G40 hunts Mnangagwa, Team Lacoste

HARARE - As Zanu PF's “Cupgate” saga, and its deadly tribal, factional and succession wars continue to rage, scores of the ruling party's officials drawn from the country’s 10 provinces gathered in Harare yesterday to demand a probe into Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Well-placed Zanu PF sources who spoke to the Daily News last night also suggested that the troubled ruling party's tortured politics were "changing" again, with Mnangagwa and his party backers (Team Lacoste) now the ones on the back foot and under serious pressure.

"It's a ding dong affair my friend. Until now it was the G40 (Generation 40 faction) which was on the verge of implosion, but now things look very ominous for Lacoste (Mnangagwa faction)," a senior party official who has consistently claimed to be "non-aligned" said.

Yesterday's dramatic events also come as Mnangagwa has been under the cosh in recent days for hosting sacked Zanu PF officials at his rural home during the festive season, with his party foes alleging that this was in fact a meeting organised to plot the ouster of President Robert Mugabe from power.

The G40-linked group which met at the Zanu PF headquarters in Harare yesterday subsequently issued a statement in which they called for a probe into Mnangagwa for hobnobbing with war veterans’ leader Christopher Mutsvangwa and maverick Harare businessman, Energy Mutodi.

Apart from provincial chairpersons and regional commissars, the meeting was also attended by representatives of the youths, the women’s league and sections of the war veterans corps.

They also called for a meeting with Mugabe, so that they could register their complaints against Mnangagwa and Team Lacoste with the nonagenarian directly.

It was not clear last night whether Mugabe would accede to this demand, and whether he knew about the meeting beforehand.

“As provincial chairpersons and political commissars, we notice with concern the practice by some of our senior party leaders who are now and again, seen in the company of elements of people who were expelled from Zanu PF for gross indiscipline.

“This kind of behaviour puts doubts on those leaders’ commitment and loyalty to decisions that are made by Zanu PF collectively, as party leaders should not be seen to be associating and entertaining people who were expelled from the party for indiscipline which involved disrespect of the party leadership,” the group said in its statement.

Since the images of Mnangagwa holding the much-obsessed about coffee mug emerged in the public domain, the VP’s foes have gone to town about the issue, interpreting it as his open statement that he has unbridled presidential ambitions.

There were also questions surrounding Mutodi’s presence at the party, even as the controversial businessman has said that he went to the function without receiving any invitation like the other guests.

But the highly-opinionated musician-turned-politician appeared to make things worse for Mnangagwa when he said this week Zanu PF should hold an extra-ordinary congress to install Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s successor.

Mutodi also claimed that Mugabe, who turns 93 next month, had become so unpopular in Zanu PF that “99 percent” of the party’s members now wanted him to resign before the eagerly-anticipated 2018 national elections, as there was allegedly no way that the nonagenarian could win elections against popular opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai.

“Mugabe must retire. What we must be discussing now is how we share power in Zanu PF post-Mugabe,” he said, adding that it will be very embarrassing for Mugabe if he stood for election again and lost.

“Mnangagwa is too loyal to Mugabe, to the extent that he cannot even express his own views for his boss to retire. It’s up to Mugabe himself to be really thankful to his loyalists who have helped him to remain in power for this long and not the opportunists who praise him during the day and denigrate him during the night.

“This is what the man (Mnangagwa) is made of and he has shown total loyalty and obedience to the president,” Mutodi told the Daily News.

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.

The group which met at the Zanu PF Headquarters yesterday also claimed that Mutodi was no longer a Zanu PF member as he had allegedly been sacked from the party.

However, Mutodi maintains on his part that he is still a member of the ruling party’s Mashonaland East provincial executive.

Apart from Mutodi, Mnangagwa’s rivals were miffed by the presence of Mutsvangwa and expelled former Mashonaland West provincial chairman Temba Mliswa at the burial of the late national hero Peter Chanetsa last week, at the National Heroes Acre.

Although the occasion was a State and not a Zanu PF function, which meant that any citizen who wished to do so could attend the burial, the surprise presence of Mutsvangwa and Mliswa in the VIP tent in particular expectably set tongues wagging among the gathered ruling party supporters.

This was more so as since the former liberation movement’s divisive 2014 congress, the warring ruling party had routinely chased away from its gatherings its suspended former stalwarts, including its ex-national political commissar and former Information minister, Webster Shamu, who was recently re-admitted into the party.

In addition, Mutsvangwa and his executive had since their expulsion from Zanu PF been boycotting State functions, including last year’s Heroes’ Day celebrations.

The disgruntled former freedom fighters have also since stepped up their efforts to force Mugabe to step down, accusing the increasingly frail nonagenarian of being at the centre of the country’s current rot.

And like Mutodi and Mutsvangwa, Mliswa has also recently suggested that Mugabe should hand over power to Mnangagwa.

“Zanu PF’s solution to the economic problem is for the president to step down and Mnangagwa, who is the most senior, to take over.

“Don’t call me a Mnangagwa person, unless there is someone more senior in Zanu PF than Mnangagwa, then you tell me.

“If Mnangagwa does take over, he is going to stop the bleeding in terms of people suffering. We must be cognisant that the people are suffering,” Mliswa told journalists at the end of last year.

Comments (10)

@DAILYNEWS, You are inadvertently carrying the water for robert mugabe. because as long as these factional wars are being aired in print media, he wins. RGM created G40 to counter team lacoste. So you have to be wary of the selacious news being given to you by those inside zanu

Gudo - 12 January 2017

When is Zimbabwe going to move forward? Always its about petty identity politics. Never any significant economic strides. The same old nonsense since 2000.

Young Zimbo - 12 January 2017

It's a shame to all rightfully minded citizens of this once promising country that most Zimbabweans are spending most of their energies on ZUNU PF politically confused malcontents compounded with greediness, chauvinistic ulterior motives, oppressive tendencies while the country is in the dark ages. Is there no life after ZANU-PF? Why can't we as a nation look and search for better brains from the multitude of Zimbabweans be they in or out of the country to start preparing for a better future? ZANU-PF has been given enough chance to market itself and has failed dismally leaving our future generations to suffer. Surely 37 years is enough! Just look into the behaviour of the likes of Mliswa who dumped his electorate! So?

The Observer - 13 January 2017

It's a shame to all rightfully minded citizens of this once promising country that most Zimbabweans are spending most of their energies on ZUNU PF politically confused malcontents compounded with greediness, chauvinistic ulterior motives, oppressive tendencies while the country is in the dark ages. Is there no life after ZANU-PF? Why can't we as a nation look and search for better brains from the multitude of Zimbabweans be they in or out of the country to start preparing for a better future? ZANU-PF has been given enough chance to market itself and has failed dismally leaving our future generations to suffer. Surely 37 years is enough! Just look into the behaviour of the likes of Mliswa who dumped his electorate! So?

The Observer - 13 January 2017

its a pity

mudyiwa - 13 January 2017

zanu pf has completely lost its ethos and the same applies to zim newspapers to be tricked to write on daily basis about zanu pf. Surely how can a paper write or have a headline about coffee mug, what significance does it have in the lives of zimbabwe? We all now know that journalists are being paid to write these foolish stories .

MUDYIWA - 13 January 2017

@gudo if u didnt knw, Dailynews is nw firmly entrenched as a mugabe propaganda piece. their love for G40 whose leader is Mugabe is clear who they are banking for.they are nw a parallel zanu pf daily shadowing herald. it wld be informative if they report on what does zimbos stand to benefit or lose on a possible mugabe presidency, moyo presidency kasukuwere presidency Grace presidency or mnangagwa presidency in terms of policy and the economy coz that what an informed voter wants to knw kwete zvekuvigirwa nyaya kumadesk na tyson na jonso zvavarikuita izvi

Chikonondega - 13 January 2017

All the apparent divisions are a decoy. When it comes to retaining power, ZANUPF is one. The supposed feuds are meant to lull other contenders into thinking that ZANU PF is finished. The most plausible explanation would be that the 2018 election is already in the ZANU bag, and they are fighting for the successor to Mugabe, post election, as the president can hand over power without another plebiscite, as per the national constitution. The opposition had better come out of their deep slumber and start doing some thing. The playing field is still heavily tilted in favor of the current rulers.

just common sense - 13 January 2017

To end this ludicrous situation Mnangagwa must go , his hands are stilling bleeding the blood of the innocent people , now with this kind of his behaviour we might see ourselves suffering and going deeper into another civil war which might claim a lot of innocent lives . Stupid and too ambitious old man .

Khalabemgeza - 13 January 2017

Fungayi Mashaya and Blessing Kwaramba, your analysis is naive and shallow.. You go to depths to chronicle all the "dissidents" that attended Mnangagwa`s function as if it is a crime to host them. If your child is expelled from school for unruly behaviour, when they come back home they are still your child. What ever happened politically can not obliterate other social, religious and cultural ties that bind these people. Don`t make believe your analysis. Just give us the facts and let the people make their own conclusions.

Khozanayi - 13 January 2017

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