Name successor and save country, Mugabe told

HARARE - With Zanu PF’s ugly succession wars now the major talking point in Zimbabwe, as the ruling party’s two major factions go relentlessly at each other hammer and tongs, angry war veterans say President Robert Mugabe must choose his successor now to save the country.

This comes as the Zim rot continues to worsen and as Zanu PF’s brawling Generation 40 (G40) and Team Lacoste factions have recently escalated their succession fights, particularly since images showing Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa holding a coffee mug inscribed “I am the Boss”, during a festive season gathering at his Zvishavane rural home, emerged last week.

At the same time, Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste allies, who include a large cross-section of former freedom fighters, are also ratcheting up their loud calls for Mugabe to retire now and pave way for his long-time aide to take over the reins at both party and government levels.

Speaking to the Daily News yesterday, as Zanu PF’s infighting reaches a poisonous climax, Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) secretary general, Victor Matemadanda, said Mugabe must come clean on his succession plan, as time was no longer on his side considering his advanced age.

Mugabe, the world’s oldest leader and the only ruler that Zimbabweans have known since the country gained its independence from Britain in April 1980, will turn a ripe 93 years old next month.

“People cannot stop to talk about issues that affect their future. They cannot remain docile because they want the president to tell them his exit and succession plan.

“People cannot keep on speculating. They want to know what is going to happen after he (Mugabe) leaves office. They want to know their future and what happens tomorrow.

“We are worried about where the country is going. We are not only concerned about Mugabe, but the totality of what is happening in Zimbabwe,” Matemadanda told the Daily News.

The war veterans have been feuding with Mugabe ever since they broke their 41-year relationship with the nonagenarian mid last year over their worsening plight and the country’s deepening political and economic rot.

Until that time, the fed up ex-combatants had served as Mugabe and Zanu PF’s pillars, waging brutal campaigns against opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai and the MDC, especially in the bloody elections of 2000 and 2008.

The former freedom fighters’ stunning fallout with Mugabe and Zanu PF saw their chairman Chris Mutsvangwa being fired from both the Cabinet and the ruling party last year, while many of their other top leaders have also since been banished from the imploding former liberation movement, in addition to being hauled before the courts.

A meeting in April to try and mend relations between the war vets and Mugabe failed to resolve the stalemate, with the former freedom fighters setting difficult conditions for the nonagenarian, including that he ditches alleged G40 kingpins such as Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo and the ruling party’s national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere.

The war vets’ ultimatum to Mugabe to retire comes as there are also growing calls both within Zanu PF and outside the ruling party to retire, with Team Lacoste baying for Mnangagwa to take over.

Expelled former Mashonaland Central youth chairman and a key Mnangagwa ally, Godfrey Tsenengamu, also warned at the weekend that if Mnangagwa did not confront Mugabe and the succession issue now, he risked losing much of the support of his battle-weary followers and other Zimbabweans who were yearning for change.

“ED (Mnangagwa) is too loyal to Mugabe and we can’t eat his loyalty to his leader. We are worried about our future as a younger generation and if what matters to him is his loyalty to Mugabe then they are going to go down together because we can’t vote for Mugabe in 2018.

“People need to understand that this is not about Mnangagwa but our future as a party and a nation. It is not Mnangagwa who is demanding that the succession issue be addressed now, but us as concerned citizens,” Tsenengamu told the Daily News’ sister publication, the Daily News On Sunday, yesterday.

Last week, highly-opinionated businessman-cum-politician, and another avowed Mnangagwa loyalist, Energy Mutodi, also vented along similar lines, imploring Zanu PF to hold an extraordinary congress to choose Mugabe’s successor.

He claimed that Mugabe 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 would be very embarrassing for Mugabe if he stood for election again and lost.

And like Tsenengamu, Mutodi and Mutsvangwa, former Zanu PF chairman for Mashonaland West province, Temba Mliswa, has also recently suggested that Mugabe should hand over power to Mnangagwa as the ruling party’s succession wars burn ever hotter.

“Zanu PF’s solution to the current economic problems 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 of the fact that the people are suffering,” Mliswa said at the end of last year.

However, Mugabe has studiously refused to name a successor, arguing that his party should rather follow what he sees as a more democratic process, to manage his succession via a congress.

Comments (30)

Why are you recycling the same old tired news. These people did not have the courage to challenge Mugabe since 1975 when he was installed as uncontested leader. When they were fired from Mugabe's personal political party now they clamouring to give advise. He said he will rule as long as he wants and his wife confirmed the same so why still bleat about the same thing. If Ed Lacoste had any leadership qualities he should have stood up and be counted and not use these toothless footsoldiers who were refugees in Moza.

Galore - 16 January 2017

Itz clear that all people in zimbabwe are calling for president Mugabe to resign,including members of zanu pf woman's league&,youth league who attended zanu pf masvingo conference & pretentiously urged Mugabe to stay for life presidency are truthfully for his resignation with except few may be overzealious like Mahofa

addmore gudo - 16 January 2017

By not doing it he is showing us his true colours, he is selfish and want Zimbabwe to die with him if he had a choice. These are the type of people who would ask some people to be buried with him to accompany him to for him I can say hell.

therambo - 16 January 2017

those calling for the president to step down are free to contest him at the ballot box where they can test their candidates popularity,why are thy so desperate for thir candidate to succeed undemocratically,that should give zimbos a glimpse of life in this country under their leadership

truth - 16 January 2017

I think in Zimbabwe we should have a requirement that says if you are appointed leader of a political party, (whether in government or opposition), you can only serve in that capacity in no more than two terms period. That will create an obvious and definite leadership renewal plans within the political parties themselves. I hate to entertain this "Succession Plan" idea because it essentially assumes that we are are dictatorship. Why would we want to have the very person whose job is at stake to make a decision about who should assume it and when? It defies logic really to expect him to give up such a powerful job easily (absent of some mechanism that forces him/her) to make a decision.

gudo - 16 January 2017

@truth are you serious?how does that appeal to the younger generations. we need something new. Life in Zimbabwe for most has become pretty depressing if you haven't noticed.

Young Zimbo - 16 January 2017

Takuwara nenhamo. Ngwena will change nothing he is Zanu muviri wese. Tsvangson ndizvo. kkk

tafi chigorwe - 16 January 2017

Rule of law must always be respected .Vp must respe t the law in whatever machinations he may be encouraged to do by oppotunists.Yu cannot expect Vp to grab power by force.Yes he could bt remember such leaders wont go the usual way also.They will expect to be removed.If yu want Mugabe to go now ,its yu the citizens that should call on him.Dnt urge vp to commit a crime.He is a legal mind,a lawyer.Such pple are very calculative and do tend to take their time.And Ngwena is ofcourse very right not to act on anything based on social media.Why should he.This so called G40 is just a bunch of 3or 4 persons led by J.Moyo.Thats not strong enuf to maul vp.When a puppy barks twice ,do yu wake up to investigate?No .The right tyme will come at the right tyme.No breaking of the law.If yu citizens allow vaMugabe to be president ,why should vp not.Simple.

viola gwena - 17 January 2017

And to caders like Mutodi and warvets,the real deal is in Zanu structures.Get back into the structures if yu want to effect changes.Yu can make all noises outside zanu bt it wont change a thing.Politics is about planning and exercute yo plans.It was a plan to expell warvets ,and that plan was executed well and effected.Warvetts are now out.No vote in Zanu.Mutsvangwa s leadership is best advised to execute a plan to go back into zanu.It is possible.It can take only weeks to achieve.Barking outside the fenced yard wont get yu the bone Inside .Its for the dogs inside.Mahiya n friends ,sit down n maake a plan to return,even by force.Victory is not always in defence bt in attack.Yu can make all noises outside but the emperor will not budge,wont even blink.Go in and rattle him.

viola gwena - 17 January 2017

Grace bought a diamond ring for Robert for $1,4 million. Is she competing with Imelda Marcos who had more than 3600 shoes. We never heard Janet Smith spending like 'Dr' Grace

Gideon Chari - 17 January 2017

Don't be childish people, who else besides ED senior and experienced enough to take over from Mugabe? Like it or not, ED is the only serious leader to drive Zimbabwe 4ward again. Hatidi twumbwasungata, weak ppl who can not protect us militarily and politically. Africa for now needs the Munangagwa type, then after ED tozotsveta vana Masiiwa.

CRD Mashwest - 17 January 2017

As much as I hate ZANU of, Mr Editor the 99% mentioned on this paper is too good to be true. If 99% of members want Mugabe out then they would have removed him but instead they are endorsing him because they want to protect the corrupt activities. We are electing Tsvangirai to liberate us in 2018

Mentalist - 17 January 2017

Daily , News your standards are dropping-recycling the same old news just as Mugabe recycles the same old ministers!

Jonso - 17 January 2017

Yes, ED is very experienced-in cruelty, theft and corruption!!

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TFFLOORING - 17 January 2017

Silly ,very unwise warvets and these young boys expect ED to confront Mugabe , how can he do that in a democratic country with a constitution ? Such a personal confrontation might even cost ED's life . Zimbabwe is a country and if we seriously need change , then that change must come from the people in a peaceful way . Mugabe was voted by his people and recently endosed by his people to be the Presidential candidate for 2018 elections , what is all this noise about now ?, where was all this barking during the december ZANU PF congress ???? Warvets and all these rotten bunch of barking dogs must not use this poor and hungry of power ED to be their spear to face Mugabe , it doesn't work like that , Mugabe must face Zimbabweans not one man who might end up facing a miserable situation .

Khalabemgeza - 17 January 2017

Sometimes I read the postings of @viola gwena and I wonder if he is a paid hatchet or just another zealot ignorant of all the misdeeds and corruption associated with "vp". It is an open secret that Mnangwa owns most of the petrol service stations just to name a few things.. Like his mentor Mugabe, he has not worked outside government since independence. How did he make so much money in such a short amount of time? Munangagwa is implicated in many shenanigans including horrific incidencies of cruelty. Surely Zimbabwe can and should do better. Anyone who has been in government since 1980, in some capacity should not be anywhere close to the echelons of power in the next government. They have had their time, they collectively failed us. They are t blame for the decay in the country. No one can ever dispute this truth by facts. All they can and will do is to misrepresent and lie about their record. Pointing fingers at others etc. Munangwgwa my left foot!

gudo - 17 January 2017

munhu wese akatonga nemkuru since 1980 shld kip quieuete,you are subordinates he chose not succesors.let his wife or any one he chooses take over

duny - 17 January 2017

This war vets should tell Mugabe to resign then the successor will come from the people as per their zanu pf constitution. Mugabe do not have the power to appoint a successor , the successor should come from the people . War vets should push for Mugabe to step down/retire.

chasura - 17 January 2017

This war vets should tell Mugabe to resign then the successor will come from the people as per their zanu pf constitution. Mugabe do not have the power to appoint a successor , the successor should come from the people . War vets should push for Mugabe to step down/retire.

chasura - 17 January 2017

This war vets should tell Mugabe to resign then the successor will come from the people as per their zanu pf constitution. Mugabe do not have the power to appoint a successor , the successor should come from the people . War vets should push for Mugabe to step down/retire.

chasura - 17 January 2017

Thess war vets should tell Mugabe to resign then the successor will come from the people as per their zanu pf constitution. Mugabe do not have the power to appoint a successor , the successor should come from the people . War vets should push for Mugabe to step down/retire.

chasura - 17 January 2017

Zimbabwe needs a clean break from zanu people because for 36yrs they have as a collective shown their incapacity to reason and hence why the country is where it is. The Lacoste surrogates are a funny lot, their principal can not win an election in his back yard, they had to create a constituency made up of mainly bused in zanu praise singers under the guise of resettlement program. as someone has already pointed out, this man has not held a job outside government 1980 and yet he is one of the richest people in the land and all his riches are relatively recent (new money).

Galore - 17 January 2017

How do you expect HIM to name a successor when even he fails to acknowledge a walking stumble visible to Boeing pilot!!

Mukanya - 17 January 2017

Zanu PF never had a successor problem issue since its formation. But why now and all this debate?

siyaso - 17 January 2017

Zanu PF never had a successor problem issue since its formation. But why now and all this debate?

siyaso - 17 January 2017

Zanu PF never had a successor problem issue since its formation. But why now and all this debate?

siyaso - 17 January 2017

Zanu PF never had a successor problem issue since its formation. But why now and all this debate?

siyaso - 17 January 2017

Zanu PF never had a successor problem issue since its formation. But why now and all this debate?

siyaso - 17 January 2017

The so called structures,&the party constitution&rules are no game at all,Mugabe has apparently suppressed all this in order to cling to power,by nodding to removing of the open platform for competition of party leadership among members by the overzealious in the party.He could hv rejected it as a party leader.U can't move a motion in zanu pf to retire a leader &remain in the party,u will go the Mavhaire way.Whichz not democracy,hence the 90% zanu pf poliburo member suffer in silence falsely nodding heads to Mugabe' continuance

addmore gudo - 18 January 2017

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