Mugabe ouster plot thickens

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The alleged plot to oust President Robert Mugabe took a new twist yesterday with War Veterans’ minister Christopher Mutsvangwa warning Zanu PF’s “Young Turks” against conspiring to seize power from the ageing leader.

BY MOSES MATENGA / blessed mhlanga

Mutsvangwa, who is also war veterans’ national chairperson, said as former freedom fighters, whom he described as the vanguard of Zanu PF, they would not allow such security threats to go unchallenged.

“We are guardians of the revolution. We will be vigilant and alert, and we hope the Young Turks learn the importance of discipline,” he said on Wednesday.

“The (Zanu PF and Cabinet) posts they have came as a result of our sacrifices. We gave people power and democracy. We are very generous with power, but we are vigilant. We hope they try to embrace discipline before they go to the national stage.”

Mutsvangwa urged the unnamed Young Turks to learn discipline and dedication from war veterans, saying the 1970s war of liberation fighters were not power-hungry because “if we loved power, we wouldn’t have been generous with it”.

His comments came after war veterans’ secretary-general Victor Matemadanda on Tuesday sensationally claimed that some young party officials in the politburo and Cabinet were conniving with Western countries in an alleged plot to remove Mugabe (91) from power.

Yesterday, Mutsvangwa fired another salvo directed at national political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere in Kwekwe saying the war veterans were now lobbying to have the political commissar and secretary for security posts reserved for people with liberation war credentials.

“We are pushing to ensure that the position of PC and security in all party levels is held by war veterans, not what is happening that people who have that job do not even know their job description and end up messing the smooth flow of party activities. During our time a PC was trained first before taking up that position,” he said.

This followed Kasukuwere’s remarks dismissing some of the war veterans as “drunkards”.

In his address to the media on Tuesday, Matemadanda accused the party’s Young Turks of sponsoring confusion in Zanu PF and devising various strategies of undermining Mugabe.

Kasukuwere was also accused of imposing Terence Mukupe as the Harare East constituency candidate for next month’s by-election.

As the ruling party turf war continues to escalate, a group of expelled former Zanu PF members, now calling itself Zanu PF (People First), yesterday said they had been vindicated by the latest developments in the ruling party.

“What is happening in Zanu PF vindicates us,” the group’s spokesperson Rugare Gumbo said. “We never did anything to destroy Zanu PF. If anything, we wanted the party to be strong. In fact, people like (Information minister) Jonathan Moyo are basking in glory because they have achieved what they wanted, that is to see Zanu PF dead.”

Gumbo said Zanu PF was now an animal which nobody understood, as the party had been hijacked by newcomers and war veterans were decimated.

Zanu People First believes that several people occupying powerful positions in the former liberation movement had no history of the struggle and were pushing “selfish agendas”.

12 COMMENTS

  1. This shows there wont be Zpf after Mugabe. Everybody including iye Mtsvangwa now wants to be a centre of power in preparation of the soon going Mugabe.
    Kasukuwere landed the powerful PC post, so what does Mtsvangwa want to change? Why cant he wait for his turn to become PC?
    Its now norm to discredit powerful figures as either Gamatox or a non war liberator.
    And Mugabe is enjoying all this becoz he wants to take the party to the grave.
    The sooner Mugabe goes the more peaceful we are.

  2. Let them kill each other we dont care. By th way peace or no peace its the same. Why are suffering this much if peace was that important. Let war come so that the so called ‘born free’ generation gets in an equal chance to be warvets as they purpot

  3. WHAT IS WRONG WITH THESE IDIOTS IN ZANU WHY DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND YOU ARE NOT LIKED. TELL YOUR BOSS TO RETIRE GRACFULLY OR YOU WILL BE PUSHED OUT. 35 YEARS IS A LONG TIME YOU VETERANS ARE USELESS YOU ALL GOT BIG MOUTHS, WHAT ACTION CAN YOU OLD PEOPLE TAKE WHERE ARE YOUR BRAINS YOU MESSED UP THIS COUNTRY. YOU STARTED THE ROT SPEAK ABOUT CORRUPTION AND THE ECONOMY

  4. Kasukwere was correct, war vets are drunkards indeed. Since when does power belong to them instead of the people? In another 30 years or so, all war vets & their tired revolution tales will be complete history but the people of Zim remain forever

  5. Zvakuda kuitika. No political commissar for ZANU PF ever retired or resigned. They all died in post… Namatambudziko ako Kasukuwere!

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  7. Chris Mutsvangwa is one big idiot who lives in a world of fantasy. He purposes to have spent all his life in the bush fighting colonialism when we all no that at the very most he spent 1 year and off he went to school. We all know that he ran away from University of Rhodesia after he was fingered in a rape case. We also know how he murdered innocent villagers during the war accusing them to be sell outs . He is trying to endear himself to Mugabe after he was fired as Ambassador to China because of massive corruption and incompetence. He must just shut up and stop sucking up to Mnangagwa who fathered a son with a Mutsvangwa’s wife Monica and ngwena continues to enjoy sexual favors from this Mai Mponisi of a deputy Minister

  8. What is going in ZPF is quite normal with these idiots. Stupidity that knows no bounds. If you were to drill a hole in ny of these fool’s heads I can rest assure you, there is a vacuum

  9. News to some but to us rinemanyanga hariputirwe. What is going in ZPF is quite normal with these idiots. Stupidity that knows no bounds. If you were to drill a hole in ny of these fool’s heads I can rest assure you, there is a vacuum

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