G40 in Mujuru fiasco replay

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Dragged to a political fiasco whose spoils they may never see, hordes of Zanu PF supporters were bussed to the governing party’s headquarters on Thursday allegedly without the faintest idea of what they had come for.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

“We were told that we are supposed to come here and hear the First Lady (Grace Mugabe) speak,” one Zanu PF activist said.

Another added: “It is the President (Robert Mugabe) who is supposed to talk to us”, and yet another chipped in: “No, we are here to support Cde Saviour Kasukuwere (party national commissar). They want to remove him”.

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At the end of the day, most did not know the agenda of the meeting. However, it had been set and following threats by veterans of the liberation struggle reportedly rooting for Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over from Mugabe, another faction of the ruling party opposed to the Midlands political strongman leapt into action.

Fronted by Kasukuwere and boasting within its ranks a reeling Higher and Tertiary Education minister Jonathan Moyo, the Generation-40 (G40), an ambitious faction supporting Grace, devised a counter plan.

They mobilised women from across the country and brought them to Harare ahead of a crunch politburo meeting to re-shape the agenda of the indaba.

Mugabe was left with no option, but to address the crowd, but not before Hurungwe East MP Sarah Mahoka hogged the limelight with the political assault of the year, thus far, and the kind not seen since former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s departure.

They came, saw and heard, but most left awestruck after Mahoka, who is Zanu PF Women’s League secretary for finance, pulled one of the most daring stunts the country’s political architecture has ever seen.

There was also one Mai Mazai, another backside-swinging suggestive dancer apparently the group leader of a traditional troupe reportedly sponsored by Mashonaland West political godfather and Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo.

The gap-toothed dancer had Grace almost jumping out of her seat, while Mugabe, Mnangagwa and his counterpart Phelekezela Mphoko sat in stunned silence.

It was a bolt from the blue in particular for Mnangagwa, but Mugabe’s non-committal response in admonishing Mahoka or at the very least defending his deputy “sold the Zanu PF leader out”.

“Why did he not say something? Why did he not straight away clip Mahoka’s wings? He (Mugabe) is G40’s godfather. It is his project, but this time, it is going to be war,” a top Mnangagwa ally warned.

But not all were impressed by what the ex-liberation party has become.

“That was appalling. I have never seen anything like this. Is this why they brought us hear? To humiliate the leadership of the party like this? To say I am shocked is an understatement,” an elderly Harare woman said.

A Women’s League member from Mutare interviewed by NewsDay Weekender said they had not been provided with food.

“We have not eaten anything and are hungry, yet we are supposed to go back to Mutare by bus just now. There are no arrangements for us to sleep over after the 200km journey. It is not good for some old people among us,” she said.

Insiders said G40 had printed placards denigrating Mnangagwa, War Veterans minister Christopher Mutsvangwa and Mugabe’s Press secretary George Charamba. But they were reportedly stopped by the intelligence services.

“They were only stopped by the intelligence. Some of the placards were as blunt as ‘Pasi naMutsvangwa’, ‘Charamba ngaende’ and ‘Mnangagwa wants your position Cde President’,” a source claimed.

Before addressing Mugabe on the Charamba issue, Mahoka summoned Minister in Mphoko’s office, Tabeth Kanengoni-Malinga, to read an extract from Charamba’s interview with a local radio station.

“I did not go to school that much and cannot read. Kanengoni come and read for the President,” Mahoka said.

As Mugabe addressed the crowd, Charamba, who had hitherto not been seen, suddenly appeared, walked up to the podium and adjusted the microphone that the veteran former guerilla leader was using, amid chants from a small section led by Letina Undenge and Acie Lumumba of “Charamba ngaabve, ngaaende (Charamba must go)”.

It appeared Charamba’s short stunt was a show of defiance. A clear sign to Mahoka and her handlers that: “I am here to stay”.

But after yesterday’s rally in Chiweshe, at which Mahoka again openly flaunted her new-found power in the form of Grace, there is no going back.

Mnangagwa’s epitaph seems to have been written and for Charamba, only Grace and her husband know his fate. One cannot imagine when Mnangagwa, who has been Mugabe’s special assistant for almost 60 years, turned against him in his hour of need.

13 COMMENTS

  1. Comrades and Friends The President RGM and his Vice President EDM have a long dated relationship which is not even known by the few excited and never shall ngwena wants to upsurge power whilst RGM is still within under this blue sky but it is RGM who will hand over to Ngwena when he feels he can no longer carry on yes the President turns 92 years in a few days time its not taboo to speculate who will take over from him.

  2. Those who are being attacked now are architects of their own demise remember it was Ngwenya who changed the constitution to boot out Mai Mujuru, Mutsvangwa was insulting Mujuru left right and center while they ululated. Where is the difference now is it dindingwe rino naka richa kweva rimwe scenario. One can not help but admire the G40 strategic abilities, now the war vets constituents is fast dwindling but every minute some one turns 18, and they have realized that. About Ngwenya’s history well if the commanders allowed Mai Mujuru one their own to be humiliated what about a mere bodyguard whose history is more after the war than during the war. Vanoenda ma commanders ivavo.

    • How has been ED abused more that Teurai she was called muroyi weku Dotito Dr 10% pasi nevano psira varume mumba and that she had worn revealing clothes before her bodyguard used nyugururwa while half naked e.t.c and she never responded. The constitution was changed sacked without being heard etc Mutsvangwa was spitting venom. Her role in the liberation rubbished her late husband rubbished barred from attending the congress. While ED made sure by changing the constitution zvakaoma veduwe.

  3. never expect somethin new from them, you will waste time fighting for them , it’s so clear what they do,when Mujuru came into office, many, if not all provincial chairs were booted out, just the like way she got out herself, so Ngwena helped kick some out so will he, as well as all this G40 crap, they are on their way, they don’t know it just yet, when they use you, they throw u away, just like a condom, ask Diddymus, Gumbo and that cremora guy, hold on to your chair yet, the fun is yet to come

  4. The template for taking out Ngwena from the party is similar to the one used on mai Mujuru. Ngwena has always been been under Bob’s protection for the last half century. Has he got capacity to fight for his survival? What is not in doubt is mother and God are coming for his political decimation. It’s a fight of the protege and his master.

  5. kunyarara hakushandi kuZanu. even mujuru was abused the same way bt she never said a word. they continued to abuse her after she was expelled and she never said a word again until after Mutasa and company forced her to lead the so called PF project. so the crocodile must wake up and respond before its too late otherwise vanozopindura vavakupurazi vachirima mbambaira.

  6. fuctions are part of the old man’s survival tactics. afta Rex Nhongo, Joyce, Dydmus and Rugare were taken out of the equation, the only feared war hero left in the party is ED. Wen they are done with ED i tell u the old man will pop from nowhere to anounce his successor…….and it will be his SON ….JUNIOR. he is just buying time.

  7. kkkkkk amana ngwena haa bayi zveku mhanya. Manje manje muchaiona G40 yenyu ichirira, usatamba ne team ya ngwena

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