G40 dead in the water: War vets

HARARE - War veterans say the end is “definitely nigh” for the Zanu PF faction which is rabidly opposed to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa succeeding President Robert Mugabe — which goes by the moniker Generation 40 (G40).

At the same time, the disgruntled former freedom fighters also claim they have now buried the hatchet with Mugabe and his influential wife Grace — as the warring ruling party’s convoluted politics keep changing gears.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily News yesterday, the vocal chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), Christopher Mutsvangwa, said the ex-combatants having been very critical of Mugabe over the past year, the parties had now buried their differences.

“As chairman (of the ZNLWVA), I want to assure the public and the national body politic that there are no contentious issues between ZNLWVA and their patron (Robert) Mugabe, the president of the republic. By the same token, war veterans are delighted with the ever warming relations with the first family as a whole.

“We also take this opportunity to reassure all and sundry that we have excellent relations with the entire defence and security establishment.

“General (Constantino) Chiwenga (military boss) enjoys our utmost trust and confidence ... the bonds of blood are too strong to be torn asunder by the mahumbwe (silly) type of trickery of the G40,” Mutsvangwa said.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said Mutsvangwa’s statements were “in sync” with recent developments in Zanu PF’s ever-changing politics which had seen the G40 coming under severe pressure from Mnangagwa’s party allies, Team Lacoste, over the past three months.

War veterans have been feuding with Mugabe since they issued a damning communiqué against the increasingly frail nonagenarian mid last year.

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

Their stunning fallout with Mugabe and Zanu PF later saw Mutsvangwa being fired from both the Cabinet and the ruling party last year, while many of their other top leaders were also banished from the brawling former liberation movement, in addition to being hauled before the courts.

Zanu PF insiders have also previously told the Daily News that there is an ongoing realignment of alliances within the deeply-divided ruling party, and that it was no coincidence that ex-combatants had suddenly decided to soften their stance towards Mugabe, whom they also lavished with praise last month for the comments he made at the burial of former Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) boss for the southern region, Zenzo Ntuliki.

Mutsvangwa told the Daily News yesterday that they had “no problems” with the first family, and their enemies were G40s whom he once again accused of trying to put a wedge between them and their patron.

“The end is definitely nigh for the G40 cabal and its diabolic power grab pretenses. The inescapable reality is that the G40 is facing its waterloo. Its organisational paucity has been exposed glaringly.

“And the people of Zimbabwe are poised to mete out terrible punishment to these would-be power grabbers for their crimes that delivered an economic meltdown unprecedented for a peacetime nation,” the garrulous Mutsvangwa said.

He said the current onslaught on Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere — who insiders claim is one of the G40 kingpins — was “a sign” that the faction was nearing its end.

“The drowning Kasukuwere … has long been the bete noire of the War Veterans Association ... This political charade has finally run out of its course.

“It has been a torrid season (for the G40), with the (Jacob) Mudenda inquiry, the vote of no confidence by 10 party provinces and the thorough drubbing of the G40 pretender by chairman (Ezra) Chadzamira in the Masvingo party provincial elections,” Mutsvangwa said.

Kasukuwere has been fighting to save his political career over the past few weeks, with angry Zanu PF supporters pushing for his ouster from both his party and government positions, over a raft of charges which include allegedly plotting to topple Mugabe from power.

Also under fire has been his brother Dickson Mafios, who is the acting Zanu PF chairperson for Mashonaland Central.

Kasukuwere’s fate was set to be decided at last week’s postponed politburo meeting, after a probe team appointed by Mugabe to investigate allegations against him  had completed its work.

Insiders have also previously told the Daily News that Kasukuwere’s party rivals are “systematically working for his demise” — in the same manner former Vice President Joice Mujuru was chased out of the warring former liberation movement in 2014.

Analysts have also said it was clear that what had started as a seemingly hopeless campaign against Kasukuwere had snowballed into “a huge crisis” for him — as all the party provinces, including Mugabe’s home region of Mashonaland West, had now endorsed the push to have him jettisoned from his powerful party post.

“It’s difficult to run away from the conclusion that Mugabe is the chief architect of the goings-on in Zanu PF. After all, the same tactics that were used on Mujuru are now again being deployed against Kasukuwere.

“He (Mugabe) has a tendency to deceive his lieutenants, pamper them with praises and even promise to bail them out when in fact he would be plotting their downfall,” political analyst Gladys Hlatywayo told the Daily News last month.

Other observers have also said Mugabe’s failure to resolve Zanu PF’s thorny succession riddle is fuelling the ruling party’s deadly infighting, which is worsening by the day.

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 (10)

Idiots indeed,,Mutsvangwa u don't know that once u double cross Bob there is no forgiveness. Yr actions totally proves yr idiotic thoughts,infect u are a fool,,how can u think that all will be well after betraying Mugabe.Mugabe is dangerous, big fool,,he is now trying to win yr trust&destroy u once&for all. U forgetting so soon that u were preaching about how Mugabe destroyed our economy & now u praising him like a hero.How much he paid u old fool.U are being used&u have no clue how u will be destroyed & no one will even remember u,just like Boda Gezi&Eliot Manyika,,where are they now?

Matsotsi - 22 May 2017

The public has nothing to gain from the war veterans who have turned their lives upside down praising and fighting in failure's corner and hoping more idiots will follow suit. Its your war vets you have to explain your chameleonic ways. Pedzerenai mega, mhondi dzevanhu.

Sagitarr - 22 May 2017

iri ndorinonzi dunuzuzu iri... rapihwa mari rakungo wawata zvisina sense. You preached of the need of the need to change a fortnight ago now suddenly the first family got no problems. Regai muchingotambwa sebhora na Bobo

mutape - 22 May 2017

I have never liked mutsvangwa and will never ever like that idiot, bootlicker. Kudya marutsi awakamborutsa, this is why Zimbabweans we will never get anyway because of people like him. Guys, there is no difference between mutsvangwa and jonathan moyo, infact j moyo might be better. He is trying to drag war vets back to Mugabe and zanu pf. War vets made a grave mistake, they should have sidelined him forever, Matemadanda, Tsenengamu or Mahiya should have taken over from that fool. Mutsvangwa is a selfish andbrainless individual. Its an unfortunate development for Zimbabweans.

nhemacena - 22 May 2017

Mutsvangwa cannot be trusted. Wavekunyepa. You are putting yourself in a quandary. Matemandada na Mahiya vave kuVanhu, iwe tuturu tuturu na Chiwenga na Mugabe. Mugabe was rejected by the PEOPLE 15 plus YEARS AGO...

Will Blackman - 23 May 2017

Fellow country people do not listen to this IDIOT called Mtswangwa. One he is a foll, two he is a ZANU plan, three he is so brainless he can sell his a%$# to please Bob. He is finished, be is no longer a member of ZANU PF, he barks and barks like a toothless terrier, f@#@g Chris, go hang bro

gamuchirayi - 23 May 2017

Typical ZANU loyalist You now got what you want and now you support the first family Sad That's why Zimbabwe needs young politians and attuned to modern times This bootlicking is embarrassing You say the first family is OK..flying out of Zimbabwe looting and attending first class hospitals whilst we can't get paracetamol from local clinics ?The roads are a messy and you blame just G40 Kasukuwere in particular Who is the president of zim ?You are a pathetic man I agree J Moyo is better than you and you say you studied law ?Shame on you Judas chaiye Tibvirepo How much were you promised or given to renegade on your word I think you have personally issues naKasukuwere and you are hiding behind war vets I don't support kasukuwere or war vets but iwe Mutswanga you have clay feet ,,,,mbwende

Gonyeti - 23 May 2017

Typical ZANU loyalist You now got what you want and now you support the first family Sad That's why Zimbabwe needs young politians and attuned to modern times This bootlicking is embarrassing You say the first family is OK..flying out of Zimbabwe looting and attending first class hospitals whilst we can't get paracetamol from local clinics ?The roads are a messy and you blame just G40 Kasukuwere in particular Who is the president of zim ?You are a pathetic man I agree J Moyo is better than you and you say you studied law ?Shame on you Judas chaiye Tibvirepo How much were you promised or given to renegade on your word I think you have personally issues naKasukuwere and you are hiding behind war vets I don't support kasukuwere or war vets but iwe Mutswanga you have clay feet ,,,,mbwende

Gonyeti - 23 May 2017

Matemadanda taura hako iwe usatevedzere mutengesi uyu stand by your word Uyu anodzora vanhu mushure He is full of himself if you listen to his speech 3 weeks or so ago he was full of education credials but never said what he real was offering to people of Zimbabwe His speech on reflection is spite sechimwana chanyimwa siwiti Now apihwa siwiti Mugabe is great again Regai tiombere maoko

Napiii - 23 May 2017

Matemadanda taura hako iwe usatevedzere mutengesi uyu stand by your word Uyu anodzora vanhu mushure He is full of himself if you listen to his speech 3 weeks or so ago he was full of education credials but never said what he real was offering to people of Zimbabwe His speech on reflection is spite sechimwana chanyimwa siwiti Now apihwa siwiti Mugabe is great again Regai tiombere maoko

Napiii - 23 May 2017

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