Sekeramayi ditches Mugabe

HARARE - Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi, pictured, has thrown his weight behind Emmerson Mnangagwa’s presidential bid, saying he never wanted to succeed President Robert Mugabe as widely alleged.

Sekeramayi,  whose name was thrown into the Zanu PF succession ring by Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo at a public meeting in June this year, ululated, jumped and punched the air as the ruling party’s special central committee meeting resolved on Sunday to recall Mugabe and make Mnangagwa interim party president.

It was a totally different picture from the Sekeramayi who would grin from ear-to-ear whenever he gets a pat on the back from the First Family for standing firm behind Mugabe.

Only recently, First Lady Grace Mugabe revealed that Mugabe now confides his closely-guarded secrets to Sekeramayi, implying he was the most trusted lieutenant.

The praises resonated with the view that Sekeramayi was on course to succeed Mugabe, a narrative that went quiet after it became apparent that Grace was also interested in the top job.

At no point had Sekeramayi emphatically refuted Moyo’s claims, serve to indicate that the media should leave him alone.

This appeared to be a confirmation that he was in agreement with sentiments linking him to the succession race.

But he told the Daily News on Sunday: “I was equally shocked by what was happening. I wasn’t a part of that,” he said as he danced to Jah Prayzah’s Kutonga Kwaro hit song which talks about the advent of a hero, whom observers believe could be Mnangagwa.

The song further suggests that the new hero will introduce new rules of engagement.

Pressed if he was in agreement with Mnangagwa’s enthronement as Zanu PF’s first secretary, he said: “I’m a servant of the party and I follow what the party wants,” before he was whisked away by his security details.

The Zanu PF special central committee session, whose main agenda was to recall Mugabe and reinstate Mnangagwa as the interim party president, started without the former State Security minister.

Sekeramayi arrived several minutes after the commencement of the meeting, his motorcade skidding into Zanu PF headquarters before he quickly disembarked and rushed past a scrum of journalists and into the closed-door meeting.

Any uncertainty over where he stood in the Zanu PF succession matrix appeared extinguished at the end of the central committee session as he danced and cheered the dismissal of Mugabe and reinstatement of Mnangagwa.

It is not clear how Grace will take Sekeramayi’s volte face given that only a few months ago, she claimed that when Mugabe was taken ill and had diarrhoea for two weeks, he called Sekeramayi to his bedside, emphasising how close the Defence minister is to her husband.

“He spent two weeks experiencing diarrhoea but we never made noise about it,” she told Zanu PF supporters at a youth interface rally in Bindura, adding Mugabe summoned the Swedish-trained medical doctor because he felt he was on his deathbed.

“My husband asked me to call Sekeramayi to come and see him before he died and I called Sekeramayi who entered his bedroom when he was hardly able to wake up from his bed,” she said, without giving a specific date on the incident.

“My husband went through food poisoning for sure . . . but he never went public about it,” she added.

The revelation at the rally was a jibe at Mnangagwa, whose allies claimed he was deliberately poisoned by political foes during another interface rally in Gwanda.

The revelation that Sekeramayi was summoned by Mugabe at a time of severe ill-health fuelled speculation that the soft-spoken politician was favoured to succeed Mugabe.

But if Sunday’s actions are anything to go by, there is no going back for the Defence minister who has now drawn a line in the sand and chosen his side.

Comments (10)

he is not the only one displaying such chameleonic behaviour! there is a whole lot of these turn-coats in zanu! the same pple who were propping grace & seconding no confident votes against tim lacoste are the same pple who are denigrating & bastardising rhobhati! its a game of pretences depending on which side pawa has swung to!

SaManyika Chaiye - 21 November 2017

les politiques de la pouche = politics of the stomach. how else can you put it?

josphat mugadzaweta - 21 November 2017

Shame on you Zanu-PF, ZIMBABWE we don't want this party. A party of hypocrites. Mugabe was not ruling alone. Zimbabweans did not want him as far back as 2000 and it was Zanu and war vets who were propping him up against the will of the people. To hell with you Zanu. Shame on you Sekeramayi, not so Doctor Sekeramayi

Tongogara - 21 November 2017

Zanupf in whatever colour is not good for us. That multitudes who were queing to prosecute ED only 7 days ago are the same one saying Robert must go just goes to show they simply do whatever it takes to line up and indeed protect their pockets. Zanupf must go in the next election with our without RGM

Murere Mairos - 21 November 2017

If impeachment fails, the same turncoats will turn around again and demonize those they claim to support now. These idiots are not worth any sane person's support or trust. Tomorrow they can start shooting at us and for sure we'll see kutonga kwaro!! They were quiet for 37 years enjoying life until the money dried up, now they want to rope all of us along. Nix, nada, bodo. The hypocrisy is already evident to the BBC & CNN reporters because they ask consistent & persistent questions plus they cross-reference. Time will tell.

Sagitarr - 21 November 2017

This cheap hate politics must stop. Stop it! Zimbos have suffered far too long and we need change. Some change is better than no change at all. We will have a starting point if RG is removed and ED comes in. We cannot judge ED when he was never the President of this country. The opposition is in tatters and if they are not careful, they will be history if ED and his team turn around the economy. Politics is ultimately about the stomach!!

Madhunamutuna - 21 November 2017

Mugabe must be arrested for cruel command since armed struggle to 2017. He killed a lot of people accused of varoyi, vatengesi, oppositions etc and also his closest personel. He and relatives must be ashamed of our relatives who are dead. Lets not padon him. The only person good is his daughter Bona. She is a very good young woman

citizen - 21 November 2017

The beauty about RGM is that he never pretended to be what he is not and said exactly what he meant. The likes of Sekeramayi would make for a poor balls.

ABED - 23 November 2017

Dear Zimbabweans, Politics 101. There are no permanent friends in politics only permanent interest. Simply put trust no one!

Tapera - 24 November 2017

Dear Zimbabweans, Politics 101. There are no permanent friends in politics only permanent interest. Simply put trust no one!

Tapera - 24 November 2017

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