Vice-President Mujuru under threat

BATTLE lines have been drawn as Zanu PF starts preparation for the restructuring of provinces and districts ahead of this year’s party national people’s conference to be held in Chinhoyi, it has emerged.

BY OUR STAFF

The development comes at a time when Parliament has also become a battleground for the faction loyal to Vice-President Joice Mujuru and another linked to Justice minister, Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Sources said factions in the party were positioning their members to occupy influential positions which will place them at an advantage when the time comes for the election of national chairman and the two vice presidents at next year’s elective congress.

“It’s dog eat dog as we prepare for the elections,” said a Zanu PF politburo member. “There is so much at stake because the new provincial and district leaders who are coming in before this year’s people’s conference will be the ones to eventually decide President Robert Mugabe’s successor when the time comes.”

He said another faction, which claims to be only loyal to Mugabe and not aligned either the Mujuru or Mnangagwa factions, was pushing for the Zanu PF constitution to be amended to make it mandatory for all positions in the party to be contested.

“They are saying all positions from the VP downwards must be contested. Unless Mugabe comes to the rescue of some of these leaders, we are going to see them being challenged including Mujuru and Simon Khaya Moyo (national chairman),” said the party official.

Another senior Zanu PF official said a number of provincial chairpersons were being targeted for removal as Mugabe’s succession battle intensifies.

He said in Mashonaland west, where the conference will be held in December, fights have already emerged over the construction of a proposed US$10 million conference centre.

The official said Local government minister, Ignatious Chombo who is considered a Mugabe loyalist and was supposed to spearhead the project by virtue of his portfolio in government was allegedly being side-lined. 

He said flamboyant businessman, Phillip Chiyangwa was being touted as the new provincial chairman to replace John Mafa, considered a Mnangagwa sympathiser.

Mafa lost the Chegutu West primary elections to national commissar, Webster Shamu who is believed to be loyal to Mujuru.

The official Masvingo provincial chairperson, Lovemore Matuke was also a target for removal by one of the factions in the party.

He said after failing to remove him during a restructuring exercise early this year, the issue of fired Bikita West legislator, Munyaradzi Kereke has now provided an opportunity to revisit his case.

Matuke and another provincial executive, Edmund Mhere signed nomination papers for Kereke resulting in Zanu PF fielding two candidates, the fired legislator and Elias Musakwa.

But the official said efforts to discipline Matuke and Mhere were being engineered by one faction in Zanu PF eager to expose securocrats who supported Kereke’s candidature.

“By hauling Matuke before a disciplinary hearing they want him to reveal the securocrats who made him endorse Kereke’s candidate,” said the official. “This process is meant to prove that security chiefs are interfering in Zanu PF’ internal politics. They want to justify security sector reforms through the back door and the urgent replacement of the current securocrats considered too loyal to Mugabe.”

The official said the fight has also spilled to Parliament where the Zanu PF factions were battling to control key portfolio committees.

He said the Mujuru faction has realised that Mnangagwa as Justice Minister and leader of the house and government business in Parliament was now too powerful and could use his position to spring a surprise in the battle to succeed Mugabe.

“There are fears that Mnangagwa will put in place laws that will make it difficult for Mujuru to easily take over from Mugabe. Mnangagwa wants to ensure that Mugabe finishes his term office so that he fights again after regaining lost ground,” said the official.

He said the internal fights have spilled over to the land where factions were accusing each other of evicting farmers, particularly war veterans for the benefit of some former white commercial farmers.

“Service chiefs are not happy that people who have been on the farms for 10 years are being told to move without alternative land being given to them. The Attorney General’s office has written letters stating that such moves are illegal, but they have been ignored,” said the official.
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12 Responses to Vice-President Mujuru under threat

  1. Gutter Poet October 6, 2013 at 1:35 pm #

    You really enjoy the skull duggery stuff dont you? Anyway, when you are done with all these speculations about who is going to take over from Mugabe what are you going to come up with next. You have been at it as it is for ever now without providing any shred of evidence as regard the conclusions you have been force feeding us for years now. Why not stick with the news and leave speculation to your opinion pages..this is no longer funny!

  2. Menzi October 6, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    Monumental circus, isn’t?

  3. Observer October 6, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    We have read this fiction and speculation over and over and over again.

  4. characteristically October 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

    speculation inotanda chivandire huye ikurudziro yokuburitsa any contrary opinionating yaavo vanayo manifesto yemhando iyoyo nechinangwa chokunyonganisa zvakanyogwa kare.

  5. chimwango October 6, 2013 at 4:53 pm #

    Please when contesting for positions don’t fight and spell blood and cut short other people lives through unnecessary accidents.Even if you declare them heroes live is better than a dead hero.

  6. Mukorekore October 6, 2013 at 5:31 pm #

    These newspapers! Hogwash yega yega. We want facts that will bring food on my table. Facts that will create employment; facts that will lessen power cuts. We are tired of hearing all this rubbish. How are we going to generate more electricity along the Zambezi river, along the Mazowe river, along umzingwane river; along Pungwe river. How are we going to circumvent climatic change that is currently seeing Zimbabwe receiving early rains; what are we going to do to add value to our minerals. That’s the kind of news that we want to hear.

    • muchangani October 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

      @mukorekore
      tinohoadii magetsi munyika yedu ine rima ratajairira mutsika namagariro ? mari dzokurasha kuimpota light isu tichivimba ne hindijinaisation namasangoma asvibisa nyika yangova mhindo yoga

  7. Newspaper Reader October 6, 2013 at 6:53 pm #

    Dear The Standard,

    This is rubbish news, uye haina mafacts. These issues of Factions are not worth publishing over and over again. It seems you guys are running out of news worth informing us of what we need to know. Example why not criticize the Government regarding kombis and what is their solution to those moving coffins on the road. Why not expose the corruption that is now common in Zimbabwe Government Tender business?

    I think you need to get reporters that give us sensible news, not fiction. Tipei maFacts mhani!!

  8. Speeksman October 6, 2013 at 6:57 pm #

    Pooh Mukorekore! You think facts bring food on the table? ah kure manhi ukio! Food is not brought on your table by newspapers: ask Kasukuwere and Mavhaire about those things about generating electricity. They were appointed to those offices for a reason, and not spew your venom at the Standard Newspaper: if they write about Michael Jackson’s death (which is a fact anyway), how will that bring food on your table? To hell with your myopia!

  9. wezhira October 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    viva mai mjuru

  10. Takesure Mare October 9, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Issue of the fights in Zanu PF will remain topical until Mugabe is succeeded. My bet is Mnangagwa will not give up the fight. As for putting food on the table, i think Zanu PF is clueless. Lets hope nyika haisi kuenda kumawere again. the Standard keep us informed about the succession in Zanu PF. If Mujuru finally prevails,i think there will be some light at the end of the tunnel coz vana Ngwena ndevechisimba chete

  11. Major Shava October 11, 2013 at 4:21 pm #

    Mai Mujuru better than mhondi Garwe. Bob kachembere ngaka chienda kwaZvimba kuno chengeta nguruve nehuku.

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