Grace takes charge of Zanu PF congress

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FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe’s G40 allies have reportedly taken charge of preparations for Zanu PF’s proposed December extraordinary congress where she is expected to force through a constitutional amendment allowing for her appointment as the party’s second female vice-president, NewsDay has learnt.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Impeccable sources yesterday said President Robert Mugabe had, after last week’s tense politburo meeting, immediately set up a steering committee, comprising mainly of Grace’s allies, to organise the congress.

Zanu PF is effectively split between two distinct factions, Grace’s G40, whose kingpins are party commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, and Team Lacoste, which is sympathetic to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

With both the Zanu PF factions jostling to sponsor a candidate to succeed ailing soon-to-be 94-year-old Mugabe, the First Lady’s G40 faction was likely to have the last laugh in the succession race.

“Yes, there is a committee to plan and co-ordinate the extraordinary congress. It is headed by (administration secretary Ignatius) Chombo and some of its members are (political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere, (Major-General Douglas) Nyikayaramba and a former Reserve Bank governor (name withheld),” a top Zanu PF source said.

“It is basically a G40 group and that is a clear indication that the faction has taken charge of the party and most organs. They are running the show and likely to have their way at the extraordinary congress.”

This came amid reports that Grace’s allies would want Mnangagwa pushed out of the presidium on allegations of plotting Mugabe’s ouster.

But Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo yesterday declined to comment over the matter, referring all questions to Chombo.
“The secretary for administration (Chombo) would know. I have not been advised, maybe he has not finalised the setting-up of the committee, but check with him,” Khaya Moyo said.

Efforts to contact Chombo were fruitless as his mobile went unanswered.

Chombo and Kasukuwere are reportedly leading figures in the G40 faction while Nyikayaramba is also believed to be sympathetic to the same faction.

Mnangagwa’s political life has continued to hang by the thread over the past few weeks following public attacks on his person by the First Family, in a clear indication that the Zanu PF leader might be ready to cut loose his long-time lieutenant widely believed to be the frontrunner to succeed him.

Mugabe last month formed a Zanu PF election directorate made up of mainly G40 members led by Grace and supported by Chombo, Kasukuwere, legal secretary Patrick Chinamasa and youth league boss Kudzanayi Chipanga to lead the party’s 2018 election campaign.

Only Chinamasa is reportedly a known member of Mnangagwa’s Team Lacoste faction. Grace, who doubles as Zanu PF secretary for women’s affairs, will lead the party’s elections directorate that has been tasked to manage, supervise and mobilise for the 2018 general elections.

Mugabe last week agreed to the idea of transforming the Zanu PF annual conference, scheduled for Gwanda, into an extraordinary congress, triggering provincial co-ordinating committee meetings that endorsed the idea at the weekend.

Insiders said while Mugabe’s position as party leader was safe, changes to the party’s constitution were being considered.

“There are two issues being considered: The re-introduction of the woman’s quota to provide for a woman deputy president or to introduce a third vice-president,” NewsDay heard.

While addressing the Zanu PF women’s league national assembly in July, Mugabe dropped a bombshell urging his wife, who had demanded that he names his successor, to “consider the idea of a third vice-president”.

“My suggestion is that we leave things as they are at the top and consider the idea of three vice-presidents to add a woman to the two. The other would be to revert to the original position and amend the constitution, then go to congress. I want you to think about that,” Mugabe said in response to an angry rant from his wife.

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  1. “Yes, there is a committee to plan and co-ordinate the extraordinary congress. It is headed by (administration secretary Ignatius) Chombo and some of its members are (political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere, (Major-General Douglas) Nyikayaramba and a former Reserve Bank governor (name withheld),” Name withheld seriously, its very obvious even Chinos can guess the answer

  2. it’s very sad and depressing to come to terms with the fact that Mnangagwa and Lacoste cannot do anything to stop Mugabe and his woman from pushing this country into an abyss through a childish incredulous play

    • You may say it is very sad but the reality is that they have contributed to their own downfall because when they cheered Joice’s demise they didn’t do an all-stakeholder risk assessment. They can go and form their own party or join MDCs’ and fight G40 through the ballot. Mugabe has grown to be what he is today because he was propped by the very people who now claim he is refusing to cede power. Lacoste has so far proved to be nyanga dze zizi.

  3. “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning”
    Psalms 30 vs. 5.
    What the mortal flesh has been deprived of is the divine eye to see beyond situations that abound us, what seemingly appears to be insurmountable, untenable situations that surround us, but ey…in a flicker of a second, The Loooooooord shall turn again the captivity of Zion… then our mouth shall be filled with laughter.
    Psalms 126 vs. 1 – 2
    We are definitely marching out of the hegemony of this yoke that burdens us.

  4. hodgepodge is the situation in zanu pf . no order everyone want to control the party. Shumba vaenda vachaitwa sekutaura kwavo kuti ukabuda muzanu unoita sezhizha rabva panamai rinosvava. Shumba you lost it when you attacked Joice when she was being attacked by MRs stop it. What cames around goes around. Zanu is no longer the part of the people its now a bedroom part. How can all the people in zanu pf fail to refuse imposition of people. You are cowards. It means all these zanu pf followers can not decide for themselves this is why they are being frog marched to the interface rallies that are making people angels and wife of angels. This is why they can compare a mortal person to Jesus son Of God.if you know what happened at Mugagawo is what is to happen now in Zanu pf. People with no history wants to control the part. the elephants are fighting while the grass is being destroyed by their fight.The economy is burning with no jobs no money and currency what type of a country is this . you said were going to create 2.2 million jobs.

  5. It would be good for Grace to be ushered into the limelight so that people would know how to vote next year.

  6. Let G40 ‘revitalize” the Presidium and they will kiss goodbye to power comes election 2018. Mr Chinamasa your hands will be too full to do anything very soon because media shall be effectively used to campaign against Zanu PF by people like me. We will not vote for Mugabe for the simple reasons that:
    a) He has ceded powers vested in him alone to his wife
    b) He is too old to remember what he said in the last hour
    c) He creates more enemies than friends in every speech he gives
    d) Its a known fact that the country will not receive meaningful investors as Mugabe himself is a threat to anybody’s investment with his flip-flopping.
    e) He has failed to unite the nation and instead he is instigating divisions.
    f) He has protected thieves like Jonathan Moyo from prosecution
    g) His party looted $15 billion diamond money which they are now using to buy brand new vehicles for campaigning. To recover that money and resuscitate the economy, Zanu should be voted out.

    The list of reasons is very long and I will leave it for the election period.

  7. These are the last days.We will not watch them messing our country. So Chiwenga and Chihuri there comes a lady without war credentials are they going to refuse to salute her. Then if they refuse they will be labelled Lacoste.
    Zvakaoma kutungamirirwa nehure.

    • They are already saluting her, they are just generals to the opposition but chicken heads to Grace. when they see Grace they put their tails between their legs. They allowed a system and now its devouring them. Anyway they get the cars they want, primitive wealth accumulation is what they are good at. Hanzi chero tichidya.

  8. The War vets in particular the senior military used to say they will not salute Tswangirayi if he becomes a president since he is not a war veteran, now what would happen if Grace Mugabe becomes a Vice President of the Republic. Lets see whether they will fight her with the same vigor they had when denying Tsangirayi the elections he clearly won.

  9. Marujata wants the seat via back door… Are you sure? Lets talk of a man who has helped your husband to retain power and has been with him for almost 55years now. Wongoda kubvongodza, HEHEHE UNORIONA (Garwe). Its over for G40 LOOT NOW OR NEVER

  10. Name withheld. The Head of State and Government who is also the Commander in Chief of ZDF (Name withheld)

  11. Name Withheld. The Head of State and Government who is also the Commander in Chief of ZDF (Name withheld) has left for Paraguay to attend a World Helath organisation Conferenec…

  12. Nyikayaramba is now G40? what are you smoking? the dude is lacoste through and through. he is the one holding wiwa hostage so that he does not testify

  13. Mnangagwa is a lizard. Dzvinyu zvaro risina kana plan. Dai ndirini ndaiti sekuru ibvai magara henyu ikoko, musadzoka. ?

  14. @ hoko. u made my day bro :-
    These are the last days.We will not watch them messing our country. So Chiwenga and Chihuri there comes a lady without war credentials are they going to refuse to salute her. Then if they refuse they will be labelled Lacoste.
    Zvakaoma kutungamirirwa nehure.

  15. Handeyi tione, sovoting next year!!! Nyongodzai amai kuti zvitirerutsire kuziva kwekuvotera gore rinowuya hahahahahahahahaha

  16. Zimbabwe inyika yakazara nemapenzi netyoyi chete chete dzisina zvakakosha muupenyu hwadzo.Mapenzi vose ava havaoni kwavari kubva nekwavarikuenda.Chokwadi rima rakaputira vanhu vezimbabwe.Mugabe nemhuri yake,zanu pf nemasupporters ayo,ndivo vane war credentials here imi vanhu vemuZimbabwe?Petakaenda kuhondo,mweya wakatiendesa wakange usi waMugabe uye hapana munhu wakamanikidzwa.Vhurai pfungwa nemoyo yenyu imi vanhu vakapambwa.

  17. Let us beware of rogue politics taken to far. The forest may be different but the monkeys are the same. You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair. Lets not misconceive our resilience, mediocrity, contentment with the status quo for peace. Silence in the midst of adversity is fear, not peace.

  18. ma comrades cannot allow the party to be hijacked by mafikizolo and g40.They must getout and form their own party and leave madhara in their party.according to Grace ,Gen Tongogara ,Umdhala Nkomo,Chair Chitepo,Gen Lookout Masuku and Gen Mujuru were idiots who served her husband to catch her in a pub for president.In the old days, a woman who goes to pubs is looking for big catch to take home.President Mugabe vaka kechwa.And now she attepts to catch whole zanu.NOOOOO.EVEN IF YOU PURGE NGWENA we have Chiwenga,we have another after chiwenga,me,.

  19. the prophet said god changed his plan.this man must live and witness power being taken from him without shading blood next year.mark my words.everyone knows that in 2008 this man was beaten by m t and the results took one and a half months to be anounced idiot.

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