Cunning Grace controls fallout

HARARE - In a surprising turn of events, the top 50 office bearers of the Zanu PF women’s league, who met in Harare yesterday, did not make a definitive public pronouncement on the fate of embattled party heavyweights Eunice Sandi Moyo and Sarah Mahoka — instead passing the buck on the hot potato issue to the party’s politburo.

Yet, yesterday’s meeting had been called to endorse the decision taken by the women’s league’s top 10 officials — who met with powerful First Lady Grace Mugabe in Harare on Monday, and voted for the sacking of Sandi Moyo and Mahoka.

Once again, Sandi Moyo and Mahoka, as well as Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga — the minister of State in Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko’s office — just like they did on Monday, did not attend yesterday’s meeting at Zanu PF’s headquarters in the capital.

But according to State broadcaster, the ZBC, Grace said the meeting had been convened to consider the petitions that had come from the provinces regarding the two ladies, before “making a final decision”.

“Addressing the meeting this afternoon (yesterday), the national secretary of the wing and first lady, Amai Dr Grace Mugabe said the meeting aims at examining the issues raised by the demonstrators and allegations with a view to ascertaining whether they are true, genuine or not and coming up with recommendations that will be forwarded to the politburo and the disciplinary committee for final decision,” the ZBC said.

Women’s league secretary for information Thokozile Mathuthu later told the media after the meeting that the key organ was going to follow its constitution before making public its final decision.

“Following the deliberations, it suffices at this stage to say that due process regarding the resolution of disciplinary cases of this nature will be followed through the dictates of the rules of our revolutionary party, and the nation will be advised accordingly in the fullness of time,” Mathuthu said.

However, well-placed sources told the Daily News last night that the fate of Sandi Moyo and Mahoka “had been sealed” — adding ominously that “more purges are on the way”.

The insiders added that the decision to defer pronouncements on the matter to the politburo was consistent with President Robert Mugabe’s insistence that Zanu PF should exhaust all party procedures in such matters, and give a fair hearing to members facing claims of indiscipline.

“The fact remains that those two are history. The so-called processes are only a formality as it was agreed by the national (women’s league) executive that they should go,” a league official said.

Mahoka, who was in the United States of America during last week’s demonstrations, told the Daily News last night that she was “shocked” by the developments.

“I was away and only came back on Friday and I was shocked to hear that I am being accused of being disrespectful to the first lady ... Mahoka, of all the people! How does that happen?

“If Mahoka doesn’t like the first lady, then who does? I have always been at the forefront of supporting her and the president, and this will not change my position because I know it is not them who are behind all this,” the clearly emotional Mahoka said.

She accused “a Kadoma businessman” of fomenting divisions in the women’s league.

“He has been saying on a video that he wants me and Sandi out of the party, claiming to be some co-ordinator of the project. I don’t know which Zanu PF organ this person is co-ordinator of because it cannot be the women’s league, because he is not a woman.

“However, and as a disciplined party cadre, I will wait for the announced process to unfold. But I will support the first lady and the president even from cell level because I benefited a lot from their leadership, including the farm that I own.

“And for that reason I can’t abandon them,” the forthright Mahoka added.

While the league was tight-lipped about what transpired in the Monday meeting, sources had told the Daily News afterwards that  an official announcement about the two women’s expulsion would be made yesterday.

“They (Sandi Moyo and Mahoka) have been expelled. Amai (Grace) showed her power today and from now on they are nobodies

“Amai will chair a meeting of the women’s league top 50 at the Zanu PF Headquarters on Tuesday, and we understand that both Sandi and Mahoka are barred from attending that meeting,” one of the sources said.

Mahoka, who is famed for having publicly dressed down Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in front of Mugabe last year, is the women’s league treasurer, while Sandi Moyo is Grace’s deputy.

The women’s league has been closely linked to a party faction going by the name Generation 40 (G40), which is rabidly opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.

In February last year, Mahoka brazenly heckled Mnangagwa — calling the stunned VP in front of Mugabe and other bigwigs a lame duck.

Mahoka and Sandi Moyo were also among the group of women’s league members who have been aggressively pushing for the revival of the debate about the need for a woman to become one of Zanu PF’s two vice presidents.

Their calls for a woman to be elevated to the presidency were seen as directed against Mnangagwa, as the appointment of Mphoko was part of the conditions of the country’s unity accord which resulted in the post of the second VP being reserved for senior former Zapu officials.

Sources had also previously told the Daily News that it was inevitable that Sandi Moyo and Mahoka would face the boot, after Sandi Moyo shocked the league by allegedly openly declaring her interest in becoming the woman Zanu PF VP, when the women’s quota system kicks in.

In the meantime, political analysts have warned that the sacking of Sandi Moyo and Mahoka would likely further widen fissures in the deeply-divided former liberation movement.

Zanu PF insiders also told the Daily News that the turmoil in the women’s league could see factional re-alignments within the party.

They said the expulsions of Sandi Moyo and Mahoka’s were also likely to further fuel the party’s deadly succession brawls, which had escalated in the last few weeks, especially after Mugabe’s 93rd birthday interview with the ZBC, in which he appeared to slam the door shut on ambitious party bigwigs angling to succeed him.

Analysts have also previously said Mugabe’s failure to resolve Zanu PF’s succession riddle is fuelling the party’s infighting, which is devouring the former liberation movement.

The 93-year-old has studiously refused to name a successor, insisting that the party’s congress has that mandate: to choose a person of their own choice.

Comments (11)

My advise to Mahoka ,in life you should learn that , never be tempted to be power to the people when you are a public figure. Do you still remember the way you publicly undressed the VP as if you are the foundation and the root to the revolutional party. I am not of the revolutional /any political party, but you should have learned from other cadres. Hecho charira Zanu chiororo. vaviwa nhasi chiri kwauri next Chimene. Ngwena iri ziiii.

Igwee - 29 March 2017

They say wise people learn from other peoples mistakes. Clever people learn from their own mistakes. Foolish people never learn from any mistakes and continue to make same mistakes. Zanu haisi yekuitira dzungu. Bhora pasi. Vazhinji vakaeredzwa nedzungu muZanu! Bhora pasi!!

Manje so! - 29 March 2017

This is Munangagwa 's works and if anyone does not see Munangagwa at work then what else is that person going to see . Very clear this is Munangagwa creation but To Mahoka please leave zanu join other political parties which are better .

Diibulaanyika - 29 March 2017

I don't know what to say. Julius Malema was right to say, "Those comrades in Zanu-PF are cowards." She is still licking the Grace Mugabe even after being thrown to the gutters? Is she hoping to be forgiven? This tells you that she had Grace/Mugabe's blessing when she attacked ED otherwise, why can't she stand on her own now?

ISO Patriot - 29 March 2017

Grace & Robert are the party's constitution so itz merely the matter of following their whims,they are the last port of call,once they don't favour you then you are gone

addmore gudo - 29 March 2017

The unfortunate scenario in Zanu Pf is that there is emphasis on individual loyalty than the institution.It is for this notion that party membership is at the discretion of the First Lady and those perceived to be disloyal to her would find themselves outside the warm structures of Zanu Pf. That is the state of affairs in Zanu Pf at the present.One likes it or not the fate of those ladies is sealed. In fact, it all depends who arrives first to decampaign a fellow party member.The one who receives a sympathetic ear from the first lady becomes a victor and that party member who is being decampaigned becomes an automatic victim of expulsion or suspension if lucky.

Gen. Spinola - 29 March 2017

I am surprised that the two women were not aware that one remains in the ZANU (Patronage Fold) at the discretion of the fold's godfather and godmother for whom you have to sing for your supper. You have learnt the hard way which is ever painful a way to learn. Now come to the people to feel how it is to be where they are !!!

Vusumuzi wako Mange - 30 March 2017

i have a question. kudzingana uku ndiko kunoita kuti economy igadzirisike here kana kuti ndekwekubvisana kuti papinde chaiwo vanogona kuba. coz party fixing yacho chero ikaitwa hapana chirikuchinja wani, kubva pakudzingwa kwevekuwanda waya kusvika nhasi hapana chirikuchinja. kubvunzawo.

Chidembo gurwe - 30 March 2017

Vasumuzi, you should not call them godfather and godmother, rather call them satanfather and satanmother.

Chidembo gurwe - 30 March 2017

Long live Dr Grace!!!! Long live Amai!!!!!! Nyika yaramba once said warvets are only candidates to rule this country, wish him to reapet it in ths era. Pamberi NaDr Grace

@BYO - 30 March 2017

What difference does it make. ZanuPF is finished. It's time has come and gone. And now something new is on the rise. With some from the old and new youths. The Zombie President and brainless wife are the joke. Mugabe cannot name a successor as to the constitution. If he resigns or go to the hereafter. The first V.P. finishes the term. So why do they keep writing stories of who he will chose to succeed him. That is in the new constitution. People should stop being distracted by media and party politics. Grace is nothing but a disgrace as a human being. Does she actually think Zimbabweans would support her. That is the biggest joke ever. Just as her earning a PhD, and being a Doctor of anything. The jokes on the people. And this game in Zimbabwe is just about over.

piankhi - 31 March 2017

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