Mugabe refuses to shake ED's hand

HARARE - President Robert Mugabe on Wednesday openly snubbed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa when he refused to shake his hand at Harare International Airport.

The snub occurred as Mugabe was coming from an official trip to South Africa for the 2nd Session of the South Africa-Zimbabwe Bi-National Commission (BNC).

The development is one of the most vivid illustrations of the bitter fallout between the two most powerful men in Zanu PF.

It comes just after Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko has literally taken the gloves off on his counterpart, Mnangagwa, insinuating on Tuesday that the 75-year-old politician was lying that he was poisoned on August 12 while attending a Zanu PF youth interface meeting in Gwanda.

Mphoko, in a hard-hitting statement released on Tuesday night, accused Mnangagwa of undermining Mugabe’s authority and trying to destabilise the country by fanning ethnic tensions for political expediency.

Mugabe and his wife Grace have over the last few weeks unleashed scathing attacks against Mnangagwa accusing him of plotting to oust the 93-year-old Zanu PF leader.

The tensions between the two come as Mugabe is set to address a presidential youth interface rally in Bulawayo.

Today, the Zanu PF youth league executive, meets to prepare for that rally, where Mnangagwa is reportedly set to come under more withering attack.

State television footage shows Mugabe slowly moving up the red carpet, greeting his high ranking lieutenants lining up on either side.

The broad smile is instantly wiped off his face as he approaches Mnangagwa, who had already outstretched his right hand for a handshake.

Mugabe ignores the hand and, instead, utters a few words straight into Mnangagwa’s face before placing his hand on Mnangagwa’s chest and lightly pushing him.

Mugabe then wags his finger at him before walking away, still murmuring some words.

Mnangagwa pretends that nothing is going on, concealing his bemusement. Having withdrawn his hand, he follows Mugabe for a few steps all the way to the presidential Merc, where they appear to start conversing. Mphoko, towers over the two men as they engage in an animated discussion.

It’s a replay of the brutal purge of then Vice President Joice Mujuru.

In October 2014, First Lady Grace Mugabe also refused to shake Mujuru’s hand when she left for Rome and also when she returned back home.

During her rallies, Grace lashed at Mujuru, just like she is doing against Mnangagwa, and threatened to push Mugabe to “baby dump her” or have the women’s league do so.

The first lady also launched a purge of Mujuru’s closest supporters within the ruling Zanu PF, just like she is doing to Mnangagwa’s allies, in a bid to stymie the VP’s challenge to  Mugabe.

Nine out of 10 Zanu PF provincial chairpersons allegedly linked to Mujuru were fired after a vote of no-confidence and replaced with what observers called friendly, if not pliable, comrades loyal to the first lady.

Analysts have said Mnangagwa is facing his waterloo, and his ouster could mark an abrupt end to his slow rise through the Zanu PF leadership, a path that many expected would make him the first Mugabe successor.

Comments (14)

ehe ngaaende there is no vacancy for presibent both in the party n country.garwe rinogara pedo nemvura kwete mumvura so usanyeba

g40 - 6 October 2017

I think thisz all a result of the president's old age - clear sign that he is no longer fit to hold such a sensitive office;I think thisz also a result of the advice fr an inexperienced wife who is not a good adviser but muddling in the husband's job at state.We all, when we come of age sometimes don't think clearly;thisz simple,it does not need n public show on the part of the president himself nor on the part of the vp. Simply, the president should have taken ED aside & found each other & resolved it as elder statesmen;not to involve women like madam Grace.They should find each other in a genuine way &both find the way forward;the two men have walked together for too long for them to be able to separated like that by the newcomers.Remember their possible fall out is sensitive,might affect the country's stability & peace. Thatz why itz bad for the president to hold such a sensitive office at such old age

addmore gudo - 6 October 2017

Hokoyo...zvaburana shumba nebere!! Drama in Zim. Heeeee ndinonzi ngena, lacoste, chiichii, manje kuitwa humiliated in front of the whole media and the world. Webanga anofa nebanga. Now let is see how ED will react and restrategise for a come back, unless this drama is to divert attention from the youths from registering to vote. Handei tione

garikayi - 6 October 2017


NHUNZI - 6 October 2017

Haiwa saka vanoda munhu afe akangonyarara. Haiwa isu hatina basa nazvo. All we want is that old man to pass the stick to someone else, so that somehow we may develop a new culture yekuti chigaro chinochinjanwawo munyika. Angave muShona, Ndebele, Venda, Nambia,Tshangane, Kalanga. We care not. All we want to see is Zimbabwe developing into a democratic nation. Free of poverty. Zvinosekererwa pachii izvozvo kuti munhu asingagoni kana kusimudza gumbo nekuchembera atotsamwa kuti munoda kundibvisa pachigaro . Aaah yas....unjire chaiwo

HmmmHmmm - 6 October 2017

Mugabe stopped adding value to the running of the country in 1995, fifteen years after he took office. It has been downhill trajectory for ZANU and the country since then, despite resorting to numerous political antics and gimmicks exemplified by the mutilating and compromising of cherished wishes and desires of the people like land reform and economic indigenization. ED himself, hardly a democratic character, is now at the receiving end of the monster that ZANU created during the antiquated notion of a one party state that has since outlived its liberation struggle era efficacy and relevance. No one really cares about the last kicks of a dying horse and the rest of the peace loving people of Zimbabwe should just watch from a distance and avoid being ensnared in the drama where they could end up becoming collateral damage.

Jaikolu Maison - 6 October 2017

Mnangagwa is finished and very soon after election next year he will be put down Joice Mujuru style . that is if his party wins . The only thing he can do now is to challenge Mugabe as zanu president at the congress in December . He has nothing to loss bcoz that is the only reasonable option left for him he is out . If he does not do that he better resign than to be insulted everyday by Grace . i foresee him beating Mugabe if he challenges him as the president of the ruling party .kkkkk Someone who liked Ngwena too much who used to call herself VIOLA i wonder is she saying now when her idol is lambasted by grace day light haaaaa yaaaaa

Diibulaanyika - 6 October 2017

The blood of innocent citizens he spilled in the 80s now is giving Mnangagwa bad luck after eating poison few days ago that is what he gets from his president heey but toko kkkk yaaa. ibhadi lingu crippler madoda awuuzweekeeeee kkkkkk kumandi ukubala its nice to here zim come 2018

Diibulaanyika - 6 October 2017

Mugabe is a political grand master who have seen it all. Mugabe being the appointing authority have the power to fire even Munangagwa. Mugabe can use the state resources, his constitutional power and his intelligence to push out Munangagwa from political lime light. You should know that Mugabe despite his advanced age, he is one of the most experienced and intelligent state man in the world.

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Bursa - 7 October 2017

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BMetros - 8 October 2017

Intelligent states man in the World. KKKKKKKK. Intelligently presiding over a crumbling economy

baba Vimbai - 9 October 2017

Intelligent states man in the World. KKKKKKKK. Intelligently presiding over a crumbling economy

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