VP allies stoking Zim unrest: G40

HARARE - As President Robert Mugabe’s panicking government cranks up its propaganda assault on critics, including making embarrassing claims that the MDC is training its youths outside the country to use stones and catapults to fight for change, stunning intra-Zanu PF allegations have emerged that Team Lacoste is at the heart of the ongoing civil unrest.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources linked to the ruling party faction which is opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe told the Daily News yesterday that it was allegedly “widely known” that the embattled VP’s supporters were playing a prominent role in the worsening anti-government protests.

The Generation 40 (G40) sources said Team Lacoste, as the Mnangagwa faction is known, had allegedly become so desperate to push Mugabe out of power before the country’s eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, that it was now not only “advising” the opposition, but also “working hard to foment anarchy in Zimbabwe” to achieve their goal.

“It is widely-known within the party that rogue Lacoste members are unleashing their own thugs and militia during protests as a way of putting pressure on Gushungo (Mugabe). Even you can see that there is a professional hand behind some of the current chaos.

“Do you think that it is by chance that Choppies (supermarket chain in which Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is invested) is always attacked in these demos?,” one of the sources said — alluding to the fact that the attacks on the grocer chain were due to Mphoko’s alleged links to the G40.

The Zanu PF youth league, which is now also heavily linked to the G40, appeared to confirm the conspiracy yesterday, threatening to attack protesting Zimbabweans to help overwhelmed police to maintain order.

Addressing party youths and provincial officials who included MPs, who gathered in Harare, youth league boss Kudzai Chipanga claimed it was legal for the Zanu PF youths to assume the role of the police.

“When they demonstrate next time we must come in our numbers to help the police to protect the people. It is called citizenship arrests and it is provided for by the country’s laws. So, we must be able to capture the protestors and take them to the police,” he said.

Meanwhile, lapdog State media ratcheted up their assault on Zanu PF critics yesterday in what even senior ruling party officials admitted was “embarrassing propaganda” after government newspapers claimed the MDC had allegedly sent its youths outside the country for “training in paramilitary tactics and urban violence”.

“It is believed MDC-T hawks, faced with irrelevance and donor fatigue, started planning civil disobedience and sent youths for training in certain African countries (the countries were not named). These groups were deployed last week to unleash unprecedented violence in Harare’s central business district.

“The Sunday Mail witnessed how some of them hid bricks and stones in lunch boxes, milled around intersections ‘innocently’ and then attacked unsuspecting police officers. The ‘protestors’ also used catapults,” the government’s unashamedly pro-Zanu PF newspapers reported.

But a senior Zanu PF official described the claims as “embarrassing propaganda”, adding that it was “ridiculous to suggest that anyone could send would-be saboteurs to foreign lands to learn to use stones and catapults”.

The panicking government’s propaganda blitzkrieg comes as the wave of uprising continues to grow that is threatening to knock Mugabe and Zanu PF off their perch, with fed-up Zimbabweans planning to mount two more massive demonstrations this week — beginning with a nationwide shutdown on Wednesday.

The announcement on Saturday by radical pressure group Tajamuka/Sesijikile that it would organise another debilitating nationwide shutdown, followed hard on the heels of the vow at the weekend by the group of 18 opposition parties who operate under the banner of the National Electoral Reform Agenda (Nera) that they would not be cowed by worsening police brutality, and would mount another mega demo in Harare on Friday.

Both opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and former Vice President Joice Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First (ZPF) are part of Nera and say they will support the Tajamuka/Sesijikile nationwide shutdown which will in the main call for Mugabe’s resignation from power.

Last month, Tajamuka also played a prominent role in a massive stay-away which not only shut the country down, but was widely seen as the biggest general strike to have been mounted in the history of post-independent Zimbabwe. That mass action gave Mugabe an August 31 ultimatum to either relinquish power or face an uprising.

MDC secretary-general, Douglas Mwonzora, called on all MDC supporters and other “right-thinking” Zimbabweans to come out in full force in solidarity with Tajamuka/Sesijikile on Wednesday.

“We will support efforts by Tajamuka/Sesijikile on Wednesday and all other progressive forces that want to remove Mugabe from power. We are unfazed by Mugabe’s hollow threats that are meant to intimidate us because his end is nigh,” Mwonzora said.

Afghanistan-based political commentator, Maxwell Saungweme, said the shutdown and other protests could usher in a new political dispensation in the country, notwithstanding the government’s iron-fisted response to the growing dissent by the populace.

“It is common for dictatorial regimes to oppose change by any means. But the history in Libya, Egypt and even our own liberation struggle tells us that nothing can stop an idea whose time has come.

“The courts are doing well by following the law and the constitution and the regime is in denial. Change is here and the earlier they wake up and smell the coffee the better. Otherwise they will go the way many such regimes have gone,” Saungweme said.

Nera convener Didymus Mutasa also threw his weight behind the Tajamuka/Sesijikile shutdown, saying he was not averse to working with them.

“As Nera, we welcome them in the fight against Mugabe even though I have not personally met them. We also support their own initiative in that regard because that is what we are all yearning for,” he said.

This week’s two planned protests actions come in the wake of a worrying tendency by the government to ignore court rulings, as was witnessed on Friday when police stopped a Nera march despite the High Court having barred Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and all law enforcement agents from interfering, obstructing or stopping the demo to press for much-needed electoral reforms ahead of the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections.

Comments (20)

Yu scared of MDC n PPF now.yu cant face them and measure up to yo manhood.no.yu rather want to fight the comrades.yu g40 cowards.yu stink of pis.shit scared.Well yu are in real school now.Leave us alone n deal wth yo issues.

viola gwena - 29 August 2016

Can yu all lay bare yo CVs.Yu want to run the country ,let the nation see yo CVs.Prostitutes n thieves .I

viola gwena - 29 August 2016

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MMM - 29 August 2016

we will not hesitate to effect a citizens arrest on anyone caught causing anarchy,it is our duty as law abiding citizens to ensure that law and order prevails and people are allowed to freely go about their day to day activities,personally i can take a break from my lucrative hunting business midway through the season and incur losses for the national good by patrolling the streets of harare,nabbing all troublemakers,we will not fold our arms and let the tajamuka gangsters take our country,enough is enough

truth - 30 August 2016

Does one need training in throwing stones n use of catapults??? Ruben Barwe wataika njere....

Dhewa - 30 August 2016

That has always been the problem with worshiping your former slave master and colonizer. You lose the ability to see and think for yourself as a people. I tell you that God is not white and you say God has no colour. I tell you Jesus was never white and you say colour is not important. Strange thinking by worshipers of a white God. So how can they solve the complex economic problems?

ADF - 30 August 2016

@truth,ADF and your Chipanga. We'll meet in the streets. Remember teargas does not discriminate, neither do the water canons. Come to the action and see who will nab who.

Sagitarr - 30 August 2016

its high time that people see what is actually going on. otherwise they will be ashamed of their actions in the near future.

dera brighton - 30 August 2016

its high time that people see what is actually going on. otherwise they will be ashamed of their actions in the near future.

dera brighton - 30 August 2016

This idiot called Chipanga should be told that unless you come to fight the mass with tankers and bombs,we will make minced meat of you and all your bunch of cowards.You know very well that without the protection of the police and the army you are all chicken shit.Get off you cotton picking mind and face reality young fool.

Janana wa Bikaz - 30 August 2016

Chipanga is not even a comrade and does not understand the role of the police and his youth in ZANU PF. Time will come when people will demand that Chipanga and company be tried for crimes against humanity. As for the Herald and Sunday Mail, let it said loud and clear here that when this regime falls, editors at these 2 newspapers must pack their bags and leave this country for they are not for the people. Muchatiza nyika pamwe chete naGrace. Makanganwa about Romania nhaika. The President and his wife being shot in public

Dunga - 30 August 2016

Chipanga is not even a comrade and does not understand the role of the police and his youth in ZANU PF. Time will come when people will demand that Chipanga and company be tried for crimes against humanity. As for the Herald and Sunday Mail, let it said loud and clear here that when this regime falls, editors at these 2 newspapers must pack their bags and leave this country for they are not for the people. Muchatiza nyika pamwe chete naGrace. Makanganwa about Romania nhaika. The President and his wife being shot in public

Dunga - 30 August 2016

Well done Chipanga Mugove Tafirenyika your report is not worth the paper it is printed on because you think you can divide ZANU by suggesting that LACOSTE is involved yet we know that thre is nothing called Lacoste in reality. Your tactics are aimed at causing panic but we can see through them my boy you need to go back to school and rad strategic studies . It is clear that MDC and its connections are clueless and aimed at looting . As for Mr Chipanga well done again wanga uripiko uchiregedza mhandu dzichiita toitoi ne nyika its time to give themn the same dose of penicillin. In any case lets play them at their game at take the cyber warfare to another level. Next time they plan their demo lets all come out with our cameras and record the evidence of their aggression, un orderly demos and looting so that we can expose them for what they are. Wake ZANU youth cameras in hand and record the looters as evidence to use in court as well as flood it on WHATS UP and FACEBOOK for their foreign supporters to see and shutup

trevor - 30 August 2016

@truth. Just try it and you will regret it. Some of us will be using catapults and bolts. No stones this time. You might lose an eye in the process of trying to effect a citizen's arrest. Or worse still you might fracture your empty skull.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 30 August 2016

@truth. Just try it and you will regret it. Some of us will be using catapults and bolts. No stones this time. You might lose an eye in the process of trying to effect a citizen's arrest. Or worse still you might fracture your empty skull.

Kachembere kekwaChivi - 30 August 2016

Use of weaponry is trained in any weapons including stones and catapults depending on type of warfare .Pebbles can be used to down helicopters if they are effectively used by trained personal .The M dc is not clean as we think thats why they lose elections ,time and again .

TOBAIKA - 30 August 2016

It is either ignorance of epic proportions or absolute stupid to suggest or make claims that people are leaving the country to go and receive training of toyi-toyi. This toyi toyi thing is of zimbabwean origin and a way of exhibiting displeasure. The fact that the peace loving people of this country have up to recently not used this means to engage the government does not take away their knowledge to its existence. All peaceful means have been exhausted for 16yrs and people have adopted the toyi toyi as the last resort. Zanu pf system does not have imagination because there is a difference between acting coward and acting passive. There is nowhere to hide the winds of a new era have arrived.

X-MAN IV - 30 August 2016

All those people who would like Mugabe to remain in power are not genuine. Theirs is to protect what they stole during Mugabe's misrule of the country. They are trying by all means not have leaders who have people in their minds to lead Zimbabwe. I laughed my lungs out when the resident Minister for Manicaland innocently agreed she does not qualify to hold any position but because of Mugabe she is holds resident minister's position in a province with so many learned people. She is not the only one. There are so many position holders who because of their support to Mugabe hold offices. It is high time people say no to nonsense.

thwatas - 30 August 2016

I feel for vapfana vana Chipanga. Did they see who was at ED's funeral, the who is who in the army and war vets, meaning the original zanupf was on Shurugwi whilst they were singing at zanupf HQ. they may soon be overtaken by events vachingoti lacoste, this gay40 is going nowhere, they have no cover.

therambo - 30 August 2016

the situation we are in is now dire,no amount of pretending will bring our economy back to its glory days,yes sanctions were imposed a long time ago and any sane people in charge would have re-organised and strategised ways to sustain lives the industry at large remember Ian smith was slapped with economic sanctions during our protracted war to cripple his government but he devised ways and when we took over the country and economy wasnt as bad as it is today.so guys the writting is on the wall its time for an overhaul of everything if we love this country.its now or we will have our kids calling us names for being too blind and daft to act. nyika tinoida ndeyedu asi ngatichivakay economy nekubvisa huori,nevanonyepa kuti zvinhu zvakanaka isu tichitambura

cecil - 30 August 2016

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