Mnangagwa, Chinamasa in trouble

A storm is reportedly brewing within Zanu PF circles with party hardliners allegedly baying for the blood of their two legal brains, Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa and Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom they accuse of selling out in the constitution-making process.Report by Everson Mushava, Chief Reporter

Insiders told NewsDay yesterday that tension was running high as the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference looms with attention having shifted from the party’s Copac co-chairperson Munyaradzi Paul Mangwana to Chinamasa and Mnangagwa.

The pair is being accused of failing to represent the party’s interests in the constitution-drafting stages. They are alleged to have used the opportunity to advance their factional interests.

Mnangagwa allegedly leads a faction fighting Vice-President Joice Mujuru over succession of President Robert Mugabe.

“Most people now believe that it’s Mnangagwa and Chinamasa who sold out, not Mangwana. The party is now trying to mobilise its supporters to fully represent the party’s position at the stakeholders’ conference,” said one source.

“The party will hold a meeting with its delegates to the indaba on October 19 to coach them on what to say. If the party’s amendments fail to find their way into the final draft, the party is geared to campaign for a ‘No’ vote at the referendum.”

However, Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo dismissed the allegations as untrue.

“What happened then is water under the bridge. We are very clear; there is no problem of blaming each other. We are now focused on the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference,” Gumbo said.

“Since we made those amendments to the Copac draft, we have been mobilising people to represent the party’s position at the conference. We have already interrogated the whole process and discussion at the conference will be based on our amendments.”

Zanu PF rejected the draft constitution released by Copac on July 18, although it was signed by its representatives, saying it did not reflect people’s views.

The party made 266 amendments on the draft which they intend to push at the Second All-Stakeholders’ Conference to be held later this month.

According to sources, some party stalwarts are pushing for the referendum to be held after the party’s conference to be held in Gweru in December.

“This will be done to afford all supporters a chance to contribute to the constitution-making process and allow the party to come up with a common position,” the source said.

11 Responses to Mnangagwa, Chinamasa in trouble

  1. Chabvondoka October 12, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    People”s interests are very important. You can write in any language but stick to what people want because they are ones mostly affected.

    • tasvika October 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm #

      chokwadi

  2. zim 01 October 12, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    round and round we go with no progress at all n i heard some people say zim has the most learned peoples

  3. tawa October 12, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    amana ngaiuye kuvanhu then we decide y should a party decide for the nation. mdc or zanu or mavambo what ever it is you don’t set personal party feeling for the nation throw referendum to people and we vote.

  4. Love Joe October 12, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    Tawa you are out of your mind. A referendum does not make changes to the draft. We need a refined draft first.

  5. Ndabitshekile October 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

    No devolution of power no constitution

  6. Everisto October 12, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    the process should not be party based but of national interest

  7. chino October 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    It was a mistake in the first place to include political parties to write a draft constitution that has nothing to do with politics . Its my first time to hear of such a thing . This supreme document should have been drafted by independent bodies without to politicise LAWS that last more than parties

  8. Rodrick NYIKAVARANDA October 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

    Good thinking Tawa.It seems ZanuPF does not explain fully about the demands of the LANCASTER constitution which they always threaten us with.In any cash Zimbabwe is not in Britain.He.-e “Zimbabwe shall never be a colony again!!” so if Zimbabwe shall never be a colony again why is ZanuPF LEADERSHIP clamoring for a British Constitution? HYPOCRACY!
    One of its demands is provision of 20 uncontested seats for the whites.With its racists attitude is ZanuPF prepared to implement such demands?

  9. tuirsse November 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    Pick ‘n’ pay would actually drain the forex out of zim :here in SA there a products from zim on self expcert mazowe orange crush @spar.another eg is price of a 10kg box chicken pieces in zim @us$26 compared to R80 in Sa_- showing how ppl are being milked by these foreign companies.4*times higher??? Let’s think!!

  10. tuirsse November 29, 2012 at 1:24 pm #

    Pick ‘n’ pay would actually drain the forex out of zim :here in SA there are no products from zim on self expcert mazowe orange crush @spar.another eg is price of a 10kg box chicken pieces in zim @us$26 compared to R80 in Sa_- showing us how ppl are being milked by these foreign companies.4*times higher??? Let’s think!!

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