they are fanning factionalism in the governing party.

At the heart of the bloodletting and Zanu PF’s worsening factional wars is the unresolved question of Mugabe’s succession — where the major players are the faction loyal to Mnangagwa and the G40.


Comments (29)

Ana Gomwe, zvainakidza muchirova MDC naana Mai Mujuru handiti?

BMX - 8 March 2016

Godwin Gomwe waitora ZANU se personal property kkkkkkkkkkkkk ZANU chiororo youll regret mufanha vachakutorera zvese zvawakapamba panguvayako .There is a vast defarance between you nda God uchazviona kuti hausi mwari kkkkkkkk :pamberimberi ne zanu pf kkkkkkk:

youthchair - 8 March 2016

Zvodyanana! “The Revolution devours its children”. The atmosphere of suspicion has turned to paranoia: “It is the punishment of tyrants and villains to live in terror of each other”. Mauya mauya komredi! ZANU chiwororo! Gangster's Paradise: Jonathan Moyo akabvondora! Tinovatenda Jehovah vachigadzirisa Zimbabwe nokubvisa zvose zvinosemesa. “Where there is no vision the people perish”. ZANU PF, ZANU MUJURU / MUTASA, ZANU MUTSVANGWA zvaparara – ava masvingo eGreat Zimbabwe Part 2. Gadzirisai nguva yenyu yava shoma. Shamhu yamucharohwa nayo naJehovah mukasatendeuka nekuregededza huwori hwenyu, shamhu iyoyo ichabata magenerations emadzinza enyu. 34 years muchiparadza nyika. Zimbabwe and its people and resources belong to God. You confused your stewardship to ownership and took for granted the responsibility God and the Zimbabweans gave you . We are and shall see your judgement… Jehovah havasekwe Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, But when a wicked man rules, people groan. Isaiah 10:1 Woe to those who enact evil statutes And to those who constantly record unjust decisions, Isaiah 1:23 Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them. Isaiah 3:14 The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of His people, "It is you who have devoured the vineyard; The plunder of the poor is in your houses. 1 Kings 21:20 Ahab said to Elijah, "Have you found me, O my enemy?" And he answered, "I have found you, because you have sold yourself to do evil in the sight of the LORD.

Shoko Ndirori - 8 March 2016

I remember not so long ago when Zanoids (and fake Zanoids like Mduduzi Mathuthu of Chronicle) would try so hard to discredit Daily News, saying the people's paper was writing lies about the Zanu PF fights. Now, even Herald and DeadBC are reporting on the anarchy every day. Daily News, you are our only hope and with you we shall overcome. Nomakanjani!

Khumalo - 8 March 2016

DAILY NEWS: Grace is not powerful so stop trying to campign for her while lying to people. She openly dismally failed to dislodge Mangagwa in an open power cotest irrespective of her husband's blessing. You heard him praising Kasukuwere in Masvingo but pana Ngwena munonyeperana.

Never Maswerasei - 8 March 2016

kkkkkkkk ngwena? ipi hameno kuti toti chii coz dai ranga riri jongwe taiti rakabviswa minhenga zvino zvairi ngwena tongoti rakagurwa makumbo

goo - 8 March 2016

Gomwe uri mukusviti wemunhu wamama ndikufara chaizvo wamama chaizvo uri jangwa voetsek

Muzvindapanyo - 8 March 2016

pandokuona ndoda kuku slider chete kurova ndare umame shit

Muzvindapanyo - 8 March 2016

Where is Viola? we used to tell you. Never play with Jonso. No one can out smart that guy. Zanu pf is in power because of him.

Jaluo - 8 March 2016

Viola is in twn.viola doesnt hide like Johnso.Viola is lacoste,garwe,goko,crocodile,magoko.Im in the trenches bt I wil be back ,lastalavista baby.

viola gwena - 8 March 2016

Hehehe ,sista viola!!!!!!!

titus - 8 March 2016

1st 4 paragraphs were enough to tell that the cannibalistic zanu is at it again. at least this time its eating the specie of its own genus! let zanu eat every bon & hair of its offspring and leave nothing to pollute the envrons.

SaManyka Chaiye - 8 March 2016

Re-aligning the political cardinal points post watershed Dec.2014 Congress...:The re-birth of the governing Party.

Membathisi - 8 March 2016

Jonso is not smart at all , its just the Pres who is serving the G40 each time hey flopp ..Period whta Jonso its the Pres is abusing his powers, each time Ngwena team has an upper hand the Pres interfere wait till the Pres dies , thats when Jonso et al will know kuti havan kungwara vachaita nyama yemakora we will see how clever Jonso is.....Very soon , th ePres id going to die in his sleep ..very soon Jonso ass lickers will rue the day you sucked his dick

ndiya - 8 March 2016

Makuvara. Told you its a ploy to bring Grace Mugabe to power. Grace must know that Zimbabwe is not a Gushungo kingdom. Zimbabweans will not good hands and allow Dr Grace to full us. We need a dignified leader not the like of Grace.

hleki - 9 March 2016

We will not fold our hands and allow Grace to take Zimbabwe as Gushungo kingdom. Values of the liberation struggle must be upheld. Leaders must not always come from one family. A lot of sons and daughters of this country suffered for the liberation of this country not the Gushungo only. Grace kuri kurota haupinde panyanga. We need other war veterans to lead us. Mutsvangwa, its high time you leave that train

hleki. - 9 March 2016

Expel them, arrest them but what is broken has already been broken. You might think that you have destroyed them but don't be surprised when they overcome. as the saying goes WHAT DOES NOT KILL YOU MAKES YOU STRONGER!! We await to see what happens to team Lacoste.

mutauri - 9 March 2016 Kikikikikikikikikikikikik!

Shoko Ndirori - 9 March 2016

Probably paying people to do this Sic

sic - 9 March 2016

who are you to mark someone"s days on earth .only god knows who will go first between mugabe and mnangagwa .you think mnangagwa is smarter he kills rex nhongo they are all blood idiots as his master,every one in zanu has some sorts of crying spirits behind them,mnagagwa he kills in masvingo his own home area ,how many people lost their lives ,he proceeded wth the killings in midlands and he also paticipated in gukurahundi with the full blessing from his master bob.all zanu pf members are the same they drink from the same source,you think bob is stupidy he might be something else bt not stupidy,why is he exertng full pressure to disallow mnagagwa from taking the thrown ,they know each other not iterms of anything bt their bruatality,i know bob will make sure ngwena will be history soon and then he could also allow himself to rest,mnagangwa he is also too old for the presidium post.the only hope left is mai mujuru be it you like it or not bt thats factual if and when people really confirm she has full repented and asks for forgiveness for the past thats the only hope and manter of zimbabwe.

comrade gabarinocheka - 10 March 2016

Never Maswerasei is a strangely irrational person. If he gets a report about someone kissing his wife, he will very likely kill the reporter. He does not seem to realise that this paper is simply telling us what is happening. Keep up the good work Daily News. Thank you for not listening to unreasonable comments like Never's and others like him who are angered by the truth that is against their sides of the political disorganisation currently obtaining in the murderous and parasitic Zanu. We, ordinary countrymen who have for a very long time been the victims of Mugabe's wicked party welcome the imminent death of the party in the hope that it may soon be replaced by Mr. Tsvangirai's MDC that has been robbed of its clear victory in many unfair elections. Thank you Daily News. Fortunately, the majority is with you.

Mr Dete - 10 March 2016

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