Mutsvangwa raps Mugabe

HARARE - Defiant Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) chairperson, Christopher Mutsvangwa, has escalated his savage assault on President Robert Mugabe, saying yesterday the increasingly frail nonagenarian was willingly being led astray by “compulsive plotters” in the warring Zanu PF.

This comes as Africa Confidential, the UK-domiciled specialist publication on Africa, reported at the weekend that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was more and more taking control of government business, with Mugabe allegedly retreating to a more ceremonial role.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, in a development that is likely to put Mnangagwa even more at odds with his Zanu PF foes, Mutsvangwa — an avowed supporter of the VP — claimed that Mugabe was unwisely FROM P1

“taking instructions” from alleged Generation 40 (G40) kingpins such as Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo.

“Now he (Moyo) has morphed into a compliance officer of a nebulous agenda of a self-styled ideology and chief-intimidating agent on behalf of a rudderless State House,” Mutsvangwa, who along with his ZNLWVA executive, has been open about his wish to have Mnangagwa succeed Mugabe, said.

The former Cabinet minister went on to claim, once again, that Moyo was “a war deserter who has no capacity to score a political victory against battle-hardened former freedom fighters”.

“As a war veteran who witnessed so much during the struggle, I dismiss this irregular political usurpation by a wartime deserter-turned spy. Let the coward Jonso (Moyo) know that he is incapable of scaring anyone, let alone battle-hardened war veterans,” Mutsvangwa said.

He also claimed that after Moyo had been expelled from Zanu PF, following what came to be known as the Tsholotsho Declaration in 2004, the voluble Tsholotsho North legislator had been “rehabilitated to State House under unclear circumstances”, allegedly through the efforts of the revered late liberation struggle icon, General Solomon Mujuru.

“With the proverbial nine lives of a cat, Jonso bounced back in 2013 to his unexplained and ongoing preponderant influence at State House,” Mutsvangwa said.

He also went on to claim that Moyo had “ambitions to succeed Mugabe”, colourfully describing the minister as “viscerally cantankerous”.

“Compulsive plotting is a hallmark of his (Moyo’s) DNA. This, engendered by an obsessive craving for the top dog position … today he rants all over the show in a typical manner to a mad dog choked with mustard,” the war veterans leader with a penchant for complex diction said.

Zanu PF insiders have consistently told the Daily News that underlying the former liberation movement’s deadly and seemingly unstoppable tribal and factional wars is its unresolved succession question, with the G40 faction apparently doing everything possible to torpedo Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential ambitions.

It is in this vein that the Midlands godfather was last week forced to publicly disown Mutsvangwa and other former party cadres who are publicly backing his ascendancy to the highest office in the land.

However, this did not stop Mutsvangwa and other disaffected Zanu PF bigwigs from attending the burial of Peter Chanetsa at Heroes Acre in Harare on Saturday, with many of these “rebels” being accepted into the VIP tent, at a time Mugabe is away on holiday.

Although the occasion was a State and not Zanu PF function, which meant that anyone could attend it if they wished to do so, the rebels’ surprise presence in the VIP tent set tongues waging, given that this was the first time they were attending a State function since their expulsion from Zanu PF last year.

“I was surprised to see those two (Mutsvangawa and Temba Mliswa) being pampered in the VIP tent. They are well-known Ngwena (Mnangagwa’s) supporters.

“Lacoste (the Zanu PF faction backing Mnangagwa’s alleged bid to succeed Mugabe) took advantage of Gushungo’s (Mugabe’s) absence to play its sucessionist games. This would never happen if the president was around,” a party official linked to the G40 group moaned.

Political analyst Eldred Masunungure said the move by Mnangagwa’s allies to attend Chanetsa’s burial could turn out to be important ammunition to the VP’s party rivals.

“The VP is known to be a shrewd politician, but not as much as his boss, hence the war veterans’ attendance to listen to him when they have all along been boycotting Mugabe.

“This can be used as ammunition by his rivals to say his recent condemnation of Mutsvangwa and his group is a smokescreen meant to mask their deep-lying relationship,” Masunungure said.

Meanwhile, Africa Confidential, the well-regarded UK publication, said at the weekend that Mnangagwa was increasingly taking over the reins from Mugabe.

The fortnightly also said Zanu PF’s hopes of remaining in power relied on its hope that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and Zimbabwe People First leader Joice Mujuru won’t agree to work together next year, and that Mnangagwa would provide a stable transition for the country post-Mugabe.

“The President has tried to prevent Mnangagwa from prevailing in the faction-fighting (Zanu PF’s), carrying out various manoeuvres to maintain a balance between the rivals, but the vice-president has independent support from the securocrats of the army and police.

“So far, Mnangagwa has survived. His support comes largely from the military, which has been Mugabe’s political backbone and from war veterans, who have publicly demanded that he should succeed the president.

“The leaders of liberation war veterans were sacked from the party last year but they remain influential, particularly in its rural structures, which have always been key to Mugabe’s grip on power. The war veterans would use 2017 to ‘mobilise for Ngwena’ (Mnangagwa),” Africa Confidential said.

“Mugabe has indicated his discomfort at the military’s role in propping up Mnangagwa, who has been endorsed by Harare’s key ally, China.

“There was pressure from the G40 to sack the army generals but Mugabe has admitted that he has kept them on due to a ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ after they saved him from defeat in 2008.

“The military, therefore, will play a major part in the succession. They also dominate electoral bodies and other key institutions, making them potentially important in the management of national elections,” it added.

Comments (9)

2017 is here lets make this country truly great again. Focus needs to be on the economy,our tourism,building infrastructure etc. Politics and good economics must be mutually exclusive.

Young Zimbo - 9 January 2017

For this nation to prosper economically pple like Mutsangwa and his puppets must be completely shut from any structures of power they have nothing new to offer this country only talking of a useless war ended close to 40 yrs ago and promoting hate and tribalism by always fighting Moyo bcoz he hates him so much bcoz he is not of the same tribe with him . Removing zanu from power is the only last solution to our woos .ZANU must fall . As of this thinking that Morgan must have a coalition with Mujuru is ill thinking bcoz Mujuru has no support across the country and can go back to zanu any time . MDC T is well known all over the country and can win any elections without working with any one as it as it has done before . Let mdc not repeat another failure like when it worked with Makoni who was over rated just like Mujuru and results where very bad

Diibulaanyika - 9 January 2017

They say:if wishes were horses beggers would ride& in the same vein Tsvangirai would win elections alone as claimed above but has bn repeatedly failing to win n election since he started.At one time he campaign as an MP in Buhera his area of birth was rejected by his own pple-he lost to Manyonda-the for manicaland Gorvenor.Since then he never wanted to contest in n parliamentary elections, opting only to contest in the presidential in whc he continued to lose to Mugabe. In recent years he has tried to explain his failures thru claiming; therez a foreign co,called nikuvu hired to rig elections for Mugabe-a blatant lie which has never bn proved-although Mugabe's use of violence by the military,the youth militia,the rural chiefs frogmarching their subjects to the ballot boxes hs bn witnessed,even his use of food aid during droughts time is quite open-rendering elections not free.Lets face-the facts Tsvangirai's seeming popularity is only due to the time when he was alone in opposition politics when voters had no serious options.Bec as itz now -we stil don't know to what extent partisan voting goes-how many of thoz who are voting for personalities rather than policies.Many might not hv bn voting on personal level-could hv only bn choosing what seemed sensible by then-whichz not the same now in the presence of credible challengers-we are talking of the many of the non commenting voters.Support of voters moves gradually& wears off when more valuable contestants emerge

addmore gudo - 9 January 2017

Gudo yu said it well,very well .He is unelectable.He ran away from kangai.The platform has now changed.If yu notice in 2013 elections Tsvangirai s numbers dropped drasticaly.Mdc even lost in Mbare ,where votes were counted broad day light when all were watching.Zanu made inroads into towns than mdc into rurals.And even tho zanu s leader won,zanu is changing him,putting a fresh leader,tho after years .Next election zanu will package a new product ,a new leader while mdc will obviously have their usual feet dragging tired leader.

viola gwena - 9 January 2017

@Viola, are you possessed with demons ?, ZANU PF have just endosed Mugabe to contest the 2018 elections , so what are you talking about ? Is Mnangagwa planning another kill solely to create a space for himself ? Viola why are you so ambitious? Are you a warvet whaffling like this ?

Khalabemgeza - 10 January 2017

gwena and gudo you appear not to be aware of what is happening in jerusalem. zanu pf's win is only because of intimidation and violence.no sain person will not see this

solomon mlambo - 10 January 2017

Sometimes you feel like swearing at people who post evil laden commets

Dumi Sani - 10 January 2017

Chris is talking about battle hardened freedom fighter and yet his successes were on stealing wet female underwear from the drying line in Moza. The people who have been part of the 36yrs of rot like all Zanu and surrogates, the zanu aligned war veterans led by Chris have nothing to offer. Their time came and they failed dismally its time to step aside with Bob and let those with ideas and brains for the 21st century take over.

Galore - 10 January 2017

Gudo, Viola, ZANU PF has cheated it's way into power the last 5 elections. You only need to ask yourself why the majority would vote to be poorer than they have ever been? Do you think the povo right now want to fight to keep the wolf at the door each day while those who lead the people's party' live the good life? Our people die because our hospitals are underfunded yet when Mugabe feels a headache coming, he jumps on a jet to Singapore? Who in their right minds would vote for that? Who would vote for a party that has killed thousands and will kill more just to stay in power? The legacy of this party is murder, corruption and devastating the social fabric of our people. So many families have been separated by their ruinous policies. I could sort of understand if you said ZANU PF raised the people's standard of living by so much but the quality of life of the povo has worsened under ZANU PF. What then would warrant a swing in votes by that large a margin? Please tell.

Rasta! - 10 January 2017

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