Mugabe blocks succession talk

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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s latest rant about Zanu PF factionalism confirms that Vice-President Emmerson Mangangwa will not be his automatic successor, a prominent political analyst said yesterday.

BY OBEY MANAYITI/XOLISANI NCUBE/MOSES MATENGA

Mugabe on Saturday told Zanu PF youths the ruling party was now divided into factions backing Mnangagwa and Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko.

The 91-year-old leader said those supporting Mnangagwa and Mphoko’s camps were like ousted Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s supporters.

“If you are choosing between my two Vice-Presidents, you are beginning your own Gamatox,” Mugabe said.

“They occupy equal sphere. If you say you want this one to succeed, you are already bringing division within the people and this soon after our election.”

Academic Ibbo Mandaza said for Mugabe, the succession debate appeared to be off limits.

“He looks like he doesn’t want any talk about succession. To him, that is taboo,” Mandaza said.

“That’s the import of what he is saying and it’s more or less what (Tsholotsho North MP) Jonathan Moyo said in the BBC interview on Mnangagwa not being the automatic heir.

“It is again that argument on him being a one centre of power and insisting that succession is not on the agenda, it is weird.”

Moyo in May told the BBC that Mnangagwa was appointed to assist Mugabe not succeed him, a remark that angered the VP’s backers.

Mujuru was expelled from Zanu PF six months ago on allegations of leading a faction that was plotting to topple Mugabe. She has strongly denied the charges and challenged Zanu PF to prove them in court.

Meanwhile, a Mnangagwa ally yesterday said Mugabe’s statements were mainly directed at Mphoko who has allegedly been working hard to build a political base.

“Mphoko thinks about succession now and there are some members already in the party who are ganging up against one VP (Mnangagwa) in a bid to soil his name,” the Mnangagwa ally said.

“They are doing everything possible to ensure he does not get to the top.”

He said Mphoko was being used by Zanu PF top officials who had an axe to grind with Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa has long been touted as a Mugabe successor and after the expulsion of Mujuru in December last year, he appeared to be a clear favourite to land the top post as Mphoko did not have political clout.

Mphoko has publicly challenged the notion that he is junior to Mnangagwa.

“The VPs are at the same level. All along, Mphoko has been taken as the second VP, but he is standing his ground that he is equal to Mnangagwa. It seems he is slowly trying to demystify that issue,” the Mnangagwa ally added.

“However, it should be noted that the two VPs have different backgrounds. Mnangagwa has been there and has been a politburo member for long, has been minister of several ministries as well as being Speaker of Parliament, while the same cannot be said of Mphoko.

“He is also trying to build his power base. Therefore, this (fighting) is not going to end any time soon,” the source added.
“We have our preferences, but at the moment, we are waiting to see how things will work out. We don’t need to rush into their fights.”

Mugabe’s failure to set the record straight on his retirement plans has fuelled intense infighting in Zanu PF.

18 COMMENTS

  1. The people are eagerly awaiting to hear the measures being taken to revive the economy which is likely to grind to a halt soon or later. We are sick and tired of hearing of these succession wars which appear to be unceasing.

    • obviously siziba! this succession talk started when mai chisamba was still a little girl, look how old she is now? it is quite clear that this monkey has started again his self-succession gambit. the issue of succession is secondary, let him deliver on the issue of 2 million jobs, hapana!!!

  2. I urge the ruling party to concentrate on the promises made and revive the economy. I am tired of living in a foreign country and just wish to come home.

  3. This SUCCESSION issue has eaten many of ZANU PF sons and daughters. Mugabe does not want anyone to talk about it anywhere any time. Open your mouth on that issues and you are sure to be labeled a putschist. But give it to him. Would you like your wife and kids to start talking about what they would do when you are dead, supposing you are a father? Mugabe thinks he is God-given to Zimbabwe. To him the country’s presidency is nothing more than a family function – like the father post I have alluded to earlier.

    • Mazuva a Sekuru asara mana akarehwa naProphert Mukanya vavakurovapasi vakuru avo very soon we will have a New President Mwari vakupindira manje Tirikupiswa zvakwana manje

  4. we are tired of this and that without talking of how the economy is going to be revived.

    its clear there is no solution to the economy that has already nose dived.

  5. please gushungo fix the cotton prices ku gokwe we have been voting for you ever since 30 cents its too little gushungo na ngwena mphoko we do not know him leyo yi njiva

    • forget skulu everything is done the the zanu pf way there is no market to boast about zanu pf is the market zanu pf is the economy and zanu pf is everything

  6. People are good at commenting but without giving everything a thought first. Mnangagwa and Mphoko are all Vice Presidents, they are all at the same level, maybe we can only talk of seniority, and experience in relation to Ngwena, i would like to remind all who favor Ngwena that once someone is promoted to a certain level, whether there are 20 people on that post, we can now only talk of 21 people on that particular post.

    Anyhow, where is Mphoko coming from? Who is he?

  7. Given the president’s own views on succession one can see Moyo hit it dead centre on the BBC interview regarding Munangagwa..but then why the whiplash? Those who are slightly older will remember one Herbert Ushewokunze, who records will show was fired and returned more than any other..Perhaps Moyo is now reading from the same script. For his super ego the president like Kings of yore needs a jester at his court who he can toy around with from time to time and no one fits this bill more than Moyo an accomplished clown in his own right if there was one. So he will come back just like the other guy cooling his heels in the wilderness, one Shamu. These two fellows are jesters of note and the presidency can not function without them..Trouble is do those laughing now know this? Perhaps these two ‘crawlies’ are smart enough to realise this and they are waiting to have the last laugh on their friends who have written them off. Another crawlie is one Mutsvangwa but it appears he has not yet assailed the levels of crawling accomplished by his other two colleagues but he appears to be learning fast..Of course Didymus Mutasa was chief crawlie who lost the plot BUT all may not be lost even for him.I bet he dreams while walking and in sleep for the day he will be invited back..he simply can not wait!

    • Cotton prices are determined by the world market so u were voting for Rob thinking he had a hand in cotton prices gentleman u mislead yourselves

  8. Very soon and very soon Moyo will be crying ‘stop the presses, guess who is back’ with a grin wide enough to wrap around the world a couple of times! Given the president’s own views on succession one can see Moyo hit it dead centre on the BBC interview regarding Munangagwa..but then why the whiplash? Those who are slightly older will remember one Herbert Ushewokunze, who records will show was fired and returned more than any other..Perhaps Moyo is now reading from the same script. For his super ego the president like Kings of yore needs a jester at his court who he can toy around with from time to time and no one fits this bill more than Moyo an accomplished clown in his own right if there was one. So he will come back just like the other guy cooling his heels in the wilderness, one Shamu. These two fellows are jesters of note and the presidency can not function without them..Trouble is do those laughing now know this? Perhaps these two ‘crawlies’ are smart enough to realise this and they are waiting to have the last laugh on their friends who have written them off. Another crawlie is one Mutsvangwa but it appears he has not yet assailed the levels of crawling accomplished by his other two colleagues but he appears to be learning fast..Of course Didymus Mutasa was chief crawlie who lost the plot BUT all may not be lost even for him.I bet he dreams while walking and in sleep for the day he will be invited back..he simply can not wait!

  9. Just toying around…what would happen if the president were to call back Mujuru, Mutasa and Gumbo back to the party? Where would those who have been standing on top of Joina centre calling these three musketeers names? Imagine…

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