Masvingo, Midlands breeding grounds for factionalism: Mugabe

President Robert Mugabe says he is considering a leadership reshuffle in Masvingo province following the unabated factional and tribal wars within his Zanu PF party.

BY XOLISANI NCUBE

President R.G.Mugabe
President R.G.Mugabe

Addressing a Zanu PF youth league presidential interface in Bindura on Saturday, Mugabe said the fights in the province have reached a boiling point and required urgent attention ahead of next year’s crunch polls.

“The issue is the manner in which the province is being run is causing problems, so we had not yet completed this issue (problem solving) even myself, I was still looking at this issue and I said, okay, we should do a reshuffle so that we could iron out our differences,” he said .

The President was forced to visit Masvingo province twice this year in a bid to bring warring factions together.

Mugabe said the cause of the antagonism was tribalism, which he said was rife in both Masvingo and the Midlands provinces.

He narrated to the crowd gathered how Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been cited as the problem person in the Midlands since the days of late Vice-President Simon Muzenda.

“So the situation in these two is quite different, the more endemic one, which is crying for solutions, is Masvingo province. In Midlands, they are able to sort themselves out, there are some good performers,” he said

Before Mugabe spoke, First Lady Grace Mugabe had also taken aim at the two provinces, describing them as breeding grounds for factionalism.

“Anyone, who wants factionalism issues must pack their bags and go to Midlands and Masvingo, you choose between the two. We don’t want to lie to each other here, things are not okay there, and it’s not good. Let us solve them,” he said.

16 Comments

  1. Robert Gabriel Matuzvili

    we are anti-zezuru! mazezuru matonga penyu pakwana. trying to sneak in sekeramayi as a presidential candidate from nowhere will not work. Masvingo and midlands yaramba. Mat North and South CAN JOIN. WE ARE TIRED OF ONE GROUP CONROLLING THE COUNRY…INFACT KILLING THE COUNTRY.

    1. This should not be about a group of people but about a good leader. For me, it does no matter whether its Gono, Museyamwa, Phiri, Ncube or whatever as long as they are Zimbabwean. Once the Karanga say its our turn, the Ndebeles, Manyikas, Vendas would be justified to raise the same banner.

  2. Let’s vote marujata out in 2018

  3. To us call whatever u want ,Masvingo,Midlands ,Manicaland,Mat South n North we are ONE dzungu itai shoma.we cnt hv a tribe the chosen one.Mp zanu president Tsvangirai hazvishamise zanu kuvhotera Tsvangson if we nt happy we not,bye bye Bobo mukadzi wako ndiye akuendesa

  4. Mugabe appointed Mnangagwa by himself so he musn’t blame anyone else & must just shut up. it’s just one of the thousands of bad decisions he’s made throughout his life, including marrying a wife from planet Mars

  5. munangagwa woyee! wither marujata.

  6. Fertile breeding grounds for sure

  7. Masvingo,Midlands tajamuka zvachose. sesijikile

  8. @RobertMugabe, ED is a tribalist and must be fired. Gushungo was chosen because he was the best and not because he is muzezuru. We must chose the next leader using the same criteria.

  9. This has nothing to do with tribes. We are simply tired of the lack of development in our areas and the many false promises. Its not only these two provinces the whole country is tired of you Bob

  10. This is bigger than Masvingo and Midlands if you thought so… Soon all provinces are following suit….Ndikoko chaiko kwazvinofanirwa kuenda… Rume rimwe harikombi churu…. Ipawo vamwe inga wakaita mari wega wani????Bread and Butter issues first mozonetsana henyu

  11. With due respect allow me to give this short analysis to the people of Zimbabwe ,honestly i do have respect to the president and the party Zanu Pf but the current scenario needs to be viewed with an honest perspective .
    1. The president has not been doing justice to the Karanga people ,leaders are not chosen because of tribes but eligibility ,tribal balancing is also an essential element of leadership i think we do agree on this .Am sorry to say this but it has to be said The wise president has been tribal balancing his tribalism by pitching the karanga people against each other to keep himself on power , i would say Dr Zvobgo was honest not tribalistic , only those with power can be tribalistic ,a power man without rulership can not be tribal .

    It began after the death of Herbert Chitepo a manyika and the former chairman of Dare rechimurenga the then most powerful organ of our beloved party Zanu pf ,The then secretary general of the party wrestled power with Edson Zvobgo who was then the deputy ,knowingly that he was not going to win because six provinces wanted Zvobgo except the three mashonaland provinces the president used his usual tactic of divide and rule upto this day Masvingo Manicaland remains divided .This is how it happened ,cde S Muzenda was the list learned in Masvingo ,he was made to believe and sold out his tribe and agreement for his selfish benefits ,He was told that look vapfana vako vose vakadzidzisa ava tikadzokera kumusha tahwina nyika ,they want me to be their president but they dont respect you ,they will through yoiu away but the promise i give you ,you is that whenever i become a president you will deputise me ,the election went on and it became a draw to the amazement of everybody Zvobgo asked for the election to rerun but it went back on 5-5 , thirdly Zvobgo belived that Manyikas ,ndebeles and karangas are one which is true to this day so he suggested that the retaing officer conducting the election should cast his vote putting in mind that he was a manyika with the same agreement being Didymus Mutasa ,as usual the man was manipulated and promised that whatever paradise he will not be left ,for sure the president kept his word till last year Mutasa was the president s blue boy who championed factionalism doing any sort of things protected by the president ,rewarded with cabinet posts everytime ,Cde R G won and because vaMutasa vakatengesa .

    Zvobgo kept fighting Muzenda nekuti wakatengesa factionalism kumasvingo yakagadzigwa nemi Gushungo ,kumidlands the same maigwisanisa vana Msipa naana E D ,for your selfish gains Manicaland ndizvozvo bootlickers not efficient people you like them .to be continoued……

  12. Comment…ngazvibayane

  13. mbandaka bolomba: “Zvobgo belived that Manyikas ,ndebeles and karangas are one which is true to this day”.
    Not true. At the end of the unity accord Zvobgo said “We are now all Karanga” which is true as Korekore,Zezuru, Manyikas, today’s Karanga all came from the same place until some went east, north, west around Zimbabwe.
    You mbandaka bolomba are actually sounding tribal and divider of the nation. You can fool some people some of the time, but you can’t fool all Zimbos all the time.
    Your statement is very reckless, but what do you know homie.

  14. mbandaka bolomba: “Zvobgo believed that Manyikas ,Ndebeles and Karangas are one which is true to this day”.
    Not true. At the end of the unity accord Zvobgo said “We are now all Karanga” which is true as Korekore,Zezuru, Manyikas, today’s Karanga all came from the same place until some went east, north, west around Zimbabwe.
    You mbandaka bolomba are actually sounding tribal and divider of the nation. You can fool some people some of the time, but you can’t fool all Zimbos all the time.
    Your statement is very reckless, but what do you know homie.

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