Team Lacoste's mood improves

HARARE - Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s supporters — who go by the moniker Team Lacoste — say they are encouraged by President Robert Mugabe’s recent hint that the warring ruling Zanu PF could hold a special congress to choose his successor.

This comes after Mugabe suggested during his 93rd birthday celebrations in Matobo at the weekend that his deeply-divided party could hold an extra-ordinary congress if he felt it was time to call it quits.

Mnangagwa’s supporters — including war veterans and vocal businessman-cum-politician, Energy Mutodi — have been making loud calls for Mugabe to pave the way for the Midlands godfather at both party and government levels.

Welcoming the idea of a special congress, which he called for last month to deal with Zanu PF’s succession riddle, Mutodi told the Daily News yesterday that the spirits of the VP’s supporters had been lifted by Mugabe’s hint.

“Since he (Mugabe) has said he does not want to impose anyone on the people, the elective extra-ordinary congress is the only way to go.

“We cannot fathom the fact that some amongst us are still calling for him to stand in 2018. Surely when do they want him to rest? A good leader cannot plan to rest in his grave. A good leader earns respect by allowing others to lead while he takes rest.

“A bad leader, however, thinks that no one is better than himself. When Sir Alex Ferguson left Manchester United with the best premier league record, he was not too old to lead but he realised that he needed to rest and give others a chance,” Mutodi told the Daily News.

“Nelson Mandela was also not too old to lead when he retired for (Thabo) Mbeki. The same can be said about Sam Nujoma, Julius Nyerere, (Ian) Khama and even (Eduardo) Dos Santos of Angola who will not seek re-election in 2018,” he added.

However, the Zanu PF youth league has warned that it will block any attempts to force Mugabe to retire — insisting that he should die in office.

“The youth league, in conjunction with the women’s league, cannot imagine voting for any other elder who is not Mugabe, unless nature takes its toll on him.

“So, even if the president were to say I am tired, let us go for a special congress, we will persuade him to still lead us,” a fired-up Zanu PF youth league leader, Kudzanai Chipanga, told the Daily News earlier this week.

“Anyone who wants to take over from him in Zanu PF will have to make do with a party without two crucial party wings because the youths and women will not follow him,” he added.

Insiders have previously told the Daily News that the key youth and women’s leagues are working with a party faction going by the name Generation 40 (G40), which is rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.

But the G40 has also been supporting calls for Zanu PF to hold an extra-ordinary congress, in line with a women’s league resolution that was first put on the table two years ago, to have one of Mugabe’s two deputies pave way for a woman — in what analysts widely agree is a move targeted at crushing Mnangagwa’s mooted presidential aspirations.

Speaking at his 93rd birthday celebrations in Matobo, in Matabeleland South last Saturday, a tired-looking Mugabe said Zanu PF could stage an extraordinary congress to choose his successor if he decided to retire.

“If Zanu PF says I should go I will . . .  For your own information, I never canvassed for any position, I rose up to my position . . . let the people judge for themselves . . . We don’t want imposition (of leaders) at all.

“People have said that I should choose a successor but that is what is called imposition. I don’t want and will never impose. This is the job of congress to choose those who will then come up and the party will elect.

“Whatever position you seek must be a position you get upon a proper election by the people . . . People who are busy forming their own groupings saying VaMugabe must go I ask myself where should I go,” Mugabe said.

Mnangagwa has been under the cosh in Zanu PF for the past few months for allegedly working fervently to stampede Mugabe out of power before the nonagenarian’s current presidential term ends in 2018.

Things became worse for him when he hosted 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 immediate ouster of Mugabe from power.

Grace also recently took a veiled dig at Mnangagwa during her rally in Buhera, when she attacked Zanu PF bigwigs angling for her husband’s job, and mocked them on their alleged lack of “leadership qualities”.

Comments (2)

Chirongwa chaiva naGrace pakutanga ndechokuti dai kamudhara kapfura achirikuzvinzwa ozokuSwitserland iko kwaazosasana ari. Izwo zvakakona nokuti kamudhara isimbi hakaendi uyezwe vachena vakati masanctions nga-a, hautsiki munyika yedu. Akati iye ndinonzi Marujata ini, handidzokeri shure. Akati ne Look East ndinochisiya chinyika chino ndonosasana nazvo zvikomana zveyellow. Akashokwa apo akaona kutarisigwa pasi kwaaitwa nezvi Ping Zhin Zham. Pakupedzesera akaona ega kuti home is best. Ndipo pakatanga daka retiinaro muparty yeZanu-PF. Party to which virtually all of us belonged to at independence. Nemhaka yekutya Mnangagwa akati kuti ararame muZimbabwe kana chidhara chapafamba hunge iye kana mumwe aachasarudza iye ari iye shefu. Mnangagwa ari kufira yaasina kupara. Ari kufira yekuti sheche yashefu Marujata anofanigwa kusara aripamutemberekede muZimbabwe kana chisekuru ichi chaenda.

Masamba Akareyo - Tanganda - 2 March 2017

saka nhai baba Masamba ekuHonde Valley, mati toita sei memaGrade 7 arikungowawata aya? Gire naChipanga havana zvizhinji zvavanoziva. Ko avo vakahwanda seri kwaGrace vanoti Moyo, Joao,Kasvotawere nanaOpah, Mandi nanaMboko vanokwana papi musamhu idzi?

selele - 2 March 2017

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