Team Lacoste sabotages G40

HARARE - War veterans aligned to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa are said to be working feverishly to sabotage next month’s planned “million-man march” against the Midlands godfather by Zanu PF youths associated with the ruling party’s ambitious Young Turks known as the Generation 40 (G40).

Manicaland Zanu PF youth deputy secretary for information and publicity, Passionate Dandajena, revealed in an interview with the Daily News yesterday that ex-combatants aligned to Team Lacoste were working hard to derail the march, just as the faction had allegedly done in the run-up to the 21st February Movement celebrations in Masvingo in February.

“Our efforts to fundraise for the march are being frustrated by a group of war veterans led by ... (war veterans leader Christopher) Mutsvangwa. But we will not be derailed and will achieve our mission in spite of their opposition,” Dandajena said.

She said unlike previously, when the youths had only approached individuals and ministers that they felt were willing to support their programmes, this time they were approaching “everyone” — a move she said would also “expose” those who were against the march which they say is aimed at demonstrating support for President Robert Mugabe.

“We are approaching everyone and this will expose those who either run away from their offices when we approach them or find other funny excuses to refuse us help.

“There are many senior officials who always try to avoid supporting the youth league here,” Dandajena charged.

Another regional youth official was even more blunt, naming Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa, Water minister Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri and Agriculture minister Joseph Made as being among the bigwigs who were allegedly opposed to the march.

“Muchinguri leads this group and Chinamasa appears to be even busier than the president himself,” the youth league official, who declined to be named for fear of victimisation, said.

“The million-man march is meant to offer support for the leadership of ... Mugabe and not to de-campaign any individual.

“Some MPs are also not showing solidarity because they feel the march will be targeted at them, which is not the case at all,” Dandajena said when pressed to shed more light on the march.

She said they had budgeted $50 000 to transport almost 100 000 party officials from across the province to Harare for the march. They had also set up a committee to lead their fundraising efforts, which would include dinners and musical concerts.

Meanwhile, the youth league leaders in Harare said all was on track for the march in the capital, which is coming at a time when the ruling party is experiencing arguably its worst-ever internal ructions since it came to power in 1980.

Youth league national deputy secretary Kudzanai Chipanga told the Daily News yesterday that his executive would be heading to Mashonaland West this weekend to mobilise support for the marches, to show their backing for Mugabe.

He said members of the women’s league would also join the youths during the march in honour of Mugabe, who is the only leader that Zimbabwe has known since the country’s independence.

“After our visit to Mashonaland West tomorrow and Harare on Sunday, we are heading to Midlands mid next week, before heading to Matabeleland North and South next weekend,” Chipanga said.

“You must remember that since we got rid of those elements that were fuelling factionalism within the youth league who include the likes of Godfrey Tsenengamu and others on suspension, there has been unity of purpose, so everyone is determined to show their support for the president.

“We have a mandate as the youth league to protect the president from both internal and external threats, so it is all systems go, although we are yet to come up with an exact date,” he added.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba was not available for comment yesterday to shed light on whether law enforcement agencies would clear the march.

But Chipanga was emphatic that this would not be a problem once the league formally advised authorities about their intentions.

“Once we agree on the exact dates, we will advise the police for clearance. What we have agreed on at the moment is that we will march in May, most likely in the first two weeks of the month, so we thought it would be prudent to approach the police only when we have the actual date,” Chipanga added.

Zanu PF insiders who have previously spoken to the Daily News have said the march will be punctuated by anti-Mnangagwa slogans, as well as placards denouncing his supposed key allies such as prominent war veterans leader Mutsvangwa and Victor Matemadanda.

“The march will put Team Lacoste in its proper place because the numbers will prove that the group has no support. Even in their supposed stronghold of Masvingo, more than 5 000 youths will participate in the march and those who thought that Mnangagwa had support will be put to shame because some of his supposed staunch supporters there will be with us,” a Zanu PF women’s league official said.

But the opposition MDC said derisively yesterday that the Zanu PF youth league march would be a “spectacular flop”.

MDC spokesperson Obert Gutu said the ruling party, ravaged by seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars, had been shaken to its core by the unprecedented success of the MDC’s “mother of all demonstrations” last week.

“This is why one of Zanu PF’s factions is now desperately trying to mimic and emulate the success of our demo,” he said, adding that unlike Mugabe’s party, the MDC was popular with the people and that it had the advantage of its charismatic leader, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

“Thus, the so-called million-man march will be a spectacular flop. We also know that Zanu PF will force people to attend this march. Shops and vending stalls will be forcibly closed down and people will be commandeered to participate in the so-called march against their will.

“Both the main factions within Zanu PF, the G40 and Team Lacoste, lack grassroots support.

“In a free and fair election, the MDC will wallop both factions even if they work together,” he said.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) also dismissed the planned demonstration as “a march to nowhere”.

“The march is targeted at Mnangagwa by the G40 and they are trying to usher (First Lady) Grace Mugabe as the successor.

“It’s sad that the youths are trying to use marriage to transfer power,” PDP spokesperson Jacob Mafume said, urging the youths to put their energy into improving their lot instead of engaging in useless marches.

“They have failed to revive the economy and it’s very surprising that the youths are planning to march in support of the person who has destroyed the country’s economy,” Mafume added.


Comments (8)

they ned funding for what.mdc did its march without funding.mbavha need a much so that u can fliece pple of their hard hell with u g40 yuth

tongoona - 23 April 2016

Here is the opportune moment for the Croc. to strike. I see his supporters joining the march and then, once and for all, turning the tables on Mugabe. If at all those (Muchinguri, Mutsvangwa, Chinamasa, Made, etc) who are said to be frustrating the march are clever they could be encouraging their own to join and rake havoc from within. This is the best strategy of dealing with dumb people used by Grace to further her ends. For some of us as long as its Zanu-PF on Zanu-PF is its good news. Lets the march go on and we will be freely riding on their shoulders to our ultimate freedom. VIVA ZANU-PF-F-F-F-F-F !

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 23 April 2016

Ya-a. Ndazobvuma zvino. Ngwena murume. Grace anzwa nokutenderera kuti amusvikire. Zvino chaasingazivi ndechokuti Garwe haridyi chokupamba; charo rinodya neronga. Ngwena kana iri pamushana inenge yakashama muromo. Nhunzi dzakafanana navana Gire navanaJona nechichi chituta chinonzi Tyson dzobva dzaita mapipi kupfaikira mumukanwa waro. Padzinenge dzava kunakirwa nokunanzwa mate aro iro ndipo parinoti muromo shi-i kuvhara robva ranakwa zwaro nechikafu chaiya chega.

Bobby Sadza reZwiyo - 23 April 2016

@samanyika,a day without your long winding speeches that need a dictionary is boring,comment,we waiting

jojo - 23 April 2016

Dear Save and all your MDC Suporters. For years you have been denied the freedom to demonstrate by Mugabe. Come this planned march, then join them and enjoy the freely given chance to demonstrate again Mugabe. Make sure you will be carrying the largest pictures of Mugabe and Grace as you chant " Mugabe must go." The Herald is only concerned with the pictures you are carrying and not with your chanting. As it si your supporters outnumber those of Mugabe in the crowd and they will definitely back down. Its now or never.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 23 April 2016

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patience - 23 April 2016

If those directionless youths can source funds to start small projects than funding a dead rubber march that celebrates a useless old 92 year old...who has achieved nothing except to promote senseless nepotism and has even presided over a gnawing poverty among most of these youths... That Dandajena person must be having his head spinning on a spindle I think...

frankly - 23 April 2016

why do you need a dictionary when you boast of a high literacy rate in africa. i feed you what you pride as your staple diet then you complain of stomachache & diarrhoea. for that disease this is your prescription @ jojo, please apply for a scholarship and go forthare for free!

SaManyika Chaiye - 25 April 2016

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