VP allies, G40 in massive collision

HARARE - Another political battle of monumental proportions is in the offing when brawling Zanu PF factions square up against each other in the restive Midlands province tomorrow.

This much became clear yesterday after Team Lacoste, the party faction loyal to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, vowed to attend a regional meeting that is scheduled to be chaired by national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, despite the fact that many of them are on suspension.

Zanu PF is currently split between two main camps — Team Lacoste and a group of ambitious Young Turks who go by the name Generation 40 (G40).

The two enemy camps now run parallel party structures in the troubled province, amid growing fears that tomorrow’s meeting could degenerate into chaos and violence as both factions vow to take the war to the other side.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, Team Lacoste kingpin and interim provincial leader Daniel Mackenzie-Ncube confirmed that he would definitely be attending the meeting to lay his case before Kasukuwere.

“I will be going there to meet the political commissar. I don’t have any personal vendetta with the PC kana zviri zvou chairperson tozozviona ikoko (if it is about who is the chairperson we will see about it at the meeting),” he said.

There were also fears among the G40 rank and file last night that Kasukuwere could walk into a deadly ambush, after Mnangagwa’s allies made it abundantly clear that they wanted the Local Government minister removed from his party position.

On the other hand, the G40-linked acting provincial chairperson, Tapiwa Matangaidze, said he would be attending the meeting as the regional chairperson, stressing that he had not imposed himself on the party.

“We are going to attend the political commissar’s meeting. We always comply with the decisions which come from national members,” Matangaidze said.

In the past few weeks, the two warring factions have held separate provincial co-ordinating committee meetings — a development that prompted President Robert Mugabe to dispatch Kasukuwere to the province.

In the meantime, dozens of Mnangagwa’s top allies, including Zanu PF deputy secretary for administration July Moyo, have also been suspended from the party on allegations of fanning factionalism and running parallel structures.

Comments (9)

Kare kwedu isu tichirimo muZanu (iyo yavakunzi Zanu-PF) hataitana kukanda mbama. Izvi zvava kuitika kuti varume vanopedza gore vachingo tedekana nemwimwe pasina chinoitika zvataridza kuti kwakasara nhembe chete.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 13 April 2016

@dailynews:only last week yu were reporting,MASSIVE BATTLE,MUGABE V WARVETS ,i guess readers must also take this story in the same context

truth - 13 April 2016

The split in Mid/Msvi provinces is not replicated in other provinces. So its too early to conclude ZANU PF is fatally divided. Other provinces are still solid. Those opposing Cde Kasukuwere never raised voices when the same medicine was meted on Gamatoxes! This now a test of the precedents used before. May be it will be an exception in the two provinces! Why? Lets wait and see!

Cde Mgagao - 13 April 2016

What happened to Elliot Manyika, once a Mugabe blue-eyed boy, on his way to some province to put it in order?

Manyika - 13 April 2016

It is clear that there are factions. Lacoste led by the Croc and G40 LED AND SUPPORTED BY Robert and Grace. Mugabe and Grace cannot talk of factionalism because they are a faction on their own. Just analyse on the favourable decisions made by the first family on G40 and against Lacoste.

tendai zikomo - 13 April 2016

Truth you are spot on. Everything is a massive battle in the eyes of the Daily News.

Ndasvika - 13 April 2016

Makaranga will never rule Zimbabwe

Mhlemamba - 13 April 2016

Reading Daily News alone one would believe that Zimbabwe is worse than Syria, ruins and dead bodies littering our streets and countryside.

piya - 13 April 2016

Reading Herald yu think zimbabwe is London.clean smart pple,full bellies n no potholes,smooth congrete roads.

BOB - 14 April 2016

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