'Zanu PF bigwigs want Mugabe out'

BULAWAYO - Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, has accused some senior party officials of harbouring overweening ambition and fanning divisions in the warring former liberation movement by plotting to succeed President Robert Mugabe using underhand methods.

Speaking in coded language at Highlanders Sports Club, at the celebrations of the appointment of Tshinga Dube as War Veterans minister last week, Kasukuwere warned the “plotters” to back off saying there was “no vacancy for the presidency both in Zimbabwe and in Zanu PF”.

“The leaders we have are sworn-in by God, so let us respect and support them. Morgan Tsvangirai and Simba Makoni among others contested the presidency and lost to ... Mugabe.

“We reaffirmed he is our president therefore that is where the centre of power is.

“There is no vacancy for the presidency both in Zimbabwe and in Zanu PF. There is only one leader and one centre of power,” Kasukuwere thundered in remarks that attendees said were aimed at the ruling party faction rallying behind embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential aspirations.

“You can’t create a vacancy. It won’t work and it’s not going to happen anytime soon. My plea to you comrades is that hatifanire kukwidza vatungamiriri ndenge dzemashanga (comrades, we must not stroke the egos of misguided leaders), making them believe kuti pane zvigaro kana kuti pane zvamuka (that there are vacant posts where there none).

“No, there is no vacancy. Mdhara Gushungo aripo (Mugabe is still there). Let him rule. He has the blessings of his people,” Kasukuwere warned, saying the work of such plotters would come to nought.

The Cabinet minister who is nicknamed Tyson for his combative political style also read the riot act on Zanu PF members who were attending unsanctioned party meetings.

“Nyaya yekugara misangano panotukwa vakuru, muchinakidzwa nazvo (Stop attending meetings where our elders are insulted, enjoying that tomfoolery) we can’t accept that. Let us not be too excited for nothing. Let us tow the line of the party,” he said, adding that as Mugabe was God-chosen, he should therefore be given due respect.

Speaking afterwards, Dube challenged war veterans who were suspended or expelled from Zanu PF to seek clemency and go and apologise to Mugabe — in remarks that were seen as directed at former War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and his supporters.

He claimed that Mugabe’s Christian background made him “a kind forgiver”, adding that although it was culturally unheard of for citizens to insult their leaders, Mugabe always had “a forgiving heart”.

Dube was catapulted to the leadership of the War Veterans ministry last month after the nonagenarian sacked Mutsvangwa — after he was accused of working to undermine the first family.

“Those who were fired or suspended in the party, I urge them to go and apologise to their patron, His Excellency President Robert Mugabe. I know that he is a Christian, he will accept their apologies.

“In our African culture we never challenge the authority or decision of an elder, let alone demonise him. Even in England, I have been to Hyde Corner where people say anything they want. I have never heard them insult their Queen,” he said.

Dube also came to the defence of powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe, describing her as a motherly figure.

“The first lady is also a motherly, respectable woman, not what we usually read about her on social media and other sections of the media mostly written by young boys who don’t know what they will be talking about,” he told the gathering.

Coming at a time when war veterans are now also torn along Zanu PF’s deadly factional and succession lines, Dube admitted that he had a huge task ahead of him.

“My greatest wish is to see my comrades come together as one. It is not easy to administer their welfare when they are divided. Yet, there is no difference in their ideology except on their leadership.

“I thank the president for this appointment and I shall endeavour to persuade my fellow ex-combatants to retain the spirit we carried to fight a protracted war under our two great leaders Mugabe and the late Joshua Nkomo,” he said.

Attendees at the party were treated to sumptuous food and drinks, as the frail-looking Dube — who is also the Member of Parliament for Makokoba — celebrated his ascendency to the War Veterans ministry.

Kasukuwere and Dube’s exhortations come at a time that Zanu PF is reeling from its worsening factional and succession wars that have recently witnessed a damaging breakaway from within the party’s ranks of former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters.

Now, the former liberation movement is facing yet another bitter split — this time involving party members loyal to Mnangagwa.

This also comes as the stage is set for an explosive meeting in Harare between Mugabe and restive war veterans on April 7 — as the mindless bloodletting within Zanu PF continues unabated.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News last week said the latest acrimonious “divorce proceedings” involving Team Lacoste — which they said were “well under way” and evident in the troubled provinces of Midlands and Mashonaland East — would deliver a knock out punch to the fast-unraveling party.

“The die is cast and there is no going back. We are going it alone now. When you see State media dredging up malicious stories about Ngwena (Mnangagwa) from 33 years ago (regarding the VP’s alleged inflammatory comments on Gukurahundi), then you know this has to happen,” a senior party official linked to the VP said.

Another Zanu PF bigwig said never in his “wildest imagination” had he ever contemplated that the former liberation movement would suffer more splits than the MDC.

“I’m embarrassed that after Zanu PF Gamatox (Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First), we are now going to have Zanu PF Lacoste, all within the space of a few months. Before that, we had the likes of (Edgar) Tekere, Margaret (Dongo) and Simba (Makoni) splitting from the party as you know.

“At least in the case of the MDC when they were splitting this was largely due to the work of our boys (infiltration and destabilisation by spies). What excuses do we have for this anarchy?

“And the chaos is worsening, what with some war veterans passing votes of no confidence against national leaders such as VP (Phelekezela) Mphoko and Tyson (Zanu PF national political commissar Kasukuwere),” a politburo member who has always claimed that he is “non-aligned” said ruefully.

The Daily News also reported exclusively last week that the party had effectively split into two bitterly-opposed formations in the Midlands, the citadel of Mnangagwa’s support.

Regional party officials confirmed to the newspaper that there were now two structures at most levels — belonging to the rival Mnangagwa and Generation 40 (G40) camps.

“It’s war here. For every G40 structure, there is now a parallel Team Lacoste one, and vice-versa. Our worry is how this will be resolved going into 2018,” one of the officials said.


Comments (24)

I beg to disagree MR Kasukuwere. The constitution of Zimbababwe only allows registered voters a.k.a the the electorate to to elect a president. God or any other divine authority has nothing to do with the elevation of any Zimbabwean to the presidency. When will Zanu PF supporters learn Mr Mugabe is a mere man with a disproportionate share of character flaws than the rest of us?

wadyenhiri - 28 March 2016

kungotaura kweshasha iyi hayisi kurevesa. ndoozvaiitwa naana bright matonga iyezvino akatonhorerwa ari kuna mother. everyone in their right mind can see that president vakura. even kasvukuviri uyu anoda kuti president vazorore. arikunyepa.

tongaonga - 28 March 2016

the problems of this country stem from people whore are sore losers,fresh from winning a resounding mandate from the electorate in the 2013 plebicite,the losers and successionist instead of allowing the president deliver on his election manifesto have been undermining the president from day one,the opposition which is always in perpetual election mode has been trying to throw spanners in the works,left right and centre,what will it take for them to learn that elections are held after every five years according to our constitution?whilst zanu pf is trying to get on with the business of trying to deliver to the electorate,some bad apples within its basket think its time for leadership renewal based on ethnicity,the country and continent is lucky to have a visionary in the mould of RGM who despite the hostile environment created by the british and its local lackeys has delivered the land reform and indigenisation of the economy,the MDC for its part used their time in the GNU ,where they were in charge of the national purse to double dip into the fiscus for morgans house ,and loot the fiscus

truth - 28 March 2016

Believing is undoing. Whilst God authenticates it is the people that vote.

Liberty Shungu - 28 March 2016

@ truth you must be strong in the arms but weak in the brain if you are to perceive mugabe as a visinary....

Benito - 28 March 2016

@truth, please don't mislead others. you talk about 'resounding mandate from the electorate in the 2013 plebicite', what does that even mean? do you mean plebiscite? if so, what was the key constitutional issue in the 2013 election? Wasn't it just a regular (and resoundingly stolen) election? You blame the opposition which has been out of government for over 3 years now while the economy continues to decline. What has the government delivered since that 'resounding election'? Please resort to simple and easy to understand concepts if you want to contribute meaningfully to public debates. It serves neither you nor the readership of this paper to ramble and pretend to be a master of issues of the day when in fact all you are doing is exposing your limited and sorry understanding of them. For the record, the plunder of resources (diamonds, and other resources) we see has nothing to with the opposition. Why do you even talk about ethnicity? does it have anything to do with the current problems facing Zimbabwe? Please do your homework before posting stuff..

tino16 - 28 March 2016

@truth why don't you spare us and just shut your trap? You r an absolute airhead. When have your bandits learnt to take responsibility for anything that went wrong. Collapse of Education, healthcare, economy, then chiadzwa (15b), willowgate, congogate, kangai-gate ($283m), gukurahundi, noczim... Plus many more All to blamed on opposition? So which opposition is it? MDC? ZUM? UANC? ZAPU? British Labour Party? Beats me.

Bhutsu mtandarika - 28 March 2016

“The leaders we have are sworn-in by God, ...." Vakafa havana zvavakaona. Those sons and daughters of Zimbabwe who perished fighting for our liberation at least died knowing very well they were fighting for a noble cause. If somehow they were (from their graves) able to peep at the cesspool the country is now they would ask God the almighty to send them to an iternal hell for failing to foresee the colour of their leaders who brought untold misery to their kith and kin.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 28 March 2016

Truth and other like minded you make me sick. This is selffish thinking. i mean the suffering of Zimbabweans is everywhere for all of us to see. Even if it may be going good for you but what about the rest. When are we to embrace the idea of "doing things for the common good" . when are we to see that "the emperor is naked" . People are suffering because of one person and one person only - Mugabe fullstop and we want to talk of all the rubbish hee opposition hee sunctions. Nonsense. Even if all is good and well for you let us learn to speak as a nation not as individuals. To me anything zanu pf stinks!! it stinks to high heaven - no to low hell!! zanu brought and is continuing to bring more suffering to us. Last week there was an article about Chombo negotiating with his SA counterpart for SA to renew the Zim special permits..Like a father going to the neighbour to ask the neighbour to take care of his children. Rubbish!!

Jojo Madiro - 29 March 2016

What I hate about these guys is they lie and then nail some individuals based on their lies. So power has shifted from the people to Mugabe, what gabbage?

maita - 29 March 2016

Nhai VaKasukuwere, kana iwo mabigwigs acho achiona kuti iye mutungamiri aendesa nyika kumawere haisi mhosva ba kuda kuti azorore hake. Nyika ino yatambura, mwana weZimbabwe atambura and vamwe venyu vanoti mohosva masanctions, kana ariwo what then are you doing to find alternative means for an average Zimbabwean not to suffer. Mr Mugabe has ruled for 36 years, you speak of God? what if these so called bigwigs are sent by God and there are people opposing them to take over, ofcourse friction will take place because there are two opposing forces but know this. if these bigwigs are sent by GOD, NOTHING AND NO ONE CAN STOP THEM, YOU MIGHT THINK YOU ARE WINNING AND CAUSE DELAY BUT GOD ALWAYS WINS.

maoneroanguwo - 29 March 2016

Kasukuwere please don't use the God's name in vain.Surely God can swore the "SPIRIT" to lead Zimbabwe to hell.This is an insult to the people of Zimbabwe that they deserve to suffer ,totured,abducted and killed by its leader.If that is the case.Zimbabweans what is their sin to deserve such a situation from merciful God.Mr Kasukuwere,Im sure you not referring to God the father,son and Holy spirit that i worship,but the HELL GOD,BLOOD SUCKING GOD FROM MALAWI.

judas - 29 March 2016

Motonga henyu megaka. Ko taingonzi tiri vatungamiriri vemangwana, magwana acho anouya riiniko nhai mukoma Tyson?

Teejola - 29 March 2016

There are no big-wigs in zanu, these people put on a pedestal by the press calling them all these big titles. Mugabe appoints everyone in zanu and government and they are all at his mercy, they of themselves they have no base or following that's why he can do as he pleases. If ever there were big wigs in zanu they were all systematically neutralised permanently or politically & economically as part of the 70s strategy of one centre of power.

Galore 123 - 29 March 2016

Iwe Kasukuwere, naMboko naGrace mairovera vanhu mavoko paitukwa maKaranga kwaChiweshe! Unotii nazvo. Gore chero ukapazha ropa hatimbokusiyi kusvikira wabudisa semen yose yaukadikwa nevarume vako. Hende tivone. Ngochani yomunhu

dick mboko - 29 March 2016

When RGM departs this planet where will SK and all those who talk like him go? They have to answer for their bootlicking blasphemy here on earth. People never forget, ask ED?

Okech - 29 March 2016

Bob listen up! Put your country before yourself. Nobody will arrest a frail 90 year old for the atrocities of the 1980's and we will give you a "stay out of jail" card just for a chance to fix and heal this country and restore her to her former glory!

Nooshie - 29 March 2016

madzimbabwe yasvika nguva yekuti tese tisvinure ahead of 2018. with all dirt of rigging and zanu infiltration now out, it is now time that we realise how demonic zanu and its zpf cousins are. let us collectively put faith and support in the mdc-t and register to vote so that we can deliver ourselves from the colonial bondage of zanu. baba vachine zanu mumoyo Havana urozvi. it is high time welsman, Elton and tindo (WET) come back to the train (mdc-t) lest you will be left high and dry come 2018!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 30 March 2016

Truth, maybe factual in his analysis that the President was elected for 5 years and all his arguments about the virtues he has stated. However it is only a tactical and strategic move of a visionary to understand that his enemies will not allow him to succeed no matter what., hence the rampant unemployment, shortage of money, decaying economy due to the actions of those Mugabe may have crossed paths with. Therefore it needs that master stroke to allow someone from with in his team to take the mantle for the sake of the economy and posterity. Otherwise only the elite or those close to power will survive while all of wallow in poverty and misery. Kasukuwere and company need to advise the President how to craft the success of the nation without loss of power to his party. Anything else is disaster for the population while those in power enjoy limitless luxury.

Kambiri - 30 March 2016


MATUZVI - 30 March 2016

wadyenhiri I am totally with you. We are accustomed to the saying that leaders are placed by God in our midst, a preposterous and ancient belief that only serves to perpetuate the stay of people of Mugabe's ilk in power forever. All this is no doubt taken from the bible, a book written by ignorant people who knew not about viruses, a book that is responsible for many ill conceptions in the world. A good look of the scriptures will reveal, to a reasonable person that the book promotes dictatorships and is very divisive. The former apartheid administration espoused that God had chosen them to rule over blacks and with this notion, they felt justified. The new warvets minister obviously is only issuing out the most correct words. They do not necessarily give a reflection of the hidden recesses of the folds of his cerebrum.

Yeoman Thomas - 31 March 2016

Bhutsu mutandarika I urge you not to give credit to such people as this one who writes under the pen name "truth" in place of all the other words in the English language. This person and some like him or her have gained from the chaos that has prevailed in the country, presided over by a corrupt, incorrigible, parasitic, murderous Zanu PF that we liked at independence. This guy does not deserve a comment at all because he will not change his ways. He is one of the looters, surviving on poverty of the generality of the populace as there is no production in the land.

Yeoman Thomas - 31 March 2016

machinda muri kubhaiza maitiro enyu coz mese munokara, vacho vamuri kuti vachembera nemi muri kuzviti new blood,hana dzenyu dziri kurovera mukati kati seshato yakamirira kubata mhuru,coz u know kuti once mangobata zvigaro maakutolooter futi.I know issue yepfuti neropa is not proper guys but honestly speeking,shamhu haisi kuzokwanisa kukudzorai.vana venyu vachadya mune ramangwana iri.Ko vedu?

jedza - 4 April 2016

The fact that young men like Saviour are still worshipping a carcass barley able to walk or keep its eyes open tells a story about our beloved country which once boasted the highest literacy rate in the whole of Africa. there is not even one amongst his closest puppets to tell him to rest kwazwimba. what a shame.

Zanuyeropa - 4 April 2016

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