Mugabe's Zanu PF brawls over strike

HARARE - As thousands of Zimbabweans staged a general strike that shut down the country on Wednesday, President Robert Mugabe and his warring Zanu PF lieutenants were trading poisonous accusations about who was behind the stay-away.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources told the Daily News yesterday that the ruling party’s politburo meeting in Harare degenerated into a slanging match — with Mugabe, his powerful wife Grace and the faction opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding the nonagenarian, the G40 — insinuating that the Midlands godfather and his backers were involved in the shutdown.

One of the sources said the basis of the allegations levelled against the Mnangagwa faction stemmed from messages that circulated on social media which directed people to boycott businesses linked to G40 kingpins.

“The first lady said it was strange that the protesters seemed to target her family businesses, those of VP (Phelekezela) Mphoko and (Saviour) Kasukuwere only, yet there are several people in the party who also own businesses.

“Everyone in the meeting was convinced that there was an enemy amongst us. Otherwise, how is it possible that opposition protesters targeted one faction in Zanu PF? Isn’t it logical that they should have targeted the whole system? That is the question everyone wanted to know but obviously Team Lacoste denied everything,” one of the sources said.

Some of the messages that circulated on WhatsApp on Tuesday and Wednesday read; “Stop buying Alpha and Omega products, Appetina, Amai Mugabe School or anything from Gushungo Holdings, it’s owned by President R.G Mugabe till he steps down. 2018 is too far.

“Stop giving business to RTG Rainbow Hotel old Sheraton Hotel till Vice President P Mphoko resigns and till he is no longer staying there and stop buying from CHOPPIES Supermarkets Zimbabwe or supporting his business till he steps down and Stop buying fuel at Comoil till he (Kasukuwere) resigns”.

And as had been widely expected, Wednesday’s politburo gathering also resolved to fire war veterans chairman Christopher Mutsvangwa from Zanu PF.

Mutsvangwa is said to be one of Mnangagwa’s key allies.

The politburo also recommended either the suspension or expulsion of 13 other officials who were appealing decisions by the party’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC). The appeals committee is headed by Mphoko who is linked to the G40.

The appeals committee also upheld the expulsions of former Midlands youth chairperson Edmore Samambwa, his Mashonaland West and Mash Central counterparts, Vengai Musengi and Godfrey Tsenengamu.

Comments (6)

Just step aside

Frank Zibusiso Nyathi - 8 July 2016

Its the social platform war.its fierce,its unstoppable.lets rise Zimbabwe now is the time,Lets chat tichiramba kudzvinyirirwa,We thought we did away wiyh the colonial whites,but we jumped from the pan into the fire.Our brothers are more oppressive than the foreigners.LETS RISE UNTIL ZIMBABWE IS FREE FROM THESE LOOTERS,THIEVES,THUGS AND KILLERS.

comrade muchadura - 8 July 2016

Stop pointing accusing fingers at your colleagues.The First Lady is foul mouthed even when she addresses rallies she is never selective in her words as though she is verbally battering her colleagues in a polygamous arrangement.Once, one is in business,he/she must at all times avoid that language which tends to offend the feelings of the generality of the public.That's why some business entities create the public relations department in order to compliment the efforts of the marketing department in raising the image of business in a positive light.One can not insult people in a political rally and expect the same people to buy his/her business products,never ever.There are two options for the First Lady,either to abandon active politics and concentrate on her business ventures and regain the dignity she had before she was dragged into a battle of factional politics,or simply leave business and become a politician full time but then she needs through counselling and grooming in order to be polite, diplomatic and persuasive.Since her entry in politics,she had been combative in her approach,that is quite bad.Suggestions for the total boycott of Gushungu products stems from this type of behaviour,never bother witch hunting.

Gen. Spinola - 8 July 2016

Its the social platform war.its fierce,its unstoppable.lets rise Zimbabwe now is the time,Lets chat tichiramba kudzvinyirirwa,We thought we did away wiyh the colonial whites,but we jumped from the pan into the fire.Our brothers are more oppressive than the foreigners.LETS RISE UNTIL ZIMBABWE IS FREE FROM THESE LOOTERS,THIEVES,THUGS AND KILLERS.

comrade muchadura - 8 July 2016

Ini handina kutombobvira ndada zvangu kutenga anything from Alpha and Omega. Zvitori nani kumwa tea tsvuku pane inomukaka wekupurazi kwaGiresi. Over my dead body, handibati svina dzakadero.

Nesongano - 8 July 2016

varume.vana mai,vanhu vese ikozvino hatachada kuzwafuti tsvina dzose dzekuti ndakadai ndikazodai ikozvino tinoda new prisident ...tinoda prisident anoda vanhu,anozwisisa anoona mwana wese wezim semwana wake anodanyika yese kona to kona... varume vese variku zanu pf apa hamukwaniba.....hapapindwi nemunhu anoti ndodakubatsira bato rangu chete..aid inopiwa vabato rangu chete kwete kwete munhu vese anoda rubatsiro anofanirwa kuhuwana a president is for everyone/zimbabwean.Line up so far pane vatingada kuti vapinde panyanya morgan Tsvangirai,Dumiso Dabengwa,strive masiiwa,simba makoni,amai mujuru (gender)/torarence,vagumbo (advisor).....the above our leading candidates for the leadersship positions to the new gvt....nyaya iripo hama taziwana kave kare kana uchida kuita president chii chavakaita chingaita kuti tiziwe kuti unogonakubatsira vamwe kana vapinda pachigara.. unozwa here zvinoda vanhu kana kuti unoitazvaunoda iwewe nemhuri yako kana nepart yako(mafia) we need president of the people regardless political ,regional,what ever also the new president should compansete gukurahundi,murambatsvina and all political cusualities since 2000 and also be able to call home all displaced zimbabwean all over the world and rebult our country under the new constitution in good faith...

dofo - 8 July 2016

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