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Mugabe derails G40

VICTORIA FALLS — President Robert Mugabe yesterday effectively derailed plans by a faction reportedly linked to his wife, Grace which has been trying to elbow out Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa from the race for the presidency.

BY Richard Chidza/Elias Mambo

The group’s campaign could have seen Mnangagwa demoted at the Zanu PF annual people’s conference, which ended in Victoria Falls yesterday.


Mnangagwa had reportedly been the target of a plot by a group of hawks in the ruling party known as Generation 40 (G40) which has been pushing for the elevation of Grace, the Zanu PF Women’s League boss, to the presidium.

But Mugabe, in his speech to officially close the conference yesterday, seemed to pour cold water at the plot, describing any thoughts of leadership change as “dreams”.

“We all had our thoughts of what was going to happen at this conference. Some said there would be chaos, fights and violence. Some said there would be thugs planted to cause confusion,” Mugabe said.

“Some even said there would be changes to the leadership. That was a dream maybe driven by fear, but that is all gone. We are now working together, the leadership smiling and committed to the resolutions of the party.”

The women’s League had demanded in its resolutions to the conference that a woman be incorporated into the presidium by 2016, giving Mugabe only two weeks to do that. But Mugabe in his closing remarks appeared to brush off the suggestion, saying the resolutions would be looked into and consolidated with only the most important ones being picked.

Reports abound that the G40 faction was pushing until the very end to have Mugabe tweak his inner circle. But the Mnangagwa faction hit back by lobbying for the adoption of the contentious “women’s quota” resolution, but with a sting in the tail. They wanted the Zapu side of Zanu PF to provide the candidate.

The tide was now rising against Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko, with deputy secretary for Women’s League Eunice Sandi-Moyo’s name featuring prominently.

“We will, of course, agree to the women’s quota resolution but this time she has to come from the Zapu side. Zanu PF has already provided [Joice]Mujuru [former vice-president],” said a source close to the goings-on.

Mnangagwa loyalists were upbeat when other provinces said they would back a former Zapu woman into the presidium.

“Tables have turned against them because they thought they were done with Mnangagwa,” the source said.

The Standard heard that at least eight of the 10 Zanu PF provinces had agreed to this move, taking G40 by surprise and forcing a rethink and rephrasing of resolutions.

When Sandi-Moyo stood up to read the Women’s League resolution, everything had been watered down and the radical stance that had characterised the run-up to the conference was gone. But insiders claimed there had been an audacious attempt to push Grace even further than the vice-presidency.

“They, at one time, actually wanted a resolution endorsing Grace as party leader, but she had been rattled by the push for the VP position. She could not read the resolution, so Sandi-Moyo had to do it for her,” said another source.

The Standard was there when one youth leader early yesterday received a call with the message “if you are called and asked about a resolution relating to Amai [Grace] being nominated for the presidency, do not say anything. There is a trap,” the caller claimed.

Now it is back to the drawing board for both factions with Mugabe having been unambiguous about issues of leadership renewal; “…not until 2019. We cannot change the team if it has been working well mid-stream after congress”.

Mnangagwa’s apparatchiks are clear they will continue to push for Sandi-Moyo but for G40 the situation is not as clear. Grace seemed to buckle under the weight of prospective power and it remains to be seen what tact she will turn to now that the purpose of rallies is over.

But Mnangagwa is not without bruises as his alleged storm trooper and war veterans leader, Christopher Mutsvangwa received a tongue lashing from Mugabe as the former guerrilla leader rallied his faction ridden troops into some sort of cohesion that seemed all but utopian.

But the die has been cast and the “Crocodile” as Mnangagwa is known by his adversaries lived to fight another day for the throne that has oscillated into and from his grasp for decades now.

17 Responses to Mugabe derails G40

  1. Chief Svosve December 13, 2015 at 9:32 am #

    The party Chairperson is also a member of the Presidium. Currently the post is vacant – being alternated by the VPs. The President can appoint Dr Amai to that position and if Sandi Moyo is pushed to be the VP from ZAPU; this will be a big blow to Team Lacoste. It might appear as if The President derailed the G40; but think again!!! This is the same man giving FULL support to the G40 on their day to day activities including the Presidential helicopters!!

  2. Anesu December 13, 2015 at 10:20 am #

    AS long as its not Grace for VP , and also whatever Sand represents we do not care as long as Lacoste is there . Yafa yakaloader , we can not have both Mboko and Gire period. We all know that the Pres is G40 eeven if he has the powers he needs to make rational decisions for survival

  3. josphat mugadzaweta December 13, 2015 at 11:48 am #

    what lacoste are you talking about? I thought everyone is fed up with zanu like me!!!

    • Chief Svosve December 13, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

      Stop “thoughting” my dear friend and face reality. Kkkkkkkk

    • Tino December 13, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

      Ndezvako izvo everyone is not you , its not about ZANU its about Zim politics and its direction period

  4. zim pipo December 13, 2015 at 5:12 pm #

    yafa yakaloader serhori yezvidhinha

  5. magame December 13, 2015 at 7:14 pm #

    Problem is our media is poor at analysis. Fact is bob knows exactly how he wants succession yo happennand is driving the whole process using grace. He has just decided not to rock the boat too much by getting rid of ngwena now but will do so at his own time. Lacoste hold your celebrations. What is clear is ngwena is not bob choice of his successor.

    • Tino December 13, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

      Who cares about Bob apera uyo , he doesnot like Lacoste we also donot like his wife , nyika yaramba . Hapana apa he can not win an election without Lacoste faction and fight Mujuru faction then MDC he is not stupid. For the first time in his life state security has opposed him thats food for thought. Kare hagari ari kare

  6. zim pipo December 13, 2015 at 8:53 pm #

    That’s very true but what about God’s choice for Zimbabwe? Does it always have to be Mugabe’s choice? I’m not saying it should be emmerson but I’m very much disappointed by this mentality in our pipo that the issue can only happen at mugabe’s expediency as though he has became a little God. the dangers of Power politics is that they create cult personalities that manipulate their incumbency advantages whilst the citizens are burning with poverty. its high time that comes to an end. The way mugabe is manipulating the system will give rise to another dictatorship ichatambudza vanhu zvakare. ikozvino tinoda kuti Mwari vekudenga vamurudze leadership itsva Psalms 75:6-7; Deut 17 for Zimbabwe. God’s choice is there somewhere and this regime’s demise is now clearly written on the wall no amount of manipulation is going to prolong it’s life except there be positive reforms internally but with the look of things nada

    • Tino December 13, 2015 at 8:58 pm #

      As much as i respect your christian values not all of us are Christians and mwari ano betsera anozvi betsera

  7. zim pipo December 13, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    kkkkk why would you need God kana uchirikugona kuzvibetsera? Mwari anobatsira vanenge vabvuma kuti vapererwa.

  8. zim pipo December 13, 2015 at 9:12 pm #

    kkkkk why would you need God kana uchirikugona kuzvibetsera? Mwari anobatsira vanenge vabvuma kuti vapererwa. ndikokuti pazova nemutsauko uri clear between simba remunhu ne simba raMwari.

  9. Zimhondfi December 14, 2015 at 11:13 am #

    Grace pasi naye ,nyika yaramba,we cant be led by a parrot woman who is self centered ngwena sando ngwena sando dzenyu,wanyangira yaona

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