Fired Mnangagwa was Mugabe’s hatchet man

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sacked as vice-president because he was “disloyal” to President Robert Mugabe. Of all Mugabe’s thugs, henchmen, cronies and sycophants, no one has been more doggedly and foolishly loyal to him than Mnangagwa until he issued his statement denouncing him for privatising and commercialising Zanu PF and the country.

By Wilbert Mukori,Our Reader

The man has done Mugabe’s dirtiest laundry — tasks many people would rather be shot than even touch with a 10-metre stick, Mnangagwa has washed with his bare hands.

In the end, Mnangagwa had to be got rid of. Mugabe and Mnangagwa have jointly perpetrated crimes and injustices against Zimbabweans.

For Mugabe to accuse Mnangagwa of being disloyal to him is the irony of ironies. Mnangagwa was booted out because he was in pole position in the race to succeed Mugabe.

First Lady Grace Mugabe wants to succeed her husband, so Mnangagwa must go. There have been allegedly two attempts to kill him ever since his appointment as vice-president three years ago. What concerns any rational Zimbabwean is not so much that Mnangagwa has been booted out, but justice. Besides Mugabe himself, Mnangagwa indeed should face justice.

Mugabe continues to rule this country as if it is his personal property, as Mnangagwa says. Zanu PF is imploding because ever since he took over the leadership of that party in 1977, he has never allowed anyone else to have any meaningful say in how the party is run.

There has never been genuine internal Zanu PF party elections; Mugabe has always seen to it that his name is the only one in the hat for the top job.

So, instead of party members electing the leader, it has always been his coronation. He then ensured that he appointed those below him and the party was then asked to rubber-stamp his choices.

Mugabe has done the same thing at national level with more blatant ruthlessness and contemptuous disregard for the constitution and basic rights.

The truth is Mugabe runs a corrupt and incompetent regime with insatiable appetite for power. He is a megalomaniac and narcissist, while his wife’s reckless spending is second to none.

Even after being president for 37 years, Mugabe has not accomplished anything sensible — the truth is he has brought economic ruin and presided over the murder of over
20 000 fellow citizens, to establish and retain his de facto one-party-state dictatorship for many years — yet his desire to cling on to power is even stronger than ever.

Zanu PF is disintegrating because Mugabe will not allow an orderly succession and handover of power to someone else. The factional war which saw the booting out of former vice-president Joice Mujuru from Zanu PF in 2014 and now Mnangagwa is a result of Mugabe framing these two to justify throwing them out so he can continue as leader of the party, while preparing the way for his wife to take over from him.

Mugabe has shown that he would rather drag Zanu PF into the abyss than let someone besides his wife replace him.
Sadly, that is exactly what he has done and worse, he has dragged Zimbabwe into the ditch too. Under Mugabe’s rule, unemployment has soared to over 90%, basic services like clean running water, health and education have all but collapsed, 72,3% of our people now live on US$1 or less a day. Zimbabweans are now among the poorest people in Africa. But instead of instituting measures to address these serious and urgent national economic problems, Mugabe has been preoccupied with his party’s factional war, trumping up false charges to justify sacking Mnangagwa and his followers.

Zanu PF’s dictatorship must be cut down, uprooted and burnt so that there is no chance of the system rising and ruling this nation ever again. To be 100% certain that we have ridden this nation of dictatorial rule, we need to implement democratic reforms before the next elections. As long as the elections go ahead with no reforms in place, Zanu PF, whichever faction prevails after the implosion, will rig the vote and stay in power to re-group.

If we cannot stop these elections, given the opposition’s iron resolve to contest them regardless how flawed and illegal the process happens to be, we must make sure the results are declared null and void.

Zimbabwe has paid dearly for allowing Mugabe to create and retain this corrupt dictatorship for all these 37 years.
He is determined to install Grace as the country’s next dictator. We can stop him dead in his tracks by making sure the next elections are free, fair and credible, and voting in numbers.



  1. Comment…There has never been democracy in ZANU PF since Mugabe took over from Ndabaningi Sithole. He is Mr Everything, there is nothing like THE PEOPLE’S SAY, everything is determined by him and him alone. Heroes declarations are determined by him, no cabinet sitting without him, all Politburo appointments done by him, if he hates you he hates you up to your grave, no forgiveness. His late uncle James Chikerema once said that Mugabe was like that even during youth days herding cattle, he would go his own way from other herdboys because of a minor dispute. Now it shows that he want to die with the party, leaving the country virtually on its knees.

  2. no one proved to be competent to challenge mugabe.even in the part the likes of the munangagwas did not want him to step down because they enjoyed looting the resourses of this country.he mnangagwa saw that mugabe is too old so he wanted to take over so that he can continue looting.even the opposition is not organised enough to challenge mugabe.

  3. They are all criminals who have no sense that the the things they taking will run out and they will be exposed

    1. I know this event made many forget about the evils ED has been complicit in and instead start pitying him for being “treated unfairly” by his most adored and revered boss. Well, it’s the nature of the human mind but let’s try to fight it. Kana mbavha ikasungwa unoona tavakutoinzwira tsitsi. Ndozvirikuitika. I have even heard people in the opposition side with ED as the preferred successor as if to suggest that they had already given up on any hopes of new and more democratic leadership of this country. People must remain steadfast in their pursuit of democracy and not be confused or swayed away by such events that mean nothing for the country’s progress for they are just games of thrones among tyrants from the same party with the same mindset of autocracy.

  4. mbavha dzega dzega they all bastards

  5. Its fun that up to date, not even a single prophet has been able to dust at least just one video even a flawed one capitalising on EDs firing and the great escape, come on prophets we know there are there bring them on.

  6. Comment…our predicament is not exactly mugabi but an electorate that is naive.You see go to rural areas today you will find many people praising mugabi.They are even blind to the fact that nature is taking its toll on him.They are even ascribing our worst economic and political downturn to western countries.I’m now beginning to think that this beloved nation of ours is cursed,given that Ian Seretse Kama has decided to step down and hand over power next year July way before the next poll due in 2019 in that southern African neighbour.Most Zimbos never learn.We are likely to continue living as ZANU hostages for some decades to come if we continue behaving like our rural folks.It is also time we started bringing light to them so that they acquaint themselves with what democracy means and how they can progressively contribute in nation building.We urbanites also need to conscientise the youths to go and register to vote.ZANUOIDS take elections seriously.You see a granny who struggles to walk enduring excruciating muscle pains on election day simply to cast her vote for mugabi.If we don’t change our approach and attitudes as a nation we are doomed.

    1. From my point of view people in rural areas are now fed up with this blame game in the part.if you go there they are concerned on the situation only that they have nowhere to source info. intimidation is another factor. the firing of ED is failing to make sense.

  7. What a badly written piece. Poor grammar and articulation. A grade 3 learner could have done better !! Eish !!

  8. Time will tell but i wonder what in this oldmans mind honestly he should be resting taking his bible reading verses waiting for his fate in Heaven but he seems scared to even meet the Angels,iam foreseeing people celebrating his death instead of mourning,even his War credentials now eroded by clinging to power and clueless policies on ECONOMY

  9. Patrick Guramatunhu

    Mnangagwa is a corrupt, vote-rigging and ruthless thug. He has promised to hold free, fair and credible elections he must be asked to deliver on this promise!

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