Chaos consumes Mugabe's province

HARARE - Despite the many desperate pleas by President Robert Mugabe to his warring minions to end the mindless bloodletting devouring Zanu PF, the party’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars are intensifying alarmingly in his riotous home province of Mashonaland West.

And as the anarchy reigns in the nonagenarian’s backyard, the province has now moved to boot another senior official from the troubled party, after the women’s league passed the dreaded vote of no confidence in its regional chairperson, Angelina Muchemenyi, on Tuesday.

Officially, Muchemenyi stands accused of being allegedly “disloyal” to Zanu PF, fanning divisions in the party and being “deceitful in her conduct” — among the usual cocktail of charges.

But well-placed sources told the Daily News yesterday that in reality Muchemenyi’s crime was her alleged links to embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa — who stands accused of harbouring presidential ambitions and working to stampede Mugabe from power.

“Her irregular ouster is simply yet another scheme by the G40 (ambitious Zanu PF Young Turks known as the Generation 40 group who are rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe) to decimate us (the Mnangagwa faction),” a senior party official linked to Team Lacoste said.

Before Muchemenyi, the factional and succession wars ripping Zanu PF apart in Mashonaland West have claimed the careers of many other bigwigs, including former politburo member and War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa, as well as provincial executive members Fani Phiri, Simon Solomon, Philemon Ndushu and Sibongile Bhebhe.

When the provincial women’s league showed Muchemenyi the exit door, it vigorously recommended to the party’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) that she be expelled from the party forthwith.

“...Muchemenyi was the main perpetrator of factional politics in the women’s league.

“We have it on good record that she was attending unsanctioned gatherings that undermined the existence of the party by perpetuating the Lacoste (Mnangagwa faction) agenda,” Margaret Chidarikire, the provincial women’s league secretary said in a letter to Zanu PF national secretary for administration, Ignatius Chombo.



Chidarikire also accused her boss of attending a war veterans’ meeting in Chinhoyi last week where Muchemenyi allegedly chanted slogans denouncing the G40, the national women’s league headed by powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe and the Mashonaland West party provincial leadership.

“Mashonaland West women’s league therefore finds Muchemenyi guilty of violating sections 266(a), 266(b) and 266(c) of the party’s constitution … Her conduct is not consistent with the duties of a member of the party as provided for in Article 3:21 of the party constitution.

“We therefore, recommend that the former chairlady be expelled from the party in accordance with article 267 (c) of the Zanu PF constitution,” Chidarikire said further.

The letter was copied to Grace, national political commissar Savior Kasukuwere and Zanu PF provincial chairperson Ephraim Chengeta.

The latest developments come as the Daily News reported exclusively earlier in the week that conspiracy theories were flying thick and fast within the Mnangagwa camp, after a number of party stalwarts associated with the faction perished in motor vehicle accidents last weekend.

A senior Zanu PF official linked to Team Lacoste, while careful not to ventilate emotions and point fingers at anyone, told the newspaper that they were “very concerned that comrades are dying in this manner”.

“Yes, people are talking (about the motor vehicle deaths). But as you will also remember, there is always talk in our country each time politicians and other prominent Zimbabweans die, more so in car accidents.

“It has not helped matters that we have lost three valued comrades in two car accidents over one weekend, at a time that the party (Zanu PF) is facing many challenges. It makes it difficult for people to understand and accept this, hence the speculation,” the official said.

First to die in a road accident involving three cars in Kadoma on Friday was former women’s league secretary for administration, Espinah Nhari — with party sources claiming that she had been dealing with “significant trauma” in the days leading to the tragedy, as a result of her political ostracisation in Zanu PF.

Nhari was suspended from the warring governing party early this year after she decampaigned Mnangagwa’s party enemies saying “Pasi neG40 (Down with G40) at a rally in Masvingo.

And to compound the pain and fear currently pervading the Mnangagwa camp, two war veterans aligned to the faction died in a separate vehicle accident also at the weekend, on their return from a meeting in Gwanda where they were campaigning for the beleaguered VP.

Mnangagwa’s allies have been on a whirlwind tour of the country’s provinces to drum up support for him, as Zanu PF’s seemingly unstoppable factional and succession wars continue to escalate.

Comments (19)

We miss Dr Stop it or Dr Amai. When will she resume her rallies. Also the rate at the which the votes of no confidence is taking place is too slow and disappointing. these votes of no confidence should happen at an alarming rate like they used to do coz together with Dr Amai they are our highway to Zion.

Big Meech Larry Hoover - 19 May 2016

Taneta nazvo izvi mhani. How many jobs are created by sacking other people muchipati chakaora hacho ichi. Ungacheme kuti ndadzingwa mu zanu total failure iyo People First iri tiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

G40 - 19 May 2016

True that is...we are missing the rumbling of the ONE and ONLY ONE DR. Disgrace Marufu Mugabe. We want another episode like the Chiweshe rally!!! Go for it Dr. come out of your hiding. Your foot soldiers are not chasing people enough as what happened a few months ago. By now muzukuru wako asimba so no need to be in Singapore

gamuchirayi - 19 May 2016

@Big Meech Larry Hoover & gamuchirayi. Pease, please do not mention that name. Pazvanga zviri kure kure iko tanga tatonhoregwa. Pamangoti Gire ndabva ndapindwa nechaChikuni, kufreezer chaiko. Tongotarisira kuti sezwo vava nechizukuru zvimwe nguva zhinji vachabatikana toramba tiine runyararo. Dzatiwandira nhamo muZimbabwe veduwe. Asika ndinovimba naye weedenga, Mwari vakaona kutambura kwedu ndokubva vanaisa zvihuta.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 19 May 2016

This Mugabe guy ka. Aiwa. Enough is enough.

chigumbu - 19 May 2016

chaos has become a perennial companion of zanu and while they concentrate on bickering, the little kantry keep burning in the uncontrollable inferno of economic blazes. wish if they can just eat one another hastley so that we can go past this episode & start afresh!

SaManyika Chaiye - 19 May 2016

Munovaitei Dr amai imi ndimi makatanga nazvo .makachinja zpf constitution hezvo .hokoyo unorumwa nechekuchera.

Jairos - 19 May 2016

Munovaitei Dr amai imi ndimi makatanga nazvo .makachinja zpf constitution hezvo .hokoyo unorumwa nechekuchera.

Jairos - 19 May 2016

Munovaitei Dr amai imi ndimi makatanga nazvo .makachinja zpf constitution hezvo .hokoyo unorumwa nechekuchera.

Jairos - 19 May 2016

Very soon the nation will be mourning a dearly departed female soul.

Amai Mandigona - 20 May 2016

nyatsotaurayi nyaya yenyu @Mai Mandigona! maona prophesy ere kana kuti yu are in the gang of hired hits?!

SaManyika Chaiye - 20 May 2016

hooo maguta zvekuguta zviya, kutio vamwe vadye vagute hamuchadi. inga tinovhota kuti mudye murivashoma wani, isu tichidya zvihuta nemfushwa. inga vana veIsrairi vakapedza 40 makore mugwenga edu asara mangani. msangano tinzwireio tsitsi musadzingana henyu nekuti vakasviba vazhinji vachena ndovashoma. Amen

ngirozi mikairi - 20 May 2016

Dr imbwa looting evrything left in Zimbabwe

gudo - 20 May 2016

Its God's plan of finishing these thugs. Let them eat each other until they are no more. People are tired of this zanu pf rubbish.

Benito - 20 May 2016

pliz save us from yo SHONA,this is an english platform,kindly go to shona platforms and comment,please please we beg yu,spare us

hmmm - 20 May 2016

mugabe ,cio,millitary ,vese vachafira mujeri.28th pa demo mwana wangu musikana anege akatsigira nemapetrol bombs kuBYO.

ROSEMARY SHERENI MARGOLIS - 20 May 2016

mugabe was a good leader

safa ngendlala - 20 May 2016

mugabe was a good leader

safa ngendlala - 20 May 2016

And yet he has failed, I love the presidents boldness when he sets his mind to something no one can change it in particular invasion by the west, asi we are looking at the overall performance not just one goodness. He would have spared us all this if he got the right people to do the job not people who mess up in one ministry are moved on to the next as if there are no people in Zim. its a shame people will only remember the bad thing the hunger 2008 and now 2016 bond coins back again. Its a shame

critic - 23 May 2016

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