End nigh for Mnangagwa

HARARE - It is becoming increasingly clear with each passing day that embattled Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Zanu PF enemies are leaving nothing to chance as they work systematically to drown his mooted presidential ambitions.

The Daily News also found out yesterday that the ruling party’s women’s league is already moving to take advantage of the growing calls by Mnangagwa’s foes within the former liberation movement for an extra-ordinary congress, to revive their demand for one of their own to become vice president at the expense of the Midlands godfather.

“We support the idea of an extraordinary congress to stabilise the party which is being rocked by appointed officials. But there will not be need for us to push very hard for a return of the women’s quota system because we have already done that successfully and all we are waiting for is the action.

“Besides, 2016 is not finished yet and so there is no reason for us to panic about this, as this is something that was agreed to by the party’s organs, including the politburo, and even the VPs themselves agreed to it. So, isu hatina nhamo. Zvedu zvakarongeka (We have no problem. Our strategy is in order), ” Zanu PF women’s league secretary for finance, Sarah Mahoka, said yesterday.

This comes as Zanu PF’s newly-installed acting chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association, Mandi Chimene, called on Mugabe to either fire Mnangagwa or call for an extra-ordinary congress where the VP would ostensibly be dealt with.

In a no-holds-barred blitzkrieg on the embattled VP, Chimene bluntly accused Mnangagwa on Wednesday of plotting to unseat Mugabe from power.

“There are now two governments in power and we don’t know for how long we are going to continue with parallel structures where some ministers don’t report to the president.

“So we have said let’s go for an extra-ordinary congress and if it’s is expensive we can just do it right away and have you line up with your supporters and see who has the people,” Chimene charged as Zanu PF supporters met in Harare to undress Mnangagwa.

Tellingly, similar sentiments were also expressed by the Zanu PF youth league, which backs the party faction that is known as the Generation 40 group (G40), which rabidly opposes Mnangagwa as a possible successor to Mugabe.

“Like I said in Manicaland recently, we are not happy that there are appointed officials in the party who are serving at the president’s pleasure but who are now causing confusion.

“We now want everybody in the politburo to be elected and we know our president will be re-elected, and so we want those who also think they have the support and want to lead the party to seek a mandate from the people,” youth league deputy secretary Kudzanai Chipanga said.

The Daily News has also been informed by other well-placed Zanu PF sources that Mnangagwa’s hopes of succeeding the increasingly frail Mugabe were “as good as dead”.

“All that is happening is about succession. (Vice President Phelekezela) Mphoko has the support of the G40 camp, which is pushing for Mnangagwa’s ouster. The push for the women’s quota is to get rid of Mnangagwa from the presidium, to eliminate his chances of taking over as president one day,” one of the sources said.

Mnangagwa, who was until last year heavily tipped to take over from Mugabe, was derailed from being a possible successor to Mugabe by the same policy in 2004 when the women’s league also underhandedly pushed for the elevation of former Vice President Joice Mujuru to be one of the nonagenarian’s deputies.

Comments (10)

and how i would love to write his epitaph

truth - 30 July 2016

Is it not a tragedy to see people spend so much time complaining about Mugabe, Munangagwa, Mujuru, Tsvangirai; the collapsing economy, the bond notes, graduates with no jobs,etc. Zimbabweans, we are not smart; all your leaders were born during the colonial era which was founded by Cecil John Rhodes. The South African black youths said "Rhodes must fall" and his statue fell, their minds were opened, now they are talking about economic freedom in their lifetime. Zimbabwean youths say "Rhodes must sleep" A white American did something which was meant to trigger the "Rhodes must go" movement by killing a lion called Cecil "John Rhodes". Instead people protested and demanded that the white man be arrested. This is all spiritual,fellow Zimbabweans. Why was Cecil John Rhodes buried in rock (granite) and a high point? You try to rebuild an economy for the benefit of Africans when the founder of that economy is buried in granite rock? come rain, hail and thunder his spirit will not allow it. The remains of our fallen heroes were reburied home in Zimbabwe to become subjects. All those heroes at the Heroes Acre are subject to Cecil John Rhodes. Once Rhodes goes your minds will become open and you will see that ZANU PF, MDC, Zim PF, schools, universities, industry, churches are all under Rhodes' curse. It has never been about Tekere, Tsvangirai, Gen.Mujuru, Munangagwa, Dabengwa, Makoni, Joice Mujuru or G40. It has always been about Rhodes curse that is working towards facilitating the recolonization of Zimbabwe by the white supremacists. "#RHODES MUST GO!!"

ADF - 30 July 2016

@Truth where are you, please say your stupid comments so that we respond and make this platform entertaining

Mentalist - 30 July 2016

The simple issue affecting our country and Zanu is Mr Mugabe refusing to pass on the stick.Hewants to run the whole relay by himself.Now he is too old to compete,still he wont pass it on to fresh leggs.Thats the problem.Pass it on.To smeone competent,Grace,Moyo,Mnangagwa,Mphoko,any.Pass it on.dont hang on to it.

viola gwena - 30 July 2016

regai zvitatsurane taneta nazvo isu and this seems to be our way out of our problems.

widzo - 31 July 2016

@ADF, yes Rhodes was a hood and yes he was used as an instrument by the British to exploit the resources in much the same way as the Asians and other foreigners are still doing to this continent? But removing his grave won't do anything to heal anything, this I can assure you and everyone else and what you are saying just confuses everyone ever more by making them all look in the wrong direction as the main villain, the main thief and planner of our demise in the form of one Robert Gabriel Mugabe continues with his treachery. @ADF you are just crazy.

Mbewa - 31 July 2016

clueless truth is nowhere to be found

murambatsvina - 31 July 2016

ADF DO NOT CONFUSE PEOPLE..problem is mugabe Rg...ndiye arikushandiswa na SATAN why arikutimanikidza zvaanoda iye..akadyiwa pareferendum 2000 akarambira pachigaro ipo paye aifanirwa ku step down takapa /resign....imi vanhu vemuzimbabwe munozvidaidzira satan mega teedzai zvinodiwa...tedzai mitemo inodiwa pakutonga nyika.....vanhu mugabe havachamudi iye worambirapo usatanism ihwoho ...anoda kukoneresa kuti vanhu vamarane marane....we do not need his ideas period..his ideas are old fashioned if not idiotic....51% shareholding rquires capital injection/currency.....farm invession .....an issue which was suppoessed to be done orderly....another issue facilitating black person killing another black persons.....shame on him mr president vanhu vakaenda kuhondo here kuti imimi mudzvinyirire vanhu......just accept our call just step down....we do not need to confront each other....zveterm hazvina basa mari yako yese and all the benefits unopiwa ...vamisa zvinhu just step aside

dofo - 31 July 2016

ED terrorised Joice, let him face the same fate, I remember Mutsvangwa, Mayor Wadyajena such little fellows taking turns to belittle Joice, now its their time, Inozvikanga nemafuta ayo. You find a junior minister attacking VP, who at times wil be the acting president, its shameless, it clearly indicates that the man at the helm has lost grip. If Lacoste goes, then the target will be Saviour and his team, hondo yacho haipere mai vangu soko iweeeeee

Mphoko - 31 July 2016

One by one they fall, and the false prophet lives on. All the while we cheer ourselves to doom.

Mazano Rewayi - 1 August 2016

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