Under-fire G40 bites back hard

HARARE - The Generation 40 (G40) group, which has been gasping for air in the face of the unrelenting mauling it is receiving at the hands of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s allies, is fighting back with interest — aiming its reloaded guns at the head of the Midlands godfather and aggressively re-introducing the divisive debate about the need for a woman to become one of Zanu PF’s two vice presidents.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News last night said the G40’s fightback plan was aimed at “pushing back” the marauding Team Lacoste (the Mnangagwa faction) and “exploiting” popular sentiment within the party’s key women’s league, which has until recently been loudly agitating for one of the party’s VP posts to be given to women before the end of this year.

The call for a woman deputy and Zanu PF’s VPs to be elected when the ruling party meets in Masvingo next month is this time around being spearheaded by Mashonaland Central province, a stronghold of embattled national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, who is said to be one of the kingpins of the G40, which is rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding President Robert Mugabe.

“We are not following any factionalism. The people proposed that the two VPs must run for elections and get the mandate from the people,” Mash Central party provincial chairperson Dickson Mafios, who is Kasukuwere’s brother, said.

“The president was elected by the people and should be the one centre of power, not the VPs. They have no mandate from the people. It is a resolution that we are standing with and a resolution that we shall take forward at the conference, and we are not talking about one VP but both of them.

“If there is a faction that wants a certain VP, then it is free to vote for him. The fact that (former Vice President Joice) Mujuru was expelled from the party doesn’t matter, we want a woman.

“The women are free to choose whoever they want. We are not campaigning for anyone. This is about implementing the policies of the party,” he added.

Under the Zanu PF constitution, such a proposal requires constitutional amendments and the party’s central committee being notified before it is deliberated on and adopted. Such a process would also take about three weeks — just about enough between now and when Zanu PF holds its annual conference in Masvingo.

But with Mashonaland Central seemingly being the only province thus far to have passed the hotly-debated resolution, in addition to rumblings within the province to the effect that the resolution was allegedly never debated by the region’s membership, there are questions as to whether the resolution will carry.

“G40 is trying to ensure that the VP (Mnangagwa) is dropped. They believe that he does not have the national appeal. After all, Kasukuwere managed to purge all provincial leaders who were linked to the VP.

“There are also questions about where the resolutions came from. If the VPs are elected, then the whole politburo should be elected,” a Mashonaland Central party official sympathetic to Mnangagwa said.

Speaking in Harare last Saturday, as Zanu PF’s tribal, factional and succession wars continue to escalate, former Harare chairman Godwills Masimirembwa appealed to Mugabe to make changes to the commissariat department, accusing Kasukuwere of destroying the party through suspect suspensions.

“Your Excellency, the traditional enemies of external forces have gone to sleep because internal threats have taken over to destroy Zanu PF from within.

“It is these internal elements that say vaMugabe chete chete but they are working by night against you. These are the same internal threats that expel dedicated party cadres. They sit in their offices and expel party cadres who have done nothing.

“Mr President, they have become the complainants, prosecutors, judges and prison guards, and then they throw away the keys. Your Excellency, all cases that have gone before the commissariat should be revisited and given another trial,” he told Mugabe during his meeting with war collaborators, detainees and restrictees.

Kasukuwere and fellow politburo member Jonathan Moyo, who is also seen as a kingpin of the G40, have been under the cosh from Team Lacoste in recent months, including facing accusations of abusing office and being involved in corrupt activities.

But the G40 appears to be regrouping, after Mugabe made yet another significant intervention at the weekend by refusing to give in to the demands of disgruntled war veterans that he ditches all the leading kingpins of the faction.

Kasukuwere and Moyo stand accused by the war veterans of allegedly sowing seeds of discord in the ruling party, imposing candidates, abusing social media to spill party secrets and to badmouth its bigwigs, and allegedly working to drown and sideline party officials linked to Mnangagwa.

“Let us all have one purpose. Let us not stray like what happened with our war veterans ... If you were given a warning, but you still beat your chest insisting that the party does what you want, is that how a war veteran behaves? Where did you learn that? You do not have the orientation of Zanu and Zapu … Politics leads the gun,” Mugabe chided the vets.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources said by taking this stance, the nonagenarian — the only leader Zimbabweans have known since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980 — had effectively given oxygen to the floundering G40.

Mugabe also made it clear during Saturday’s meeting that he was not yet ready to leave office, adding ominously that if he were ever to retire he would do so “properly” — a warning that Zanu PF insiders claimed in interviews with the Daily News was aimed at Team Lacoste.

“Change inouyaka zvakanaka. If I have to retire, let me retire properly. Vanhu vogarawo pasi zvakanaka, kwete zvekuenderana kun’anga zvanga zvichiita mai ava vakatisiya ava vachiita Zimbabwe (People) First. Aah, zvinenge zvisina kunaka (Succession must take place orderly. Zanu PF members must sit down and agree on this, and not resort to voodoo like former Vice President . . . Mujuru allegedly did before she formed Zimbabwe People First),” the increasingly frail nonagenarian thundered.

Mugabe also said he was aware of the jostling for power by both the Team Lacoste and the G40 factions, going on to derisively refer to the former camp as the “Locust” group, and warning against “successionist” politics.

Comments (16)

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father mutengwa - 22 November 2016

All these zanu pf vultures like Kasukuwere and company are only trying to protect the loot they got illegally in through various government institutions through pretending to love their frail and clueless nonagenarian.Even the most staunch supporters can actually see that there is nothing left in Mugabe in terms of ideas,command and even his health.Campaigning for an aged person like Mugabe for presidency is like trying to get water out of a stone.

Janana wa Bikaz - 22 November 2016

@janana wa Bikaz,if yu are so convinced that the president,his excellency cde RG MUGABE is finished,why dont yu throw your hat in the ring and contest him in the 2018 elections?we dont pretend to love the president,we love him very dearly,he is a benign leader and he gave us farms,hunting concessions,goldmining concessions,we would be out of our minds to expect such a leader to be replaced,vaMUGABE chete chete!!!!!!!

truth - 22 November 2016

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dofo - 22 November 2016

What have you done with these farms huh? run Zimbabwe's agriculture sector into the ground. What have you and Zanu pf done with the mining sector? 15 billion dollars gone! Right under your noses.

Young Zimbo - 22 November 2016

Bhora mberi macomrades.Its not surprising the emperor has let his dogs out .Its a cut throat dog warfare.This time slit the dogs throat open and burn the animal.Otherwise it

viola gwena - 23 November 2016

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Aamira - 23 November 2016

Dont be fooled by the old man. G40 is his project aimed at propping up Grace to power via the VP route. Wake up and smell the coffee guys.

Chitovatova - 23 November 2016

its very disappointing and disheartening to hear a zimbabwean in his/ her right mind saying robert chete chete. cant u see how badly the economy have been destroyed?, no jobs, no money in the banks, no freedom tonzwawo munhu ane dzinonatsoshanda achiti robert chete chete?, wake up zimbabwe.

i stand for the truth - 23 November 2016

Iwe Mafiyos haunyari kutaura zvisina maturo here? Presidents even in America vanosarudza vavanoda. Unofunga kuti ma elections kudya cake here? iwe wakamamiswa gore riye wani mu constituency mako ne youngstar ukasara ndebvu chete. Wakatozitseketudzwa. uri dofo. Chakunetsa chii pama VP? Do you want to be one of them? Havana kurwira nyika ino here? Vatadzei? Unoda kudzivirira mbavha mbiri idzo? Zvino isu tokurega uchitamba nenyika? We ar watching you

pasipemuswe - 23 November 2016

Diki Mafias was sent by dr Mai vaya to derail ngwena's ascendancy. Ngwena yakanyarara zvayo ichikuonai vana Mary dhiki. you are being used to perpetuate mugabe dynasty in Zimbabwe. don't talk of cooked, crooked, caned and clamped democracy. mugabe was never voted for to lead the party. if he had been voted for as you want us to belive, please tell us who were other contestants. you mean one man race is democracy. if there was democracy in Zanu, Ngwena could have been the president of Zanu this time, if not of Zimbabwe. Spanners were thrown when 8 provinces in 2004 wanted Ngwena to be the VP soon after Dr Mzee's death. The voting system was abolished and an unknown nonety, little, small girl in hierarchy of the party was catapulted to vp post through dubious women quota system. If there to be elections in the party. it has to start with President, then followed by vps and politburo members. You know very well that all chairmen believed to support Ngwena were removed and fired. your brother installed your own chairman to promote your agenda. Please be informed that such an agenda will definately fall by the wayside. Ngwena is the most senior in Zanu and is really LOVED by many zimbabweans.

simbarashe - 23 November 2016

zanu hapa zviripo mhani. its all about positions and never about fixing the economy, poor infrastraucture, joblessness, access to education, hunger etc. from 2013 to today...its always fighting over positions for a whole term...kudzingana, kuroyana, kuurayana...thats all! nxa!

George Charamba - 23 November 2016

Komborerwa Simbarashe.In any case this meeting is not an elective one.Besides ,we already agreed if there has to be a woman vp ,she will come from zapu side of the 2 formative parties .The one to make way has to be vp mphoko as he is representing zapu.Zanu allowed mujuru in place of ngwena in 2004, its zapu s turn shuld this come up again at any time.Ngwena is only going up and up and upper.

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yencontis - 28 November 2016

So Killer is a Lacoste. I am sorry to say at the moment G40 is still ahead. The G40 strategy is like this. People cannot read between the lines. The President wants amai to take over in the very near future. The move started with the killing of Rex Mujuru. That paved the way for the riddance of Amai Mujuru. The next move is to remove Munangagwa. Not an easy route though but watch this space. G40 is already mobilising people to advocate for a female vice president. The prime candidate is obviously amai. Mphoko is untouchable because he is Ex-Zapu. There is a clause in the 1987 Unity Accord that stipulates that one of the VPs should be Ex-Zapu. The only logical thing to do is to sacrifice Munangagwa. Aikazve.

chitovanedzavamwe - 29 November 2016

support for mnangagwa is very palpable in government circles. someone claimed nguva yake yakwana but probably lacks strategy

gwabu - 29 November 2016

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