'We will die on our feet'

HARARE - As Zanu PF’s seemingly-unstoppable succession wars continue to escalate, the party faction loyal to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa is intensifying its fight-back programmes nationally, targeting all perceived supporters of First Lady Grace Mugabe and her Generation 40 (G40) allies.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said Team Lacoste (Mnangagwa faction) was stepping up its counter-offensive strategy against the G40, who are rabidly opposed to the Midlands godfather succeeding President Robert Mugabe — and allegedly working with the powerful Grace.

“It’s aluta continua (Portuguese for the struggle continues) my friend, there is absolutely no surrender. They (Grace’s allies and G40 members) have been attacking us for more than a year now.

“It’s now time to fight back even harder. After all, it’s better to die on our feet rather than on our knees as has been happening. We have nothing to lose now,” a party official linked to the Mnangagwa faction said ominously.

Sources in the troubled Mashonaland West province, where Mugabe hails from, said they had recently seen signs that Team Lacoste was escalating its alleged “successionist agenda” there after a long period in which the faction had appeared to have been annihilated in the region.

Indeed, in various communications seen by the Daily News this week, Mnangagwa’s supporters in the province are proposing to call for votes of no confidence against a number of regional party bigwigs linked to Grace and the G40.

The officials who are being targeted for the big boot in the province include forthright national women’s league secretary for finance Sarah Mahoka, provincial women’s league boss Angeline Muchemeyi, Simbarashe Ziyambi and businessman Jimayi Muduvuri.

“We as the Mashonaland West Zanu PF members have come together in harmony to lodge a complaint against Ziyambi, Muduvuri, Mahoka and Muchemeyi on allegations of contravening article 28 sub-section 2B of the Zanu PF constitution, dishonest, gross misconduct and failure to discharge functions and responsibilities that are mandated to their positions.

“The four engineered the ouster of Makonde district women’s quota representative Jennifer Mhlanga on allegations of consorting with People First; also they passed a vote of no confidence on Joyline Mundunda, Emely Muurakira, Idah Ngirazi and Martha Munondo.

“Mashonalnd West is a stronghold of Zanu PF so we can’t afford to lose in the 2018 elections because of individuals who are fanning factionalism at the expense of trying to build the empire … Ignatius Chombo (Zanu PF secretary for administration) of late was saying let there be unity in the province but, they (the accused) are against that,” one of the letters seen by the Daily News reads.

Contacted for comment, Ziyambi would only say the allegations were “baseless”, while Muduviri said he would not be swayed in his support of Mugabe and Grace.

“We are behind the president and amai. We will not be intimidated by anyone to desert our God-given leaders. Our slogan is ‘kuna baba ndiko kuna amai’ (where there is the father is where you will find the mother) and anyone who thinks otherwise is lost,” Muduvuri said.

Mahoka, who recently humiliated Mnangagwa, also told the Daily News earlier this week that they would defend Mugabe and his wife to the hilt.

“We will not tolerate anyone who plays around with our leader and the first lady. Anyone who touches them will have touched a raw nerve and we will not spare him. Anofira mahara (such people risk losing their lives for nothing),” she said.

The latest move by Team Lacoste is a counter measure against the G40 faction which has been on the charge in the province for the past few months. Party officials linked to Mnangagwa — such as provincial secretary for education Fani Phiri, political commissar Simon Solomon, secretary for transport Philemon Ndushu and one Sibongile Bhebhe — were recently reprimanded for allegedly fanning factionalism in the ruling party, and are now also facing outright expulsion from the former liberation movement.

In addition, the province last week recommended that former war veterans chairperson Christopher Mutsvangwa be expelled from Parliament, after it also pushed for his ouster from the party.

The intensifying party ructions in Mashonaland West follow a recent move by Team Lacoste to pass votes of no confidence against Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko and other senior officials such as Cabinet ministers Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere — who are all seen as opposed to the Midlands godfather’s ascendancy to the presidency.

As a consequence of Zanu PF’s worsening factional and succession wars, the party has now split into two bitterly-opposed formations in the Midlands and Mashonaland East provinces, with Team Lacoste moving to establish parallel structures from cell level upwards. Indeed, as interim Zanu PF chairperson for the Midlands, Tapiwa Matangaidze, was announcing the party’s decision to sack many of Mnangagwa’s most trusted allies recently, including July Moyo, Team Lacoste was mobilising its followers, creating their own structures.

For example, suspended deputy provincial chairperson Daniel Mackenzie-Ncube has been appointed the acting chairperson by the Mnangagwa faction.

Comments (17)

Fight and fight, via votes of no confidence, ware of words...but the real fight is with Bob and his dictatorship. Everyone else is just but a pony in the game, the bid mafios is Bob the guy. Those you want to fight should just stand up and put up a real fight not these silly war of words and parallel structures etc. The sooner you realise that you are already at war with yourself (ZANU PF) the better...we in the opposition are watching your ZANU PF dramas and circus from a distance. In the end ZANU PF will implode and disappera into oblivion....magumo, THE END

gamuchirayi - 1 April 2016

zanu yaora,mhondi dze vanhu ,munoouraya,kutyei vana vedu vaa kuno .hapana zvamuno tiita isu.imbwa dzevanhu macio.nearmy yamunovhaira nayo.

rosemary.m.shereni - 1 April 2016

zanu yaora,mhondi dze vanhu ,munoouraya,kutyei vana vedu vaa kuno .hapana zvamuno tiita isu.imbwa dzevanhu macio.nearmy yamunovhaira nayo.

rosemary.m.shereni - 1 April 2016

Mahoka knows what to say in order to continue eating from the First Family's blood gotten plate. She does not believe in all that she says, no doubt about that.

Yeoman Thomas - 1 April 2016

dying for what? dying to protect gukurahundists like emma mnangagwa? you should be sick up stairs? anywhere all the zanu and zpf office bearers are subhuman and it is very expected of you to behave irrationally. continue dreaming as we take over the country in 2018 and show you what governance means no vengeance intended though the law has to its course on current and former offenders like saviour , grace, joice, didimus and emmerson!!! CHINJA CHINJA IWE!!!

josphat mugadzaweta - 1 April 2016

@josphat mugadzaweta . Well said me man. That's all they know these murderers and thugs. Violence. Degrees in violence, remember people?! That any sane Zimbo could still be supporting anything to do with ZANU is plain mind boggling. These people only care for themselves and what Zim can give them. Look at how they have destroyed our once thriving economy and are still clueless on what to do.

Dunlop Munjanja - 1 April 2016

the anti zanu views on this platform reflect the gulf between the ;haves' and the have nots,the 'haves' who constitute the majority of anti zanu participants n this platform benifitted from the revolutionary mugabes policies of expanding access to education,they are now the middle class,or aspiring to be wealthy with access to laptops and internet and enjoying the the freedom of speech in the country to post at times openly abusive and vulgar comments,but have they ever stopped to think about the majority of zimbos without access to these accessories?the poor,downtrodden whose only hope of salvation lies with the only party anchored with the poor,they also have views but lack the means to air them,as poor as they are,they understand that zanu is not individuals like the educated on this platform,the movement is big and it will reinvent itself

truth - 2 April 2016

Only men die on their feet. As far as I know they aren`t any man in Mugabes party, only woman. Hakuna murume anoitiwa mukadzi neumwe murume. Dongo akataura ataurazwe. Edgar Tekere (saManyika Chaiye) ndiye ega akanga ari murume. Otherwise before independence it was redu gamba Tongogara and a few others who were man in the Zanu leadership.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 2 April 2016

why is it Daily news continue to call Mutsvangwa former war veterans chairman when he is still attending high profile meetings in his capacity as war veterans chairman??? Whats the beef with Him? Mandi recently attended the meeting in her capacity as Secretary for infor so who is chairman? yes is former Minister but is current chairman who pushed for the meeting with bob.

iyavooo - 2 April 2016

truth you are a monkey. we went to school with our parents' monies because zanu haina chemahara. even if we had gone to school free of charge, it could have been government's responsibility which doesn't give them the blank cheque to abuse us. CHINJA MAITIRO IWE @truth.

josphat mugadzaweta - 3 April 2016

does grace mugabe have a boyfriend, anybody who knows

Harare - 3 April 2016

there is no middle class anymore in zim. what is @truth talking about? is he really in this country?

zvirozviyedzwa - 3 April 2016

Viola, tete that truth fellow is back

nxa - 3 April 2016

Truth you are lost in your "truths". 1. The fact that the gvt of the day decided to offer subsidy to education does not mean i shud not criticise the governing party at all. 2. The education subsidy was from gvt not ZAN (UPF) and therefore I will remain loyal to the ethos of the gvt of Zimbabwe not ZAN (UPF). 3. Even if it were ZAN (UPF)'s money that took me thru school it shudnt give them a licence to demand loyality whilst they destroy the economy and the country. In any case it is our shona lunguage which has this saying "matakadya kare haanyaradze mwana" So in short, ZAN (UPF) have messed and are continuing to mess up the country! we dont want them in office for any minute longer!!

Jojo Madiro - 4 April 2016

anyone who do no agree with zanu critiques on his forum is free to leave n go to the herald, there is a platform to boot lick there. we are not rectum chewers here and will neva see me kuherald.

SaManyika Chaiye - 4 April 2016

@truth is the worst idiot that should comment only on the herald & not in this platform

Benito - 4 April 2016

I am appalled by some of the comments that seek to defend the very dismal work that our leaders have done to further the interests of the masses. You know the aim of every leader should be to create the greatest quality of life for the greatest number of people, but here in my motherland politics is a self seeking profession. let us change the narrative. its high time our rulers focus on the bread and butter issues and not mainstream their in-house factional fights into every political dialogue. nonetheless iam optimistic that these quantitative changes taking place, will soon graduate into qualitative changes. a negation of the negation and we will be left with a better (not best) leadership

The Realist - 5 April 2016

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