Zanu PF showdown looms

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe will today preside over a bitterly divided Zanu PF politburo amid heightened tensions, as the acrimonious succession wars threaten to boil over.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA/OBEY MANAYITI

It could turn out to be an explosive gathering in the wake of reports that the two distinct factions within the party were separately mobilising ahead of what could be a defining meeting.

War veterans have already threatened to block Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo from attending the meeting, while those said to be aligned to the ambitious G40 group were said to be mobilising under the guise of celebrating Mugabe’s appointment as an African Union special rapporteur.

President Robert Mugabe on edge etched President Robert Mugabe. [CAPTION]

Manicaland youth leader Mubuso Chinguno yesterday said he would be leading youths from his province “to stop those trying to undermine the President”.

“As Manicaland youth league, we are coming,” he declared.

“What the war vets are trying to do is unlawful and unconstitutional. Those threats are equal to revolting against the President, who is the only centre of power in Zanu PF.”

As if to indicate the worsening factionalism rocking Zanu PF, a new youth group going by the name Save Zanu PF Campaign has emerged.

Co-ordinated by suspended Mashonaland Central youth chairperson Godfrey Tsenengamu, the group used social media to organise youth league members from at least seven provinces to demonstrate in an effort “to save the party from thieves, gays and sell-outs”.

“It is our duty to save the party of sweat, blood and tears,” a posting on WhatsApp that went viral yesterday read.

“We cannot fold our hands while thieves, gays, sell-outs and enemies tear it apart. Children of war veterans, war collaborators and all parents, you are called upon (to) come (and) let us defend our legacy. It is our future at stake.”

Provincial co-ordinators listed included Godfrey Gomwe (Harare), Vengai Musengi (Mashonaland West), Edmore Samambwa (Midlands), Washington Nkomo (Matabeleland South) and Tamuka Nyoni (Matabeleland North).

Tsenengamu confirmed the existence of the group.

“In 2014, we stood up as the youth and helped the President and First Lady Grace Mugabe to defend the party from people of similar thinking,” he said.

“We will not let them down now. We will defend our party and the President’s legacy that individuals bent on spoiling the broth are now trying to destroy.”

However, the Zanu PF secretary for the youth league in the politburo, Pupurai Togarepi, said the ruling party had structures to communicate its messages.

“There is no reason for violence if the issue is about showing our solidarity with our President,” Togarepi said.

A section of the party’s women’s league, reportedly linked to G40, has also reportedly been mobilising a demonstration against Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom they wanted to open up about his presidential ambitions.

While the party agonised about today’s meeting and the potential showdown by rival factions, war veterans were not backing down from their demand that Moyo be expelled from the party and barred from the politburo meeting, with the former freedom fighters’ association secretary-general Victor Matemadanda yesterday saying they were “restrategising in the face of their (G40) strategy”.

“Their strategy is to create a situation where war veterans will fight with women, but we will not be drawn into that,” he said.

“We will not fight our people, but our hope is that our patron and the country’s leader (Mugabe) will restore order in the party.”

The war veterans’ leadership and Zanu PF members believed to be aligned to Mnangagwa have ratcheted up pressure on the Higher Education minister, demanding the politburo take a definitive stand on his use of social media to abuse other party members.

While Moyo was seemingly on the back foot for the past 10 days, he has received support from Youth minister Patrick Zhuwao and Zanu PF national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere, who has said the ruling party would not be forced into discussing “peripheral issues” such as social media.

However, party spokesman Simon Khaya Moyo has been insistent all week that social media would be discussed at today’s meeting, drawing the ire of his namesake, the Higher Education minister, who warned his days could be numbered.

“SK Moyo is my brother. Did they quote him right? If so, then he’s going the Rugare Gumbo way as party spokesman,” Moyo wrote on Twitter.

“We will put The Herald on the agenda of the politburo meeting tomorrow (today). It has become a successionist disgrace.”

Kasukuwere, according to State media, was organising demonstrations at the Zanu PF headquarters today using parallel structures and there have been warnings of possible confrontation.

“Will defend the leader of our party and country without fear or favour,” Kasukuwere declared on his Twitter account.

“No amount of intimidation can work. Forget it.”

With the planned demonstrations and counter-demonstrations, today’s politburo meeting could turn out to be more than a handful for law enforcement agents, but police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said: “I will check”, when asked if any of the groups organising demonstrations had notified law enforcement agents.

Academic and political analyst Ibbo Mandaza warned of “serious repercussions” if Mugabe does not stop the fights.

“I hope he will be able to do something to stop what has become an open confrontation,” Mandaza said. “The powers-that-be should act swiftly to stop this confrontation that could have serious repercussions.”

20 Responses to Zanu PF showdown looms

  1. Colonel February 10, 2016 at 5:36 am #

    D-Day for the 1st secretary of Zanu (PF) to STAMP his authority

  2. Drunk, Taxi Driving, War Vet February 10, 2016 at 7:17 am #

    Today it’s G(race) 40 vs Lacoste. Just sit back and enjoy the sickening drama..

  3. Nehemiah Magaya February 10, 2016 at 7:24 am #

    Isu magamatocks akadzingwa kudhara takangoti zii zvedu. Mamisanayi mhani mabharanzi! This is goood!!

  4. Trondorondo February 10, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    If anybody out there can name the 40 gays in G40, I will give them an all expenses paid trip to ZANU PF Head office for today’s game.

  5. Iniini February 10, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    “There is no reason for violence if the issue is about showing our solidarity with our President,” Togarepi said.” So there are times when you consider violence to be necessary in a country that is not at war. Kufunga kweZANU so. The other one says “The strategy is to create a situation where war veterans will fight with women, but we will not be drawn into that,” he said. So women are not worthy to be fought according to him, surprisingly they fought Mujuru.

  6. Green bhombindo February 10, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    Iyo haisi picture yamudhara chaiyo. NewsDAY isai picture yamudhara chaiyo chaiyo. Mudhara havana kuchembera kudaro.

  7. maita February 10, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    As usual there won’t be an showdown, they will just be there babbling about how STEM will create employment, their idea of creating 2.2 million jobs has now an excuse, it is because the 2.2 million have no mathematics at O’Level. Smith;s guys who built a string industry some of them had no O’levels. So I don’t expect anything normal coming there, just like the Victoria Falls jaunt.

  8. GIFT February 10, 2016 at 8:32 am #

    So it now War Vets against war vets children. Zvino anokundwa ndiani? Considering kuti the war vets have got some form of training… hameno. For what I know no matter what war vets will never undermine Mugabe. For crying out loud he is also a war vet. The two parties all claim to be 100% behind Mugabe so what seems to be the problem.

    • munhu February 10, 2016 at 12:08 pm #

      Mugabe is not a war vet. He never held a gun during the war. He was described as a nationalist…not a war vet. The term nationalist was coined to accommodate those leaders who never held the gun and actually never fought during the liberation war.

  9. Mukanya February 10, 2016 at 8:55 am #

    A worthless meeting, while the country is reeling from the effects of an el Nino drought.

  10. Newako February 10, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    Its sad how all these people rally around Mugabe as if he is some form of a god, a mere human being with so many frailties.
    He is the architect of the current confusion and all these Zanu PF people fail to see it.

  11. maita February 10, 2016 at 9:39 am #

    These thugs met better thugs, anyway they want to save zanupf not Zimbabwe so yes it needs a thug to save a thug.

  12. Biti February 10, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    The end of Mutsvangwa, the real Son of Sithole, is TODAY

  13. magame February 10, 2016 at 9:50 am #

    End of day today will be an anti climax. Bob will simply tell his trrops kuti tambayi zvakanaka. mark my words.

  14. Rasta Hero February 10, 2016 at 10:07 am #

    It has always been Mugabe’s problem. He joined the war I 1977 when Tongo, Rex, Dabengwa, Machingura, Teurayi Ropa etc had been in the bush for over a decade. Mugabe has always despised true War Veterans. Remember his ” the politics leads the gun” symbiosis and his often verbiage deploring the Army Generals to refrain from meddling in politics. Mugabe sees the War Veterans not as affiliates and partners but rather pawns and usable instruments of power. Recently he berated Mutswangwa’s misplaced military heroism and praised Chinotimba’s idiotic simplicity. Mugabe likes pawns and not free thinking activists. No one exemplifies a typical Mugabe pawn than Ngwena. like all utensils, they are discarded after they have outlived their usefulness. Munhu wese kuna Amai is what Mugabe believes in now coz that is a power retention strategy. Power will remain with the Mugabes. After Grace, muchatongwa na Bona, after Bona it will be Chatunga!

    Cry thy beloved country. Its moments like this that I miss our true heroes, Joshua Nkomo, Nikita Mangena, Tongogara and mukoma Rex, for I tell you verily that they would not tolerate that. I really wish Mujuru was around coz he had the balls to put Mugabe in his place.

  15. Gwedeja February 10, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    This clearly indicate that our country no longer have a leader. Nature has taken toll on our president, changosara i voice just like a dying old man. No longer in control and these vultures are already waiting for his final breath. Gire ndiye cause of all these problems.

  16. aluta continua February 10, 2016 at 12:49 pm #

    From the live up dates it is crystal clear that G40 has an upper hand over the other faction. The president honestly cannot condone Sarah Mahoka for chiding his Vp in public More so as he has divulged its his wife who is behind todays gathering which was not done through the formal party structures.G40 has brains and team lacoste muscles are were outwitted .Charamba is now walking a tight rope. Hokoyo .

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  18. Ndabambi February 10, 2016 at 8:37 pm #

    The guys are fighting over a dead donkey!

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