Govt hammers Mnangagwa's supporters

HARARE - Zanu PF’s deadly tribal, factional, and succession wars rose a notch higher yesterday after the government cracked down on some of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporters, with police arresting former ruling party youth official Godfrey Tsenengamu over his Harare press conference on Monday.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News said Tsenengamu’s arrest echoed the harassment of war veterans’ leaders last year, who were rounded up by police following their withering attack on President Robert Mugabe.

Tsenengamu was nabbed by detectives yesterday, a day after he held a press conference in the capital where he let rip at Mugabe and powerful wife, Grace.

“Following my press conference on Monday at the Media Centre in Harare, where I constitutionally expressed myself as a citizen, I have just been picked up by CID Law and Order Harare Central, and I am on my way there in the company of my lawyer Zivanai Macharaga of Mugiya and Macharaga Legal Practitioners.

“I am told that I am being charged for contravening the Public Order and Security Act (Posa) by holding the press conference without police clearance. I am not moved. Zvichapera izvi (this too will pass). Remain strong and resolute. It’s now or never,” Tsenengamu said.

However, in a dramatic turn of events, his lawyers told the Daily News last night that Tsenengamu’s charges had been altered from violating provision of Posa to “Undermining the authority of the president.”

At his Monday media conference, Tsenengamu called for “a mega fightback” from Mnangagwa and his allies following Mugabe’s birthday interview with the ZBC in which the nonagenarian appeared to crush the VP’s mooted presidential ambitions by saying that no one in Zanu PF was worthy of succeeding him.

“It is time we go open about this succession thing because some of us have since identified our candidate and it’s none other than Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa. If Mugabe doesn’t like him, that is up to him, but we are saying we now want him to lead now.

“To comrade Mnangagwa, Chikara, I am sorry you may say we have exposed you, but that is the game now Shumba (VP’s totem).

“We want you to take over from Gushungo and make sure that you take care of his family. So, we are going to hit the campaign trail for you as our presidential candidate next year,” Tsenengamu said.

Political analyst Gladys Hlatywayo said what was unravelling was indicative of “things falling apart” in Zanu PF.

“The truth of the matter is that president Mugabe is now old and as nature dictates his powers are gradually diminishing. And the more the president’s state deteriorates, the more the infighting within Zanu PF becomes intense.

“No wonder why the talk has shifted from wheelbarrow to corpse candidates. The future cannot now be articulated with certainty. We are in a foggy zone,” Hlatywayo told the Daily News.

When war veterans served divorce papers on Mugabe last year, police swooped on their leaders. Until then, the former freedom fighters had been Mugabe and Zanu PF’s political bulwark.

But that fallout saw them saying pointedly that the nonagenarian’s continued stay in power was now a stumbling block to the country’s development.

Mugabe reacted by warning them they would be dealt with severely, in similar fashion to the punishment that was meted out to delinquent war veterans who were thrown into dungeons during the country’s liberation struggle.

It was after this that the war veterans’ leaders, including secretary-general Victor Matemadanda and spokesperson Douglas Mahiya, were arrested and arraigned before the courts where they were later freed.

Comments (3)

So it is ok for Zanu PF people like the youth league chair to hold press conferences to threaten and insult all and sundry who are not Zanu PF??? Does it mean that you can only hold a press conference when you are bootlicking Mugabe and his Zanu PF cohots with impunity??? Where is freedom of speech? Only when praising Mugabe and Zanu PF????

MR COOPER - 22 February 2017

kkkkkkkk heeish toko you put this monster into power please the treatment by it aah toko manhi no feeling sorry for you never.

Diibulaanyika - 23 February 2017

ENJOY THE TREATMENT

Diibulaanyika - 23 February 2017

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