State capture fears escalate

HARARE - The nasty brawl over the control of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his government — driven by narrow economic interests — is threatening to paralyse both the State and the ruling Zanu PF, the Daily News can report.

And such is the ferocity of this crass war over resources, involving top Zanu PF officials and powerful businesspeople, that fears are growing that it could result in the kind of horror State capture show as has been exposed in neighbouring South Africa.

This comes as businessman Kudakwashe Tagwirei — who has interests in agriculture and energy — has come under increasing scrutiny from various quarters over his dealings with the government.

This week alone, Tagwirei was in the spotlight again after he and his partners — Singaporean multi-national company Trafigura — released 100 million litres of fuel to the government under a one-and-a-half year agreement which, in total, will eventually see Zimbabwe receiving one billion litres of fuel.

Zanu PF insiders who spoke to the Daily News yesterday said they feared that the “war for resources” — which was manifesting itself in “brazen attempts to capture the State” — could shatter the ruling party and also derail government’s push to turn around the country’s sickly economy.

One of the sources said the recent war of words which had broken out between Tagwirei and the chairperson of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) Christopher Mutsvangwa — over the control of the country’s lucrative fuel industry — was part of the wider fight for control of the State.

“This titanic war is murky, dirty and far wider than the control of a fuel pipeline ... There are four known groups which have emerged in Zanu PF, and which are fighting, together with their business associates, for the control of the State and the country’s resources.

“So, the fight to decapitate Tagwirei and his partners has little to do with improving the country’s economy … it is about all these groups fighting to secure a position at the top table,” the source said.

“These four groups include people who lost in the Zanu PF primary elections, those who won in the primary and national elections but were overlooked by Mnangagwa in his Cabinet choices, as well as some of the old guard who think age is no longer on their side and others who see themselves as kingmakers and consisting of relatives, a permanent secretary and former Cabinet ministers,” the source added.

“What makes this whole thing more confusing is that although Tagwirei has been outed as having captured the State — and he is part of one of the groups fighting for supremacy in the country — the government continues to deal with him as evidenced by this week’s fuel deal,” the source said further.

Meanwhile, war veterans jumped into the fray yesterday, demanding to have a stake in the country’s fuel industry.

This came just days after they petitioned Mnangagwa to sack former Cabinet ministers that he re-assigned to the Zanu PF headquarters, after he dropped them from his new Cabinet team.

The war veterans accuse the under-fire party bigwigs — who include secretary for administration Obert Mpofu and fellow politburo members David Parirenyatwa, Patrick Chinamasa and Sydney Sekeramayi — of undermining Mnangagwa, engaging in corrupt activities and sabotaging the president’s efforts to revive the country’s economy.

Of particular concern to the war veterans is Mpofu’s recent statement in which he said Finance minister Mthuli Ncube had not consulted party bigwigs when he unveiled his controversial austerity measures — which include the much-criticised two cents per dollar transaction tax.

Interestingly, Ncube went on to hire controversial former Zanu PF youth official William Gerald Mutumanje, also known as Acie Lumumba, to head a communications committee — in a move which backfired spectacularly after the maverick activist took to social media to attack Tagwirei and the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe.

As a result, four RBZ directors were subsequently suspended pending investigations.

Another Zanu PF source said Mpofu and his colleagues were being targeted because they were allegedly part of “Tagwirei’s consortium” — with the businessman further said to have recently bought luxury vehicles for several ruling party bigwigs and senior government officials.

“We are arranging for a meeting of war veterans this week and I can tell you there is nothing wrong with us getting involved in the mainstream economy.

“The war veterans are against the monopoly that has been established by a corrupt cartel and we want that to end.

“As war veterans we are very much united and Mutsvangwa is still our chairperson. Others now have various responsibilities but otherwise we are more united than ever,” said Mashonaland Central province war vets chairperson Sam Parirenyatwa.

He also denied that the war veterans were taking sides with Mutsvangwa, who it is claimed, is fighting to push out Tagwirei in favour of South African company Mining, Oil and Gas Services.

War veterans spokesperson Douglas Mahiya also said there was nothing wrong with the former freedom fighters going into business.

“There are some people who want to ring fence their interests and now they are targeting war veterans. If I may ask, what is wrong with war veterans supplying fuel? Is
fuel made in Zimbabwe or it is imported?” Mahiya asked rhetorically.

Interestingly, the Zanu PF youth league took an opposing position in the matter, warning party bigwigs yesterday against fighting Tagwirei.

Youth league boss Pupurai Togarepi said people should not “mistake Statecraft and State capture” — adding ominously that “the door is ever open for all those who feel bigger than the party”.

“We are … concerned at the extent of indiscipline and irresponsibility which is now being unfortunately stirred by some persons who all along we thought had the national interest at heart, but as things are turning out, are only interested in lining their pockets.

“There has been a lot of nonsense from otherwise respected individuals who are trying to put a wedge between the president and his two deputies through making sensational corruption stories which have no grain of truth in them.

“The youth league stands ready to defend the values of our great party and we will, if need arises, ask the party to take disciplinary action against loose cannons from the party, regardless of one’s political station or role.

“We are against factionalism and would want those who are trying to bring us back to the Robert Mugabe era of divisions to be punished accordingly,” Togarepi said in an apparent attack on Mutsvangwa.


Comments (13)

It is slowly coming out in the open that even the so called new dispensation preside Dambudzo could also be involved in some of the shady deals that are milking out state resources because of his lack of decisions.His deafening silence in all the matters speaks volumes about his sincerity in fixing the economy.He is also a beneficiary of Tagwirei's generosity in buying the top brass top of the range SUVs but we all know that Tagwirei ari kuvhara ma "one" ake chete.Zanu pf has shown its mafia tendencies.And to those that voted for Mnangagwa and zanu pf i say please dont complain that there is no medicine in hospitals,bla bla bla.If ED was that good why are things getting worse than they were before the elections?He could not even maintain situation as it was bef

Janana Bikaz Bikaldo - 1 November 2018

The elitist scum are scrabbling around for the dregs of Zim's resources. Nothing is for 'the people' unless by accident. Time for a popular revolt. We need a Zimbabwean Spring to clean out this detritus once and for all.

dr dre - 1 November 2018

The Zim State Capture is far worse than the South African one. In SA, at least there is Law and order and no one is above the law. That is why Zuma resigned before his term. That is impossible in Zim. The President is above the law; and no President will ever appear in Court in Zim as is happening in SA in the case of Zuma. There is no Public Protector in Zim and arrests and prosecutions only targets those opposed to the current ZANU thugs!

Royal Mthwakazi - 1 November 2018

War vets war vets, why are you exposing your shallow thinking?. Why would you want to venture into fuel business which is being run by someone?. Pharmaceuticals are dry, people are dying nokushaya mishonga. Take that route and import mishonga

konde - 1 November 2018

The erstwhile partners in crime are at now at each others throats because of the dwindling resource base to loot from. It was easier to distribute the loot during the times when diamonds and other resources were in abundance. Now its not possible to do so because the ageing crooks have been kicked out and replaced by new gangsters on the block who have either just boarded or are now firmly entrenched on the gravy train. Zimbabwe was captured by ZANU PF a long time ago resulting in the distinction between party and the state becoming blurred and ultimately extinguished after forty years. The scramble to loot that were are witnessing is therefore nothing new. Its just that the cake has become smaller leading the crooks to lash out at each other. No one, and I repeat, no one in ZANU PF can be absolved from the responsibility of destroying the economy and contributing the on going state capture gone mad manifested by this dogfight amongst the former comrades.

Jaikolu Maison - 1 November 2018


mpiza - 1 November 2018

I was watching a video by Brett MuVet and he captures it eloquently. Zim is run by a cartel that captured the state a long time ago. All those land swap deals with City of Harare and that white dude, Sharpe. The ethanol deals with Brendenkamp, van Hoogastraten, those Lonrho brothers, Chiwenga, ED, Tagwireyi, Tiny Rowland, the list is endless. Our resources are being used to fund the lifestyles of the junta. We must put a stop to this.

Moe Syszlack - 2 November 2018

I used to hope that commodity prices would remain in the doldrums and in effect suppress the opportunity for the thieving jackals pretending to be an administration the chance to enrich themselves at the expense of the impoverished zimbos. However for there to be REAL CHANGE you do need to shake things up. Commodity prices will very likely turn out to be the catalyst for change. The temptation to control the lion's share of Zimbabwe's natural resources will be too great. There'll be an unseemly scramble to capture this major prize and it will result in conflict. Initially between the jostling factions but I suspect like a wildfire it will spread out of control. Sadly ordinary Zimbo's will be forgotten and very likely end up as collateral damage. There will be blood. I wonder at what stage SA will get involved.

dr dre - 2 November 2018

the likes of Mhofu willo shunguhadziurai truth havawanikwa on issues like this but panongotaurwa kuti Chamisa they are the ones to start commenting chavanomuvengera chikuru ngavataureka tinzwe pano u wouldn't surprise if they start commenting here on this issue they can drag Chamisa's name on this issue that's my concern to you guys why did you always want to comment pane zita raNero

Innocent - 2 November 2018

Ed is too soft more people belong in jail they are looters and thieves lock them up its the only way they will learn.

John - 2 November 2018

Thanx innocent at least you are showing that I tell you the truth about chanyiswa. Fine on the issue you are all making noise of. I dont see anything to comment about about, serve to say well done Tagwireyi for dismissing fuel ques which had given mdca something to talk about. I was so bored to the extent of not liking to give people a lift in my car. Surely those who do not own a car were the ones to start conversations on fuel. Just as soon as they enters your car you could hear them starting hee look at those ques hee this is what mapfeeeeee voted for. I even dropped some along the way telling them to wait for mdca car. Well what I just want to say is there is no state capture whatsoever. This term was heard from South Africa and before South Africans said it no one ever said it hear Meaning that all those saying it dont even know what state capture is all about, or it is because they are pained to the bone by the disappearance of fuel ques. There is no monopoly of acquiring and selling fuel in this country. But some players decided to play politicking by selling just a quarter of their deliveries and hide the rest and put it on the black market just to cause despondency. I know why many are commenting against Tagwireyi. Its not new from the chanyiswa led party. As we speak some are having sleepless nights blaming God for availing ooil and gas discovered in the Muzarabani area because they just want things to be bad so that they call ED and ZANU PF names. Chanyiswa atori neBP izvozvi kuti zvaitikireyi. So Innocent as long as mdca supporters dont stop talking ills about ED we will not stop also because we know why you talk like that. Good day

shunguhadziurayi - 2 November 2018

ZANU (PF) is the peoples party. Economic hardships are the result illegal sanctions by International white monopoly capital. Zimbabweans must commit themselves to a socialist Marxist economy where every one will have housing,education,health and an abundance of goods at low prices. Aluta continua

Onie Dhliwayo - 3 November 2018

The key word is 'FRONT' That says it all.

dr dre - 4 November 2018

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